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Annaly Reaches $2.3B Deal to Sell Its CRE Business

Annaly Capital Management said Thursday it had agreed to sell its commercial real estate business to Toronto-based Slate Asset Management L.P. Expected to close by the third quarter, the $2.33-billion transaction represents substantially all of the assets that comprise New York-based Annaly’s CRE business, including equity interests, loan assets and CMBS.

“The commercial real estate business has been an important component of Annaly’s differentiated investment model since 2013,” said David Finkelstein, Annaly’s CEO and CIO. “This transaction delivers compelling execution for our shareholders and will provide additional capacity to further expand our leadership and operational capabilities across all aspects of the residential mortgage finance market, which has been the cornerstone of Annaly’s strategy since our founding. 

Certain Annaly employees who primarily support the CRE business are expected to join Slate upon completion of the sale, including Timothy Gallagher, head of commercial real estate, and Michael Quinn, head of commercial investments.

Pictured: Annaly headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.


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