Subsequent to the transaction, Heitman, which was previously 50% owned and controlled by senior professionals of the firm and 50% by an entity controlled by OMAM, is now 100% owned and controlled by its senior officers, who will continue in their roles and responsibilities for creating and executing annual business plans, day-to-day operations, the investment and client management process, and setting firm-wide strategy.
“The acquisition of OMAM’s interest in Heitman represents another significant milestone for the firm in our ongoing mission to be one of the leading real estate investment management firms,” said Maury R. Tognarelli, Heitman CEO. “The consolidation of the firm’s ownership is indicative of the confidence we have in ourselves and further aligns our interests with those of our clients.”
Heitman’s employee ownership and control is an important differentiator. At present, 40 senior professionals from across the firm’s business and support operations share in the ownership. Heitman has approximately €32.7bn ($39bn) in assets under management with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The firm is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Los Angeles, London, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Melbourne.
“We are acutely aware that we are in the position to redeem OMAM’s interest in our firm as a result of the support and confidence our clients place in us at Heitman, each and every day. All of us understand the profound responsibilities we accept when engaged by our clients and we are committed to rewarding the trust placed in us by serving them and meeting or exceeding their real estate investment objectives,” said Tognarelli.