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Our Story

Jamestown employs approximately 450 people worldwide with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cologne, Germany. The company has offices in Amsterdam, Bogotá, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1983, Jamestown has executed transactions in excess of $35 billion. As of June 30th 2019, the company has assets under management of $10.2 billion.

Jamestown is a design-focused real estate investment and management company with a 35+ year track record and a clear mission: to transform spaces into innovation hubs and community centers. Current and previous iconic projects include Chelsea Market in New York City, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and the Innovation and Design Building in Boston. The company has grown its portfolio in key markets throughout the U.S. and expanded its investment footprint to South America and Europe.

Jamestown differentiates itself through its vertically integrated platform. In addition to excelling at the traditional functions of a real estate management company, such as acquisitions, capital markets, and asset management, Jamestown possesses 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 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, Jamestown sold more than $5.1 billion in assets, a majority of its then portfolio, in 2006 and 2007, believing that the real estate market was overheated.

Rooftop of Ponce City Market with people enjoying the amusement park

Case Studies

Jamestown differentiates its self 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, and Tax Services. Case Studies from the portfolio demonstrate the impact of this expertise.

Process

Jamestown’s in-house team of approximately 450 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, and Tax Services.

Partners

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Christoph Kahl
Principal, Chairman
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Christoph Kahl is one of the two founding partners of Jamestown, headquartered in Atlanta. Mr. Kahl also founded Jamestown US-Immobilien GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Residing in Cologne and frequently traveling to the United States, Mr. Kahl serves as Principal of both sister companies. As Chairman of the company’s investment committee, Mr. Kahl leads the acquisition, asset management, and disposition discussions. Mr. Kahl received the Diplom-Kaufmann from the University of Cologne in 1977 and has specialized in US real estate for more than 30 years.

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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. 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 Mr. Bronfman’s leadership, Jamestown has grown its portfolio of assets in the US and expanded into Latin America and Europe. Mr. Bronfman has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and has led the acquisition, redevelopment, and oversight for 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 Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and the Jewish Funders Network. Mr. Bronfman also serves as President of the board of directors for the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, which supports non-profits 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 in 2013 and 2015; Commercial Observer’s The Power 100: Commercial Real Estate’s Most Powerful Players 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEO in 2017; 2019’s 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend; and Atlanta Magazine’s Top 500 Most Powerful Leaders of 2019. 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, President
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Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown. 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. Michael 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. Michael Phillips serves as the Vice-Chairman of the James Beard Foundation, sits on the boards of Governors for the Urban Land Institute, and Friends of the High Line. Mr. Phillips has received numerous honors for his creative work and philanthropic activities. He’s a recipient of both the 2010 Urban Land Institute "Development of Excellence" award for the White Provisions Development in Atlanta and the Urban Design Commission award for his ability to create sophisticated mixed-use districts. 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 us as we build a best-in-class real estate investment management company, 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

Jamestown is proud of its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Through Jamestown Green and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, we are focused on efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and support the communities where we own property.

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