The year-over-year increase in significant US com- mercial property sales—Real Capital Analytics reports that dollar volume was up 23% to $533 billion, the second-highest level after 2007—helps
convey the magnitude of dealmaking in 2015. The numbers,
though, don’t tell the story of the intricacies and complexities
of the year’s top deals in sales, leasing and finance.
To do that, REAL ESTATE FORUM has broken out the hows and
whys of these transactions, along with the key players, relying on submissions from companies involved along with other
industry sources. Two of the year’s most prolific dealmakers,
the Blackstone Group and GE Capital Real Estate, are each
covered separately, and we’ve also provided a sidebar spotlighting 2015’s numerous mergers and acquisitions.
By Sule Aygoren and Paul Bubny