Local affiliate NAI Hiffman to benefit from acquisition
Chicago, Illinois, January 25, 2012 — NAI Global, the largest network of independent commercial real estate firms worldwide, announced today that its previously reported acquisition by C-III Capital Partners LLC (C-III) has been completed. The transaction will help create a leading fully integrated commercial property services company that will operate in markets around the world. Locally-based NAI Hiffman, is the Chicago representative of NAI Global.
C-III is a leading commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, title services and multifamily property management. C-III is led by CEO Andrew L. Farkas, who founded and was Chairman and CEO of Insignia Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:IFS). Its principal place of business is located in Irving, Texas, and it has additional offices in New York, New York; Greenville, South Carolina; McLean, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.
NAI Global will continue to operate as a separate company under its current management. C-III will accelerate NAI Global’s growth by exploring business development opportunities in strategic locations, including New York, London, Singapore and other primary global business centers. It will also invest in the growth of the corporate solutions and capital markets offering, expanding asset/property management, project/facilities management and valuation services worldwide.
“The completion of this transaction represents a significant step forward in our strategy to build a fully diversified commercial real estate services company,” said Mr. Farkas. “With the NAI Global acquisition, we are gaining the world’s leading commercial real estate network and a tremendous foundation for future growth. As we begin a new year, we look forward to partnering with the NAI team to provide enhanced services to the commercial and institutional real estate markets they serve as well as continuing to take advantage of other opportunities to grow and expand our platform.”
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with C-III and excited about the opportunity to deliver an even broader range of services to our members and add greater value to our collective corporate and investment clients. We look forward to tapping into their extensive resources and expertise to assist all of our clients in strategically optimizing their commercial real estate assets,” said Jeffrey M. Finn, President and CEO of NAI Global.
NAI Hiffman CEO Dave Petersen said he expects the benefits of the transaction will translate to new real estate assignments for the company’s local office and will create added opportunities for existing clients and shareholders.
“This is an exciting chance to expand upon our existing philosophy of client service to increase the advisory and operational deliverables available to tenants and landlords,” Petersen said. “The best aspect of this transaction is that its greatest value will be seen at the ground level in the form of property management, leasing and investment sales opportunities.”
Founded in 1977 by Gerald Finn, NAI Global has grown from covering 15 countries in 1999 to offering a full, collaborative platform of services to clients in over 350 offices in 55 countries, with over 300 million square feet of commercial space under management.
C-III commenced operations with the purchase of Centerline Capital Group’s institutional real estate debt fund management and commercial mortgage loan servicing businesses in March 2010. Since that time, C-III has successfully launched mortgage origination, investment sales and title insurance businesses, and expanded its principal investment, loan origination, fund management and primary and special loan servicing businesses, including acquiring the special servicing and CDO management businesses of JER Partners in August 2011.
Financial terms of the NAI Global acquisition were not disclosed.
NAI Global (www.naiglobal.com) is the largest network of independent commercial real estate firms worldwide, comprised of over 5,000 professionals in 55 countries with more than 350 offices. NAI advisors work in tandem with our global management team to ensure our clients strategically optimize their real estate assets. NAI offices complete over $45 billion in combined transactions annually and manage 300+ million square feet of commercial space.
NAI Hiffman (www.hiffman.com) is the Chicago area representative for NAI Global, the world’s largest managed network of real estate service providers, comprising 5,000 brokers in 325 offices serving over 50 countries throughout the world. NAI Hiffman’s professionals represent clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and currently manage a 58+ million SF portfolio of over 250 commercial properties throughout metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana.