Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a primary focus on global real estate. Since its inception in 1991, the Firm has raised nearly $25 billion of equity capital and currently has $36 billion of assets under management. Over the past 23 years, Starwood Capital has acquired more than $52 billion of assets across virtually all real estate asset classes, including:
- Office: 47 million square feet
- Apartments/Condos: 70,000 units
- Retail: 40 million square feet
- Hotels: 2,200
- Residential: 47,000 lots
- Industrial: 15 million square feet
- Loans: 670+
- Operating Companies: 23
The Firm’s hallmark is to invest opportunistically, moving between asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as opportunities change and risk-reward dynamics shift. Over the last 23 years, we have created a number of market-leading platforms, including two of the industry’s most successful public commercial mortgage companies. In our pursuit of the most compelling opportunities globally, we have invested in markets ranging from Thailand to France to India to Brazil. Highlighting our international commitment, Starwood Capital in 2011 made the strategic decision to expand its footprint in Europe in anticipation of a prolonged recovery across the region—with our Global Head of Acquisitions, Jeff Dishner, moving to London to oversee this effort. As a result, we have been able to seamlessly shift our focus to the growing distressed debt opportunity in Europe.
Since founding Starwood Capital during the depths of the savings & loan crisis with the purchase of non-performing loans and real estate assets from Resolution Trust Corp., Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht has overseen the Firm’s growth into a diversified investment company that today encompasses approximately 520 employees, plus 470 employees in its loan servicing business. The Firm maintains 12 offices located in six countries, including our global headquarters in Greenwich, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, and affiliated offices in London, Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt and Sao Paulo.
Reflecting the success of the Firm’s investment activities around the world, the Firm has received numerous industry accolades over the years—most recently placing first or second in honors including PERE European Firm of the Year, Global Firm of the Year, Global Industry Figure of the Year, North American Deal of the Year, European Industry Figure of the Year and European Deal of Year. The Mortgage Observer, a nationally-recognized trade publication, named Barry Sternlicht “The Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance” in 2013.