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COMM 2015-CCRE24 Mortgage Trust

Filed: 14 Mar 21, 8:00pm

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

x  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020

or

o  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from _____ to _____

Commission file number of the issuing entity: 333-193376-21

Central Index Key Number of the issuing entity: 0001646736

COMM 2015-CCRE24 Mortgage Trust

(exact name of the issuing entity as specified in its charter)

 

Central Index Key Number of the depositor: 0001013454

Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation

(exact name of the depositor as specified in its charter)

 

Central Index Key Number of the sponsor: 0001541294

German American Capital Corporation

(exact name of the sponsor as specified in its charter)

 

Central Index Key Number of the sponsor: 0001558761

Cantor Commercial Real Estate Lending, L.P.

(exact name of the sponsor as specified in its charter)

 

Central Index Key Number of the sponsor: 0001541468

Ladder Capital Finance LLC

(exact name of the sponsor as specified in its charter)

 

Central Index Key Number of the sponsor: 0001625508

Pillar Funding LLC

(exact name of the sponsor as specified in its charter)

 

New York
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization of

the issuing entity)

38-3976043

38-3976044

38-7143570

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Numbers)


c/o Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

as Certificate Administrator

9062 Old Annapolis Road

Columbia, MD

(Address of principal executive offices of the issuing entity)

21045

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(212) 250-2500

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

None

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:  None.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  o Yes No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.  o Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Not applicable.

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (Section 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  

Not applicable.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer       o                                                                                                  Accelerated filer                                   o

Non-accelerated filer           (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)                          Smaller reporting company                           o

                                                                                                                                               Emerging growth company                           o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  o Yes No

State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

Not applicable.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed all documents and reports required to be filed by Section 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court.  o Yes o No

Not applicable.

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

Not applicable.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

List hereunder the following documents if incorporated by reference and the Part of the Form 10-K (e.g., Part I, Part II, etc.) into which the document is incorporated: (1) Any annual report to security holders; (2) Any proxy or information statement; and (3) Any prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) or (c) under the Securities Act of 1933. The listed documents should be clearly described for identification purposes (e.g., annual report to security holders for fiscal year ended December 24, 1980).

Not applicable.

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

The Eden Roc Mortgage Loan and the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan, which constituted approximately 6.8% and 1.9%, respectively, of the asset pool of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date, are each an asset of the issuing entity and are each part of a loan combination that includes (a) with respect to the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan, one other pari passu loan, which is not an asset of the issuing entity and (b) with respect to the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan, two other pari passu loans, which are not assets of the issuing entity. These loan combinations, including the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan and the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan, are being serviced and administered pursuant to the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, which is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.1 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Exhibit Index describes exhibits provided by certain parties (in their capacities indicated on the Exhibit Index) with respect to the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, which constituted approximately 8.6% of the asset pool of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date.  The Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan is an asset of the issuing entity and is part of a loan combination that includes the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan and two other pari passu loans and two subordinate companion loans, which are not assets of the issuing entity. A pari passu portion of the loan combination was securitized in the DBWF 2015-LCM Mortgage Trust transaction (the “DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction”). This loan combination, including the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, is being serviced and administered pursuant to the trust and servicing agreement for the DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction, which is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.2 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Exhibit Index describes exhibits provided by certain parties (in their capacities indicated on the Exhibit Index) with respect to the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan, which constituted approximately 6.8% of the asset pool of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date.  The Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan is an asset of the issuing entity and is part of a loan combination that includes the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan and two other pari passu loans, which are not assets of the issuing entity. This loan combination, including the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan, was serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement for the issuing entity prior to the closing of the securitization of a pari passu portion of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio loan combination in the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Mortgage Trust transaction, Commission File Number 333-193376-22 (the “COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction”).  After the closing of the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction on August 25, 2015, this loan combination, including the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan was, and will continue to be, serviced and administered pursuant to the pooling and servicing agreement with respect to the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction, which is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.3 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Exhibit Index describes exhibits provided by certain parties (in their capacities indicated on the Exhibit Index) with respect to the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan, which constituted approximately 4.3% of the asset pool of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date.  The 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan is an asset of the issuing entity and is part of a loan combination that includes the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan and three other pari passu loans, which are not assets of the issuing entity. This loan combination, including the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan, was serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement for the issuing entity prior to the closing of the securitization of a pari passu portion of the 40 Wall Street loan combination in the Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Trust 2015-LC22 transaction, Commission File Number 333-195164-13 (the “WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction”).  After the closing of the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction on September 29, 2015, this loan combination, including the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan was, and will continue to be, serviced and administered pursuant to the pooling and servicing agreement with respect to the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction, which is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.4 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The master servicer of a pooling and servicing agreement or trust and servicing agreement also functions as the primary servicer of the related mortgage loans serviced and administered pursuant to such agreement unless a separate primary servicer is identified herein.  If this report does not identify a separate primary servicer, the servicer compliance statement provided by the master servicer under any such agreement also encompasses its responsibilities as primary servicer of the related mortgage loan or mortgage loans.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association is the master servicer and certificate administrator of the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement and the primary servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan and the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan. As a result, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association is a “servicer” as defined in Item 1108(a)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB, in the capacities described above, because it is servicing mortgage loans that constituted 10% or more of the assets of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date. The assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria, accountants’ attestation reports and servicer compliance statements delivered by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in the capacities described above are listed in the Exhibit Index.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association is the custodian of the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement and the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan.  As a result, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association is a servicing function participant in the capacities described above, because it is servicing mortgage loans that constituted 5% or more of the assets of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date. The assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria and accountants’ attestation reports delivered by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in the capacities described above are listed in the Exhibit Index.

LNR Partners, LLC is the special servicer of the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement and the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan. As a result, LNR Partners, LLC is a “servicer” as defined in Item 1108(a)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB, in the capacities described above, because it is servicing mortgage loans that constituted 10% or more of the assets of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date. The assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria, accountants’ attestation reports and servicer compliance statements delivered by LNR Partners, LLC in the capacities described above are listed in the Exhibit Index.

Park Bridge Lender Services LLC is the operating advisor of the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement and the trust advisor of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan.  As a result, Park Bridge Lender Services LLC is a servicing function participant in the capacities described above, because it is servicing mortgage loans that constituted 5% or more of the assets of the issuing entity as of its cut-off date. The assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria and accountants’ attestation reports delivered by Park Bridge Lender Services LLC in the capacities described above are listed in the Exhibit Index.

Wilmington Trust, National Association acts as trustee of  the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan and the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan.  Pursuant to the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, the trust and servicing agreement for the DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction, the pooling and servicing agreement for the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction and the pooling and servicing agreement for the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction, the trustee is required to provide an assessment of compliance with applicable servicing criteria solely with respect to Item 1122(d)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB (regarding advances of funds or guarantees regarding collections, cash flows or distributions, and any interest or other fees charged for such advances, are made, reviewed and approved as specified in the transaction agreements). However, during the reporting period, the trustee did not perform any servicing function with respect to the servicing criteria specified in Item 1122(d)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB.  The master servicer or the special servicer, to the extent required, performed the servicing function identified with respect to Item 1122(d)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB, and each such party included Item 1122(d)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB in the assessment of compliance with applicable servicing criteria and accountant’s attestation report for the subject transaction.  As a result, this Annual Report on Form 10-K does not include an assessment of compliance with applicable servicing criteria of the trustee. One or more other servicers of  the mortgage loans serviced under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan and the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan have delivered one or more assessments of compliance with respect to Item 1122(d)(2)(iii) of Regulation AB.

This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria and accountants’ attestation reports from CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. and National Tax Search, LLC.  These entities were engaged by the master servicer under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement (except with respect to those mortgage loans for which Berkeley Point Capital LLC d/b/a Newmark Knight Frank is the primary servicer)  and the primary servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan and the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan to remit tax payments received from the escrow accounts of borrowers to local taxing authorities, to report tax amounts due, to verify tax parcel information, and to verify non-escrow tax payments. These servicing functions are included within the servicing criteria set forth in Items 1122(d)(4)(xi) and 1122(d)(4)(xii) of Regulation AB.  Therefore, under the principles-based definition of “servicer” set forth in Item 1101(j) of Regulation AB that looks to the functions that an entity performs, these vendors are “servicers” for the purposes of Item 1122 of Regulation AB.  See Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, Section 301.01 (Item 1101(j)).

The assessments of compliance with applicable servicing criteria, accountants’ attestation reports and servicer compliance statements of the certificate administrator of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan, the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan and the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan are omitted from this Annual Report on Form 10-K as the certificate administrator pursuant to the related pooling and servicing agreement or trust and servicing agreement does not perform any activities that address servicing criteria with respect to the issuing entity and because they are each not a “servicer” that meets the criteria in Item 1108(a)(2)(i) through (iii) of Regulation AB.

With respect to the pari passu loan combinations that include the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan and the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, (i) the report on assessment of compliance with servicing criteria and attestation report on assessment of compliance with servicing criteria of Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC as special servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan, listed on the Exhibit Index are omitted from this Annual Report on Form 10-K as they are not required to be included on this Annual Report on Form 10-K per Instruction 3 to Item 1122 of Regulation AB because it is a party performing activities that address servicing criteria relating to 5% or less of the assets of the issuing entity; and (ii) the servicer compliance statements of Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC as special servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan and Midland Loan Services, a Division of PNC Bank, National Association as special servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, listed on the Exhibit Index are omitted from this Annual Report on Form 10-K as they are not required by Item 1123 of Regulation AB to be included on this Annual Report on Form 10-K because they are each an unaffiliated party that is not a “servicer” that meets the criteria in Item 1108(a)(2)(i) through (iii) of Regulation AB.

PART I

Item 1.  Business.

Omitted.

Item 1A.  Risk Factors.

Omitted.

Item 1B.  Unresolved Staff Comments.

None.

Item 2.  Properties.

Omitted.

Item 3.  Legal Proceedings.

Omitted.

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

PART II

Item 5.  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

Omitted.

Item 6.  Selected Financial Data.

Omitted.

Item 7.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Omitted.

Item 7A.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Omitted.

Item 8.  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

Omitted.

Item 9.  Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

Omitted.

Item 9A.  Controls and Procedures.

Omitted.

Item 9B.  Other Information.

None.

PART III

Item 10.  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

Omitted.

Item 11.  Executive Compensation.

Omitted.

Item 12.  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

Omitted.

Item 13.  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

Omitted.

Item 14.  Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

Omitted.

ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE ITEMS FOR REGULATION AB

Item 1112(b) of Regulation AB, Significant Obligor Financial Information.

No single obligor represents 10% or more of the pool assets held by the issuing entity.

Item 1114(b)(2) of Regulation AB, Significant Enhancement Provider Financial Information.

No entity or group of affiliated entities provides any external credit enhancement or other support for the certificates within this transaction as described under Item 1114(a) of Regulation AB.

Item 1115(b) of Regulation AB, Certain Derivatives Instruments (Financial Information).

No entity or group of affiliated entities provides any derivative instruments or other support for the certificates within this transaction as described under Item 1115 of Regulation AB.

Item 1117 of Regulation AB, Legal Proceedings.

The registrant knows of no material pending legal proceeding involving the trust or any party related to the trust, other than routine litigation incidental to the duties of those respective parties, and the following, with respect to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as custodian, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as certificate administrator and as custodian.

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (“DBTCA”) and Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (“DBNTC”) have been sued by investors in civil litigation concerning their role as trustees of certain residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) trusts.

On June 18, 2014, a group of investors, including funds managed by Blackrock Advisors, LLC, PIMCO-Advisors, L.P., and others, filed an action against DBNTC and DBTCA in New York State Supreme Court alleging that DBNTC and DBTCA failed to perform purported duties, as trustees for 544 private-label RMBS trusts, to enforce breaches of representations and warranties as to mortgage loans held by the trusts and to enforce breaches by servicers of their mortgage loan servicing obligations for the trusts.  During the course of the litigation, plaintiffs dismissed the case from New York State Supreme Court and refiled two separate cases, one in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “BlackRock SDNY Case”) and the other in the Superior Court of California, Orange County (the “BlackRock California Case”).  Pursuant to a settlement among the parties, the BlackRock SDNY Case was dismissed on December 6, 2018 and the BlackRock California Case was dismissed on January 11, 2019.

On September 27, 2017, DBTCA was added as a defendant to a case brought by certain special purpose entities including Phoenix Light SF Limited in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in which the plaintiffs previously alleged incorrectly that DBNTC served as trustee for all 43 of the trusts at issue.  On September 27, 2017, plaintiffs filed a third amended complaint that names DBTCA as a defendant in addition to DBNTC.  DBTCA serves as trustee for one of the 43 trusts at issue.  DBNTC serves as trustee for the other 42 trusts at issue.  Plaintiffs’ third amended complaint brings claims for violation of the U.S. Trust Indenture Act of 1939 (“TIA”); breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; negligence and gross negligence; violation of New York’s Streit Act; and breach of the covenant of good faith.  However, in the third amended complaint, plaintiffs acknowledge that, before DBTCA was added to the case, the court dismissed plaintiffs’ TIA Act claims, negligence and gross negligence claims, Streit Act claims, claims for breach of the covenant of good faith, and certain theories of plaintiffs’ breach of contract claims, and plaintiffs only include these claims to preserve any rights on appeal.  Plaintiffs allege damages of “hundreds of millions of dollars.”  On November 13, 2017, DBNTC and DBTCA filed an answer to the third amended complaint.  On December 7, 2018, DBNTC and DBTCA filed a motion for summary judgment.  Also on December 7, 2018, plaintiffs, jointly with Commerzbank AG (see description of Commerzbank case below), filed a motion for partial summary judgment.  As of March 1, 2021, both motions for summary judgment have been briefed and are awaiting decision by the court.

On November 30, 2017, DBTCA was added as a defendant to a case brought by Commerzbank AG (“Commerzbank”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in which Commerzbank previously alleged incorrectly that DBNTC served as trustee for all 50 of the trusts at issue.  On November 30, 2017, Commerzbank filed a second amended complaint that names DBTCA as a defendant in addition to DBNTC.  DBTCA serves as trustee for 1 of the 50 trusts at issue.  DBNTC serves as trustee for the other 49 trusts at issue.  Commerzbank’s second amended complaint brings claims for violation of the TIA; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; negligence; violation of the Streit Act; and breach of the covenant of good faith.  However, in the second amended complaint, Commerzbank acknowledges that, before DBTCA was added to the case, the court dismissed Commerzbank’s TIA claims for the trusts governed by pooling and servicing agreements, as well as its Streit Act claims and claims for breach of the covenant of good faith, and Commerzbank only includes these claims to preserve any rights on appeal.  The second amended complaint alleges that DBNTC and DBTCA caused Commerzbank to suffer “hundreds of millions of dollars in losses,” but the complaint does not include a demand for money damages in a sum certain.  On January 29, 2018, DBNTC and DBTCA filed an answer to the second amended complaint.  On December 7, 2018, DBNTC and DBTCA filed a motion for summary judgment.  Also on December 7, 2018, Commerzbank, jointly with the Phoenix Light plaintiffs, filed a motion for partial summary judgment.  As of March 1, 2021, both motions for summary judgment have been briefed and are awaiting decision by the court.

On December 30, 2015, IKB International, S.A. in Liquidation and IKB Deutsche Industriebank A.G. (collectively, “IKB”), as an investor in 37 RMBS trusts, filed a summons with notice in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, against DBNTC and DBTCA as trustees of the trusts.  On May 27, 2016, IKB served its complaint asserting claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty to avoid conflicts of interest, violation of the Streit Act, violation of the TIA, violation of Regulation AB, and violation of Section 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  IKB alleges that DBNTC and DBTCA are liable for over U.S. $268 million in damages.  On October 5, 2016, DBNTC and DBTCA, together with several other trustees defending lawsuits by IKB, filed a joint motion to dismiss.  On January 6, 2017 and June 20, 2017, IKB voluntarily dismissed with prejudice all claims as to seven trusts.  On January 27, 2021, the court granted in part and denied in part DBNTC and DBTCA’s motion to dismiss.  The court granted the motion to dismiss with respect to IKB’s claims for violations of the Streit Act, Regulation AB, and Section 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as certain aspects of IKB’s claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the TIA.  The court denied the remainder of the motion to dismiss.  IKB’s remaining claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty to avoid conflicts of interest, and violation of the TIA will proceed.

It is DBTCA’s belief that it has no pending legal proceedings (including, based on DBTCA’s present evaluation, the litigation disclosed in the foregoing paragraphs) that would materially affect its ability to perform its duties under the related servicing agreement for this transaction.

Beginning on June 18, 2014, a group of institutional investors filed civil complaints in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, and later the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., (“Wells Fargo Bank”) in its capacity as trustee for certain residential mortgage backed securities (“RMBS”) trusts.  The complaints against Wells Fargo Bank alleged that the trustee caused losses to investors and asserted causes of action based upon, among other things, the trustee's alleged failure to: (i) notify and enforce repurchase obligations of mortgage loan sellers for purported breaches of representations and warranties, (ii) notify investors of alleged events of default, and (iii) abide by appropriate standards of care following alleged events of default. Relief sought included money damages in an unspecified amount, reimbursement of expenses, and equitable relief. In November 2018, Wells Fargo Bank reached an agreement, in which it denied any wrongdoing, to resolve such claims on a classwide basis for the 271 RMBS trusts at issue.  On May 6, 2019, the court entered an order approving the settlement agreement.  Separate lawsuits against Wells Fargo Bank making similar allegations filed by certain other institutional investors concerning several RMBS trusts in New York federal and state court are not covered by the settlement agreement.  In addition to the foregoing cases, in August 2014 and August 2015 Nomura Credit & Capital Inc. (“Nomura”) and Natixis Real Estate Holdings, LLC (“Natixis”) filed a total of seven third-party complaints against Wells Fargo Bank in New York state court. In the underlying first-party actions, Nomura and Natixis have been sued for alleged breaches of representations and warranties made in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities sponsored by them. In the third-party actions, Nomura and Natixis allege that Wells Fargo Bank, as master servicer, primary servicer or securities administrator, failed to notify Nomura and Natixis of their own breaches, failed to properly oversee the primary servicers, and failed to adhere to accepted servicing practices. Natixis additionally alleges that Wells Fargo Bank failed to perform default oversight duties. Wells Fargo Bank has asserted counterclaims alleging that Nomura and Natixis failed to provide Wells Fargo Bank notice of their representation and warranty breaches. With respect to each of the foregoing litigations, Wells Fargo Bank believes plaintiffs' claims are without merit and intends to contest the claims vigorously, but there can be no assurances as to the outcome of the litigations or the possible impact of the litigations on Wells Fargo Bank or the related RMBS trusts.

Item 1119 of Regulation AB, Affiliations and Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.

The information regarding this Item has been previously provided in a prospectus supplement of the Registrant relating to the issuing entity filed on August 6, 2015 pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5).

Item 1122 of Regulation AB, Compliance with Applicable Servicing Criteria.

The reports on assessments of compliance with the servicing criteria for asset-backed securities and related attestation reports on such assessments of compliance with respect to the mortgage loans are attached hereto under Item 15 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Attached as Schedule II to the Pooling and Servicing Agreement incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.1 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K is a chart identifying the entities participating in a servicing function for the transaction responsible for each applicable servicing criteria set forth in Item 1122(d).

The reports on assessments of compliance with the servicing criteria for asset-backed securities and related attestation reports on such assessments of compliance with respect to the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan, which is being serviced and administered pursuant to the trust and servicing agreement for the DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction, are attached hereto under Item 15 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Attached as Schedule I to the trust and servicing agreement for the DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.2 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K is a chart identifying the entities participating in a servicing function for the DBWF 2015-LCM Transaction responsible for each applicable servicing criteria set forth in Item 1122(d).

The reports on assessments of compliance with the servicing criteria for asset-backed securities and related attestation reports on such assessments of compliance with respect to the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan, which is being serviced and administered pursuant to the pooling and servicing agreement for the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction, are attached hereto under Item 15 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Attached as Schedule II to the pooling and servicing agreement for the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.3 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K is a chart identifying the entities participating in a servicing function for the COMM 2015-CCRE25 Transaction responsible for each applicable servicing criteria set forth in Item 1122(d).

The reports on assessments of compliance with the servicing criteria for asset-backed securities and related attestation reports on such assessments of compliance with respect to the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan, which is being serviced and administered pursuant to the pooling and servicing agreement for the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction, are attached hereto under Item 15 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Attached as Schedule III to the pooling and servicing agreement for the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction incorporated by reference as Exhibit 4.4 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K is a chart identifying the entities participating in a servicing function for the WFCMT 2015-LC22 Transaction responsible for each applicable servicing criteria set forth in Item 1122(d).

Item 1123 of Regulation AB, Servicer Compliance Statement.

The servicer compliance statements are attached as Exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

(a) The following is a list of documents filed as part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K:

(1) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

(3) See below

 

4.1           Pooling and Servicing Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2015, by and among Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation, as Depositor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer, LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer, Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Certificate Administrator, Paying Agent and Custodian, and Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein).

4.2           Trust and Servicing Agreement, dated as of June 25, 2015, by and among Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation, as Depositor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer, Midland Loan Services, a Division of PNC Bank, National Association, as Special Servicer, Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee, and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Certificate Administrator, Paying Agent and Custodian, (filed as Exhibit 99.6 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein).

4.3           Pooling and Servicing Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2015, by and among Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation, as Depositor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer, CWCapital Asset Management LLC, as a Special Servicer, LNR Partners, LLC, as a Special Servicer, Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Certificate Administrator, Paying Agent and Custodian, and Pentalpha Surveillance LLC, as Operating Advisor (filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein).

4.4           Pooling and Servicing Agreement, dated as of September 1, 2015, by and among Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Securities, Inc., as Depositor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as General Master Servicer, Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC, as General Special Servicer, National Cooperative Bank, N.A., as NCB Master Servicer, National Cooperative Bank, N.A., as NCB Special Servicer, Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Trust Advisor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Certificate Administrator, as Tax Administrator and as Custodian, and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee (filed as Exhibit 99.2 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein).

31           Rule 13a-14(d)/15d-14(d) Certifications.

33           Reports on assessment of compliance with servicing criteria for asset-backed securities.

33.1        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer

33.2        LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer

33.3        Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.4        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Certificate Administrator

33.5        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian

33.6        Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor

33.7        CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant

33.8        National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant

33.9        Berkeley Point Capital LLC d/b/a Newmark Knight Frank, as Primary Servicer

33.10      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.1)

33.11      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.2)

33.12      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.13      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.5)

33.14      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.6)

33.15      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.7)

33.16      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.8)

33.17      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.1)

33.18      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.2)

33.19      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.20      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.5)

33.21      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.6)

33.22      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.7)

33.23      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.8)

33.24      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.1)

33.25      Midland Loan Services, a Division of PNC Bank, National Association, as Special Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan

33.26      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.27      Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Custodian of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan

33.28      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.7)

33.29      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.8)

33.30      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.1)

33.31      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.2)

33.32      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.33      Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Custodian of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.27)

33.34      Pentalpha Surveillance LLC, as Operating Advisor of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan

33.35      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.7)

33.36      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.8)

33.37      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.1)

33.38      Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC, as Special Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.39      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

33.40      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.5)

33.41      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Trust Advisor of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.6)

33.42      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.7)

33.43      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 33.8)

34           Attestation reports on assessment of compliance with servicing criteria for asset-backed securities.

34.1        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer

34.2        LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer

34.3        Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.4        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Certificate Administrator

34.5        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian

34.6        Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor

34.7        CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant

34.8        National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant

34.9        Berkeley Point Capital LLC d/b/a Newmark Knight Frank, as Primary Servicer

34.10      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.1)

34.11      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.2)

34.12      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.13      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.5)

34.14      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.6)

34.15      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.7)

34.16      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.8)

34.17      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.1)

34.18      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.2)

34.19      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.20      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.5)

34.21      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Operating Advisor of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.6)

34.22      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.7)

34.23      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.8)

34.24      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.1)

34.25      Midland Loan Services, a Division of PNC Bank, National Association, as Special Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan

34.26      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.27      Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Custodian of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan

34.28      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.7)

34.29      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.8)

34.30      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.1)

34.31      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.2)

34.32      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.33      Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Custodian of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.27)

34.34      Pentalpha Surveillance LLC, as Operating Advisor of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan

34.35      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.7)

34.36      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.8)

34.37      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.1)

34.38      Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC, as Special Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.39      Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

34.40      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Custodian of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.5)

34.41      Park Bridge Lender Services LLC, as Trust Advisor of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.6)

34.42      CoreLogic Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., as Servicing Function Participant of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.7)

34.43      National Tax Search, LLC, as Servicing Function Participant of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 34.8)

35           Servicer compliance statements.

35.1        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Master Servicer

35.2        LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer

35.3        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Certificate Administrator

35.4        Berkeley Point Capital LLC d/b/a Newmark Knight Frank, as Primary Servicer

35.5        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.1)

35.6        LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Eden Roc Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.2)

35.7        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.1)

35.8        LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the La Gran Plaza Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.2)

35.9        Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.1)

35.10      Midland Loan Services, a Division of PNC Bank, National Association, as Special Servicer of the Lakewood Center Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

35.11      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.1)

35.12      LNR Partners, LLC, as Special Servicer of the Heartland Industrial Portfolio Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.2)

35.13      Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Primary Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (see Exhibit 35.1)

35.14      Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC, as Special Servicer of the 40 Wall Street Mortgage Loan (Omitted. See Explanatory Notes.)

99.1        Mortgage Loan Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 24, 2015, between Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation and German American Capital Corporation (filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein)

99.2        Mortgage Loan Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 24, 2015, between Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation and Cantor Commercial Real Estate Lending, L.P. (filed as Exhibit 99.2 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein)

99.3        Mortgage Loan Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 24, 2015, among Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation, Ladder Capital Finance LLC, Ladder Capital Finance Holdings LLLP, Series TRS of Ladder Capital Finance Holdings LLLP and Series REIT of Ladder Capital Finance Holdings LLLP (filed as Exhibit 99.3 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein)

99.4        Mortgage Loan Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 24, 2015, among Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation, Pillar Funding LLC and Pillar Capital Partners I LLC (filed as Exhibit 99.4 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed on October 15, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein)

99.5        Primary Servicing Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2015, between Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and Berkeley Point Capital LLC (filed as Exhibit 99.5 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 6, 2015 under Commission File No. 333-193376-21 and incorporated by reference herein)

(b)   The exhibits required to be filed by the Registrant pursuant to Item 601 of Regulation S-K are listed above.

(c)   Not Applicable.

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Deutsche Mortgage & Asset Receiving Corporation
(Depositor)

/s/ Helaine M. Kaplan

Helaine M. Kaplan, President

(senior officer in charge of securitization of the depositor)

Date: March 12, 2021

/s/ Natalie Grainger

Natalie Grainger, Director

Date: March 12, 2021