New Hedge Fund Anomaly Capital Picks 510 Madison for HQ

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Anomaly Capital Management, a new hedge fund founded by the former co-chief investment officer of Viking Global Investors, will set up shop at 510 Madison Avenue in Midtown, Commercial Observer has learned.

Anomaly inked a deal for 11,500 square feet on the entire 25th floor of Boston Properties’ 30-story building between East 52nd and East 53rd streets, a source with knowledge of the deal said.

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The source could not provide terms of the deal, but recent ones in the property had asking rents in the $130s per square foot, as CO previously reported.

Anomaly was started late last year by Ben Jacobs, who spent a decade at Viking until he left in June, Bloomberg reported. The hedge fund — which started with $600 million, but plans to raise another $1 billion this year — plans to focus on the health care and consumer sectors, according to Bloomberg.

Boston Properties handled the deal in-house, while Ben Friedland, Chris Corrinet and Hugh McDonald of CBRE represented Anomaly. A spokesperson for CBRE declined to comment, and a Boston Properties spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anomaly will join a bevy of hedge funds that call the 335,598-square-foot 510 Madison, which was built to attract those firms, home.

Harry Macklowe developed 510 Madison in 2008 with the hope of attracting hedge fund tenants, but he struggled to fill the building — ending 2008 with just one deal signed — and fought to keep control of the property, The New York Times reported.

Boston Properties bought the property in 2011 for $287 million and was able to find success leasing offices to hedge funds, the NYT reported. Tenants include Senator Investment Group, Point72 Asset Management, Stone Ridge Asset Management and Declaration Partners.