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Jamestown is a global, design-focused real estate investment and management firm with a 41-year track record and a mission to transform spaces into innovation hubs and community centers. Since its founding by Christoph Kahl in 1983, Jamestown has executed transactions totaling approximately $40 billion. As of December 31, 2023, the company has assets under management of $11.6 billion and a portfolio spanning key markets throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.

Jamestown employs more than 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cologne, Germany, and offices in Amsterdam, Bogotá, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Current and previous projects include One Times Square and Chelsea Market in New York City, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, the Innovation and Design Building in Boston, the Innovation and Design Buildings in Boston and Lisbon, and Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam.

Jamestown differentiates itself through its enhanced vertical integration. In addition to experience in the traditional functions of a real estate management company, such as acquisitions, capital markets, and asset management, Jamestown possesses extensive internal expertise to bring added value to all aspects of the real estate business. Through in-house capabilities in Development & Construction, Architecture & Design, Retail Leasing, Creative & Marketing, and Food & Beverage Curation, employees strive to maximize value throughout an asset’s ownership period.

Jamestown is well-known in the industry for its market discipline. For example, ahead of the Great Recession in 2006 and 2007, Jamestown sold more than $5.1 billion in assets, a majority of its then portfolio, believing the real estate market was overheated.

In 2019, Jamestown launched Jamestown Invest, its first digital investment platform for U.S. investors.

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Jamestown differentiates itself in part through in-house capabilities in Acquisitions, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Compliance & Risk Management, Creative & Marketing, Development & Construction, Investor Relations, Legal, Property Management, Retail Leasing, Sustainability, Tax Services, and Tech & Innovation. Case Studies from the portfolio demonstrate the impact of this expertise.

Process

Jamestown’s in-house team of over 500 employees encompasses a number of real estate functions. The company takes full advantage of its integrated platform to optimize operations, maximize asset-level performance, and minimize risks. These departments include: Acquisitions, Architecture & Design, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Compliance & Risk Management, Creative & Marketing, Development & Construction, Investor Relations, Legal, Property Management, Retail Leasing, Sustainability, Tax Services, and Tech & Innovation.

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Matt M. Bronfman
Principal, Chief Executive Officer
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Matt Bronfman is a Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of Jamestown, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Bronfman joined the company in 1998 as General Counsel and in 2002 was named Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. He became CEO in 2012, and is responsible for managing Jamestown’s global operations and overseeing corporate strategy and execution. Under Matt’s leadership, Jamestown has grown its portfolio of assets in the U.S. and expanded into Latin America and Europe.

Mr. Bronfman has more than 30 years of experience in real estate and has led the acquisition, redevelopment, and oversight for over $20 billion in projects, including Chelsea Market in New York City, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Industry City in Brooklyn, the Innovation and Design Building in Boston, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Jamestown, Mr. Bronfman practiced law at Holland & Knight. He currently serves on the boards for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Jewish Federations of North America, and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Mr. Bronfman also serves as President of the board of Directors for the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofits to help make cities more enjoyable places to live and work. He has been recognized as a leader in the industry and is a recipient of the Real Estate Roundtable President’s Circle Award; New York Observer’s 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate; Commercial Observer’s Top 100 Most Powerful People in Commercial Real Estate; Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEO; Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians; and Atlanta Magazine’s Top 500 Most Powerful Leaders.

Mr. Bronfman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Tufts University in Boston and attended law school at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, graduating magna cum laude.

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Michael Phillips
Principal, Chairman and President
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Michael Phillips is a Principal and the Chairman and President of Jamestown, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. As President, Mr. Phillips oversees the development and execution of the company’s real estate projects globally. During his tenure, Jamestown has grown its portfolio of assets in key markets throughout the US and expanded its investment footprint to South America and Europe, more than tripling the firm’s assets under management. Mr. Phillips is the driving force behind the company’s adaptive reuse projects including Chelsea Market in New York City, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Industry City in Brooklyn, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Mr. Phillips is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and ability to build unique, iconic urban centers. He attended the American University in London.

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Our History

Guiding Principles

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Jamestown has adopted principles that guide the company as it builds a best-in-class real estate investment platform, resulting in a stable and thriving organization for the long-term benefit of our employees and investors.

For our investors, best-in-class means we produce superior results, communicate honestly and transparently, and are responsive to their needs. For our tenants, being best-in-class means we listen to their concerns and support them, create quality spaces, deliver an outstanding experience, and foster a sense of community at our properties and in surrounding neighborhoods. For our employees, being best-in-class requires that we collectively embrace the Guiding Principles and promote mutual respect and collaboration. As a stable and thriving company, we must be efficient and profitable in our operations by defining, evaluating, and communicating our operational goals, proactively identifying and solving problems, and utilizing resources wisely. With our long-term view, we further acknowledge our responsibility to add value to our communities and implement environmentally-thoughtful initiatives.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Through Jamestown Green and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, we are reducing our impact on the environment and supporting the communities where we own property.

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