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Amicus Investors LLC, Macquarie Capital, and Compatriot Capital Inc. have partnered to form a new private investment company to provide equity capital to educational P3 projects throughout the USA.
Amicus is focused 100% on investing and funding university and college next generation physical assets (real estate and infrastructure). The founders, Robert K Utley III, Steven R. Utley and Charles R. Jones have an investment philosophy- to liberate and accelerate universities' and colleges' ability to shift from planning and dreaming to funding and building the capital improvements contained in their master plans.
Steven R. Utley, Founder and Senior Managing Director of Amicus Investors, stated:
"Amicus invests in universities; only we do it differently - with equity capital - not debt, tax dollars or tuition hikes."
Macquarie Capital is the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group, a firm that ranks as the world's largest investor in real estate and infrastructure. In addition to being an equity owner and capital partner, Macquarie Capital will also advise Amicus in structuring infrastructure investments.
Nick Butcher, US Head of Infrastructure and Utilities for Macquarie Capital, said:
"This is a significant opportunity to partner with a team that has a proven track record of successful performance and a unique investment philosophy. The Amicus team has long-standing and relevant expertise to source and implement meaningful investments in America's growing higher education sector."
Compatriot Capital directs the real estate investment strategy for Sammons Enterprises, the privately held global holding company. Paul Rowsey, the President and CEO of Compatriot Capital, commented:
"Universities and colleges have a significant need for long-term equity capital to be invested by the private sector. Higher education plays a very important role in America's future, and we look forward to forming long-term relationships with universities and colleges and investing significant capital with them."