Hines Global REIT, Inc. ("Hines Global") was incorporated under the Maryland General Corporation Laws on December 10, 2008, primarily for the purpose of investing in a diversified portfolio of quality commercial real estate properties and other real estate investments located throughout the United States and internationally. Hines Global raised the equity capital for its real estate investments through two public offerings from August 2009 through April 2014, and through its distribution reinvestment plan (the "DRP Offering") from April 2014 through August 2018. Collectively, through its public offerings, Hines Global raised gross offering proceeds of approximately $3.1 billion, including the DRP Offering, all of which was invested in the Company's real estate portfolio.
Hines Global conducts most of its activities through, and most of its real estate investments are held directly or indirectly by, Hines Global REIT Properties, LP (the "Operating Partnership"), which was formed on January 7, 2009. Hines Global contributes the proceeds it receives from the issuance of common shares to the Operating Partnership and the Operating Partnership in turn issues general partner interests to Hines Global. The general partner interests entitle Hines Global to receive its share of the Operating Partnership's earnings or losses and distributions of cash flow.
We refer to Hines Global, the Operating Partnership and its wholly-owned subsidiaries as the "Company," and the use of "we," "our," "us" or similar pronouns in this annual report refers to Hines Global or the Company as required by the context in which such pronoun is used.