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CBRE Global Investors completed almost $17 billion in transactions globally in 2016. This includes $9.0 billion in acquisitions as the firm deployed capital on behalf of funds and separate account clients and $7.8 billion in dispositions as it selectively took advantage of a healthy sales environment to realize value for its clients.

“With our global platform of on-the-ground real estate experts in more than 20 countries, we have the resources to evaluate opportunities in the markets where our clients want to invest with local contacts in their home countries to facilitate communications,” said Ritson Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of CBRE Global Investors. “This has enabled us to source and execute on compelling strategic opportunities to invest the capital we raised in 2016, including cross-border capital. Additionally, as part of our client-driven approach to seek to deliver exceptional performance, we also took advantage of strong buyer demand to dispose of assets to benefit our investors.”

 Ferguson also emphasized that the firm has been and will continue to be disciplined in its transaction strategies.

“As part of our being proactive portfolio managers, it is critical that we also are ‘cycle-aware’ in our strategies to create investment vehicles that meet our clients’ needs,” Ferguson said.

The firm continued to be most active in Europe with half of the firm’s transactions executed in that market. Total transaction activity in Europe totaled $8.4 billion with investments primarily in the retail and logistics sectors.

In the United States, transactions totaled $6.0 billion. Investments were primarily in the office and multifamily sectors, with increasing activity in the logistics sector. Emphasis was on markets that have strong employment growth and a technology focus.

Source: CBRE GI