Roshan Shah is a Senior Vice President in the Midtown Manhattan office of CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm. Having been named Senior Vice President in 2011, he is one of the youngest members of the firm globally to ever hold this title. Roshan advises local, national and international corporations and property owners on developing and executing their strategic real estate plans. His unique ability to understand real estate transactions from the perspective of both landlord and tenant enables him to formulate and implement effective solutions for his clients.
Roshan structures creative deals predominantly in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, but is experienced in handling a wide range of real estate transactions, which he has closed throughout the U.S. as well as in every major international market.
Most recently, Roshan orchestrated a complex transaction representing both the government of Qatar and the prominent Wildenstein family of international art dealers. In the transaction, Roshan advised the State of Qatar in their record-breaking $100-million purchase of the legendary Wildenstein limestone mansion at 19 East 64th Street. He simultaneously negotiated Wildenstein & Co.’s long-term lease of what will soon become a private art gallery at 689 Fifth Avenue, owned by Vornado Realty Trust.
Roshan was also involved in Google’s landmark $1.8-billion purchase of 111 Eighth Avenue in New York City. The blockbuster transaction represents the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in U.S. history. That same year, he advised Deka Immobilien (one of Germany’s largest asset managers) on its $123-million acquisition of 19 West 44th Street, and collaborated with Shorenstein Properties–one of the largest privately held real estate firms in the U.S.–on the sale of 125 Park Avenue, a 651,000-square-foot office tower, to SL Green Realty Corp. for $330 million.
Roshan has long served as a real estate advisor to former President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and, most recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a multitude of deals.
He also represents India’s two largest corporations, Reliance Industries and Tata Group, on their real estate dealings in the U.S. In this capacity, he has handled numerous significant assignments including negotiating a deal for Tata Consultancy Services’ U.S. headquarters at 101 Park Avenue.
Additionally, Roshan is actively coordinating significant expansion transactions for some of the largest social media and e-commerce companies in the country.
Earlier in his career, Roshan masterminded a series of multi-party, off-market transactions in three different Midtown Manhattan trophy properties with three of the world’s largest hedge funds.
Currently, Roshan serves as leasing agent for Forest City Ratner on a two million-square-foot assignment in Downtown Brooklyn. In this capacity, he has played an instrumental role in the leasing of approximately one million square feet of office space. Roshan also represents MetLife, whose real estate investments surpass $55 billion, and is responsible for the leasing of 575 Fifth Avenue, a 520,000-square-foot Class A office property in Midtown Manhattan.