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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 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/

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/

Thor Lures Personal Finance Company From Third Avenue

597 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

597 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Thor Equities has leased out a full floor of its 597 Fifth Avenue to a personal finance firm, Commercial Observer has learned.

ValuePenguin will occupy the whole fifth floor, or 6,370 square feet, of the 81,000-square-foot building between East 48th and East 49th Streets, according to a press release from Thor.

The company signed a 10-year deal at the property, also known as the Charles Scribner’s Sons Building, and is moving from a smaller space at 600 Third Avenue, according to Thor.

Asking rent was in the deal was $65 per square foot, a source familiar with the deal said.

Douglas Elliman’s Anita Grossberg represented ValuePenguin, while Thor’s Adam Rappaport represented the landlord in-house with Christel Engel and Robert Gallucci of Colliers International. Grossberg did not immediately return a request for comment.

“The quality of the existing building meant that we wouldn’t be required to do significant imagining on our own about what to do with the office,” Jonathan Wu, the chief executive officer of ValuePenguin, said in an email. “Instead we could simply extend what was already there and focus on our business.”

Thor seems to be leasing out full floors of the 1913 building, originally built to house Scribner’s Bookstore. In April 2015, CO reported that Bateleur Capital signed a deal for the whole 6,364-square-foot ninth floor, and GCT Constructors inked a lease for the entire 6,364-square-foot fourth level.     

“597 Fifth Avenue is ideally situated on Fifth Avenue between Bryant Park and Central Park, with Grand Central Terminal, [Pennsylvania] Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal all in close proximity,” Melissa Gliatta, Thor’s chief operating officer, said in prepared remarks.  

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/10/thor-lures-personal-finance-company-across-fifth-avenue/

 

Financial Manager Renews at SL Green’s 485 Lexington Avenue

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

Offit Capital Advisors, an employee-owned finance firm, has inked a 10-year renewal at 485 Lexington Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm will remain in its 14,206 square feet on the whole 24th floor of the SL Green Realty Corp.-owned building between East 46th and East 47th Streets, according to a press release from the landlord. Offit Capital has been based at the 921,370-square-foot property since September 2010, CoStar Group indicates.

Asking rent in the deal was $78 per square foot, according to an SL Green spokeswoman.

“We are delighted that Offit Capital has elected to extend its occupancy with us,”Steven Durels, the head of leasing for SL Green, said in prepared remarks. “Leasing momentum in Midtown East and particularly in the Grand Central [Terminal] submarket has remained very strong this year.”

Larry Zuckerman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented Offit Capital, while Natasha Brown represented SL Green in-house. An NGKF spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Earlier this month, Tailwind Capital signed an early renewal for its full-floor space one level below on the 23rd floor, as CO previously reported. The investment firm is staying in its 14,206-square-foot office for an additional five years. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center signed a 54,200-square-foot sublease for seven years on the second floor of the building in February 2014.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/financial-manager-renews-at-sl-greens-485-lexington-avenue/

Tailwind Capital Renews 14K-SF Lease at SL Green’s 485 Lexington Avenue

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

Private equity company Tailwind Capital has signed an early renewal for its 14,206-square-foot offices at SL Green Realty Corp.’s 485 Lexington Avenue.

The investment firm will remain on the entire 23rd floor of the 32-story Midtown office tower between East 46th and East 47th Streets, which is also known as the Grand Central Square, according to the tenant’s broker CBRE. The firm declined to provide the asking rent in the five-year deal.

A CBRE team of Evan FiddleBen Friedland and Michael Movshovich represented the tenant. While Tailwind Capital looked around at other buildings for its offices, it “ultimately found that 485 Lexington was the best solution for them,” Mr. Fiddle said, without providing further explanation.

Natasha Brown and David Kaufman of SL Green represented the landlord in-house on the transaction. Kaufman did not return a request for comment.

SL Green bought the 925,364-square-foot steel and glass building at 485 Lexington Avenue and the nearby 750 Third Avenue for a combined $480 million in 2004 from pension fund TIAA-CREF, according to city records.

Current tenants in the tower include insurance agency The Travelers Companies, investment firm GoldenTree Asset Management and printer and photo-copying equipment company Xerox Corporation.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/tailwind-capital-renews-14k-sf-lease-at-sl-greens-485-lexington-avenue/

First Commercial Bank, Consulting Company Each Sign Full-Floor Deals at 750 Third Avenue

750 THIRD AVENUE.

750 THIRD AVENUE.

After 15 years on the top floor at 750 Third Avenue, Taiwan-based First Commercial Bank has re-upped, Commercial Observer has learned, and advisory and expert services firm Ankura Consulting Group is moving onto a full floor in the Grand Central Terminal-area building.

Commercial Bank’s 11,779-square-foot space spans the entire 34th floor of the 857,354-square-foot office building between East 46th and East 47th Streets, according to information from landlord SL Green Realty Corp. The renewal lease is for 15 years, said Daniel Horowitz of Savills Studley, who represented First Commercial Bank in the deal.

“The building obviously is well-managed by SL Green and [Commercial Bank is] on the top floor of the building so they have the prestige of having a relatively modest-sized presence and maintaining an outsized commanding view of Third Avenue,” Horowitz said. Natasha Brown represented the landlord in-house in the transaction.

Commercial Bank will perform “some modest upgrades, reconfigure the space and make it productive for the ensuing years,” Horowitz added.

Meanwhile, Atlanta-based Ankura signed a new five-plus-year lease covering 11,779 for the entire 28th floor of the building, according to a release from SL Green. The building asking rents range from $69 to $72 per square foot, according to Steven Durels, the director of leasing and real property for SL Green. He noted that the company will move in later this summer after a build-out.

Don Preate of Cushman & Wakefield represented Ankura, while David Kaufman acted in-house for SL Green. A spokesman for C&W didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We are delighted to welcome Ankura to the building, and retain First Commercial Bank, Ltd., for the long-term,” Durels said in prepared remarks. He added that “these transactions are testament to the continued robust leasing activity currently be experienced in Midtown Manhattan and particularly within the Grand Central Terminal submarket.”

SL Green acquired the building in July 2004 from TIAA-CREF for $255 million, according to property records. Other tenants in the building include accounting firms Eisner and Marcum, as well as Endurance Reinsurance and FTI Consulting.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/first-commercial-bank-consulting-company-each-sign-full-floor-deals-at-750-third-avenue/

Division of Wells Fargo Re-Ups Its 103K SF at SL Green’s 100 Park Avenue

100 PARK AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR).

100 PARK AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR).

Wells Fargo Capital Finance has renewed a lease for its three floors of office space at SL Green Realty Corp.'s 100 Park Avenue.

The real estate investment trust announced the extension in its report on 2016’s first quarter, during which the landlord completed roughly 850,000 square feet of leases in Manhattan. That was carried in part by Wells Fargo’s 103,000-square-foot renewal for another five years and seven months.

Asking rent in the deal was not immediately clear, and nor was whether brokers were involved in the deal.

The asset-based lending wing of the banking giant first signed a 57,000-square-foot lease at the 887,489-square-foot property between East 40th and East 41st Streets about six years ago, according to CoStar Group.

Wells Fargo moved into the building in June 2009. The lender expanded by 12,000 square feet in December 2010, CoStar indicates. By February 2011, it tacked on an additional 34,000 square feet for its current foothold.

SL Green announced the renewal as part of a slew of transactions it has already completed in 2016. Executives said on an earnings call today that the leasing target for this year is 2 million square feet, with more than one-third of that already completed. There are another 1.3 million square feet of deals in talks right now, of which about 650,000 square feet are new, said SL Green Chief Executive Officer Marc Holliday, who recently clocked in at three on this year’s Power 100.

The first-quarter leasing would thus cover a third of what SL Green hopes to accomplish this year. Other heavyweight deals between January and March this year include Omnicom Group’s 167,000-square-foot renewal at 220 East 42nd Street and Credit Suisse’s two-floor re-signing of 186,396 square feet at 11 Madison Avenue, as Commercial Observer previously reported.

“The stars aligned and we ended up converting a lot of those transactions further,” Steven Durels, SL Green’s leasing chief, said of the leases already signed this year.  

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/04/division-of-wells-fargo-re-ups-its-103k-sf-at-sl-greens-100-park-avenue/  

Finance Firm Taking Full Floor at 5 Bryant Park

5 BRYANT PARK (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

5 BRYANT PARK (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

XP Securities, a wealth management firm, has inked a deal for pre-built space at Equity Office’s 5 Bryant Park, Commercial Observer has learned.

The Midtown-based company will take the entire 29th floor, or 7,558 square feet, at the 640,000-square-foot building between West 40th and West 41st Streets, according to a press release from the landlord. The lease is for 10 years, and the asking rent in the deal was in the low-$90s per square foot, according to an Equity Office spokeswoman.

XP Securities will move into the property this May from its current offices at 780 Third Avenue between East 48th and East 49th Streets, according to the Equity Office release. The size of the company’s current office was not immediately clear.  

“Like any fast-growing company, physical space is always a challenge,” Bernardo Amaral, the chief executive officer of XP Securities, said in prepared remarks. “In 5 Bryant Park, we found a wide open space, remodeled and with a privileged location.”

Brian Waterman, Brent Ozarowski, Josh Gosin and Alex Radmin of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the landlord along with Scott Silverstein and Zachary Freeman of Equity Office in-house. Thomas Murray of Lincoln Property Company represented XP Securities. 

Mr. Murray said XP Securities would be slightly expanding in the move, and that it looked all over the city before deciding on 5 Bryant Park.

Equity Office has revamped parts of the 34-story building, including the 27,391-square-foot ninth floor, as CO reported last month. That level includes concrete floors inscribed with quotes from Woody Allen and the Beastie Boys, as well as new full-pane windows.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/03/finance-firm-taking-full-floor-at-5-bryant-park/ 

Private Equity Firm Goes Block North in Park Avenue Relocation

277 PARK AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

277 PARK AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

A private equity firm is relocating north in Midtown to take an entire floor at the 2.1-million-square-foot 277 Park Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.  

CCMP Capital Advisors has signed a 23,163-square-foot lease for the whole 27th floor of the 50-story tower between East 47th and East 48th Streets, according to a press release from Cushman & Wakefield. The firm is currently located one block south at 245 Park Avenue between East 46th and East 47th Streets. It wasn’t clear how many square feet CCMP Capital Advisors currently leases.

C&W did not immediately provide the length of the lease, but the release indicated that the asking rent in the deal was $95 per square foot.

“277 Park Avenue is a highly coveted address,” David Hoffman of C&W said in prepared remarks. “One that will allow CCMP to remain in close proximity to Grand Central Terminal, while consolidating its employees on one full floor.”

Mr. Hoffman represented the tenant with colleague Bryan Boisi. Mark Boisi, James Frederick and Peter Occhi of C&W represent the landlord, Stahl Organization, in leases at the building, according to CoStar Group. The brokerage declined to comment further via a spokesman.

CCMP Capital Advisors, which was founded in 1984, is joining tenants at 277 Park Avenue such as J.P. Morgan Chase, law firm Cozen O’Connor, MetLife and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. The Manhattan Athletic Club, a high-end fitness center, is located at the base of the building, according to the release.  

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/03/private-equity-firm-goes-block-north-in-park-avenue-relocation/