Commercial Real Estate: Buchanan Street Partners

TCW holds a minority interest in Buchanan Street Partners, a real estate investment management firm that invests in commercial real estate. Buchanan strives to deliver innovative investment solutions for clients and is managed by an experienced team, dedicated to investment excellence. The firm utilizes its knowledge and real estate investment acumen to manage clients’ assets and maintains a steady focus on creating value through a broad range of investment products.

Investment Team

  • Tim Ballard
  • Robert Brunswick
  • Robert J. Dougherty


Buchanan Street Partners invests in a broad range of privately negotiated, real estate related debt and equity investments in a variety of value-added opportunities.

Buchanan Street Partners primarily invests in office, industrial, retail and multi-family properties on a nationwide basis. Investments are generally focused on middle-market assets valued between $15 and $100 million, where ownership is fragmented and where the greatest market inefficiencies are believed to exist.

In support of this strategy, Buchanan has assembled a top level team of experienced investment professionals who possess extensive reach through multiple distribution channels, including real estate owners, lenders and intermediaries who are key to accessing investment opportunities.  The final selection of investments is supported by a rigorous investment process and a comprehensive due diligence and collaborative decision making process by Buchanan’s investment professionals. 

For more information please visit the Buchanan Street Partners website.


Legal Disclosures

This material is for general information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security. Any issuers or securities noted in this document are provided as illustrations or examples only, for the limited purpose of analyzing general market or economic conditions and may not form the basis for an investment decision, nor are they intended to serve as investment advice. Any such issuers or securities are under periodic review by the portfolio management group and are subject to change without notice. TCW makes no representation as to whether any security or issuer mentioned in this document is now in any TCW portfolio. TCW, its officers, directors, employees or clients may have positions in securities or investments mentioned in this publication, which are subject to change without notice. Any information and statistical data contained herein derived from third party sources are believed to be reliable, but TCW does not represent that they are accurate, and they should not be relied on as such or be the basis for an investment decision. All information is as of the date of this presentation unless otherwise indicated. An investment in the strategy described herein has risks, including the risk of losing some or all of the invested capital. An investor should carefully consider the risks and suitability of an investment strategy based on their own investment objectives and financial position. There is no assurance that the investment objectives and/or trends will come to pass or be maintained. The information contained herein may include preliminary information and/or “forward-looking statements.” Due to numerous factors, actual events may differ substantially from those presented herein. TCW assumes no duty to update any forward-looking statements or opinions in this document. This material comprises the assets under management of The TCW Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including TCW Investment Management Company LLC, TCW Asset Management Company LLC, and Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC. Any opinions expressed herein are current only as of the time made and are subject to change without notice. The investment processes described herein are illustrative only and are subject to change. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. © 2019 TCW.

Investment Team

  • Photo: Tim Ballard
    Tim Ballard
    Buchanan Street Partners

    Timothy J. Ballard is a Co-Founder, and the President and Chief Investment Officer of Buchanan Street Partners. Mr. Ballard is responsible for all of Buchanan’s investing activities, as well as developing the long-term economic outlook and macro-level investment strategies for Buchanan’s investment portfolios. In his tenure at Buchanan, Mr. Ballard has directed over $5 billion of real estate investments as Chief Investment Officer. Since Buchanan’s inception, he has elevated Buchanan’s investment initiatives to a national scope through the investment in over 200 properties spanning office, industrial, multi-family and retail assets. These investments encompass both debt and equity and include joint ventures with leading national and international real estate operators. Overall, Mr. Ballard has been responsible for the formation of five commingled funds and separate accounts for the purpose of making value-added real estate investments. These funds manage the assets of large public pension plans, life insuran e companies, corporate pension funds and HNW investors. Mr. Ballard has 21 years of real estate experience and holds dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School in Economics and Real Estate Finance. His professional affiliations include YPO, PREA, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (“NAREIM”), ULI and NAIOP; and he serves as VP on the Board of Directors for Buchanan Children’s Charities.

  • Photo: Robert Brunswick
    Robert Brunswick
    Buchanan Street Partners

    Robert S. Brunswick is a Co-Founder and the Chairman and CEO of Buchanan. In this capacity he has directed the entrepreneurial growth of Buchanan Street Partners since its inception and continues to lead its current strategic direction. Mr. Brunswick has 30 years of real estate experience. In 2005, he was recognized with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year honor. In 2007, Mr. Brunswick established Buchanan Children’s Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization founded to measurably improve the lives and educational opportunities for America’s children. The company has established annual signature events to support its charitable initiatives. In 2009, Mr. Brunswick was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America - Orange County Council with the "2009 Good Scout Award" for exemplifying the scouting values in his daily life and for his outstanding contributions to the community. Mr. Brunswick holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and has completed Berkeley’s Haas Business School Executive Management Program. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and his professional affiliations include membership in the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”), Institutional Real Estate Inc. (“IREI”), Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”), UCI Center for Real Estate, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (“NAIOP”), and Urban Land Institute (“ULI”).

  • Photo: Robert J. Dougherty
    Robert J. Dougherty
    Buchanan Street Partners

    Mr. Dougherty is responsible for ensuring strict underwriting standards, risk analysis, due diligence, pricing and structuring on Buchanan investments. He has 20 years of commercial real estate experience including 10 years with CarrAmerica Realty Corporation in Washington, DC. Mr. Dougherty has an extensive background in acquisitions, financing, and asset management of office properties and retail centers that includes property transactions totaling in excess of $1 billion. Immediately prior to joining Buchanan, Mr. Dougherty headed up his own retail investment advisory firm and also held investment and asset management positions with First Washington Realty and The Crosland Group, Inc. He holds a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia.

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