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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.
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.
CATEGORIES & CRITERIA
The following categories are open to debt-focused real estate investment managers, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts and other commercial real estate lenders. We're looking to honor an innovative or unusual financing, a financing package that was difficult to put together, or a financing package that helped pave the way for a market-changing deal.
Industrial Financing of the Year
Multifamily Financing of the Year
Office Financing of the Year
Retail Financing of the Year
More lenders are looking at non-traditional asset classes, including medical office, micro hotel, education-related real estate, entertainment, and self-storage. Tell us about a financing deal in one of these sectors you completed that allowed a significant transaction to move ahead and what the expected impact will be on the market.
The following categories are open to real estate investment managers, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts and other owners and operators. Nominations are open to individual deals or portfolio transactions of all sizes in all U.S. markets. We’re looking for situations where a deal changed the market or where a manager persisted to complete a transformative investment or development transaction.
Industrial Deal of the Year
The industrial sector is red hot. We’re looking for a deal that’s changed the rules of the game, via design and construction, use, or scale.
Multifamily Deal of the Year
The apartment sector continues to expand as homeownership falls. There are a lot of high-quality, vanilla apartment deals out there – we want to honor a transaction that is innovative for design, location, or amenities.
Office Deal of the Year
The U.S. office market is changing as tenants want more amenities, great locations, and unique space. We’re looking for an office owner who’s completed an innovative single transaction, development or a portfolio deal that’s changing the way space is being used.
Retail Deal of the Year
As we know, the consumer experience is critical for retail properties. We’re hoping to honor a retail owner that’s developed or renovated a property in a way that brings back a long-lost base of consumers or takes a new look at how to drawn individuals in.
There are a number of emerging commercial real estate markets that are increasingly garnering interest from institutional investors, including medical office, educational, micro hotels, and self-storage. We’re interested in transactions that bring something new to the table, be it consolidating properties or selling an established portfolio.
The following awards will open to vote by the Real Estate Finance & Investment social media community. The shortlist for each of the following categories will be selected by a panel of industry experts, and are not open to entries via the official entry form process.
Deal of the Decade
We’ve picked four major deals completed over the past 10 years. We want to know which one you think is the most outstanding.
Building of the Decade
We’ve selected four prominent developments completed over the past 10 years. You get to choose the winner.
Real Estate Blogger of the Year
We’ve picked four pithy, intelligent commercial real estate pros who blog as part of the job. Now it’s your turn to select the winner.
Everyone knows the gateway markets are overbuilt, overpriced, and overstretched. We’re looking to honor a manager that’s made smart investments in any or all sectors in an emerging market or metro. Size matters less than the impact of the transaction.
Rookie of the Year
New managers have it tough – it’s harder to raise capital and get deals done. We’re hoping to honor a manager that’s been able to cut through all of the start-up red tape and get significant transactions done. Nominations are limited to companies that have been in operation for less than three years.
Green Giant of the Year
Environmentally-friendly strategies are gaining traction across the board with commercial real estate companies. Tell us what your company is doing, how you’re implementing it, and the impact it’s had on the bottom line and tenant retention.
Port Play of the Year
This category is mainly geared toward industrial companies that have made a significant acquisition or embarked on a major development in or around a prominent U.S. port. We’re interested in the thinking and execution of the deal as well as the impact on the surrounding market.
Innovator of the Year
We’re looking for a company that’s taken a new approach to their existing business, innovating on anything from design to amenities to use of technology. We want to know what you did, why you did it, and the impact it’s having.
PropTech Player of the Year
The increasingly important PropTech market is spawning dozens of platforms, services, and databases that aim to make it easier for bricks and mortar focused businesses to handle their portfolios. We’re looking for the companies that are expected to be in it for the long haul that have already had an impact on the broader commercial real estate market.
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
Fund of the year - niche strategy
Manager of the year - performance, innovation and strategy
Castle Lanterra Properties
Manager of the year - overall
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
Technology - pioneer of the year
Tech company of the year
Law firm of the year - fund formation
Law firm of the year - innovation
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Law firm of the year - financing transaction
Law firm of the year - overall
2019 EVENT INFO
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
35 W 44th St
HOW TO ATTEND THE AWARDS
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 will not be sold until the week before the event and will be subject to availability.