Friday, April 13, 2012

AIG Is Planning a Return to U.S. Property Investing

But now AIG is beginning to make plans for fresh investments across the U.S. that will begin later this year.

A real-estate division of the New York-based company has reached out to developers of new apartment buildings in major metropolitan areas, said people familiar with the matter.

"We've done multifamily deals with them before, and we're interested in working with them again," said Hal Fetner, president and chief executive of New York developer Durst Fetner Residential LLC who has been contacted by AIG about new developments.

AIG hasn't set specific targets on the size of its future investments in real estate, but people familiar with the insurer say that eventually it will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.AIG started its real-estate investing business in 1987 and built it into one of the world's largest property-investment platforms with $25 billion in assets at its peak a few years ago. Its real-estate team is led by Robert Gifford, a 55-year-old industry veteran who was hired in 2009, shortly before Robert Benmosche was appointed chief executive.

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