ORIX USA Creates Top-Tier Commercial Real Estate Lender with Acquisition of Hunt Real Estate Capital

Business Wire | January 06, 2020

ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA), the U.S. and Latin America business hub for Tokyo-based ORIX Corporation (ORIX), announced today that it completed the acquisition of Hunt Real Estate Capital, LLC, a subsidiary of Hunt Companies, Inc. ORIX USA will combine Hunt Real Estate Capital with its two ORIX Real Estate Capital brands, Lancaster Pollard and RED Capital Group, to form a full-service entity with the goal of emerging as a top-tier national commercial real estate lender. The combined organization will possess the capital, national presence, servicing capability, and range of debt and investment solutions to address the needs of the entire commercial real estate community more flexibly than traditional banks and other lenders. This is an exciting opportunity to create a premier commercial real estate finance platform with a national reach, Flynn said. The combined company will benefit from our complementary talents and expertise, our shared culture of high-quality service and our extensive base of loyal clients.

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Kimco Realty | September 09, 2022

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Blueground and Tabas | November 18, 2022

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