Now That 2016 Is Finally Done, Let’s See What 2017 Has in Store


“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”—Bill Vaughan

Whether you’re the former or the latter, chances are you took a moment to ponder what lies ahead in 2017 while Ryan Seacrest helped us count backwards from 10 a few days ago.

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Last year was, for many, what HRH Queen Elizabeth II would refer to as an “annus horribilis.” But will 2017 be any rosier? In the absence of a crystal ball, Commercial Observer consulted with industry experts for our 2017 outlook issue to get their take on what may be coming down the pipeline.

Reporter Rey Mashayekhi delved into next year’s outlook for commercial real estate finance and the many factors poised ready to impact it, from newly implemented regulations to the rise of the nonbank lender to a likely shift in federal monetary policy.

Danielle Balbi interviewed Dennis Schuh, the chief originations officer at Starwood Property Trust, who discussed the opportunities his firm is taking advantage of as a nonbank in a volatile industry.

Finally, I sat down with Steven Kohn, the president of Cushman & Wakefield’s equity, debt and structured finance group. Kohn chatted about how he got his start in the business, some of the deals that he and his group have closed over the past 12 months and why 2017 may not be so bad after all…

We at CO wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017 or, as we say in Scotland, “Lang may yer lum reek!”