Avison Young entered the U.S. market three years ago and, with the help of former CBRE broker Greg Kraut, has managed to establish an impressive beachhead in the New York tristate market. Kraut, now principal and managing director at Avison Young, has built a team of stars that includes former brokers from Grubb & Ellis, Read More
Univision renewed a long-term lease and expanded by 5,500 square feet at 485 Madison Avenue, giving the broadcaster a 21,234-square-foot presence there and pushing the building to 100-percent occupancy.
America’s largest Spanish-language radio company now leases the entire third floor and part of the second floor of the Jack Resnick & Sons-owned building on Madison Avenue at 52nd Street. Dennis P. Brady and Fran Delgorio represented Jack Resnick & Sons in-house. Michael Gottlieb and Martin Cottingham of Avison Young represented the tenant.
Canada-based real estate firm, Avison Young, continues its poaching expedition, announcing today that Michael A. Leff has been named principal and will operate, effective immediately, from the company’s New York office. Mr. Leff, formerly a senior managing director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will shoulder a number of responsibilities, including site selection, lease negotiation, strategic Read More
At CBRE Greg Kraut always seemed to be cut from a different cloth.
The real estate services firm is the biggest in the world, and in Manhattan its brokers handle many of the city’s largest commercial leases—deals that are often hundreds of thousands of square feet in size. In his mid-30s at the time, Mr. Kraut wasn’t focused on becoming a master of the city’s dealmaking universe. He liked to work alone, and he dedicated his time to smaller and mid-size deals—anywhere from 5,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet or more—and churned out transactions with notable consistency.
His track record earned him a different kind of reputation. From the list of deals he amassed at CBRE, it was easy to tell he had an undeniable knack for connecting with start-up companies and smaller tenants who had blossoming space requirements.
At a firm widely considered the city’s epicenter of brokerage, Mr. Kraut had carved out a quiet niche for himself. By building a stable of clients and sticking with them over the long term as they expanded, Mr. Kraut seemed to have firmly embraced a patient approach to the business that, with a lot of luck and hard work, could have, one day, placed him near CBRE’s top executives.
As it turns out, however, Mr. Kraut isn’t patient at all.
Michael Gottlieb, a top leasing executive formerly at Grubb & Ellis, is going to Avison Young, the Canadian real estate services firm making a push to bulk up substantially in Manhattan.
Mr. Gottlieb was one of most highly regarded dealmakers at Grubb & Ellis, which had lost brokerage talent as the firm faultered towards bankruptcy Read More
Rumors have been swirling in real estate circles this week that when Grubb & Ellis hits the auctioning block in bankruptcy court this Thursday, BGC Partners, which holds the company’s senior debt, might not be the only firm that shows up to bid.
Scores of Grubb & Ellis brokers and employees filed a flurry of objections over the weekend to a motion in the company’s case in bankruptcy court that would cancel money they are owed in commissions and from employment contracts.