Law Firm, Investment Company Ink 48K SF at 437 Madison Avenue

437 MADISON AVENUE.

437 MADISON AVENUE.

Two companies located at William Kaufman Organization’s 437 Madison Avenue have signed deals totaling 47,821 square feet to remain in the building, the landlord announced in a release today.

In the larger transaction, law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads inked a 28,297-square-foot direct lease, after it was a subtenant in the building for Nixon Peabody starting in 2011.

Montgomery McCracken will continue to occupy a portion of the 23rd floor and the entire 24th floor of the 850,000-square-foot office tower between East 49th and East 50th Streets. The asking rent in the 10-year deal was $90 per square foot.

“The decision to remain at 437 Madison made sense to us for our attorneys and clients during a critical time for growth and we’re excited to expand our presence in the building,” Lee Unterman, a managing partner of Montgomery McCracken’s New York office, said in prepared remarks.  

Michael Lenchner of Sage Realty Corporation, the leasing and management arm of William Kaufman Organization, negotiated the deal.

In the second transaction, investment management company Prelude Capital has signed a six-year early renewal and is expanding its offices in the building. It will occupy a total of 19,524 square feet on a portion of the 33rd and 34th floors. Previously, Prelude occupied just 7,000 square feet on the 33rd floor. The asking rent was $105 per square foot. Lenchner negotiated the deal. 

“The expansion of our 437 Madison Avenue offices represents a commitment to the highest quality infrastructure in an ideal location with an established long-term partner,” Cisco del Valle, a co-founder of Prelude Capital, said in the release.

William Kaufman Organization recently completed a top down, $60 million renovation of the 40-story building, which includes a new 8,870-square-foot lounge on the 15th floor, a redesigned lobby and arcade, new plaza, renovated elevators and upgraded the mechanical systems.

“These transactions are a clear indicator of the ongoing resurgence of the Midtown East market and the success of our multi-million dollar capital improvement program at 437 Madison Avenue, an iconic property that has been reimagined for the 21st century,” Lenchner said in a statement.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/12/law-firm-investment-company-ink-48k-sf-at-437-madison-avenue/

FinTech Firm, Investment Bank Take Full Floors at 19 West 24th Street

19 WEST 24TH STREET.

19 WEST 24TH STREET.

Two tenants have each inked entire floors at Kaufman Organization’s 19 West 24th Street, which together account for more than 10,000 square feet of space.

Commercial Observer has learned that TransferWise, a financial services platform, has signed a five-year, 5,418-square-foot lease for the entire ninth floor at the property between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas.

The company, which allows users to transfer money abroad “without hidden fees,” will take the entire ninth floor of the 63,015-square-foot office building between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. It plans to move into the building in the summer from coworking space at WeWork’s digs at 175 Varick Street.  

Asking rents in the building were in the $70s per square foot, according to a Kaufman spokeswoman. Colliers International’s Michael Thomas, who represented the tenant, declined to comment on the deal.

The building “continues to attract a diverse mix of high-quality tenants as the building offers updated loft-style office spaces located in one of the most sought after office destinations,” Kaufman’s Grant Greenspan, who represented the landlord with colleagues Michael Heaner and Elliot Warren, said in a statement.

In the second deal, Pursuit Advisory, an investment bank that provides services to media, technology, digital and private equity firms, has also taken a five-year, 5,418-square-foot lease for the entire eighth floor. Pursuit Advisory is also moving in during the summer from a temporary space in Lower Manhattan.

Pursuit Advisory “wanted a cool, hip area,” Arash Sadighi of TheSquareFoot, who represented the bank, told CO. “They felt that 24th Street off Madison Square Park gave them what they wanted.”

With these two leases, the 12-story building is now 85 percent occupied with only two floors remaining. Other tenants include Blue Ocean Brokerage, men’s custom clothing line Knot Standard, health technology company AiCure and a family-owned distributor of wines and spirits, Wilson Daniels Wholesale.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/fintech-firm-investment-bank-take-full-floors-at-19-west-24th-street/

Visa swipes in at 277 Park Avenue

Credit card processor inks 25K sf lease at Stahl’s Plaza District tower

277 Park Avenue

277 Park Avenue

If the Stahl Organization were looking for a slogan for its 2.1 million-square-foot office tower at 277 Park Avenue, it could try, “Everywhere you want to be.”

Financial services firm Visa, best known for its branded debit and credit cards, inked a lease for the full, 25,000 square-foot 50th floor near the top of Stahl’s Plaza District tower, sources told The Real Deal.

The asking rent for the 10-year deal was $125 per square foot.

A team at Cushman & Wakefield including Peter Occhi, Mark Boisi and James Frederick represented the landlord. David Hollander at CBRE negotiated the deal on behalf of Visa.

The brokers declined to comment.

The space, which boasts dramatic double-height ceilings, became available for the first time in half a century two years ago as one half of a 50,000 square-foot penthouse on the 49th and 50th floors. That was when the Continental Grain Company relocated to the General Motors Building at 767 Fifth Avenue.

The 49th Floor remains on the market, according to CoStar.

Back in 2014, Visa dropped the “It’s” from the company’s popular slogan, abbreviating it to simply: “Everywhere you want to be.”

The company is relocating from the William Kaufman Organization’s 777 Third Avenue, where it currently occupies 10,810 square feet on part of the building’s 23rd Floor. That space is now available for sublease, with a term running through 2023.

277 Park is also home to Stahl’s headquarters.

Other tenants in the building include JP Morgan Chase, which has 571,000 square feet in the tower, and Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation, a subsidiary of Japan’s fourth-largest bank.

https://therealdeal.com/2016/06/02/visa-swipes-in-at-277-park-avenue/