March 15, 2010 – NEW YORK, NY
First fund will focus on distressed debt opportunities
The Cogsville Group, LLC, a private equity firm with primary focus on commercial real estate, has formed Cogsville Capital Partners Fund I, L.P. The fund will continue the investment activities of Donald P. Cogsville, a long‐term veteran on Wall Street with more than $20B previously executed structured transactions as a corporate transactional attorney at Skadden, Arps and an investment banker at the Global Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch.
The fund will focus on distressed debt opportunities, especially those at the federal government as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve and other agencies respond to the current financial crisis.
Mr. Cogsville said: “We am extremely excited to embark on a venture with The Cogsville Group, where we plan to invest in real estate opportunities throughout the United States. With more than a trillion dollars in commercial real estate loans originated during the recent bubble, we see the next two years as the best opportunity to acquire distressed debt since the Resolution Trust Corporation era. We am confident that we are forming a new, dynamic real estate investment firm at the right time to produce superior returns for our investors.”
The fund’s initial investors include high net worth individuals. The Cogsville Group will take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities in the commercial real estate market by teaming up, on a deal‐by‐deal basis, with institutional investors and serve as the operating partner for investments.
Mr. Cogsville said: “In the current economic climate, we see great advantage in partnership with larger firms that can complement our due diligence and underwriting resources, especially in large loan portfolios. We expect to follow up our previous partnership with Prudential Real Estate Investors at Starrett City with additional institutional investors I’ve had the pleasure of working with during my career on Wall Street.”
About The Cogsville Group, LLC
The Cogsville Group, LLC is a minority‐owned private equity firm founded in 2007 in New York City. The firm’s investment fund, Cogsville Capital Partners Fund I, L.P., makes debt and equity investments in distressed real estate.