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William Shanahan



Job Functions: Executive, Capital Markets, Investment Sales & Acquisitions


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


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)


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)

Areas of Interest

Deal Type
Acquisition, Development, Ground Lease, Loan Purchase, Opportunity Zone, Partner Buyout, Pre-Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation