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Tishman Speyer Completes Sale of Major Frankfurt Office Tower

Frankfurt, Germany September 20, 2010

Leading global real estate development and investment firm Tishman Speyer today announced the sale of the OpernTurm, a new landmark office tower in downtown Frankfurt that it completed in 2009. The sale, on behalf of the firm’s partnership with UBS, marks the completion of a high-profile development project brought to the market and successfully leased during extremely difficult economic conditions.

After acquiring the site that formerly had been the local headquarters for Zurich Financial in 2004, Tishman Speyer began construction of the building in 2006. Today, the 42-story, 720,000-square-foot tower anchors Frankfurt’s financial district and is over 95 percent leased, serving world-class tenants such as UBS AG, Allen & Overy LLP, Ashurst LLP, K&L Gates LLP, BlackRock, 3i and Cerberus.

“This sale completes our successful OpernTurm investment, and we are pleased to see this great building pass into the hands of prominent international investors JP Morgan and GIC,” said Tishman Speyer Co-CEOs Jerry Speyer and Rob Speyer. “It marks another chapter of Tishman Speyer’s successful history in the Frankfurt office market, which began over 20 years ago with the development of MesseTurm. As Frankfurt is such an important European financial center, we look forward to continued engagement there.”

About Tishman Speyer (www.tishmanspeyer.com)

Tishman Speyer is one of the leading developers, owners, operators and asset managers of first-class real estate worldwide. Active across North America, Europe, South America and Asia, many of the world’s most prestigious corporations rely on Tishman Speyer to meet their office space needs. Since its founding in 1978, the firm has acquired, developed and/or managed a portfolio of over 116 million square feet valued at over US$50.2 billion. Signature assets include New York’s Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center, Frankfurt’s MesseTurm and OpernTurm, São Paulo’s Torre Norte, and Ventura Corporate Towers in Rio de Janeiro. Tishman Speyer has projects in different stages of development in Shanghai, Chengdu and Tianjin.