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SIOR Appoints Tom McCormick as New CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) has appointed Tom McCormick as its new CEO. McCormick, an industrial specialist based out of Irvine, Calif., has been an SIOR member for 33 years and has served as SIOR global past president, SIOR foundation past president, his local chapter’s past president and most recently as SIOR’s operations director on the board of directors. He is the first SIOR designee to hold an executive position within the …

Aries Conlon Capital Rebrands, Relocates to Willis Tower in Chicago

CHICAGO — Aries Conlon Capital has rebranded to Mag Mile Capital and is relocating its Chicago headquarter offices from River North to the 84th floor of Willis Tower. Rushi Shah will continue to serve as principal and CEO and retain the same sales team, pipeline and national commercial mortgage and investment banking platform. Shah bought out his partners’ interest in the company to become majority owner. Previous partners include Neil Freeman and Sean Conlon of Aries Capital LLC and Conlon …

Rite Aid, Albertsons Terminate $24B Merger Amid Stockholder Pushback

CAMP HILL PA. AND BOISE, IDAHO — Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) announced Wednesday it has called off its previously announced merger with Boise-based grocery chain Alberstons Cos. The $24 billion deal, first announced in February, would have allowed Albertsons to go public. Under the terms of the transaction, Rite Aid shareholders would have held a 29 percent stake in the combined company. The integrated company would have operated about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 …

Brookstone Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Will Close All Remaining U.S. Mall Stores

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Brookstone Co. Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and will close its remaining 101 mall locations. The Merrimack-based retailer filed for Chapter 11 protection on Thursday, Aug 2., the second time it has done so in the last five years. The company first filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and was sold to a Chinese investment group for more than $173 million. The retailer cited the “extremely challenging” retail environment at malls as a factor in its struggles. Brookstone’s …

Cushman & Wakefield Announces IPO Pricing

CHICAGO — Cushman & Wakefield has announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 45 million of its ordinary shares at a price to the public of $17 per share. The shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will trade under the symbol “CWK” beginning today. In addition, Cushman & Wakefield has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 6.75 million ordinary shares at the public offering price less underwriting discounts and …

HCP Forms $605M Medical Office Joint Venture With Morgan Stanley

IRVINE, CALIF. — Irvine-based real estate investment trust HCP (NYSE: HCP) has entered into a definitive agreement to form a new $605 million joint venture with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment (MSREI) on a 2 million-square-foot medical office building portfolio. MSREI will provide cash to the joint venture for a 49 percent stake, while HCP will contribute nine wholly owned medical office buildings valued at approximately $320 million. These assets, located primarily in Texas and …

RadioShack Partners with HobbyTown to Open 100 New Express Locations Nationwide

FORT WORTH, TEXAS AND LINCOLN, NEB. — Fort Worth-based RadioShack has partnered with Lincoln, Neb.-based retailer HobbyTown to open more than 100 new express stores nationwide. RadioShack will start by opening 60 locations of its store-within-a-store concept at HobbyTown stores across the country. The new express store will sell RadioShack-branded electronics. The move will bring RadioShack’s merchandise to several suburban markets. Founded in 1921, RadioShack is owned today by General …

Two Texas Community Banks to Merge in $1B Deal

DALLAS AND HOUSTON — Dallas-based Veritex Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: VBTX), the parent company of Veritex Community Bank, and Houston-based Green Bancorp (NASDAQ: GNBC) have entered into an agreement that will merge Green and its subsidiaries with the Veritex brand. The transaction, which is valued at approximately $1 billion, will create a new lending institution with $7.5 billion in assets that will operate 43 branches across the state. The deal calls for Green’s shareholders to receive 0.79 …

Columbia Pacific Advisors to Acquire Seniors Housing Owner-Operator Hawthorn Retirement Group

SEATTLE — Columbia Pacific Advisors, a Seattle-based investment firm, has agreed to acquire Vancouver, Wash.-based seniors housing owner-operator Hawthorn Retirement Group for an undisclosed price. Hawthorn owns, develops and operates communities located across 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Hawthorn currently operates 55 communities, with another 24 communities under construction or in pre-development. In addition to the real estate portfolio, the acquisition will include …

Fannie Mae Appoints New President, Chief Financial Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fannie Mae has appointed David Benson as president and promoted Celeste Brown to executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Both appointments are effective August 6. In conjunction with the promotions, the agency also announced that its CEO, Timothy Mayopoulos, will step down by the end of the year. Benson joined Fannie Mae in 2002 and for the past five years served as executive vice president and CFO. As president, Benson will report to the CEO and …