Ares operates complementary investment groups that invest in the credit, private equity and real estate markets with the ability to invest in all levels of a company’s capital structure —from senior debt to common equity.
Our Credit Group is a leading manager of liquid and illiquid credit strategies across the non-investment grade credit universe, with approximately $112.5 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020(1). We are additionally one of the largest self-originating direct lenders to the U.S. and European middle markets, providing one-stop financing solutions for small-to-medium sized companies, which we believe are increasingly underserved by traditional lenders.
Our Private Equity Group, with approximately $22.0 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020, broadly categorizes its investment strategies as corporate private equity, special opportunities, energy opportunities and infrastructure and power. We have a demonstrated ability to deploy flexible capital, which allows us to stay both active and disciplined in various market environments. The group's activities are managed by dedicated investment teams in North America, Europe and China.
Our Real Estate Group manages comprehensive public and private equity and debt strategies, with approximately $14.1 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020. We provide investors access to our capabilities through several vehicles: a publicly traded commercial mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust ("REIT"), Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), U.S. and European real estate private equity commingled funds, U.S. real estate private debt commingled funds, and real estate equity and debt separately managed accounts.
Ares SSG is one of the largest alternative investment managers in the Asia Pacific, with approximately $6.1 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020. We leverage our broad Pan-Asian presence, extensive infrastructure and local origination network to make credit, private equity and special situations investments across Asia and Australia.
Other Investment Platforms and Channels
CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund ("CADC")⁽²⁾ is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and operates as a continuously offered, closed-end interval fund. CADC seeks to invest in a diversified portfolio of liquid and illiquid asset classes throughout the global credit spectrum.
Ares Insurance Solutions
Ares Insurance Solutions (“AIS”) is Ares’ dedicated, in-house team that provides asset management, capital solutions and corporate development services to insurance clients. AIS creates tailored investment solutions to insurance companies that meet the unique objectives of our insurance clients.
Ares Australia Management
Ares Australia Management is a strategic joint venture between Ares Management and Fidante Partners, part of Challenger Limited (ASX: CGF). Ares Australia coordinates marketing and investment management of investor capital in Australia and New Zealand, providing access to Ares’ crossplatform investment expertise to address the growing demand for credit and alternative investment products in the region.