James Corl is a Managing Director at Siguler Guff and joined the Firm in 2009 as head of real estate. Mr. Corl is the portfolio manager of Siguler Guff's Distressed Real Estate Opportunities Funds and oversees the real estate investment team, which has originated and closed on approximately $2.5 billion of real estate investments since 2009. The Firm's real estate commitments take the form of direct investments (co-investments) and fund investments that focus on interests in various types of commercial property in the U.S. and Europe. These investments span both public and private markets and both debt and equity structures. Mr. Corl is a member of the Investment Committees for various Siguler Guff funds.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Corl spent 13 years in the REIT investment industry, most recently as Chief Investment Officer from 2004 to 2008 for all of the real estate investment activities of Cohen & Steers, Inc., a leading investor in global real estate securities. Mr. Corl was directly responsible for over $30 billion of client assets invested in Cohen & Steers' mutual funds and institutional separate accounts around the world. Under Mr. Corl's investment leadership, Cohen & Steers delivered industry leading investment performance for its clients. Mr. Corl's funds were twice awarded the "Lipper Leader" award for the best performing 3-year track record among all REIT mutual funds.
Mr. Corl spent the early part of his career in various real estate investment activities. As an Associate with the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Corl 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 the initial public offerings of real estate companies. In addition, Mr. Corl was also involved in early commercial mortgage-backed securitizations at CSFB. Previously Mr. Corl was an Associate with Chemical Bank where he developed disposition strategies for the bank's foreclosed real estate portfolio. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Corl 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.
Mr. Corl 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.