BDT & MSD Partners invest in Auberge Resorts Collection

BDT & MSD Partners will make a minority investment in Auberge Resorts Collection as part of a strategic partnership with The Friedkin Group.

The merchant bank will invest in the luxury hotel & resort manager, supporting Auberge’s plan to expand in the Americas, Europe and beyond, with a focus on gateway urban markets and high-profile experiential destinations.

Moving forward, BDT & MSD's hospitality vehicle intends to invest significant capital towards acquiring and developing luxury hotel and residential assets that will be branded and managed by Auberge Resorts Collection.

Auberge became part of The Friedkin Group in 2013. It’s portfolio comprises 27 properties across the US, Latin America and Europe, with a development pipeline of over a dozen hotels and two additional hotels planned to open in Florence and South Carolina this year.

Why it matters

The investment by BDT & MSD Partners - and its interest in continued investment - in Auberge Resorts Collection is a clear indication of the bullish outlook investors have on the luxury hospitality sector.

What they said

Coburn Packard, partner & head of real estate at BDT & MSD said: “Auberge is a world-class manager of distinctive luxury hotel properties, with an exceptional track record of delivering curated guest experiences in the world's leading hospitality markets. We are excited to be a part of its future and look forward to partnering with Auberge's talented team to build on its differentiated strengths and accelerate further growth.

Dan Friedkin, chairman of Auberge Resorts Collection and chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group added: This partnership further solidifies Auberge Resorts Collection's position as the leading name in boutique luxury hospitality and marks a new and exciting era for our world-class portfolio," said Dan Friedkin, chairman of Auberge Resorts Collection and chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group. "BDT & MSD's differentiated, long-term capital and expertise in luxury hospitality investments makes them a perfect strategic partner and will allow us to further grow the strength of the Auberge brand.