Robert Stillman is a Vice Chairman of CBRE and has been with the company for more than 21 years. Robert is a member of both CBRE’s New York City Strategic Leadership Committee as well as the Consulting Group’s Operating Committee.
With a strong financial background and significant experience representing both tenants and landlords, Robert has been a leader in developing and implementing real estate strategies for major corporations, law firms and some of NYC’s largest landlords. Robert has a keen understanding of complex lease and financial issues having structured numerous transactions on behalf of his customers. He has worked with a wide range of tenants including financial service firms such as Bank of New York Mellon, Brown Brothers Harriman, ING, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank; law firms including Clifford Chance and Ballard Spahr and major corporations such as Prudential, Verizon, Comcast, NBCUniversal, A&E Television and Time Warner Cable. Robert also has represented both Blackstone and Related in the strategic lease-up of large scale NYC office developments.
Over the course of his career at CBRE, Robert has negotiated more than 20 million square feet of lease and sale transactions on behalf of his customers and most recently has completed the following transactions: ING’s 132,000 rsf lease at 1133 Avenue of the Americas, Prudential Insurance Company’s leases of 135,000 sf in Newark, 25,000 sf at 1540 Broadway and 250,000 sf in Hartford, CT; A&E Television Networks’ 300,000 sf headquarters expansion and renewal at 227 and 235 East 45th Street, NBC Universal’s 95,000 sf lease at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, Ballard Spahr 20,000 sf lease at 919 Third Avenue, Brown Brothers Harriman’s lease for 115,000 sf at 5 Harborside Plaza and Time Warner Cable’s 80,000sf extension at Chelsea Market.
Some of Robert’s most notable transactions include Verizon’s 1.3 million sf acquisition of its headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ coupled with a 1 million sf sale of 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 700,000 sf sale of 375 Pearl Street, 700,000 sf sale of 185 Franklin Street, Boston and its 215,000 sf lease at 185 Franklin Street, Boston. He also represented Clifford Chance in its 380,000sf lease at 31 West 52 Street and Bank of New York’s 320,000 sf at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
Robert’s recent strategic landlord representation includes the lease-up of Related’s Hudson Yards 6 million square foot office development where he completed transactions with L’Oreal, SAP, Time Warner, and BCG amongst others totaling more than 2 million sf. He also represented Blackstone in the 1.1 million sf lease-up of 3 Bryant Park.
Prior to joining CBRE, Robert received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business in finance. Robert also worked at Republic National Bank of New York, Trammell Crow Company and Prudential Real Estate Investors.
Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
- Member, Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
- Member of Consulting Division's Operating Committee
- Member, Colbert Coldwell Circle
- Trammell Crow Company, 1989-1990
- Member, Republic National Bank of New York, 1991-1994
- Emory University, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
- Stern School of Business, New York University, Master of Business Administration in Finance
- Bank of New York
- Bankers Trust
- Cendant Corporation
- Clifford Chance
- Credit Suisse First Boston
- Deutsche Bank
- Duff & PhelpsHartford
- Lehman Broters
- Phillips-Van Heusen
- TD Waterhouse