U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
                         Washington, DC 20549


1. Name of the Registrant:

                         STARWOOD PROPERTY TRUST


2. Name of the person relying on the exemption:

                        CHANGE TO WIN INVESTMENT GROUP


3.  Address of the person relying on exemption:

              1900 L STREET, NW, SUITE 900, WASHINGTON, DC   20036


4.  Written materials.  Attach written materials required to be submitted
pursuant to Rule 14a-6(g)(1):

                             CTW INVESTMENT GROUP

April 10, 2013

Dear Starwood Property Trust shareholder:

(STWD) DIRECTOR JEFFREY G. DISHNER at the STWD annual meeting of shareholders
to be held on May 2nd. In our view, the current STWD Board of Directors is not
sufficiently independent. Three current Directors deemed "Independent" by the
Board have ties to Starwood Capital, the parent company of STWD's manager, or
its CEO & Chairman Barry Sternlicht. As a first step in strengthening the
Board's independence, we believe that Mr. Dishner should be replaced with an
independent director who has no affiliations with Starwood Capital or its


STWD is managed by SPT Management (SPT), an affiliate of Starwood Capital.
Since its initial public offering in 2009, STWD has incurred nearly $100
million in management fees and expense reimbursement payable to SPT and
Starwood Capital./1/ STWD shares offices, expenses and key personnel with
Starwood Capital.  SPT receives significant base fees and expense
reimbursement regardless of STWD's performance, and is entitled to additional
incentive compensation based on STWD's core earnings. STWD warned in its
initial prospectus and subsequent annual reports that this fee structure could
create conflicts of interest:

     The incentive fee payable to our Manager under the management
     agreement is payable quarterly and is based on our core earnings and
     therefore, may cause our manager to select investments in more risky
     assets to increase its incentive compensation.

STWD has, in fact, begun investing in riskier assets and entering new lines of
business. Since 2010, the value of STWD's portfolio has quadrupled, making it
the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the United States./2/  However, the
current portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) looks strikingly
different than it did in 2009. That year, 90% of CMBS held by STWD were
investment grade./3/ The chart below illustrates STWD's dramatic shift toward
unrated and below investment grade MBS. STWD's MBS portfolio has tripled in
size since 2009, and it now makes up more than one-fifth of STWD's total
investments./4/ Today, less than 1% of STWD's MBS are rated investment

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                       S&P RATINGS OF MBS HELD BY STWD

                           2009	         2010         2011         2012

Investment Grade       $222,302,000  $223,406,000 $ 20,595,000      $131,000
Below Investment Grade $ 23,594,000  $174,274,000 $142,081,000  $433,368,536
Not Rated              $-            $-           $179,058,000  $429,087,464
Total                  $245,896,000  $397,680,000 $341,734,000  $862,587,000

(amounts in thousands)

A closer look at STWD's portfolio of loans reveals a similar trend. STWD
classifies loans held in its portfolio on a scale from 1 to 5, with "1"
indicating the lowest level of risk, and "5" the highest. This year,
STWD holds $56 million less in loans rated "2", the lowest risk of its
holdings, than it did last year. It also holds nearly $600 million more in
loans rated "3" and "4", carrying higher default risk. Also, for the first


/1/ $98,563,000.00 incurred in base management fees, incentive fees, and
expense reimbursement since 2009. Calculated from STWD 10K 2009-012.
/2/  Portfolio size Q1 2010 was $1.024billion; portfolio size Q4 2012 was
$4.085billion. Sources: Starwood Quarterly Report for period ending
3/31/10 and Starwood Annual Report for period ending 12/31/12.
/3/ 82.4% of CMBS portfolio carried AAA S&P ratings. 2009 10K.
/4/ Carry value for MBS at end of 2012 was $862,587,000. STWD 10K 2012,
p. 5. Carry value for MBS at end of 2009 was $249,457,000.
/5/ 2012 10K : p.5; p. 77-8.

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this year the REIT now holds loans rated "5," the highest risk rating

Even as STWD has invested in holdings with greater default risk, the company
has also been pursuing new areas of business. These new ventures include the
acquisition of LNR, a special servicing company, expansion into European debt
markets and investments in single family residential units./7/ According to
figures disclosed in STWD's most recent annual report, these three areas
now make up approximately one third of STWD's total investment portfolio.


Independent board oversight is widely recognized as critical in promoting
effective corporate governance, financial reporting, risk management and
compensation. The listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"),
on which STWD's stock is traded, require that listed companies (with the
exception of "controlled" companies) have majority-independent boards and
fully independent key board committees. Rules of the Securities and Exchange
Commission mandate that public companies disclose to shareholders the role
their boards play in oversight of risk management, as well as information
about director independence and board leadership.

Investors have endorsed more stringent standards for board independence. For
example, the Core Policies of the Council of Institutional Investors, whose
investor members have over $3 trillion in assets under management, recommend
that "At least two-thirds of the directors should be independent."/8/  The
California Public Employees' Retirement System's governance principles state
that "Boards should strive to obtain board composition made up of a
substantial majority of independent directors."/9/ STWD's board independence
compares poorly to its peers:

 -  Of 38 peers STWD is one of nine companies whose boards are less than two-
    thirds independent./10/

 -  Of that same group STWD is one of the five companies with the lowest
    proportion of independent board members. Of the 24 companies that
    Institutional Shareholder Services considers STWD peers, only three other
    boards have equally low proportions of independent directors./11/

 -  Of the 12 peer companies that STWD uses in evaluating executive
    compensation, it is tied with Franklin Street Properties as having the
lowest proportion of independent directors./12/


/6/ Starwood Annual Report for period ending 12/31/12.
/7/ Less than a year after making significant investments in single family
residential, STWD is now considering separating its residential REO properties
and non-performing residential loans into a portfolio held by a stand-alone
entity. 8K April 8 2013.
/8/ Core Policies, section 2.3 (updated Oct. 5, 2012) (available at http://
/9/  Global Principles of Accountable Corporate Governance, at 8 (updated
Nov. 14, 2012) (available at http://www.calpers-governance.org/docs-sof/
/10/ Peer companies included 24 companies identified by ISS (listed below),
12 identified by Starwood for executive compensation comparison (listed
below), and three peer mortgage REITs: Annaly Capital Management, MFA
Financial, and Two Harbors Investment Corp. All data reflects the issuing
of the 2012 proxies.
/11/ Peer companies identified by ISS are American Campus Communities, Inc.,
DCT Industrial Trust Inc., DiamondRock Hospitality Company, DuPont Fabros
Technology, Inc., Dynex Capital, Inc., Entertainment Properties Trust, Extra
Space Storage Inc., FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, First Industrial
Realty Trust, Inc., Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated, Highwoods Properties,
Inc., LaSalle Hotel Properties, Lexington Realty Trust, Mid-America Apartment
Communities, Inc., National Retail Properties, Inc., Omega Healthcare
Investors, Inc., Parkway Properties, Inc., Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment
Trust, Post Properties, Inc., Rayonier Inc., Resource Capital Corp., Strategic
Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Taubman Centers, Inc., and Washington Real Estate
Investment Trust.
/12/ Peer companies identified by Starwood  for executive compensation
comparison are  American Capital, Ltd., Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation,
CapLease, Inc., Capstead Mortgage Corporation, CreXus Investment Corporation,
Franklin Street Properties Corp., Hatteras Financial Corp., iStar


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In other sectors, some companies have already formalized higher standards in
their corporate governance guidelines. For instance, Safeway Inc.'s director
independence standards provide that "it is the policy of the Board of
Directors of Safeway Inc. that at least two-thirds of the members of the
Board be independent of the Company's management."/13/  Given the issues
discussed above, we believe that greater board independence would serve STWD
shareholders' interests.


In our view, as STWD's risk is increasing and the company is entering new lines
of business, a strong and independent board would most effectively oversee the
company's strategic choices and relationship with the manager.

Three current directors deemed independent by STWD have relationships with
Starwood Capital or its Chairman & CEO Barry Sternlicht that could undermine
their ability to serve as effective monitors of the STWD/Starwood Capital

 *  Jeffrey DiModica directs MBS sales and strategy for the Americas at Royal
    Bank of Scotland (RBS). STWD has acknowledged some potential for conflicts
    of interest given Mr. DiModica's role at RBS, and has adopted a policy that
    limits transactions with RBS to the greater of $1 million or 2% of the
    RBS's consolidated gross revenues. In our view, this threshold does not
    provide much protection against conflicts, as RBS is one of the largest
    companies in the world and two percent of gross revenues for RBS amounts
    to nearly $500 million. More importantly, this threshold does not appear
    to apply to Starwood Capital./14/ Mr. DiModica therefore is in a position
    to be evaluating decisions made by Starwood Capital for STWD, while
    conducting business with Starwood Capital at RBS.

 *  Camille Douglas is a senior advisor for the LeFrak Organization. Affiliates
    of the LeFrak Organization joined with Starwood Capital in 2009 to purchase
    a $4.5 billlion portfolio of assets of the failed Corus Bank. The joint
    venture still operates today as ST Residential. Although we do not know
    whether she advises LeFrak on matters related to ST Residential, we believe
    the financial ties between the REIT's manager and Ms. Douglas' primary
    corporate affiliation call into question her ability to exercise independent
    judgment on issues related to Starwood Capital.

 *  Strauss Zelnick is the founder of private equity firm ZelnickMedia. CEO &
    Chairman Barry Sternlicht serves on an advisory board for ZM Capital an
    affiliate of ZelnickMedia.  Sternlicht's investment in a ZelnickMedia fund
    was disclosed once in 2010. Mr. Zelnick serves as the Chair of the Audit
    and Nominating and Governance Committees; he also sits on the Investment
    and Compensation Committees. We are also concerned that Mr. Zelnick may be
    overburdened with service on all four of STWD's Board committees, as well
    as many other directorships.

STWD appears to be in compliance with the NYSE's listing standards and STWD's
own Corporate Governance Guidelines. In our view, however, the NYSE's
definition of independence does not capture all potentially

Financial Inc., , NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., PennyMac Mortgage Investment
Trust, Redwood Trust, Inc., and Resource Capital Corporation (also in ISS
/13/ Director Independence Standards, Safeway Inc., at 1 (available at http://
/14/ In fact, Starwood Capital bid on a $1.5 billion  RBS loan book in 2011,
see Starwood Capital Group," EuroProperty Magazine. Oct 17, 2011.


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problematic relationships a director may have. Here, we believe that an
assessment of STWD director independence should include an analysis of
directors' relationships with Starwood Capital and its executives. Starwood
Capital dominates the REIT and executives of Starwood Capital direct STWD's
strategy, operations and daily functioning. While this arrangement may provide
a competitive advantage to STWD, it should be carefully overseen by an
independent board of directors, because the interests of Starwood Capital
may not always be aligned with those of STWD shareholders.

To achieve a STWD Board that is two-thirds independent, only one insider
needs to be replaced with an additional independent director. While Jeffrey
Dishner has many years of experience in commercial real estate, the Board
should be able to access his expertise given his position as an executive of
the company. It is our view that the presence of STWD's Chairman & CEO, as
well as its President on the Board of Directors should be sufficient to
represent the perspective of management. We believe that shareholders will
benefit from added independence and that Mr. Dishner should be replaced
with a director that has no affiliations with STWD or Starwood Capital. We
er Board independence.  If you would like to discuss our concerns directly
with us, please contact us at (202) 721-6060.



Richard Clayton
Research Director, CtW Investment Group


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