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The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, or LACERA, is investing up to $50 million into the AEW Value Investors Asia III fund as it looks to double its investment in the Asia-Pacific region to $100 million, IPE Real Assets reported.

LACERA's board has given its go-ahead for the AEW investment, according to the Dec. 15 report, and a new $50 million commitment for the Heitman Asia Property Investors fund to be invested in 2018 is being considered.

The capital injection into the AEW fund will be the first pan-Asian investment for LACERA after it implemented its expansion plan into international real estate in October, with $600 million of commitments earmarked for the next three years, the report noted.

The publication noted that AEW will make a $15 million co-investment into the fund, which is set for a final close in March 2018, with a $750 million capital target. The gateway markets of Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Seouil and Sydney will be its primary investment locations, with an eye on Melbourne, Beijing, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur as secondary markets. According to the report, the fund will invest in assets that need repositioning, re-leasing or refurbishment.