We are focused investment-led experts, specializing in real assets and alternative income

We are focused investment-led experts, specializing in real assets and alternative income

Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in everything we do.

Our teams are relentless in their drive to provide superior investment solutions and passionate about constantly innovating to meet the needs of clients today and anticipate their challenges of tomorrow.

35+

Years of investment innovation

$79.2B

AUM

20+

Years avg. experience of senior investment professionals

5

Offices globally

OUR MISSION GUIDES US

We work together every day to help our clients achieve the financial security they need to fulfill their missions through the pursuit of excellence in everything we do, relentlessly focused on delivering superior investment results. We are industry pioneers who are passionate about constantly innovating to meet our clients’ needs today and anticipate their challenges tomorrow.

FOUR VALUES DEFINE US

Excellence

We pursue excellence in everything we do—investment results, client service, product development and strategy.
% morningstar funds
97% of U.S. open-end fund AUM had 4 or 5 star Morningstar Overall Rating as of 9/30/20221
11.8% industry-leading organic growth in 2021

Innovation

We innovate to meet our clients’ evolving needs and as markets continuously shift.
One of the first investment managers focused on listed REIT investing
First REIT open-ended fund, 1991
Recapitalized the REIT market during the global financial crisis
Introduced Private Real Estate Capabilities in 2021

Focus

Our clients rely on us as specialized experts to deliver superior investment results and focused education.
Recognized by CIO Magazine as Real Asset Manager of the Year in 2021
Achieved 11.8% industry-leading organic growth in 2021 fueled by strong performance in our asset classes

Inclusion

An inclusive environment enables us to recruit, retain and empower talented teams to drive results.
70% of 2021 new hires in the U.S. were diverse
60% of 2021 new hires globally were diverse
In 2021, 40% of global new hires were women
Partner with Girls Who Invest to help increase the number of women in portfolio management
Work with Dress for Success and the Susan J. Komen Foundation to empower women’s economic freedom and health
Active employee resource groups include the Diversity Alliance and Women’s Exchange

OUR EVOLUTION AS A LEADING SPECIALIST MANAGER

1985

First real estate securities mutual fund

Marty Cohen and Bob Steers set out to help investors capitalize on the emerging opportunity they saw in public REITs - creating and managing the first mutual fund specializing in real estate securities.2
1986

Founding of Cohen & Steers

Our founders, Marty Cohen and Bob Steers were convinced that listed real estate could open the market to investors, drive demand and make real estate a larger share of portfolios globally. They form the first investment manager dedicated to real estate securities: Cohen & Steers.
1988

First closed-end real estate securities fund

The firm launches the first closed-end real estate securities fund.
1991

Realty Shares fund

The firm launches our flagship open-end fund, one of the first mutual funds dedicated to investing in listed U.S. equity REITs
1996

U.S. REIT Preferred Securities capabilities

The firm begins investing in U.S. REIT Preferred Securities to complement existing offering of REIT portfolios.
1999

Corporate Preferred Securities capabilities

The firm diversifies into other income-oriented equity strategies offering portfolios with allocations to Corporate Preferred Securities.
2001

European Real Estate capabilities

The firm begins investing in listed European real estate, offering a dedicated European Real Estate Securities Strategy.
2001

Leveraged closed-end real estate securities fund

The firm launches the first leveraged closed-end real estate securities fund.
2003

Infrastructure strategy

The firm hires a leading team to invest in infrastructure and master limited partnerships (MLPs), including midstream energy, further diversifying our capabilities.
2003

Non-US Preferred Securities capabilities

Our team moves into non-U.S. Preferred Securities investing as global markets matured.
2003

New President and CIO

The firm names Joseph Harvey President and CIO.
2004

IPO

Cohen & Steers Inc. becomes listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the ticker CNS.
2005

Hong Kong office

The firm opens an office in Hong Kong.
2006

London office

The firm opens an office in London and launches our fund line domiciled in Luxembourg.
2009

Cohen & Steers leads an industry-wide recapitalizing of REITs

The firm leads an industry-wide initiative to recapitalize REITs in the wake of the global financial crisis. Cohen & Steers commits to being a cornerstone investor for those who agree to our plan.
2011

Midstream Energy strategy

The firm offers a strategy focused exclusively on midstream energy and MLPs.
2011

Tokyo office

To support our existing sub-advisory relationships, the firm opens a Tokyo office.
2012

Real Assets Multi-Strategy

The firm launches the Real Assets Multi-Strategy to give clients access to a portfolio of investments in listed real assets, including real estate securities, global listed infrastructure, commodities and natural resource equities.
2013

Commodities and Natural Resource Equities strategies

The firm offers an active, long-biased approach to Commodities and expands into Natural Resource Equities strategies.
2016

Marty Cohen becomes Chairman

Marty Cohen steps back from the day-to-day business of the firm, becoming Chairman of the Board.
2018

Establish ESG Committee

The firm establishes a coordinated and cross-functional approach to addressing ESG initiatives across Investments, Product Strategy and Corporate Considerations.
2018

Digital Transformation capability

The firm taps into emerging secular themes with the introduction of our Digital Infrastructure portfolio.
2019

Jon Cheigh named CIO

With the firm since 2005 and the Head of Global Real Estate since 2012, Jon Cheigh becomes CIO.
2020

Thematic strategies

The firm launches the REIT Completion Strategy, which invests in newer, emerging REIT sectors that are typically not included in core private real estate portfolios. The Next Generation REIT Strategy, which invests in REIT sectors that are positioned to benefit from secular growth, debuts.
2020

Dublin office

The firm opens our Dublin office to ensure uninterrupted service for European clients post-Brexit.
2021

Private Real Estate Group

The firm forms a Private Real Estate Group, a team purpose-built for private real estate investing.
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WHAT WE DO

We pursue alpha, income and diversification

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

Listed Real Estate

Investing in a large universe broadly diversified by country and property sector.

Listed Infrastructure

Investing in owners and operators of infrastructure assets around the world.

Preferred Securities

Investing in preferred and debt securities diversified across issuers and sectors.

Real Assets

Investing in the structures and raw materials that facilitate economic growth.

Private Real Estate

Investing in small- and mid-cap opportunities with value-focused investment themes.

Natural Resource Equities

Investing in agribusiness, energy and metals & mining businesses.

Midstream Energy

Investing in a broad universe of companies that gather, process, store and transport energy commodities.

Commodities

Investing in a well-diversified group of commodities including energy, grains and industrial metals.

WHO WE SERVE

We are passionate about constantly innovating to meet the needs of clients today and anticipate their challenges of tomorrow.

See our offices in key strategic markets around the world

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We work closely with regional, national and global financial professionals, including financial advisors, registered investment advisors, bank trusts and OCIO providers, who offer guidance and advice to both plan sponsors and retail clients seeking to invest for their future.

WHY IT MATTERS

Creating impact and making a real difference

Cohen & Steers is committed to the highest standards of corporate responsibility. It’s what our clients demand and what we expect of ourselves because improving the communities in which we live and work is important to us. Cohen & Steers is proud to be active in our communities through our partnerships and volunteer initiatives.