Our History

From niche beginnings to global ambitions

CA Ventures began in 2004 as a niche investor focusing on the acquisition and development of student apartments near major universities. Over the last 16 years, we’ve grown into an established, highly-regarded global real estate investment manager working in diverse asset classes and over 100 markets across three continents.

Through the Years

2004
  • Campus Acquisition founded by Tom Scott
2008
  • Delivers first two in-fill high-rise development projects; pioneering a new niche within the industry
2012
  • Expands upon range of expertise by hiring top industry talent to found senior living and residential platforms
  • Sells $627 million student portfolio to student housing REIT; second largest student portfolio sale at the time
2013
  • Expands its footprint to Latin America, opening an office in Bogotá
  • Sells $325 million student portfolio to leading alternative investment firm
2014
  • Student platform establishes $500 million joint venture partnership with global real estate investment group
  • Senior platform formalizes joint venture partnership with real estate investment firm to develop four assets
2015
  • Senior platform establishes a programmatic development joint venture partnership with top, global investment firm ($375 million capital commitment)
2016
  • Student platform forms $150 million joint venture with global insurance company
2017
  • Opens European headquarters in London
  • Student platform sells $300 million portfolio
  • Student platform forms $850 million equity build-to-core joint venture with real estate investment company; encompassing 10 properties and nearly 4,700 beds
2018
  • Expands real estate expertise into the industrial sector
  • Student platform and joint venture partner sell three assets to European asset manager for $258 million
  • Student platform and joint venture parter sell six-asset portfolio to U.S. pension fund for $260 million
2019
  • Expands regional offices in Europe: Italy, Spain and the Netherlands
  • Wins Crain’s Best Place to Work in Chicago (2019)
  • Senior platform closes two portfolio acquisitions: $160 million total equity, 14 assets, 1,285 units
2020
  • Expands real estate expertise to include medical office and life sciences