A Leader in Alternative Investment Solutions

CNL Securities' parent company, CNL Financial Group (CNL), offers more than 40 years of experience in sponsoring alternative investments and is one of the original players in the non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) industry. Not only have CNL and its affiliates formed or acquired companies with $34 billion in assets1, but we are also one of the first to bring true innovation to the world of alternative investments for retail investors.


CNL Timeline

Browse the timeline below to view some of our industry-advancing firsts. To view a complete timeline of CNL’s history, please visit


CNL is founded by James M. Seneff, Jr.

Company founder James M. Seneff, Jr., follows in the footsteps of his entrepreneurial father, borrowing $5,000 to begin a company that “would remain strong for 100 years and beyond.” By the end of 1973, Jim had $500,000 in real estate assets under management.


First public investment offering CNL Income Fund Ltd.

CNL Securities distributes its first public investment offering, CNL Income Fund Ltd., a $15 million all-cash, triple-net leased restaurant real estate offering.


CNL's Lifestyle REIT

CNL launches CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. an unlisted, non-traded public REIT that acquired a variety of income producing properties with a focus on lifestyle-related industries. The CNL Lifestyle Properties’ portfolio included skiing and mountain lifestyle, golf, attractions, senior housing, marinas and more.


Marriott Brighton Gardens, Prospect Heights Retirement Homes

Successfully liquidated three non-traded REITs

CNL takes CNL Retirement Properties, Inc., CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and CNL Restaurant Properties, Inc. through successful liquidity events while overseeing the sale of $15 billion in assets and returning capital to investors.


Woodfield Long Point, Multifamily Residential Development

CNL expands non-traded REITs

CNL expands the non-traded REIT universe to include growth and income funds: CNL Growth Properties, Inc., and Global Income Trust, Inc. Rather than a traditional distribution, CNL Growth Properties offered a stock distribution – the first of its kind in the non-traded REIT space. This strategy allowed the REIT to retain cash for investment opportunities in growth-oriented markets such as multifamily housing. Global Income Trust offered investors access to income-oriented real estate properties and other real estate-related assets in the United States and Germany.


CNL’s First Business Development Company

CNL becomes one of the first to make a non-traded business development company (BDC) available to investors by launching Corporate Capital Trust. The investment strategy includes the intention to achieve income by generally focusing on companies that share the characteristics of a medium to large company size, an expanding to mature company life cycle and a debt capital structure.


REIT Lists on NYSE

Chambers Street Properties (CSG) listed its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.2

Past performance is not indicative of future results. Prior programs sponsored by CNL have been adversely affected by general economic conditions, capital market trends and other external factors during their respective operating periods. Please read the prospectus before investing.
1 As of June 30, 2016. Fair market value of consideration received or of stock at time of listing, as applicable from operations, return of capital and liquidity events.
2 Chamber Street Properties, formerly CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust, was a REIT for which CNL Securities Corp. was the distributor between November 2006 and January 2012. CNL Financial Group owned an interest in its advisor and parent holding company. The CNL entities are no longer affiliated with Chambers Street Properties.

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