ARCP's sale-leaseback deal with Red Lobster was a highlight for May.

NEW YORK CITY–A large move in sale-leaseback, a legend takes over the CommonWealth REIT board and tips on how and when to plan for retirement were the top three stories for May on

Sale-leaseback has certainly come a long way. That was just one takeaway from this month’s top story, “ARCP Hauls In $1.5B Red Lobster SLB,” which originally ran on May 16. American Realty Capital Properties signed a deal to buy more than 500 Red Lobster restaurants. The agreement, in conjunction with Golden Gate Capital‘s acquisition of the restaurant chain from Darden Restaurants, will come in at $1.5 billion.

“When consummated, the Red Lobster transaction will allow us to achieve the high end of our acquisition guidance, which we set at $3.0 billion for the entire year of 2014,” says ARCP president David S. Kay in the piece. The company subseuqnetly raised its guidance to $4.5 billion.

Sam Zell is no stranger to attention, and in the story from May 27, “Zell Takes Chairmanship of CWH Board,” the industry icon was appointed to head an all-new board at CommonWealth REIT. The shake-up was engineered by Related Fund Management and Corvex Management, and ended a 15-month campaign by the two companies to replace the previous board they felt had undermined shareholder value, the story reported. Zell last chaired a REIT in 2007, when he sold Equity Office Properties to the Blackstone Group.

Rounding out the third most read story of the month was a guest column by Stephen J. Duffy, managing director of Thought Leader Moss Adams Capital LLC: “Do Real Estate Principals Ever Really Retire?” And the answer to the question seems to be ‘no,’ which Duffy sees as unfortunate. Duffy gives a full breakdown of how to plan for succession in a real estate operation, including giving his five points to think about when contemplating stepping back from day to day operations.

Change even dominated the next two stories: “Rates Play Havoc With Single-Tenant Sector” was our exclusive interview with Edward Hanley of Hanley Investments on interest rate expectations in the retail segment; and “Industry Alarmed By New Terrorism Insurance Proposal” gave the CRE take on proposed legislation that would greatly impact terrorism risk insurance.

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