Lone Star Funds

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Lone Star Funds
Limited partnerships
Industry Private equity
Founded 1995
Headquarters Tower at Cityplace
Dallas, Texas, United States
Key people
John Grayken, Founder & Chairman
Products Investments, private equity funds
Total assets $45 billion[1]
Website www.lonestarfunds.com

Lone Star Funds is a private equity firm that invests in distressed assets both in the United States and internationally.[2] The founder of Lone Star established its first fund in 1995 (under a different name) and Lone Star has to date organized twelve private equity funds with total capital commitments since inception of over $45 billion (as of October 2013).[3] Lone Star’s investors include corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, foundations, fund of funds and high-net-worth individuals.[4] Lone Star Funds has affiliate offices in North America, Europe and Japan.[5]

Hudson Advisors LLC, an approximately 800-person global asset management company owned and controlled by the founder of Lone Star, performs due diligence and analysis, asset management and related services for Lone Star Funds.[6] In this capacity, Hudson Advisors LLC has managed in excess of $95 billion of assets for Lone Star Funds since inception.[7]


Lone Star was founded by John Grayken.[8] From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Grayken was Chairman and CEO of Brazos Partners L.P., a joint venture between the Robert M. Bass Group and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,[9] that resolved approximately 1,300 “bad bank” assets resulting from the U.S. savings and loan crisis in the early ‘90s.[10] During this period, Brazos Advisors LLC was formed to provide asset-management and related services to Brazos Partners.

Following Brazos Partners, Mr. Grayken organized institutional capital to continue investing in distressed assets, closing Brazos Fund, L.P. in 1995 with approximately $250 million of capital commitments.[11]

Lone Star Opportunity Fund, L.P. followed in 1996, with approximately $396 million of capital commitments.[12] At that time Brazos Advisors, LLC was renamed Hudson Advisors LLC.[13]

After an expansion into Canada in 1995 and 1996, Mr. Grayken pursued the launch of a global platform for Lone Star in 1997.[14] Since then, Lone Star has invested extensively in North America, Europe and East Asia.[15] Lone Star invested primarily in East Asia, including Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, following the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s.[16] In the mid-2000s, following the establishment of the Eurozone, Lone Star increased its investment focus in Europe.[10] And with the onset of the global financial crisis, from 2007 Lone Star was again actively investing in the U.S.[8]

Investment Approach[edit]

Lone Star invests in a variety of asset classes, primarily distressed opportunities in developed markets.[17]

Funds Investment Vehicles[edit]

Fund Vintage
Lone Star Real Estate Fund III 2013 $7.0B
Lone Star Fund VIII 2013 $5.1B
Lone Star Fund VII 2010 $4.6B
Lone Star Real Estate Fund II 2010 $5.5B
Lone Star Fund VI 2008 $7.5B
Lone Star Real Estate Fund 2008 $2.4B
Lone Star Fund V 2005 $5.1B
Lone Star Fund IV 2002 $4.2B
Lone Star Fund III 2000 $2.3B
Lone Star Fund II 1999 $1.2B
Lone Star Opportunity Fund 1997 $396M
Brazos Fund 1995 $250M



  1. ^ "Fund Summary". 
  2. ^ Ellie Pullen (April 29, 2013). "Lone Star and Credit Suisse buy €6.7bn RPI portfolio". Unquote.com. 
  3. ^ "Kardan sells 27.75% stake in CEE real estate company GTC SA". Property EU. November 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chad Eric Watt (August 22, 2010). "Lone Star selling S.E. grocery chain". Dallas Business Journal. 
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Lone Star Funds". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "About Hudson Advisors". Hudson Advisors. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hudson Advisors, L.L.C.". Inside View. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Megan Barnett (April 29, 2013). "Lone Star". Unquote.com. 
  9. ^ Jenny Anderson (July 30, 2008). "An Investment Firm That Prospered From Past Crises Turns to Mortgages". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ a b Steve Bills (May 30, 2013). "Distress Specialist Lone Star Turns To Europe". Thomson Reuters. 
  11. ^ "About Lone Star". Lone Star Funds. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hudson Advisors Successful Track Record". Hudson Advisors. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brazos Advisors renamed Hudson Advisors; corporate offices relocated". Business Wire. April 9, 1997. 
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Retirement Board Interdepartmental Correspondence". Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Retirement Board. August 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ahold completes Bruno's, Bi-Lo sale". Birmingham Business Journal. January 31, 2005. 
  16. ^ Keith Russell (April 7, 2002). "Shoney's a typical fit for Lone Star Funds". The Tennessean. 
  17. ^ Kelly DePonte (May 2010). "An overview of the private equity distressed debt and restructuring markets". Probitas Partners. 
  18. ^ "The Funds". Lone Star Funds. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 

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