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  • Del Taco Chain Looks to Add 1,500 Stores Following Merger, IPO
    The holding company for the Del Taco fast food chain this week completed its merger with Levy Acquisition Corp. of Chicago, with the new company revealing intentions to expand its footprint by as much as 1,500 restaurants from the current 550 locations.

    As part of the merger between Del Taco Holdings, Inc. and the firm operated by Chicago entrepreneur Larry Levy, the chain becomes a blank-check company called Del Tacos Restaurants Inc., trading…

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  • Columbia Property Trust Continues Portfolio Reshuffling With $433M Trade
    Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) has sold 11 mostly single-tenant office properties totaling 2.9 million square feet in suburban Chicago, Baltimore, Boston and Northern New Jersey.

    An undisclosed real estate private equity fund paid $433.3 million for the properties, shed by the Atlanta-based office REIT as part of a portfolio repositioning from single-tenant to multi-tenant assets in a fewer number of secondary and suburban markets, refocusing…

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  • Chambers Street and Gramercy Property Trust to Merge
    After deciding to do so, it took only three weeks for Chambers Street Properties, the $3.3 billion real estate investment trust formerly known as CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust, to decide on new strategic option. The Princeton, New Jersey-based REIT has agreed to merge with Gramercy Property Trust Inc. creating the largest industrial and office net lease real estate investment trust with an expected enterprise value of $5.7 billion.

    Upon closing…

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  • Manulife Moving Ahead with a U.S. Office REIT in Singapore
    Manulife Financial Corp. is proceeding with its plan to set up a REIT offering on the Singapore Exchange backed by three of its owned U.S. office buildings, according to several reports this morning.

    Manulife US REIT filed paperwork this morning for an initial public offering with Monetary Authority of Singapore seeking to raise about $425 million.

    The REIT will own three U.S. office buildings:
    The Michelson at 3161 Michelson Drive in Irvine…

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  • Equity Commonwealth Confirms Contract to Sell Illinois Center Bldgs. for $376 Million
    Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC), the Chicago-based REIT headed by Sam Zell, confirmed reports that it is under contract to sell its two Illinois Center buildings in Chicago’s East Loop at 111 East Wacker Dr. and 233 North Michigan Ave. for a gross sale price of $376 million, or approximately $185 per square foot.

    The buyer of the two inter-connected, 32-story towers is reported to be New York-based AmTrust Realty Corp. The two-building property…

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  • International Capital Now Involved in Nearly 20% of Total CRE U.S. Sales Volume
    The gusher of foreign capital flowing into U.S. commercial real estate continues to surge. It has had such an impact on the market that even presidential hopefuls are referencing it in campaign stump speeches.

    “Hey, I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?” Donald Trump rhetorically asked in response to a question at his 2016 presidential campaign kickoff last week.

    “I own…

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  • Clinical Health Care of NJ Completes 150,000-SF Long Term Lease in Suburban Philadelphia
    Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey PC, a subsidiary of Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, has signed a long-term, full-building lease at 1865 Marlton Pike in Cherry Hill, NJ.

    The two-story, 150,000-square-foot building sits on 12 acres in the South Camden County submarket of Philadelphia, located on Route 70 E near I-295.

    Off-price retail clothing chain Syms Corporation previously occupied the building, utilizing…

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  • Office Lease Up (June 22) Morton Salt To Relocate HQ to New Downtown Chicago Skyscraper
    Morton Salt, a producer of salt for culinary, water softening, household, food processing, road de-icing and chemical purposes, will relocate its headquarters after signing a 16-year lease for 52,600 square feet at 444 W. Lake St. in downtown Chicago.

    The Pickard Chilton Architects-designed River Point is a 28-story, 1.05 million-square-foot office tower being developed to LEED Gold specifications along the Chicago River in the city’s West Loop…

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  • Hennick to Lead Colliers Following Resignation of CEO Frye
    Colliers International Group CEO Douglas Frye, who has led the CRE services firm since 2002, unexpectedly resigned this week. Colliers revealed no reason for Frye’s resignation and neither he nor company officials could be reached for comment. Colliers and former parent company FirstService just 15 days ago completed their split into separate publicly traded companies and commenced trading.

    Colliers (Nasdaq: CIGI) appointed Executive Chairman…

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  • Sun Life to Acquire Bentall Kennedy Group For $454M
    Sun Life Financial Inc. has agreed to buy real estate investment manager Bentall Kennedy Group, significantly boosting the asset management capability of the institutional investment arm of the Toronto-based financial institution.

    Operating in Canada and the U.S., Bentall Kennedy had $27 billion of assets under management and provided real estate investment services, including property management and leasing, across 91 million square feet of properties…

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