Columbia Threadneedle Investments Acquiring Lionstone Investments
Houston-based Lionstone Partners, Ltd., is being acquired by Boston-based Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC. Lionstone manages a $6-billion portfolio of CRE assets.
The acquisition will extend Columbia Threadneedle’s investment capabilities into U.S. real estate, an important asset class that is projected to attract increasing allocations from both institutional and retail investors. The deal also expands Columbia Threadneedle’s offerings across the alternatives asset management category.
Lionstone will retain its brand name and identity within Columbia Threadneedle, as well as its Houston HQ. The executive team will remain in place, with chief executive Jane Page (pictured) reporting to Columbia Threadneedle’s chief executive, Ted Truscott.
“We believe our broad institutional capabilities and relationships, together with our investment research insights, make this an excellent fit,” said Truscott.
Moelis & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor to Lionstone. The transaction is expected to close later this year.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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