Northwood Investors is a privately-held real estate investment advisor that was founded in 2006 by John Z. Kukral, the former President and CEO of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. Northwood invests alongside institutional and private clients in a broad range of real estate and real estate-related investment opportunities globally, with approximately $6 billion of assets under management as of January 1, 2016.
Northwood invests across the capital structure, including debt, equity and securities investments. The firm invests in a range of real estate asset classes, including hotel, office, retail, residential and industrial properties. The firm's investment strategies include single property acquisitions, property development and redevelopment, multi-property portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures, operating companies and public and private securities.
Northwood's investment strategy emphasizes capital preservation and incentive alignment between the firm's principals and investors. The firm focuses on long-term value creation and has the flexibility to make investments with a longer hold period than typical real estate opportunity funds. Northwood seeks to unlock unrealized value in its portfolio over time through execution and a hands-on asset management approach. The firm also owns management platforms to operate its hotel, retail and residential properties.