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The Townsend Group

PRI reporting framework 2018

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the services and funds you offer

% of assets under management (AUM) in ranges

Further options for investment managers (may be selected in addition to the above)

01.3. Additional information. [Optional]

The Townsend Group provides Advisory services and implemented solutions for institutional clients seeking exposure to commercial real estate investments.  In general, real asset investments in each client portfolio are managed by a third-party General Partner.

OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.

United States

02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

100 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Townsend clients and/or the General Partners managing investments in underlying client portfolios may be UN PRI signatories in their own right, but would not be considered subsidiaries of The Townsend Group.  On December 29, 2017, Townsend was acquired by affiliated Aon Hewitt, also a signatory to the UN PRI. 

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year, Exclude subsidiaries you have chosen not to report on and any advisory/execution only assets.

Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

As of June 30, 2017, Townsend had assets under management of approximately $14.8 billion; and provided advisory services to clients who had real estate/real asset allocations exceeding $184.5 billion.



As of June 30, 2017, Townsend had assets under management of approximately $14.8 billion. When calculating assets under management, Townsend aggregates net asset values and unfunded commitments on a quarterly basis.  Townsend relies on third parties to provide asset valuations, which typically takes in excess of 90 days after the quarter end. Therefore, assets under management have been calculated using June 30, 2017 figures where available but may also include March 31, 2017 figures.  Assets under management are calculated quarterly and includes discretionary assets under management and non-discretionary client assets where the client’s contractual arrangement provides the client with the ability to opt out of or into particular transactions, or provides other ancillary control rights over investment decision-making (a/k/a “quasi-discretionary”).  Regulatory AUM is calculated annually and can be made available upon request.


As of June 30, 2017, Townsend provided advisory services to clients who had real estate/real asset allocations exceeding $184.5 billion. Advised assets includes real estate and real asset allocation as reported by our clients for whom Townsend provides multiple advisory services—including strategic and underwriting advice for the entire portfolio. Advised assets are based on totals reported by each client to Townsend or derived from publicly available information. Advised assets are calculated quarterly. Select clients report less frequently than quarterly in which case we roll forward prior quarter totals. The recent change in Advised Assets is due to a change in the reporting of certain special projects.


OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity 0 0 0 0
Fixed income 0 0 0 0
Private equity 0 0 0 0
Property 0 0 >50% 90
Infrastructure 0 0 <10% 5
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 <10% 2.5
Farmland 0 0 <10% 2.5
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 0 0
Other (2), specify 0 0 0 0

06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Not Applicable)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Private)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market (Private)