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
Enlighted | October 27, 2022
Enlighted, a leading proptech company, announced the opening of its new office in Kitchener, Ontario. The new office will be a hub for technical product development teams and further the company’s global scope as it continues to develop cutting-edge IoT and sustainability solutions at the intersection of people, space and work.
“After two and a half years of the pandemic, in-office collaboration is a more critical part of hybrid working than ever before, As a proptech leader, we intimately understand the value in bringing together new and future talent to collaborate and ideate in person, ultimately creating a shared sense of purpose. We look forward to further tapping into the rich talent base in the Waterloo and Kitchener area to bolster our product innovation.”
-Stefan Schwab, CEO, Enlighted
Enlighted’s new office is in the Catalyst Building, a hub for Waterloo’s tech community. The Enlighted team will focus on the development of innovative smart building IoT sensors, data and software applications that enable customer productivity and real progress towards customers’ net carbon zero sustainability goals. The new office is designed to spark collaboration and innovation with a higher percentage of collaboration spaces and meeting rooms relative to other types of space.
The Waterloo region is attracting some of the most innovative thinkers in Canada, thanks to its strong combination of established high-tech companies, active start-ups and educational institutions, As a result, Kitchener has become a magnet for large companies who want to build engineering teams. Investing has helped us recruit some of the best minds, and access to the University of Waterloo allows us to invest in the next generation while giving our teams a real boost of talent and creativity,said David Wigg, Head of Software Engineering, Enlighted.
Enlighted has operated in Canada since 2019 and has grown to over 30 employees. The majority of employees will be based out of the Catalyst Building. The company has also developed strong ties with the University of Waterloo, one of Canada’s best universities for computer science and engineering. Since starting operations in Canada, Enlighted has worked with over 70 students from the university’s co-op internship program, hiring many as full-time employees. The office design and technology address the new requirements for hybrid work and uses Enlighted’s products to inform employees when is the best time to come to the office for collaboration and innovation.
Enlighted is a leading proptech provider of IoT solutions at the intersection of people, space, and work. We offer a unique combination of cognitive environmental IoT sensors and lighting controls that connect to intelligent workplace experience apps, offering a singular, scalable, interoperable solution to address a spectrum of building, space, and productivity needs. Our customers leverage these solutions to enable occupant well-being, greater business efficiencies and momentum toward their sustainability goals. Enlighted is part of Building Robotics, Inc., a Siemens company.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Oxylabs | November 25, 2022
Oxylabs, the leading premium proxy and public web data acquisition solution provider, has launched its Real Estate Scraper API, enabling automated data acquisition from a large variety of real estate websites.
The real estate industry has begun using web scraping significantly, enabling companies to extract valuable non-traditional data. For instance, most real estate ads exist online and web scraping is the primary technology allowing the collection of such intelligence, which, once analyzed, allows betting on data-backed decisions.
In addition, such features as proximity and dispersion of points of interest have been shown to have strong predictive power for property value. While these data points are extremely valuable, getting a constant and reliable stream is challenging, which has created a rising interest in real estate external data providers.
"Within the realm of data and information, scraping provides virtually limitless opportunities to businesses and individuals alike. Our internal research revealed that real estate web scraping has been growing significantly, with our sales teams noticing a sharp rise in client inquiries. Businesses use automated data acquisition to drive revenue and, at the same time, improve the livelihood of consumers through use cases such as creating data aggregators."
- Nedas Višniauskas, Commercial Product Owner at Oxylabs
Oxylabs stands at the forefront of automated public web data gathering, holding numerous patents for technologies associated with the field. Expansion into real estate data scraping is another step toward reaffirming the company's commitment to innovation in the industry.
While Oxylabs has always provided infrastructure for scraping real estate data, it previously necessitated the usage of in-house scrapers. With the newest release, Oxylabs will make real estate data scraping accessible and cost effective to businesses of all sizes.
Established in 2015, Oxylabs is a premium proxy and public web data acquisition solution provider, enabling companies of all sizes to utilize the power of big data. Constant innovation, a large patent portfolio, and a focus on ethics have allowed Oxylabs to become a global leader in the data acquisition industry and forge close ties with dozens of Fortune Global 500 companies. In 2022, Oxylabs was named the fastest-growing public data gathering solutions company in Europe in the Financial Times' FT 1000 list.