Avenue Capital Group
|Type||Limited liability company|
|Industry||Private Equity, Distressed securities|
|Founder(s)||Marc Lasry, Sonia Gardner|
|Headquarters||399 Park Avenue
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Products||Private equity funds, Hedge funds|
|Total assets||$12 billion |
Avenue Capital Group is a Global investment firm focusing on distressed securities and private equity with regional teams focusing on opportunities in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm operates as both a private equity firm and as a hedge fund. Avenue’s core strategy is focused on distressed debt and equity securities although the firm also manages investment funds that focus on long-short opportunities, real estate, and collateralized debt obligations. The firm manages assets valued at approximately $12 billion. The firm was founded by former professionals of Amroc Investments, an affiliate of the Robert M. Bass Group.
The firm is headquartered in New York City, with offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich, Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Singapore. The firm has established an institutional-quality infrastructure in terms of accounting, compliance legal, investor relations, and information technology capabilities. Avenue has approximately 220 employees across its 8 offices worldwide.
Avenue’s investment professionals seek "good companies with bad balance sheets" — firms with sustainable businesses and positive cash flow but whose financial situation is distressed. The investment team uses Avenue’s top-down/bottom-up approach to find undervalued opportunities and typically seeks to make non-operational control investments in troubled businesses. This provides the strategy maximum trading flexibility and allows Avenue’s investment professionals to focus on pre-investment research and analysis rather than post-investment operating issues.
In the fall of 2006, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton, joined the firm shortly after leaving McKinsey & Company, a management consultancy. However, she has since left the firm and returned to graduate school.
Bloomberg reported that as of Feb. 28, 2010, Avenue Capital Group is the 13th largest hedge fund in the world.
Avenue Capital Group was founded in 1995 by Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner. The two founders had previously founded Amroc Investments in 1989 as a $100 million distressed debt investment fund organized in association with the Robert M. Bass Group.
In 1995, Mr. Lasry and Ms. Gardner started their first Avenue fund, Avenue Investments, with less than $10 million. This onshore fund has grown to $509 million as of December 31, 2012.
In 1997, Mr. Lasry and Ms. Gardner formed their second Avenue fund called Avenue International. This offshore fund attracts U.S. tax exempt and non-U.S. investors. As of December 31, 2012, Avenue International has $1,461 million in assets under management.
In 2012, The firm was featured in Maneet Ahuja’s book, The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds.
Avenue launched its Asian-focused distressed business in 1999. In 2004, Avenue launched its European-focused distressed business with Rich Furst as the senior portfolio manager. While building distressed debt, the European branch of the firm also writes loans for small companies that are unable to obtain financing.
In October 2006, Morgan Stanley bought a non-controlling 15% stake in the firm. Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner invested 100% of the proceeds they received from Morgan Stanley back into the Avenue funds.
In 2012, Avenue Capital Group received an extraordinary performance award for the money raised by its employees. Avenue Capital Group raised over $100,000. Avenue Capital Group served as a sponsor in 2010 and 2011 and, in July 2012 Avenue’s President, Sonia Gardner, hosted a breakfast on inMotion’s behalf to encourage other firms to participate.
- Alden, William (February 4, 2013). "Avenue Capital Prepares New Fund for Europe". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- Griffiths, Tony (October 6, 2010). "The HFMWeek 50 most influential people in hedge funds". HFMWeek. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- Ahuja, Maneet. The Alpha Masters : unlocking the genius of the world's top hedge funds. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley. p. 84. ISBN 1118167597.
- "Avenue Capital Group Strategy". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Burton, Katherine. "Paulson’s $32 Billion Funds Prompt Too-Big Concerns". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- Ahuja, Maneet. The alpha masters : unlocking the genius of the world's top hedge funds. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. p. 83. ISBN 1118065522.
- Benner, Katie. "5 hedge fund stars, 5 perspectives". CNN Money. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Avenue Special Situations Fund VI, L.P.". Private Debt Fund Commitment. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Willmer, Sabrina. "Avenue Said to Raise $2.8 Billion for Distressed Fund". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Summary of Project Information". International Finance Corporation. World Bank Group.
- Porter, Kiel. "Avenue Capital starts direct lending in Europe". Financial News. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Morgan Stanley Investment Management Forms Strategic Alliance with Avenue Capital Group". Morgan Stanley. 30. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Commitment to Justice Awards". inMotion. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- Avenue Capital Group (company website)