The financial crisis sidelined many smaller regional and community banks from commercial real estate lending, but that is changing as these institutions mop up the last of the problem loans from their books and rebuild origination teams. “[The regional and community banks are] filling a lot of gaps where larger institutions are not,” said Gary Mozer, principal and managing director at Los Angeles investment and advisory firm George Smith Partners.

In December, Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank split a $41 million loan with Bank of East Asia for Lexin Capital’s development of a Hyatt hotel in....

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