Last year was one of plenty for dealmakers across the nation. Despite some reports, leasing activity was steady in many markets, spurred by the tech and pharmaceutical/biomedical fields. Financing was going at a full clip as borrowers sought to take advantage of interest rates before they started rising. Several markets across the country welcomed new developments across the property spectrum. And the $562.1 billion in investment transactions recorded by Real Capital Analytics marked a 15% jump from the prior year. Meanwhile, prices rose by some 6% across the board.

Of course, much of that was due to the M&A activity the industry saw as private equity players took advantage of public market pricing to grow their holdings. We take a look at these entity-level deals below, followed by our annual rundown of some of the most significant transactions that took place throughout the country last year.

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