InvestmentsConning to Acquire Pearlmark

BusinessWire BusinessWireNovember 11, 20224 min

Conning Adds Real Estate Expertise with Majority Stake in Pearlmark, Expanding its Investment Capabilities

Partnership Provides Pearlmark with Support to Strengthen and Grow its Platform

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,” said Woody Bradford, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Conning. “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.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Conning while continuing to work with our industry partners and clients in providing real estate capital solutions,” said Stephen Quazzo, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pearlmark. “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.”

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.

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