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William Shanahan

Chairman, NYC Capital Markets

Capital Markets

William Shanahan Chairman
Capital Markets
New York City 200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166

Professional Experience​

In his more than three decades in real estate, Bill Shanahan has sold, financed, and structured some of the industry’s most innovative and iconic assets.  Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most talented capital markets professionals, Bill’s wide range of transaction experience in major markets has put him in the forefront of industry changing trends.

Bill joined CBRE in 2002 after a successful career at Cushman & Wakefield. He serves as Chairman, NYC Capital Markets Institutional Group and is primarily focused in the New York Market.  In his career, Bill has completed sales, advisory, joint venture, financing, leasehold and development transactions exceeding $60 billion.​​​

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations 

  • Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
  • Appraisal Institute (MAI)
  • CBRE #1 Ranking Worldwide (2006, 2011, 2012)
  • REBNY’s Robert T. Lawrence Memorial Award (2008, 2010)
  • REBNY’s ESG Award (2010, 2011)
  • #1 Ranking Worldwide Investment Professional and Team (2005–2016)
  • Top 5 Worldwide (2005–2015)
  • Colbert Coldwell Circle (2003–2016)
  • CBRE Skip Beebe Award (2012)
  • Cushman & Wakefield’s Service Excellence Achievement Award (2001)


  • St. John's University, New York, Master's Studies in Finance
  • St. John's University, New York, Bachelor of Science in Communications/Business

Partial Transaction List

  • Sale
    Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town ($5.4 Billion)
    General Motors Building/Legacy Portfolio ($3.9 Billion)
    Kushner Residential Portfolio ($1.9 Billion)
    666 Fifth Avenue Retail Condo ($707.8 Million)
  • Joint Venture
    299 Park Avenue ($624 Million)
    Park Avenue Plaza ($588 Million)
    1540 Broadway ($347 Million)
  • Leasehold
    The Argonaut Building ($182 Million)
    635 Madison Avenue ($110 Million)
  • Development / Land
    St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center Site ($260 Million)
    400 Fifth Avenue ($210 Million)
    920 Eighth Avenue ($135 Million)
  • Advisory / Acquisition
    Google Headquarters – 111 Eighth Avenue ($1.8 Billion)
    Battery Park City Authority ($1.0 Billion)
    HSBC Tower – 452 Fifth Avenue ($330 Million)
  • Financing / Structured Sale
    111 Eighth Avenue ($500 Million)
    1166 Avenue of the Americas ($400 Million)
    Waterside Plaza ($120 Million)


  • AIG
  • Altria
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Battery Park City
  • BlackRock
  • Boston Properties
  • Carlyle Group
  • Deka Immobilien
  • The Durst Organization
  • Educational Construction Fund of the City of New York
  • Hearst
  • Helmsley Estate
  • Hines
  • IDB Group
  • ING
  • Kuwait Investment Authority
  • Macklowe Properties
  • M&T Bank
  • Meraas Holding
  • MetLife

  • Nippon Life Insurance Company
  • Paramount Group
  • Prudential Life Insurance
  • Shorenstein Properties
  • SITQ Immobilien
  • SL Green Realty Corporation
  • Swiss Bank Corporation
  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Tishman Speyer Properties
  • UBS
  • Verizon
  • Vornado
William Shanahan Chairman
Capital Markets
New York City 200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
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Colbert Coldwell Circle

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