About Explorer Investments
Explorer Investments was founded in 2003 as the first independent private equity in Portugal. It is the independent management company of alternative assets with the greatest experience and track record in Portugal. Explorer manages and advises funds with a total value in the region of 1,500 million euros, divided into four Business Areas: Private Equity, Growth Capital, Tourism and Real Estate.
Explorer has a relevant presence in the Portuguese real estate market since 2012. Explorer is investment advisor of the Discovery Portugal Real Estate Fund and of the Explorer Real Estate Fund I created in 2017. Since 2018, Explorer is also asset manager and co-investor of CPHP (Penha Longa). Explorer acquired over 300 million euros of office, retail and hospitality assets as local partner and asset manager. Acquisitions have been done together with renowned international players such as Carlyle and Partners Group.
Discovery Fund is a Tourism oriented fund, with Gross assets value of more than 1,000 million euros. Discovery Fund has invested more than 50 million euros in the refurbishment and reopening of Hotel Units. Today the fund has 20 operating units, some managed by an internal team, (please see www.discoveryportugal.com), and some with external management, such as Six Senses Douro Valley, or Dolce Campo Real.
EREF I - Explorer Real Estate Fund I
EREF I is a fund focused on acquiring Commercial Real Estate in Lisbon, It had its first closing in August 2017 with the acquisition of a portfolio of 12 real estate assets, mainly in the office sector, having a Gross Asset Value of approximately 190 million euros. First divestment process of EREF I was concluded by the end of 2019 with the sale of a sub portfolio of non-strategic assets.
CPHP is a Portuguese company owned by a Luxembourg fund (CERF), that owns Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort a 220-ha resort. It includes a five-star hotel managed by Ritz Carlton (Marriott Group) with a strong Conference and Catering presence, 6 restaurants (two of them with one Michelin star) and 2 golf courses with 18 and 9 holes. It also includes two plots of land for the development of a new village and a new hotel.
Explorer’s team is made up of more than 30 people, with a strong investment track record and complementary experience in investment banking, real estate, consulting and legal advice. Its deep knowledge of the Portuguese business industry, its experience in contacting with public entities and its long-term relationships with banks, financial intermediaries and lawyers, gives Explorer a unique competitive advantage in the management of alternative assets in Portugal.
Explorer’s Real Estate division has an experienced Real Estate Team able to unlock a strong pipeline of off-market deals and generating very attractive returns. The team is led by Mr. Pedro Seabra, with more than 33 years’ experience in the real estate industry, of which 25 years as head of CBRE Portugal.