Deutsche Bank will move from Wall Street to Columbus Circle

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Welcome to what may become the future Deutsche Bank Center.

The German bank has decided to move its regional headquarters from Lower Manhattan to 1.2 million square feet at One Columbus Circle, The Post has learned.

“After a full evaluation of our real estate strategy, Deutsche Bank has decided to relocate its regional headquarters in New York from its current location at 60 Wall Street to a new location at One Columbus Circle,” a spokesman for the bank said in a statement.

A term sheet has been signed, sources said — not a lease, which could be the reason Deutsche Bank declined to provide other details like whether it would get naming rights to the Time Warner Center.

This reporter broke news of the move on Twitter.

Time Warner is planning to move from its namesake building to the new 30 Hudson Yards in 2021.

Related Cos. had developed Time Warner Center and sold the media company its office space — but bought it back when Time Warner agreed to move to Related’s new project at Hudson Yards.

The asking rent at the Time Warner Center was $135 per square foot.

“Related transformed Columbus Circle into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood and world-class destination. We are very pleased to work with our long-term partner as they re-imagine their north American headquarters,” said Jeff T. Blau, chief executive of Related Cos.

The first term of Deutsche’s lease at 60 Wall St. ends in June 2022. The bank had several renewal options and the building had new owners that laid out the red carpet for a lease renewal.

But the bank “wanted a fresh start,” one source said.

It loves the thriving Upper West Side neighborhood around the Time Warner Center — with its European feel as well as the stunning Central Park, river and city views, sources said.

The One Columbus economics will also work, sources said. Deutsche Bank will relocate roughly 500,000 square feet of occupancy to a new building in Jacksonville, Fla., where it already has a large presence.

Peter Riguardi, chairman and president of the JLL’s tri-state region, who represented Deutsche Bank, declined to comment. He had been pitching the Time Warner Center on behalf of Related Cos. but recused himself on this transaction.

“This is a decision they made because of their business and financial health,” said a disappointed Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown, who said she believed the bank’s employees wanted to remain in the area. “They are retrenching and reorganizing, and (that’s) why I can see being the anchor tenant at 2 World Trade was a bridge too far for them.”

The 2 World Trade Center tower would have been developed by Larry Silverstein, but it has taken several years to flesh out details, build and turn over for a move in.

“While today’s news is disappointing, we are very happy with Downtown’s growing momentum and optimistic about the World Trade Center’s continued success,” said a Silverstein spokesman. The area will welcome 4,000 GroupM and 2,000 Spotify employees to 3 WTC and 4 WTC, respectively, over the rest of the year.

Originally developed in 1987 for what was then called JPMorgan & Co., 60 Wall Street would have been the least expensive choice, sources said. But the 1.6 million-square-foot building would have required an entire redevelopment of its trading floors and now 30-year-old infrastructure.

https://nypost.com/2018/05/04/deutsche-bank-will-move-from-wall-street-to-columbus-circle/

By Lois Weiss

JPMorgan Chase to tear down Midtown HQ, build massive tower

270 Park Avenue  and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon

270 Park Avenue and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase plans to tear down its headquarters at 270 Park Avenue and build a new, 70-story office tower in its place.

The new building will stand around 1,200 feet tall, compared to the existing 52-story, 700-foot tower, the New York Times reported. It will also create around 1 million square feet of additional office space for the bank, which is the richest in the country with about $2 trillion in assets under management.

The financial institution plans to buy air rights from nearby properties under the Midtown East rezoning passed last year, which would require it to pay around $40 million for public improvements, according to the Times.

“This is our plan for East Midtown in action,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Times. “Good jobs, modern buildings and concrete improvements that will make East Midtown stronger for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who work there.”

JPMorgan has renovated the property, which was built in 1961 and houses around 6,000 of its employees, several times. But it has also made no secret about wanting to move elsewhere. In 2014, it tried to build a $6.5 billion headquarters on Manhattan’s Far West Side, but ditched the plans after it failed to land $1 billion in additional subsidies from the city.

The bank has been in talks to lease space at nearby 390 Madison Avenue and 237, 245 and 277 Park Avenue to house its employees during construction, the Times reported. Demolition is expected to start next year, with construction of the new tower expected to finish about five years later.

Beyond its own ground-up ambitions in Midtown, JPMorgan has emerged as one of the one of the most aggressive lenders in New York City commercial real estate, handing out massive loans to Extell Development for Central Park Tower and Macklowe Properties for the conversion of One Wall Street. The bank is also taking on riskier construction loans by shifting them from its commercial lending arm to the investment banking side.

JPMorgan was the top CMBS issuer in the U.S. in 2016, underwriting $12 billion worth of loans.  [NYT] — Konrad Putzier

https://therealdeal.com/2018/02/21/jpmorgan-chase-to-tear-down-midtown-hq-build-massive-tower/

National Bank of Kuwait Renews 19K SF at 299 Park Avenue

   299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

 

299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

The National Bank of Kuwait has agreed to extend its stay at 299 Park Avenue after inking a renewal for its 18,688 square feet of space at the Midtown office tower.

The bank signed a 10-year lease to keep its offices on part of the 17th floor at the 42-story, 1.2-million-square-foot building between East 48th and East 49th Streets, landlord Fisher Brothers announced today. The financial institution’s New York City branch has been located at 299 Park Avenue since 1993.

Asking rent in the deal was $95 per square foot. Fisher Brothers’ Marc Packman and Charles P. Laginestra represented the landlord in-house, while the tenant was also represented internally.

In a statement, Fisher Brothers Partner Ken Fisher called the National Bank of Kuwait “a valued tenant for nearly 25 years,” and said the bank was drawn to “Fisher Brothers’ legendary level of service as well as the tower’s premier address.”

The National Bank of Kuwait could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fisher Brothers has secured a slew of financial industry tenants to leases at 299 Park Avenue as of late. Financial services firm B. Riley Financial recently agreed to a 29,000-square-foot deal to relocate to a new floor within the building, as Commercial Observer reported last week, while the likes of commodities trader Traxys Group, hedge fund King Street Capital Management and asset manager Varagon Capital have all signed sizable leases in recent months. Other financial services tenants at the property include UBS and Capital One.

Work is slated to commence later this year on a $20 million capital improvement program at 299 Park Avenue; the Rockwell Group-helmed renovations are expected to yield a redesigned lobby and building entrance, as well as an illuminated plaza backed by a new exterior lighting system, according to Fisher Brothers.

https://commercialobserver.com/2018/03/national-bank-of-kuwait-renews-19k-sf-at-299-park-avenue/

Financial Services Firm StepStone Group Takes 30K SF at 450 Lex

450 LEXINGTON AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

450 LEXINGTON AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

StepStone Group, a financial services firm, has signed on for 30,000 square feet at RXR Realty’s 450 Lexington Avenue between East 44th and East 45th Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.

The tenant will occupy the entire 31st floor in the 39-story, 910,273-square-foot building via a 10-year lease, a spokeswoman for RXR indicated. The asking rents in the top of the tower, where RXR has rolled out prebuilts, range from $115 to $130 per square foot. StepStone will replace JLL Partners when the new tenant moves from the Lipstick Building at 885 Third Avenue on Aug. 1.

RXR boasts that it has done 40,000 square feet of new leasing in the building since January. RXR picked up the property via a ground lease in September 2012 for $720 million, property records indicate. The seller was Istithmar World, the Dubai-based investment firm, as CO reported at the time. Tenants include David Polk Wardwell.

RXR’s Lauren Ferrentino represented the landlord in-house along with CBRE‘s Silvio Petrillo. A spokeswoman for CBRE said the broker declined to comment, but CBRE’s Michael Affronti said in a prepared statement provided by RXR: “450 Lexington Avenue is an exceptional asset, and the success we continue to achieve certainly comes as no surprise. The building’s close proximity to Grand Central, panoramic views, high-end installations and strength of ownership are just a few of the components that continue to attract prominent firms to 450 Lexington Avenue.”

Savills Studley’s David Carlos represented the tenant in the deal.

https://commercialobserver.com/2018/02/stepstone-group-lease-450-lexington-avenue-rxr-realty/

Investment Firm Takes 145 East 57th Street Penthouse

145 EAST 57TH STREET. IMAGE: ABS PARTNERS

145 EAST 57TH STREET. IMAGE: ABS PARTNERS

A private equity firm has snagged the newly constructed penthouse at ABS Partners Real Estate’s 145 East 57th Street, also known as the Hammacher Schlemmer building, Commercial Observer has learned.

Speyside Equity has inked a five-year deal for the 2,650-square-foot suite on the top floor of the 12-story, 64,000-square-foot office building between Third and Lexington Avenues, according to information from the landlord. Asking rent for the in Midtown East space was $80 a square foot.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based firm, which invests in metal, chemical and food manufacturing companies, will move from subleased office space in the Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway between West 43rd and 44th Streets. Its new home will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out on 57th Street, 14-foot ceilings and a large private terrace.

Speyside Founder Kevin Daugherty said in prepared remarks that the new office would allow the company to “expand our team as we raise our next fund in the coming months.” He added, “We are excited about the space and feel it will really create an attractive and energetic environment for our team.”

The firm raised $130 million in 2016 for its first institutional fund, according to industry reports.

ABS’ John BrodRobert Finkelstein and Alex Kaskel handled the transaction in-house. Speyside was represented by Town Commercial’s Nancy Shapiro. A spokeswoman for ABS didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

“It has pretty spectacular outdoor space for commercial,” Shapiro told CO. “It’s beautiful, it’s modern, it’s clean. It’s a very upscale space. They wanted something that would reflect more on the work they do, which is taking these struggling manufacturing businesses and putting them in a better state.”

ABS purchased the 64,000-square-foot, 1926 commercial property for $63 million in October 2016, according to property records. It renovated the building into boutique office space with six floors of prebuilt space, stainless steel appliances and a curated art display in the lobby.

BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA JANUARY 8, 2018 12:49 PM

https://commercialobserver.com/2018/01/investment-firm-takes-145-east-57th-street-penthouse/

Merchant Bank Raine Group Relocating NYC HQ to Park Avenue Tower

PARK AVENUE TOWER AT 65 EAST 55TH STREET. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

PARK AVENUE TOWER AT 65 EAST 55TH STREET. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Merchant bank The Raine Group is moving its New York City headquarters to Park Avenue Tower at 65 East 55th Street after agreeing to take more than 33,000 square feet of space at the Midtown office building, Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm agreed to a 15-year, 33,253-square-foot lease last week for the entire 23rd and 24th floors at the 36-story, 620,000-square-foot property located on Park Avenue between East 55th and East 56th Streets, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The Raine Group plans to move to its new space next summer from its current digs at SL Green Realty Corp.’s 810 Seventh Avenue between West 52nd and West 53rd Streets, where it presently occupies the entire 17,320-square-foot 39th floor.

Asking rent in the transaction was $135 to $140 per square foot, sources said. Newmark Knight Frank’s Brian Goldman and Matthew Lorberbaum represented the tenant in the deal, while landlord Equity Office was represented in-house by Zach Freeman and Scott Silverstein as well as by NKF’s Brian WatermanJared HorowitzBen ShapiroBrent Ozarowski and Lance Korman.

Freeman, the vice president of leasing for the Blackstone Group-owned office landlord, said in a statement that the merchant bank was drawn to Park Avenue Tower’s recently completed renovations, which include a redesigned lobby and outdoor plaza and a new 20,000-square-foot tenant amenity center known as The Club. The amenity center features a fitness center, a recreation area equipped with billiards and Ping-Pong tables, a dining area and conference rooms.

“We are proud to have achieved optimal results for [The Raine Group], maximizing Equity Office’s design/buildout offering at Park Avenue Tower to create a dynamic and collaborative space in direct alignment with Raine’s objectives,” NKF’s Goldman said in a statement.

The Raine Group specializes in the technology, media and telecommunications industries, where it arranges and advises on transactions in addition to pursuing its own investments. The firm advised Japanese telecommunications corporation SoftBank in its $21.6 billion takeover of Sprint in 2013 and former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer in his $2 billion purchase of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers in 2014, while also investing its own capital in ventures like Vice Media. In addition to its New York headquarters, The Raine Group has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai and Mumbai.

At Park Avenue Tower, the merchant bank joins the likes of real estate investment firm Monday Properties, which recently agreed to take more than 16,000 square feet at the building, as CO reported earlier this month. Other companies on the property’s finance-heavy tenant roster include Cyrus Capital PartnersOak Hill Capital PartnersStephens Inc.Eminence Capital, the National Bank of Canada and talent agency ICM Partners.

BY REY MASHAYEKHI DECEMBER 20, 2017 1:52 PM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/12/merchant-bank-raine-group-relocating-nyc-hq-to-park-avenue-tower/

LeFrak Leases 39K SF of Office Space to Nobu, Financial Firms at 40 West 57th Street

40 WEST 57TH STREET. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BRIDE FOR PROPERTYSHARK

40 WEST 57TH STREET. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BRIDE FOR PROPERTYSHARK

Private wealth management firm Tocqueville Asset Management and Nobu Restaurant Group recently finalized leases at LeFrak’s 40 West 57th Street, as part of a trio of new deals in the building totaling 39,335 square feet, according to landlord broker CBRE.

Tocqueville signed a 10-year agreement to renew its 25,000 square feet on the entire 19th floor of the 36-story office tower between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Asking rent for the space was “closer to $100 [per square foot] than it is to $200,” said CBRE’s Howard Fiddle, who represented LeFrak in the deal. The 29-year-old investment management company has been in the building for “at least 15 years,” according to Fiddle.

Nobu Restaurant Group, the multinational chain of Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurants run by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and film star Robert De Niro, also decided to move its headquarters into the 1970s skyscraper. Last month the chain leased 8,800 square feet on part of the third floor for just under 10 years. It has operated Nobu 57, a two-level, 13,000-square-foot restaurant, in the bottom of the building since 2004, according to The New York Times. The 30-year-old hospitality group will move from 4,800 square feet at 3 East 57th Street, where it has subleased since 2011. 

Finally, Duquesne Fund Services, a firm that offers tech and back office services for hedge funds and family offices, recently inked a seven-year lease for 5,535 square feet on part of the third floor. The company is an affiliate of Duquesne Family Office, the investment management firm founded in 2010 by billionaire hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller. While Duquesne Fund Services is a new business, Duquesne Family Office (and its predecessor, Duquesne Capital Management) has occupied 35,739 square feet on the building’s 24th and 25th floors via a 10-year lease since 2008.

Fiddle and CBRE’s Evan Fiddle (Howard’s son), Benjamin Joseph, Gregg Rothkin and Arkady Smolyansky, along with LeFrak’s Mary Lou Berk, represented the landlord in all three transactions. On the tenant side, Newmark Knight Frank’s Daniel Madison and James Saunders represented Tocqueville in its office renewal. (A spokesman for NKF didn’t return a request for comment.) And John Nugent and Craig Reicher, also of CBRE, handled the deal for Duquesne Fund Services. Nobu didn’t have a broker in the deal.

BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA DECEMBER 19, 2017 2:39 PM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/12/lefrak-leases-39k-sf-of-office-space-to-nobu-financial-firms-at-40-west-57th-street/

Investment Firm Grows NYC Presence With Additional Offices at 220 Fifth Avenue

220 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: STELLAR MANAGEMENT

220 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: STELLAR MANAGEMENT

Investment management firm Artisan Partners is expanding its New York City office footprint after agreeing to take 9,000 square feet at Stellar Management and Imperium Capital’s 220 Fifth Avenue in NoMad, Commercial Observer has learned.

Artisan signed a 10-year lease today for the entire fifth floor at the 20-story, 167,000-square-foot building at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 26th Street, according to sources with knowledge of the transaction. The Milwaukee-based firm is expected to begin occupying the space this coming spring while keeping its existing New York City offices at RXR Realty’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas, sources said.

Asking rent in the deal was not immediately clear. A Newmark Knight Frank team of Brian WatermanAndrew PeretzDavid Malawer and Brent Ozarowski represented the landlord, while Eric Deutsch of CBRE represented the tenant.

Matthew Lembo, a principal and chief investment officer at Stellar, said in a statement that the transaction “is a testament to the leasing activity we’ve experienced” in the Midtown South market—including a recent 7,300-square-foot deal with Australian yoga studio Humming Puppy at 119 West 23rd Street, as CO first reported last week.

The Larry Gluck-led real estate investment firm teamed with Imperium to acquire a leasehold interest on 220 Fifth Avenue from Dino & Sons Realty Corp. earlier this year, making it Stellar’s seventh Midtown South commercial asset. The 105-year-old building, which features a neo-Gothic facade overlooking Madison Square Park, is currently undergoing a capital improvement program that includes a full renovation of the lobby and upgrades to the building systems.

Stellar and Imperium are also prebuilding out entire floors at the property as they become vacant, in an attempt to cater to the growing demand from office users seeking turnkey space. Current tenants at 220 Fifth Avenue include architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners, trade publication Mass Market Retailers and law firm Weiner, Millo, Morgan & Bonnano.

Representatives for NKF and CBRE did not immediately provide comment.

Artisan Partners has more than $115 billion in assets under management, according to its website. In addition to its presence in New York and its Milwaukee headquarters, the firm has U.S. offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Kansas City, as well as international offices in London and Sydney.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/12/investment-firm-grows-nyc-presence-with-additional-offices-at-220-fifth-avenue/

Investment Banking Firm Heads to SL Green’s 521 Fifth Avenue

Investment brokerage Laidlaw & Company is moving one block within Midtown.

The 170-year-old investment banking and securities firm inked a 10-year deal for 20,987 square feet on the entire 12th floor at 521 Fifth Avenue, between East 43rd and 44th Streets. Asking rent for the space wasn’t immediately available.

Laidlaw will relocate from 546 Fifth Avenue, which is only a block and a half away between West 45th and 46th Streets, in the second quarter of 2018.

“Fifth Avenue continues to be a premier business address and buildings like 521 Fifth Avenue, which are centrally-located, convenient to mass transit and have the benefit of institutional ownership will continue to outperform the market,” said SL Green Executive Vice President Steven Durels in prepared remarks.

Jonathan Plotkin and Tim Pond of Colliers International handled the deal for Laidlaw & Company. SL Green was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Tara StacomBarry ZellerJustin Royce and Pierce Hance. Spokespeople for both brokerages didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Other tenants in the 39-story office building include ChinaTrust Commercial BankMcGraw Communications and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. The property’s ground floor retail is occupied mostly by Equinox and Urban Outfitters.

Investment Manager Inks 11K-SF Sublease in Midtown

505 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

505 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Kinderhook Industries, a private investment firm that manages more than $2 billion, has signed a 10,786-square-foot sublease at 505 Fifth Avenue to relocate its offices, Commercial Observer has learned.

The financial company inked the deal with American Capital Strategies, which was acquired by Ares Capital Corporation earlier this year, to occupy the entire 25th floor of the 26-story, 298,000-square-foot building, which is located on the corner of East 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. (The building is owned by Axel Stawski’s Stawski Partners.)

The asking rent in the nine-year deal was $80s per square foot, a source with intimate knowledge of the transaction told CO.  

Major factors for the move included the building’s proximity to Grand Central Terminal and because it has column-free space with floor to ceiling glass and high ceilings, according to the source.

Kinderhook is relocating in the first quarter of 2018 from 521 Fifth Avenue between East 43rd and East 44th Streets a block north, where it presently occupies 6,580 square feet.

Alexander Chudnoff and Abe Cooper of JLL handed the deal for Kinderhook Industries, while Savills Studley’s Christopher Foerch and Gary Kerperrepresented American Capital.

Chudnoff declined to comment on the deal, and the Savills Studley brokers did not immediately return a request for comment via a spokeswoman.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/investment-manager-inks-11k-sf-sublease-in-midtown/

CRE lender takes 20K sf at Hell’s Kitchen office conversion

787 11th Avenue

787 11th Avenue

Real estate lender Dwight Capital inked a 20,000-square-foot lease at Georgetown Company’s office development 787 11th Avenue.

Georgetown landed a $349.5 million construction loan from the Blackstone Group last October to fund the conversion of the former Ford Motor Company industrial building.

Savills Studley represented Dwight while CBRE represented the landlord.

Led by Adam and Josh Sasouness, Dwight claims it was the second-largest multifamily HUD lender in FY 2016 in terms of both transactions and dollar amount, with $902 million in commitments.

Last year, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management inked a 67,000-square-foot lease at the Hell’s Kitchen building, which will reportedly feature a rooftop tennis court and an office penthouse. [NYP] — Konrad Putzier

https://therealdeal.com/2017/11/15/cre-lender-takes-20k-sf-at-hells-kitchen-office-conversion/

Research Firm Takes Full Floor at RXR’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Economic research firm Cornerstone Macro is relocating its offices within Midtown after agreeing to take 16,300 square feet at RXR Realty’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company agreed late last week to a 10-year lease for the entire fifth floor at the 40-story, roughly 526,000-square-foot office building between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, according to sources with knowledge of the transaction. Cornerstone Macro is expected to move from its current location at nearby 650 Fifth Avenue, where it occupies nearly 11,000 square feet, in the summer of 2018.

Asking rent in the deal was in the high $70s per square foot, sources said. The tenant was represented in the transaction by Garett Varricchio and Jessica Tenenbaum of MHP Real Estate Services, while RXR’s Alexandra Budd represented the landlord in-house alongside Cushman & Wakefield’s Peter Trivelas.

“Cornerstone Macro wanted to align themselves with an excellent and reputable landlord, and they were able to achieve that through this transaction with RXR,” Varricchio told CO.

The same cannot be said for the reputation of Cornerstone Macro’s current landlord at 650 Fifth Avenue, the Alavi Foundation, which is notorious for its connections with the Iranian government. In June, a federal district court jury ruled that the U.S. government could seize the 36-story office tower after it was determined that the nonprofit foundation, which owns a 60 percent stake in the property, violated U.S. sanctions against Iran via its partnership with Assa Corp. Assa functioned as a front for an Iranian state-controlled bank that owned the remaining 40 percent of 650 Fifth Avenue, until a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the government could seize Assa’s share.

But Varricchio said that Cornerstone Macro’s move to 1330 Avenue of the Americas was more motivated by the tenant’s desire to stay in Midtown—as well as the “boutique nature of the building,” given its relatively smaller floor plates compared to most of the surrounding Class A office stock.

Law firm CKR Law recently doubled its footprint at 1330 Avenue of the Americasafter inking a lease for the entire 16,300-square-foot 12th floor, as CO first reported last week. That deal took CKR Law’s total square footage at the property to nearly 33,000 square feet.

An RXR spokeswoman confirmed the deal but declined further comment. Representatives for Cushman & Wakefield did not immediately provide comment.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/research-firm-cornerstone-macro-nyc-office-rxr-realty-1330-avenue-of-the-americas/

BY REY MASHAYEKHI NOVEMBER 9, 2017 12:40 PM

Lender Varagon Capital Inks 28K-SF Deal to Relocate Within Midtown

299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

Varagon Capital Partners, an asset manager that focuses on lending to middle-market companies, has signed a 28,316-square-foot deal at Fisher Brother’s 299 Park Avenue to relocate its offices, Commercial Observer has learned.

The lender will occupy the entire third floor of the 42-story, 1.2-million-square-foot building between East 48th and East 49th Streets.

The asking rent in the deal was in the high $80s per square foot, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. The length of the deal was not immediately clear. 

Varagon was formed in 2014 with backing from American International Group and affiliates of Oak Hill Capital Management. It is moving from the 22nd floor of 488 Madison Avenue between East 51st and East 52nd Streets by the end of this year. There the company has 10,360 square feet, according to CoStar Group.

CBRE’s Leo Paytas and Conor Denihan handled the deal for Varagon. Fisher Brothers was represented in-house by Marc Packman and Clark Briffel, and a Newmark Knight Frank team led of David FalkPeter ShimkinAndrew SachsEric Cagner and Andrew Peretz. Representatives for CBRE and NKF did not immediately return requests for comment and information.

Fisher Brothers expects to begin a David Rockwell-designed renovation of 299 Park Avenue early next year, which will include a new lobby, revitalized entrance that will allow more light from outside and an illuminated plaza. The work will cost approximately $20 million.

“Our capital improvement program at 299 Park Avenue is going much deeper than a standard refresh and completely transforming the aesthetic of the building with a sleek design and modern feel,” Winston Fisher, a partner at Fisher Brothers, said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to welcome Varagon to the growing roster of blue-chip tenants [at] 299 Park Avenue.”

Existing tenants in the 1967 building include Capital One and UBS.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/lender-varagon-capital-inks-28k-sf-deal-to-relocate-within-midtown/

Wealth Management Firm for Blackstone Co-Founder Moves Within Midtown

399 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

399 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Peterson Management, which manages the family assets of Peter Peterson,Blackstone Group co-founder and former Lehman Brothers chief executive officer, is heading to the former Citigroup headquarters on Park Avenue.

The firm will relocate from 26,000 square feet at Paramount Group’s 712 Fifth Avenue to 40,000 square feet of offices at Boston Properties’ 399 Park Avenue, The Real Deal reported. The outfit led by Peterson’s son, Michael Peterson, will set up shop in a penthouse-like space that includes outdoor terraces and a glass box constructed on top of the building’s setback. Rents in the 15-year lease start at $130 a square foot and rise to $150 a square foot towards the end of the term, according to TRD.

Seth Hecht of Cushman & Wakefield and Joseph Conwell of Philadelphia-based GPX Realty Partners represented Peterson. (GPX Realty is a subsidiary of private investment firm GPX Enterprises, another company headed by Michael Peterson.) It wasn’t immediately clear who represented the landlord.

A spokesman for C&W declined to comment, and Boston Properties’ spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The wealth management company will relocate along with the nonprofit Peterson Foundation, which Peter Peterson launched in 2008 to focus on fiscal sustainability and national debt.

BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA NOVEMBER 6, 2017 11:31 AM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/wealth-management-firm-for-blackstone-co-founder-moves-within-midtown/

The Beekman Group Grows With Move to Nearly 8K SF at 530 Fifth Avenue

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

The Beekman Group, a private equity firm based in New York City, is moving from just under 5,000 square feet at 489 Fifth Avenue to 7,803 square feet in the nearby 530 Fifth Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Douglas Dolgoff told CO that The Beekman Group, founded in 2004, outgrew its space and rather than take two floors at 489 Fifth Avenue, it opted for a full tower floor (23) at the 26-story, 536,135-square-foot 530 Fifth Avenue. The building’s office portion is owned by RXR Realty and a partnership of Thor Equities and General Growth Properties owns the retail space.

“The main driver was trying to keep the location as close to the old location,” Dolgoff said. “We had a tight set of parameters for where they wanted to end up.”

Beekman liked that RXR agreed to deliver a turnkey installation so “they didn’t have to come out of pocket for construction costs,” Dolgoff said. The value of that construction, he estimated, is about $130 or $140 per square foot.

The lease is for eight years with an asking rent of $85 per square foot, an RXR spokeswoman indicated. Beekman will move in upon completion of the construction, she added.

Avison Young’s John RyanAnthony LoPresti and Michael Leff represented the landlord along with Dan Birney and Alexandra Budd of RXR. An Avison Young spokesman didn’t respond with a comment.

Tenants include movie and television show producer Lionsgate in 34,300 square feet, as CO previously reported, and financial firm Ameriprise Financial in about 21,000 square feet.

Winklevoss Twins’ Digital Currency Exchange Company Relocating Within Midtown South

315 PARK AVENUE SOUTH. PHOTO: COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST

315 PARK AVENUE SOUTH. PHOTO: COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST

Gemini Trust Company, a digital currency exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss three years ago, has signed a 34,000-square-foot deal to relocate its offices to 315 Park Avenue South, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company will occupy two entire floors of the 20-story building between East 23rd and East 24th Streets, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the transaction who declined to disclose which floors. Gemini is a platform for investors to buy, sell and store digital assets, such as Bitcoin and Ether. Its founders are best known for suing Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg over the the social media platform’s genesis.

The asking rent in the more than 11-year deal was in the low $90s per square foot, the source told CO. Gemini is moving from 30 West 24th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in spring 2018.

Columbia Property Trust, the owner of 315 Park Avenue South, has spent approximately $10 million to renovate the building with the addition of a new lobby and new elevator cabs. The landlord pointed to this transformation as the reason why Gemini signed a lease there.

“When we acquired 315 Park Avenue South in 2015, we recognized its potential to attract the city’s top creative, media and technology companies and made significant investments to transform the building into a premier Midtown South destination,” Nelson Mills, the president and chief executive officer of Columbia, said in a prepared statement.

Ross Zimbalist and Michael Blum of CBRE represented Gemini, while David Berkey and Andrew Wiener of L&L Holding Company, the exclusive leasing and managing arm of the building, handled the deal for Columbia.

A spokeswoman for CBRE said the brokers declined to comment, and a representative for Gemini did not immediately return requests for comment.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/10/winklevoss-twins-digital-currency-exchange-company-relocating-within-midtown-south/

Carlyle Group mulls space at One Vanderbilt

Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Marc Holliday (Credit: SL Green)

Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Marc Holliday (Credit: SL Green)

Global investment firm Carlyle Group is in talks for four floors at SL Green Realty’s One Vanderbilt.

The firm is the latest tenant to consider taking space at the 1.7 million-square-foot office tower, the New York Post reported. Management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. is also reportedly looking at 250,000 square feet at the project.

Germany’s DZ Bank and DVB Bank recently inked a lease for 35,500 square feet on the 26th floor. The bank was the first office tenant to sign on to the building since TD Bank, which inked a long-term lease as One Vanderbilt’s anchor tenant in 2014.

In April, chef Daniel Boulud agreed to open a restaurant on the tower’s second floor. The restaurant will span 11,000 square feet, and Boulud will invest in the project rather than signing a traditional lease. [NYP]— Kathryn Brenzel

https://therealdeal.com/2017/10/24/carlyle-group-mulls-space-at-sl-greens-one-vanderbilt/

Large UAE Bank Moving NYC Office Within FiDi

7 STATE STREET. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP.

7 STATE STREET. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP.

Dubai-based financial institution Mashreqbank signed a 10-year lease for 8,727 square feet at 17 State Street, according to landlord RFR Realty.

The tenant will take half of the 22nd floor in the 42-story building at the intersection of State and Pearl Streets across from The Battery. The asking rent in the deal was $68 per square foot. The bank is moving from its current address at 50 Broadway near Exchange Place. It has 5,919 square feet there on the 15th floor, according to CoStar Group.

RFR’s AJ Camhi and Ryan Silverman handled the deal alongside a JLL team of John Wheeler and Clayton KlineCushman & Wakefield’s Dan Organ brokered the transaction for Mashreqbank, which has 12 offices overseas in Europe, Asia and Africa. A spokesman for C&W declined to respond to a request for comment.

The deal was part of a few new transactions signed at the 570,696-square-foot office tower.

London-based M Three Consulting signed a 4,812-square-foot deal at the building, and it is moving from 14 Wall Street between Broadway and Nassau Street. Also, law firm Torgan, Cooper & Aaron inked a 6,443-square-foot renewal. Rob Lowe and Evan Algier of C&W handled the deal for the law firm. And financial planner Granger Management Holdings renewed its 3,263-square-foot space.

“We continue to attract and retain prestigious global companies who have chosen 17 State Street as their home,” Camhi said in a prepared statement. “Each of the executives and employees at these firms will benefit from its close proximity to transportation… as well as the stunning views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and [The Battery].”

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/09/large-uae-bank-moving-nyc-office-within-fidi/

BY LIAM LA GUERRE SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 10:11 AM

Fintech giant Finastra expanding into 285 Madison penthouse

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RFR Realty LLC  announced that global financial technology provider Finastra – created when Misys and D+H joined forces in June this year – has expanded into the 11,275 s/f  full-floor penthouse at 285 Madison Avenue.

Finastra already occupies 23,500 s/f on the fourth floor of the newly repositioned office tower near Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park.

Finastra is the third largest Fintech (financial technology) firm in the world. It has over 9,000 customers across 130 countries, including 48 of the top 50 banks globally.  The expanded office space will bring all New York-based employees under one roof.

The landlord was represented by Alexander Chudnoff, Mitchell Konsker, Dan Turkewitz and Diana Biasotti of JLL, as well as RFR’s Senior Vice President and Director of Leasing AJ Camhi. Jon Sarkisian, Neil King and Emily Jones of CBRE represented the tenant in the lease transaction.

“We are delighted that this exciting global financial technology firm, Finastra, has chosen to expand its presence within 285 Madison,” said Camhi. “The leasing velocity we’ve seen here since we completely reimagined this well-located office tower speaks volumes about tenants’ desire to match a sought-after location with an array of exceptional on-site amenities.”

The Finastra expansion comes on the heels of Tommy Hilfiger (PVH Corp.) signing a 200,000 s/f lease to relocate its U.S. corporate headquarters to 285 Madison Avenue, joining  global firms including Brighthouse Financial, Pepsico, Bessemer Venture Partners, StriVectin Operating Company and General Electric Company.

In addition to the flurry of new office leasing at the building, recent retail deals at 285 Madison Avenue will bolster the building’s transformation, adding additional amenities for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Benjamin Group—the restaurant operator behind the Benjamin Steakhouse and Sea Fire Grill concepts—signed a 16-year lease for 9,020 s/f for a Benjamin Steakhouse. Popular Community Bank, part of the international financial services group Banco Popular, signed a lease for the 3,553 s/f corner space. London-based coffee purveyor Taylor Street Baristas occupies 1,040 s/f of space adjacent to the restaurant, as well as a portion of the mezzanine.

The building was acquired by RFR vacant in 2012 and has been transformed through a $65 million  renovation and design upgrade. This includes a landscaped roof terrace with lounge seating and an adjacent indoor multipurpose collaboration space with tables and selected art. The building lobby also has a rotating contemporary art program, currently featuring works by Peter Dayton, Enoc Perez, and Mike Bidlo.

Other tenant amenities include a private lounge, event space, fitness center complete with showers and men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, and a bike storage area.

BY REW 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

http://rew-online.com/2017/09/19/fintech-giant-finastra-expanding-into-285-madison-penthouse/

Three Financial Services Firms Ink New Office Leases at 600 Lex

SL Green Realty Corp. has signed three new financial services tenants at its 600 Lexington Avenue office tower in Midtown East, the real estate investment trust announced today.

In the largest deal, investment banking advisory firm GLC Advisors & Co. took 12,487 square feet comprising the entire ninth floor of the 36-story, 305,000-square-foot property on the northwest corner of East 52nd Street. GLC signed the seven-year lease, which will commence in December, late last month and will move to 600 Lexington Avenue from its current location at Cohen Brothers Realty Corp.’s 805 Third Avenue.

Private equity firm NexPhase Capital, meanwhile, inked a five-year lease for the entire, 8,607-square-foot 12th floor at the building. The deal, which was signed this week, is anticipated to commence at the beginning of November and will see NexPhase relocate from Boston Properties’ 399 Park Avenue.

Finally, alternative investment manager KCL Capital signed a five-year deal to take the entire 6,780-square-foot 28th floor at 600 Lexington Avenue. The transaction was sealed late last month, with KCL’s lease expected to commence in the middle of October. The company’s current location was not disclosed.

Asking rent in the transactions ranged from the low $70s to mid-$80s per square foot, according to sources with knowledge of the deals. A JLL team of Paul GlickmanDiana BiasottiJonathan Fanuzzi and Ben Bass represented SL Green in the transactions. Daniel Posy and Jason Roberts of Savills Studley handled the GLC and KCL leases for the tenants, while Newmark Knight Frank’s Brian Goldman and Eric Cagner worked on behalf of NexPhase.

The deals take 600 Lexington Avenue to “nearly 99 percent occupancy,” Steven Durels, SL Green executive vice president and director of leasing and real property, said in a statement. Durels added that the building’s “efficient, small floors with floor-to-ceiling windows and white glove service” have proven “highly appealing to upscale tenants.”

Tenants at the property include hedge funds MKP Capital ManagementElement Capital and LibreMax Capital.

BY REY MASHAYEKHI SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 8:00 PM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/09/three-financial-services-firms-ink-new-office-leases-at-600-lex/