Former N.C. Budget Director Leads New $72 Million Real Estate Fund

July 19, 2017 | Triangle Business Journal
Amanda Hoyle

SharpVue Capital, the private equity management fund led by former state budget director Lee Roberts, has announced the closing of its first real estate private equity fund after securing $72 million in total investment commitments.

Roberts says the fund has already invested $24 million in real estate deals, some as an equity owner and some as a bridge loan investor, in Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington, as well as in Nashville, Tennessee. He did not disclose the identity or address of the properties, but the project in Nashville is a ground-up hotel development.

“We did each of these deals on an off-market basis,” Roberts stated. “Our ability to do equity, mezzanine, preferred or bridge financing helps us find good situations, and growth in our target markets remains very strong. We’re excited about the investment opportunities ahead for this fund.”

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Lee co-founded SharpVue and leads its real estate investment effort. He has spent his 25+ year career in real estate investment and finance and has been involved in the sector in several contexts, including private equity, investment banking and commercial banking. Immediately prior to SharpVue, he served as budget director for the State of North Carolina, a role in which, among other initiatives, he led an effort to rationalize the state’s real estate portfolio.

Before his time in public service, Mr. Roberts was most recently Managing Director of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, a private equity-backed bank investment platform in Raleigh. He was earlier a Partner at Cherokee Investment Partners, a real estate private equity fund in Raleigh, and he spent nine years with Morgan Stanley in London and New York, focused on real estate investment banking.

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