REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Conning and PEARLMARK | November 11, 2022
Conning, a leading global investment management firm, and Pearlmark Real Estate, L.L.C. (“Pearlmark”), a specialist investment manager of commercial real estate debt and equity strategies, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Conning & Company to acquire a majority stake in Pearlmark. Pearlmark will continue to operate autonomously with its investment team led by Stephen Quazzo and Doug Lyons.
“Partnering with Pearlmark is the latest example of our strategy to add best-in-class capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients, Pearlmark has extensive real estate knowledge and significant experience successfully working with insurance companies and other institutional clients to help them achieve their real estate investment objectives.”
-Woody Bradford, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Conning
We are excited to collaborate with Conning while continuing to work with our industry partners and clients in providing real estate capital solutions, Conning’s investment and client-oriented culture is a perfect fit for our business, and they are the ideal strategic partner to help us strengthen and grow our platform,said Stephen Quazzo, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pearlmark.
Founded in 1996, Pearlmark is focused on U.S. mid-cap real estate investments in both equity and debt. This holistic perspective enhances Pearlmark’s approach to sourcing, underwriting, and managing its investments, which drives value for investors. Pearlmark is headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Denver, Nashville, and New York City.
The transaction is expected to close by early 2023, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as a legal advisor to Conning. CenterCap Group, LLC served as financial advisor and Drane & Freyer Limited served as legal advisor to Pearlmark.
Conning is a leading investment management firm with more than $180 billion in global assets under management as of September 30, 2022. With a long history of serving the insurance industry, Conning supports institutional investors, including insurers and pension plans, with investment solutions, risk modeling software, and industry research. Founded in 1912, Conning has investment centers in Asia, Europe and North America. As of September 30, 2022, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited (CHL) and Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (SITE). SITE is a separate entity under Cathay Financial Holdings Co., Ltd which is the ultimate controlling parent of all Conning entities. The CHL CEO sits on the Board of SITE and helps oversee the business.
Pearlmark is a Chicago-based investment firm that targets domestic core, value-add, and opportunistic real estate opportunities via commingled funds, separate accounts, and joint venture structures. Since 1996, Pearlmark has sponsored more than a dozen real estate equity and debt investment programs and completed 565 real estate equity and debt transactions on behalf of investors, representing $5.3 billion in equity capital commitments and over $13.8 billion in gross investment value. Pearlmark is dedicated to creating value for its investors and offers a range of investment opportunities nationwide across various property types (office, industrial, multifamily).
MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Northwood Investors | November 23, 2022
Global real estate investment firm Northwood Investors LLC announced today its acquisition of Fifth + Broadway, a newly developed 6.2-acre mixed-use, open-air center. The property was developed and operated by Brookfield Properties, which completed construction in 2021. Northwood has purchased the property in its entirety, including its retail district, 501 Commerce office tower and The Place residences, from a subsidiary of Brookfield.
As Northwood expands its footprint in Nashville with this prized entertainment complex, it looks forward to furthering Brookfield's vision for the center. Northwood is well-positioned to take the reins in managing the project with its vertically integrated platforms and experience with retail and mixed-use assets. Most of Fifth + Broadway's management team have transitioned to Northwood and will continue in their existing roles, bringing their strong local experience and knowledge to the property.
Northwood is already deeply involved in the Nashville market; this latest acquisition marks the fifth asset the firm has invested in within the city. Other properties include The Conrad hotel, Capital View apartments, the McEwen Northside mixed-use center and Franklin Park office towers.
"We feel that Fifth + Broadway's energy and integration in the heart of downtown is unparalleled, As a mixed-use asset, all its elements work together cohesively, and Brookfield has done a phenomenal job with its development. Our Northwood management team is excited to carry on the torch, engage with the city, and partner with tenants like The National Museum of African American Music, AllianceBernstein, The Twelve Thirty Club, Assembly Food Hall and more."
-Managing Director of Northwood Investors Erin Cannata
Centrally located within Nashville's vibrant urban core, Fifth + Broadway is one of the largest single-phase mixed-use developments in the history of the city and the state of Tennessee. The revolutionary downtown project, which replaced the 6.2-acre Nashville Convention Center site, delivers 250,000 square feet of strategically selected retail and entertainment, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum for African American Music, 367,000 square feet of Class-A office space at 501 Commerce, 381 residential units at The Place at Fifth + Broadway and more than 2,000 parking spaces. The project, which sees nearly five million annual visitors, was built for a post-COVID-19 world with outdoor space, accessibility, safety and parking in mind.
We feel Nashville is a high-growth market, and one that we have been watching since 2011, It's an 'it' city for business and entertainment and Fifth + Broadway epitomizes Nashville – a world-class, generational asset that draws locals and tourists alike. We believe the attention to detail, aesthetics and connectivity are unmatched, making it a transformative catalyst for the fabric of lower Broadway,said President of Northwood Retail Ward Kampf.
Northwood is committed to the city of Nashville, which it values for its diversified economy, one-of-a-kind cultural authenticity, attractive cost of living, and premier talent base, which has transformed the city into a 24/7 destination. The firm looks forward to collaborating with the city, its retail and office tenants, and the National Museum for African American Music as it evolves this asset, which is seamlessly integrated into the streetscape and cultural heart of Downtown Nashville.
Fifth + Broadway is a thriving mixed-use complex, and we are very proud of its development and success as a major destination in and economic driver for Nashville, While Brookfield has successfully recapitalized the asset in line with its overall investment strategy, we remain very interested in Nashville and excited about its future,said Burgin Dossett, vice president of development for Brookfield Properties.
About Fifth + Broadway
Owned and operated by Northwood Investors, Fifth + Broadway is one of the largest single-phase mixed-use developments in the history of Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The transformative downtown project, which replaced the 6.2-acre Nashville Convention Center site, delivers 250,000 square feet of strategically important retail and entertainment, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum for African American Music, 367,000 square feet of Class-A office space at 501 Commerce (headquarters of AllianceBernstein), 381 residential units at The Place at Fifth + Broadway, and more than 2,000 parking spaces.
About Northwood Investors
Northwood Investors LLC is a privately held real estate private equity firm that owns and operates real estate across the U.S. and Europe. The firm currently manages a portfolio aggregating approximately $20 billion in total gross asset value. Northwood's flagship fund seeks to opportunistically acquire well-located real estate with a plan to create value through hands-on asset management. Northwood is vertically integrated with in-house operating teams across the office, multifamily, retail, hospitality, and urban logistics sectors.
About Northwood Retail
Northwood Retail LLC was established by Northwood Investors, a privately held, global real estate investment and management firm. The platform currently leases, manages, and markets a portfolio of community and mixed-use properties across the United States with a concentration in Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, and California. Built upon strong, fundamental real estate principles, Northwood Retail is focused on creating value at each project through a disciplined approach to leasing, development, property management, and marketing.
About Pacific Life
For more than 150 years, Pacific Life has helped millions of individuals and families with their financial needs through a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Whether your goal is to protect loved ones or grow your assets for retirement, Pacific Life offers innovative products and services that provide value and financial security for current and future generations. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients and has been named one of the 2022 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
CHERRE and DEALPATH | September 28, 2022
Cherre, the leading data integration and insights platform, today announced a brand new data partnership with Dealpath, the industry’s most trusted, purpose-built real estate platform, empowering hundreds of today’s leading institutions such as Blackstone, AEW, Oxford Properties, Nuveen, Principal Real Estate, and Bridge Investment Group to invest digitally in the built world. This news comes on the heels of Dealpath’s momentous $43M Series C round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from key existing investors including Blackstone, 8VC, JLL, Nasdaq Ventures, and GreenSoil PropTech Ventures.
"Understanding granular details associated with investment pipeline and portfolio analytics is critical for institutional investors to deliver optimal, risk-adjusted returns, Integrating Dealpath’s unmatched investment pipeline as well as portfolio management data into Cherre enables mutual customers to maximize the information edge and glean critical data driven insights."
-L.D. Salmanson, CEO & Co-Founder, Cherre
Through this collaboration, top CRE investment management firms leveraging Dealpath will be able to pull their pipeline and deals data into Cherre’s market-leading platform. This will enable deeper visibility and insights that drive core investment strategies, underwriting and performance. As the integration continues to evolve, shared customers will be able to access property, market, and other important contextual data about assets in the acquisition pipeline.
Cherre's award-winning platform seamlessly connects disparate real estate data, enabling its customers to automate workflows, in addition to building out predictive analytics. With Cherre, customers can evaluate opportunities and trends faster as well as more accurately, while saving millions of dollars within the manual data collection and analytics costs.
Dealpath couldn’t be more excited to partner with Cherre to enable the industry to best leverage data that powers more informed and accurate investment and underwriting decisions, Our team designed Dealpath as an open platform that easily interacts and integrates with other key market-leading digital tools in today’s modern real estate tech stack. Cherre was a given. Our customers will be able to connect real-time deal pipeline and portfolio data with critical public, private & data to gain deeper insight,said Mike Sroka, CEO and Co-Founder, Dealpath.
From pipeline through portfolio management, Dealpath serves as the investment command center, the single source of truth that provides vetted, real-time deal information, together with associated files and tasks, fueling data-driven analysis as well as decisions to achieve optimal, risk-adjusted returns. To date, Dealpath has supported more than $10T in transactions globally. Safeguarded with an institutional-level security in compliance with SOC 2 Type 2 Dealpath enables investment managers to operate at scale with speed and precision by providing easy access to data and effective internal and external collaboration across teams, partners, and vendors. With off-the-shelf efficiency and ease-of-use it enables cross-functional teams to engage seamlessly with centralized data that updates in real-time from anywhere, flexible in configurability to meet your preferences.
It is great to see two leading CRE vendors come together to deliver cohesive digital platforms to the commercial real estate industry. We need more partnerships like this between top solution providers to continue to advance the conversation and innovation in our industry, a global consulting firm to the alternative investments industry that has worked closely with both Dealpath and Cherre on data integrations,said Naseem Wenzel, Executive Director and Head of Real Assets North America at Lionpoint Group LLC
Cherre provides investors, insurers, real estate advisors, and other large enterprises with a platform to collect, resolve, and augment real estate data from hundreds of thousands of public, private, and internal sources. By providing a unique "single source of truth," Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, while saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Cherre launched in 2016 and is located in New York City.
Dealpath is real estate’s most trusted cloud-based investment management platform, providing real-time access to vetted, secure and up-to-date investment data to empower collaboration, strategic and predictive decisions. Investment as well as development firms leverage Dealpath as their command center for smart pipeline tracking, powerful deal analytics and collaborative workflows, driving maximum performance from pipeline through portfolio management. Founded in 2014, Dealpath’s supported over $10 trillion in transactions with leading institutions across the globe.