Commercial Real Estate 20 Awards 2018

Real Estate Finance & Investment will be honoring outstanding achievement among commercial real estate private equity funds, investment management companies, and real estate investment trusts and their advisors.

The Awards will return on February 5, 2019 at The Harvard Club, New York.



Debt - Industrial Deal of the Year CBRE National Partners
Debt - Multifamily Financing of the Year Lotus Capital Partners
Debt - Office Financing of the Year Bridge Debt Strategies
Debt - Retail Financing of the Year Cushman & Wakefield
Debt - Specialty Financing of the Year iBorrow
Equity - Industrial Deal of the Year Dalfen America Corp.
Equity - Multifamily Deal of the Year The DSF Group
Equity - Office Deal of the Year Monday Properties
Equity - Retail Deal of the Year RD Management
Equity - Speciality Deal of the Year Amherst Holdings, Skadden
Sector wide - Green Giant of the Year SL Green Realty Corp.
Sector wide - Innovator of the Year Money360
Sector wide - Pioneer of the Year Eagle Rock
Sector wide - Port Play of the Year CenterPoint Properties
Sector wide - PropTech Player of the Year Ten-X
Sector wide - Rookie of the Year Faisal Ashraf, Lotus Capital Partners
Readers' Choice - Blogger Jonathan Schultz, Oynx Equities
Readers' Choice - Building of the Decade 425 Park Avenue
Readers' Choice - Deal of the Decade Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition
Impact Player of the Year Lotus Capital Partners


Honoring outstanding achievement among commercial real estate private equity funds, investment management companies, and real estate investment trusts and their advisors. The Commercial Real Estate 20, a re-launch of our annual awards program, will honor 20 outstanding deals, investors, green and tech strategies, and thought leaders. The Awards will return on February 5, 2019 at The Harvard Club, New York.



Please read the judging criteria carefully before completing the entry form. Your entry should clearly demonstrate how you have met all of the points detailed in the criteria.

Each of the award categories is expected to be supported by a brief written submission that will demonstrate that clearly states your case in no more than 500 words.

Each entry must meet a number of different criteria that will show success over twelve month period, as outlined in the Categories + Criteria page on this website. Companies that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

The judging period for this year is November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017.

Details about the 2019 event including information on how to enter will be announced in September 2018.


The judging process is rigorous and thorough to ensure that all the nominations receive full consideration and that the true winners are chosen.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category who will be asked to summarize and provide additional input.

Judges have the discretionary power to move nominations into alternative categories that they think may be more suitable. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about companies and the final winners confidential.

Please note: Only performance, activity and initiatives between November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017 will be taken into consideration by the judges for the 2018 awards.


The panel of expert judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest. The list of judges for the 2018 awards will be published here soon.

PLEASE NOTE: Judges do not judge any categories that their company has been nominated for and are obliged to declare that they have no conflicts of interest prior to judging.


REIT of the Year Colony American Homes
REIT of the year - performance US Realty Advisors
REIT of the year - innovation Colony Starwood Homes
REIT of the year - sustainability SL Green Realty Corp.
Fund of the year - innovation Veritas Investments
Fund of the year - niche strategy iBorrow
Manager of the year - performance, innovation and strategy Castle Lanterra Properties
Manager of the year - overall Amherst Holdings
Broker of the year - specific property deal Meridian Capital Group (East 55th Street Assemblage)
Broker of the year - financing Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Capital Markets
Broker of the year - overall CBRE
Technology - pioneer of the year redIQ
Tech company of the year Cadre
Law firm of the year - fund formation Paul Hastings
Law firm of the year - innovation Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Law firm of the year - financing transaction Skadden
Law firm of the year - overall Skadden
Industry contribution Situs


The Commercial Real Estate 20 Awards will take place on February 5, 2019 at the Harvard Club, New York.


12:00pm Welcome drinks reception
12:30pm Three course lunch
1:45pm Awards Ceremony
2:30pm Close

Venue Information

Harvard Club
35 W 44th St
New York
NY 10036

Dress code

Business attire.



Each 10-person table includes admission to the awards ceremony, a three-course meal, and pre and post-awards networking opportunities.

Cost for Real Estate Finance & Investment Members: $6,950
Cost for Non-Members: $7,950

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will not be sold until the week before the event and will be subject to availability.

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Kate Roach
+44 (0)20 7832 6582
+1 (646) 891 2110


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