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Christopher Merrill Harrison Street

Harrison Street Finalizes Its Largest Closed-End Fund to Date

Harrison Street reached final close of its eighth U.S. opportunistic real estate fund, Harrison Street Real Estate Partners VIII, L.P. at the hard cap of $2.0 billion, exceeding the fund’s $1.5-billion target. Chicago-based Harrison Street also raised an additional $510 million in co-investment vehicles.  

Christopher Merrill, Harrison Street’s CEO, said, “The closing of Fund VIII, the largest closed-end fund in our firm’s history, amid a black swan event, is a testament to the resiliency of our asset classes, the strength of our investment platform, and confidence placed in us by our global investors, both existing and new.” 

Since launching its fund series in 2006, Harrison Street has invested in approximately 108,000 student housing beds, 27,000 senior housing units, 8.7 million square feet of medical office space, 1.4 million square feet of life sciences, over 115,000 storage units, 500,000 square feet of data centers and 1,675 units of single-family housing


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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