Some parts of the commercial real estate business are easy to understand. Leasing, design, development, construction and investment come to mind as bread and butter areas that most people can get their heads around—at least in broad strokes.

But there are niches that require just a bit more knowledge and nuance. Things like lease administration, resolution of troubled banks, title insurance, 1031 exchanges, cotenancy clauses, and defeasance are all subjects that are best left to the real experts.

So that’s exactly what we did.

In the following links, you’ll find columns on each of these topics from some of the leading lights in the industry. Brian Olasov, managing director with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, is a specialist on banking and real estate capital markets issues. He kicks things off with a look at whether it still might make sense for the government to create a second Resolution Trust Corp.

After that, Tara Scanlon, a partner with Holland & Knight LLP in Washington D.C., examines some common issues retailers and landlords may face in reviving dormant projects.

Next, Paul Kinney, executive director of the National Retail Tenants Association (NRTA), looks at the importance of lease administration and touches on topics that will be explored further at NRTA’s annual conference taking place in September.

Fourth up are two pros from Commercial Defeasance LLC examining trends in their business. In addition, Bill Rose, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services’ new national director of its National Retail Group assesses 1031 exchange trends.

Lastly, Melissa Eastman of Stewart Title Guaranty Co. gives us the view of the market from a title insurer’s perspective. We hope you enjoy the pieces.