Ares Management Corp. (NYSE: ARES) has hired John Case, Ben Fox, Joel Tomlinson and Taejoon Chun to expand Ares’ presence and activity in net lease and related investment opportunities.

Case joins as a partner and senior advisor and will work with the company on a part-time basis. Prior to joining Ares, he served as chief executive officer and director of Realty Income Corp. from 2013 to 2018.

Fox joins as a managing director. Prior to joining Ares, he was executive vice president, asset management and operations at Realty Income, where he also served as a member of the investment committee. Tomlinson also joins as a managing director. Prior to joining Ares, Tomlinson was previously a partner at Apollo Global Management, where he helped build and operate the Apollo Net Lease Capital Corp.

Chun joins as a principal. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, she was senior vice president, investments and head of asset management at Realty Income. Previously, she worked at OppenheimerFunds, a global asset manager, as a research associate in the value equity team.

“John, Ben, Joel and Taejoon are respected industry veterans who collectively bring more than 70 years of net lease and broader real estate and finance experience,” said David Roth, partner and head of U.S. real estate private equity in the Ares Real Estate Group. “With strong performance across public and private net lease platforms as well as extensive networks of relationships, we believe they will significantly enhance our ability to source and execute on unique investment opportunities and manage our net lease investments across North America and Europe.”

“We are pleased to welcome John, Ben, Joel and Taejoon to the team. We have known and respected each of them for many years and believe that their experience will greatly complement our existing investment efforts with net lease assets,” said Joel Holsinger, partner and co-head of alternative credit. “We believe that Ares is uniquely positioned to invest across the spectrum of net lease opportunities given that the net lease market sits at the intersection of alternative credit, real estate and corporate credit, all areas where Ares has demonstrated experience and a market leadership position.”

“Ben, Joel, Taejoon and I are eager to be part of the Ares team,” said Case. “We have long admired Ares’ reputation as a leading alternative investment manager with significant credit, private equity and real estate businesses as well as its collaborative corporate culture. I look forward to working with such talented professionals as we pursue attractive net lease opportunities across all types and regions.”