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Colony NorthStar, Inc. (NYSE: CLNS) was formed through a tri-party merger between Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY), NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE:NSAM) and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF).

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  • 2016

    Held closing for first open-end fund, investing in U.S. industrial asset portfolio valued at approximately $2 billion.

    Colony American Homes and Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust merge, resulting in Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR), a market leading single family residential rental platform.

  • 2015

    Merger of Colony Capital and Colony Financial combines investment management business with publicly traded REIT, forming Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY).

  • 2014

    Acquires Cobalt Capital Partners and its national portfolio of light industrial properties.

    Colony American Finance formed as a private specialty finance company focused exclusively on the residential rental market.

  • 2010–2014

    Largest buyer of FDIC structured portfolios, including over
    7,000 loans totaling $6 billion of unpaid principal balance.

  • 2010

    Amasses a portfolio of 20,000 single-family residential homes through the launch of Colony American Homes.

    Co-led the management buyout of First Republic Bank
    from Bank of America Corporation.

  • 2009

    Colony Financial, Inc. goes public (NYSE: CLNY).

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  • 2008

    Establishes Colony Distressed Credit Fund (CDCF) series with CDCF I, the first in a series of global opportunistic credit funds.

  • 1999

    Establishes in-country offices in South Korea.

  • 1998

    Forms Colony III opportunity fund.

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    Becomes one of the largest buyers of debt in Asia.

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    Establishes European presence in Paris.
  • 1991–1995

    Acquires $2.7 billion in distressed debt.

  • 1991

    Founded concurrently with the acquisition of a distressed portfolio from RTC.

    Colony forms first institutional investment fund.

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  • 2016

    Exceeds $4 billion of total retail capital raised since 2010.

    Acquires a majority ownership stake in The Townsend Group.

  • 2015

    NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. completes spin-off of its European real estate into separate publicly traded REIT, NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE).

    Continues international expansion with the acquisition of over $2 billion of high-quality office properties predominately in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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    Spin-off of asset management business to form NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE: NSAM).

    NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. acquires Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc. for $4 billion, establishing itself as a leading investor in the healthcare real estate sector.

  • 2011–2014

    Diversifies business by expanding into direct ownership of commercial real estate properties and through strategic acquisitions.

    Closes on strategic investment in RXR Realty.

  • 2010–PRESENT

    One of the first public companies to sponsor public non-traded companies, including:

    • NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.
    • NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc.
    • NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc.
    • NorthStar/RXR New York Metro Real Estate, Inc.
    • NorthStar Real Estate Capital Income Master Fund
  • 2010

    Establishes broker-dealer, NorthStar Securities, LLC, to diversify capital base and enter retail space.


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  • 2007–2009

    Limits commercial real estate investment activity due to market downturn.

  • 2005–2006

    Establishes and expands commercial real estate loan origination platform.

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    NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. becomes publicly traded company (NYSE: NRF).

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