Lone Star Funds

Lone Star Funds
Limited partnerships
Industry Private equity
Founded 1995
Headquarters Tower at Cityplace
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Key people
John Grayken, founder & chairman
Products Investments, private equity funds
Total assets $45 billion[1]
Website www.lonestarfunds.com

Lone Star Funds is an American private equity firm that invests in distressed assets in the U.S., Canada and internationally.[2] The founder of Lone Star established its first fund in 1995 (under a different name) and Lone Star has to date organized fifteen private equity funds with total capital commitments since inception of over $59 billion (as of June 2015).[3] Lone Star’s investors include corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, foundations, fund of funds and high-net-worth individuals.[4] Lone Star Funds has affiliate offices in North America, Europe and Japan.[5]

Hudson Advisors LLC, an approximately 800-person global asset management company owned and controlled by the founder of Lone Star, performs due diligence and analysis, asset management and related services for Lone Star Funds.[6] In this capacity, Hudson Advisors LLC has managed in excess of $95 billion of assets for Lone Star Funds since inception.[7]


Lone Star was founded by John Grayken.[8] From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Grayken was Chairman and CEO of Brazos Partners L.P., a joint venture between the Robert M. Bass Group and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,[9] that resolved approximately 1,300 “bad bank” assets resulting from the U.S. savings and loan crisis in the early ‘90s.[10] During this period, Brazos Advisors LLC was formed to provide asset-management and related services to Brazos Partners.

Following Brazos Partners, Grayken organized institutional capital to continue investing in distressed assets, closing Brazos Fund, L.P. in 1995 with approximately $250 million of capital commitments.[11]

Lone Star Opportunity Fund, L.P. followed in 1996, with approximately $396 million of capital commitments.[12] At that time Brazos Advisors, LLC was renamed Hudson Advisors LLC.[13]

After an expansion into Canada in 1995 and 1996, Grayken pursued the launch of a global platform for Lone Star in 1997.[14] Since then, Lone Star has invested extensively in North America, Europe and East Asia.[15] Lone Star invested primarily in East Asia, including Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, following the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s.[16] In the mid-2000s, following the establishment of the Eurozone, Lone Star increased its investment focus in Europe.[10] And with the onset of the global financial crisis, from 2007 Lone Star was again actively investing in the U.S.[8]

In July 2015, Lone Star acquired the UK property investment and development company Quintain for £700 million.[17]

Investment approach

Lone Star invests in a variety of asset classes, primarily distressed opportunities in developed markets.[18]

Motion picture financing

Through its credit affiliate, LStar Capital (officially LSC Film Corporation), the company entered the motion picture financing sector when they signed a $200 million deal with Sony Pictures in early 2014. The deal gives them a financial stake in nearly all of Sony's upcoming films.[19]

Funds investment vehicles

Fund Vintage
Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV 2015 $5.8B
Lone Star Residential Mortgage Fund I 2015 $1.3B
Lone Star Fund IX 2014 $7.2B
Lone Star Real Estate Fund III 2013 $7.0B
Lone Star Fund VIII 2013 $5.1B
Lone Star Fund VII 2010 $4.6B
Lone Star Real Estate Fund II 2010 $5.5B
Lone Star Fund VI 2008 $7.5B
Lone Star Real Estate Fund 2008 $2.4B
Lone Star Fund V 2005 $5.1B
Lone Star Fund IV 2002 $4.2B
Lone Star Fund III 2000 $2.3B
Lone Star Fund II 1999 $1.2B
Lone Star Opportunity Fund 1997 $396M
Brazos Fund 1995 $250M



  1. "Fund Summary".
  2. Ellie Pullen (April 29, 2013). "Lone Star and Credit Suisse buy €6.7bn RPI portfolio". Unquote.com.
  3. "Kardan sells 27.75% stake in CEE real estate company GTC SA". Property EU. November 17, 2013.
  4. Chad Eric Watt (August 22, 2010). "Lone Star selling S.E. grocery chain". Dallas Business Journal.
  5. "Company Overview of Lone Star Funds". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  6. "About Hudson Advisors". Hudson Advisors. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  7. "Hudson Advisors, L.L.C.". Inside View. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  8. 1 2 Megan Barnett (April 29, 2013). "Lone Star". Unquote.com.
  9. Jenny Anderson (July 30, 2008). "An Investment Firm That Prospered From Past Crises Turns to Mortgages". The New York Times.
  10. 1 2 Steve Bills (May 30, 2013). "Distress Specialist Lone Star Turns To Europe". Thomson Reuters.
  11. "About Lone Star". Lone Star Funds. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  12. "Hudson Advisors Successful Track Record". Hudson Advisors. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  13. "Brazos Advisors renamed Hudson Advisors; corporate offices relocated". Business Wire. April 9, 1997.
  14. "Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Retirement Board Interdepartmental Correspondence" (PDF). Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Retirement Board. August 18, 2010.
  15. "Ahold completes Bruno's, Bi-Lo sale". Birmingham Business Journal. January 31, 2005.
  16. Keith Russell (April 7, 2002). "Shoney's a typical fit for Lone Star Funds". The Tennessean.
  17. Kollewe, Julia (29 July 2015). "Lone Star buys Wembley Arena owner Quintain for £700m". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  18. Kelly DePonte (May 2010). "An overview of the private equity distressed debt and restructuring markets" (PDF). Probitas Partners.
  19. "Sony Nails $200 Million Co-Financing Deal with LStar Capital, Citibank". The Wrap. April 9, 2014.
  20. "The Funds". Lone Star Funds. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  21. Peter Flanagan (April 26, 2015). "Lone Star aims for more deals in Europe". Irish Independent.
  22. Steve Gelsi (January 5, 2015). "Lone Star's first home mortgage fund beats $1 bln target". Buyouts Insider.
  23. Timothy Pollard (January 6, 2015). "Largest closed-end, private real estate funds raised in 2014". Pensions & Investments.

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