The PE fund’s exposure is primarily focused on infra projects (where it invested $10 billion) and real estate (around $4 billion), among others.
According to sources, Brookfield
is looking at newer areas of growth like forging alliances or joint ventures with Indian corporates with expertise in fields in which it does not have experience so that it can launch specialised funds.
In India, the company has over 40 deal experts and 6,000 employees.
Brookfield recently acquired Oaktree Capital globally which will help it in broadening its offerings to bolster credit business in India, though the business will run independently.
Talks are on as to how the two could be synergised in India. When contacted, a Brookfield spokesperson in India declined to comment.
The PE company has made some big deals this year that helped it to overtake the other big boys. In March, Brookfield announced it was buying loss-making East-West Pipeline at an enterprise valuation of Rs 13,000 crore. It was the first deal where a pipeline owned by a private company was being monetised. The deal with the Ambanis was followed by another mega deal in July under which it would invest Rs 25,215 crore in a trust that controls RIL’s telecom assets, giving it a 51 per cent stake.
The Canadian fund also invested in the real estate sector. For instance, it acquired the office and retail assets of Hiranandani Developers in Mumbai for $1 billion, bought four hotels from the Nairs of the Leela chain of hotels and struck a deal with the Essar Group to buy its commercial property in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) for Rs 2,400 crore.
It has also been active in the renewable power space where it is believed to be in talks to invest $800 million in ReNew Power.