Founded in 1981 by Peter Aldrich, Tom Eastman, and Mark Waltch, AEW Capital Management derives its name from the initials of its founders: Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch. Headquartered in Boston, the firm operates in 12 locations, with additional major offices situated in London, Paris, and Singapore. Jef Furber, an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, currently serves as the Global Chief Executive Officer of AEW. In this capacity, Mr. Furber holds oversight responsibility for AEW's worldwide operations spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. He plays a pivotal role in shaping AEW's strategic direction and efficiently managing the firm's resources. Additionally, Mr. Furber is a key member of the Investment Committees in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the Risk Management and ESG Committees within the firm.
In the construction and management of equity securities portfolios, AEW adheres to a value-oriented investment philosophy that combines quantitative research with hands-on expertise in real estate and capital markets. As a value-oriented investment manager, the firm endeavors to identify mispriced REIT stocks relative to their peers, emphasizing those with the greatest relative value, robust price appreciation potential, and lower downside risk. AEW has maintained consistency in its investment style, portfolio construction, and stock selection processes since the initiation of its REIT investment management program in 1995.
Presently, the firm serves over 800 clients worldwide, overseeing a total of $87.4/€82.6 billion in assets under management spanning various property types in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. With a workforce exceeding 900 individuals stationed in 18 offices across the globe, AEW possesses on-the-ground expertise, ensuring timely and localized support wherever it is required.