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NorthStar Asset Management Group, Colony Capital and NorthStar Realty Finance Announce Merger

(RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.)

Vinson & Elkins represented NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NRF) in connection with a merger involving NRF, NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. and Colony Capital, Inc. Under the definitive merger agreement the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction to create a world-class, internally-managed, diversified real estate and investment management platform.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Special Committees of NSAM and NRF, and the Board of Directors of Colony. The combined company will be named “Colony NorthStar, Inc.”

The V&E team was led by corporate partners Daniel LeBey, Steve Gill, David Freed and tax partner Chris Mangin, with assistance from associates Benji Barron, McCall Grimes and Brian Russell. Also advising were partners David Wicklund, Jim Meyer and David D’Alessandro, counsel Casey Fisk, and associates Shauna DiGiovanni, Emily Clary and Austin Light.

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