Brookfield’s $200-billion credit group seeks to lure insurers

Apr 2, 2024 1:15 am | News

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s newly formed credit arm will cater to its parent’s insurance business and will also pitch other insurers on overseeing their assets, the unit’s chief executive officer says.

“What we’ve decided to do is bring all of our credit activities under one umbrella, allowing for increased focus and more growth,” said Craig Noble, who was recently named to lead that effort.

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Brookfield Asset expects credit to be its fastest growing business, more than tripling in size over the next five years. The Toronto-based firm is partly relying on credit — including its insurance platform — to reach US$1 trillion of fee-bearing assets by 2028, up from US$457 billion at the end of last year.

Brookfield Reinsurance Ltd., a separate publicly traded entity that’s controlled by parent Brookfield Corp., is poised to complete its acquisition of American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. in coming weeks, doubling its insurance assets to about US$100 billion. Noble’s team will manage the majority of that money.

Noble’s credit unit oversees US$200 billion in total, including Brookfield’s infrastructure and real estate lending funds, as well as partnerships with Oaktree Capital Management, European credit manager LCM Partners, Primary Wave and 17Capital.

“One of our growth areas is to manage larger portions of balance sheets for insurance companies and other institutions,” Noble said, adding that the unit has been doing that for Brookfield Re and, increasingly, for third-party insurance companies.

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