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Starwood Closes $7.6B Fund, Largest in Firm History

Greenwich, CT-based Starwood Capital Group closed its 11th opportunistic real estate fund, Starwood Global Opportunity Fund XI (SOF XI). With capital commitments totaling $7.56 billion, SOF XI is the firm’s largest fund in its history.

Starwood’s Barry Sternlicht says, “We are grateful to our longstanding and new investment partners for supporting us in our latest fund. We continue to invest prudently, and will remain focused on investments with stable and growing cash yields in the U.S. and Europe.”

SOF XI’s investment program has already closed 17 transactions, representing more than $5 billion in total assets, noted the firm’s Lanhee Yung. Investments in SOF XI include: the privatization of multifamily REIT Milestone, consisting of 79 communities with 24,061 units in the Sunbelt and Western U.S.; an equity interest and pipeline in Yotel; and nearly two million square feet of office space in two separate transactions in El Segundo, CA.

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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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