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Cross-Border Acquisitions in US Near Record in ’18

By on February 20th, 2019

Cross-border acquisitions of U.S. commercial real estate hit a near-record level in 2018, with Canadian investors leading the surge, the latest US Cross-Border Investment Compendium shows. The $94.9 billion in cross-border acquisitions last year was second only to the $100.0 billion high-water mark set in 2015.

Canadian investors put $47.9 billion into U.S. commercial real estate deals, a full 50% of total cross-border volume for the year. Entity-level transactions from the likes of Brookfield AM, the CPP Investment Board, OMERS, Granite REIT and CDPQ were the biggest source of inflows from Canada.

Cross-border acquisitions represented 17% of total U.S. deal activity in 2018. France was the second largest source in the year, due to the Unibail-Rodamco purchase of Westfield, and Singapore was the number three source. Chinese investors were the fourth largest investment group, down from #3 in 2017 and #1 in 2016.

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Jim Costello

Jim Costello

Executive Director, MSCI Research

Jim is chief economist on the MSCI real estate research team and is based in New York. He previously led the U.S. research team at Real Capital Analytics, which MSCI acquired in 2021, and spent two decades at Torto Wheaton Research, working in urban economics. He is the lead author of the US Capital Trends publication and a frequent speaker at commercial real estate conferences. Jim holds a master’s degree in economics and is a member of the Commercial Board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association.