TRSL Commits to Real Estate, Distress Debt and Private Equity Funds

By David G. Barry



The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) has committed more than $400 million to a half a dozen funds focused on real estate, distress debt and private equity.

The $24.3 billion pension fund got the OK at its September board meeting to invest up to $75 million each in three real estate funds: EQT Exeter Industrial Value Fund VI, L.P., Henderson Park Fund II SCSp and Harbert Europe Real Estate VI, L.P.

It also is committing to two distress funds: $125 million to HPS Special Situations Opportunity Fund II, L.P. and $25 million to Ares Special Opportunities Fund II, L.P. TRSL also allocated up to $50 million in Energy Capital Partners’ ECP V, L.P., an energy-focused private equity fund.

As of June 30, alternative assets – including private equity and credit – and real estate accounted for nearly a half of its portfolio at 48.9%.

The system is in the midst of an aggressive effort to add to its portfolio during the 2022-23 fiscal year, targeting $2.9 billion to $3.9 billion. In July, it committed $175 million to an infrastructure fund, BCP Fund III; $50 million to a direct lending fund, Hark Capital IV, L.P.; and up to $75 million to a private equity fund, TPG Partners IX. 


TRSL generated a negative 7.7% return for the fiscal year ended June 30, beating its benchmark of negative 11%.