James Corl is a Managing Director at Siguler Guff and oversees the Firm's distressed real estate investment activities, setting investment strategy, designing and constructing the portfolio, identifying potential investments, and negotiating investment terms and conditions, as well as maintaining an ongoing dialogue with managers in the portfolio.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Jim spent 13 years in the REIT investment industry, most recently as Chief Investment Officer for all of the real estate activities of Cohen & Steers, Inc., a leading investor in global real estate securities. He was directly responsible for over $30 billion of client assets invested in Cohen & Steers' mutual funds and institutional separate accounts around the world. Under Jim's investment leadership, Cohen & Steers delivered industry leading investment performance for its clients. His funds were twice awarded the "Lipper Leader" award for the best performing 3-year track record among all REIT mutual funds.
Jim spent the early part of his career in various distressed real estate investment activities. As an Associate with the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston, Jim was involved in acquiring portfolios of non-performing loans and distressed real estate assets for CSFB's Praedium Real Estate Recovery Fund as well as restructuring troubled real estate companies as publicly traded REITs. In addition, he was also involved in early commercial mortgage-backed securitizations at CSFB. Previously Jim was an Associate with Chemical Bank where he developed disposition strategies for the bank's foreclosed real estate portfolio. Prior to graduate school, Jim also worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in the Real Estate Consulting Group, where he performed investment due diligence for investors in non-performing loans and distressed properties.
Jim holds a B.A. with honors in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.