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Entertainment Law Firm Mitchell Silberberg Moving Within Midtown East

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, a Los Angeles-based law firm, has signed an 18,650-square-foot deal at William Kaufman Organization’s 437 Madison Avenue to relocate its offices, according to the landlord.  

The law practice, which was founded in 1908, will occupy the entire 25th floor of the  40-story, 850,000-square-foot building between East 49th and East 50th Streets.  

The firm is mostly known for its ties to the entertainment industry and includes areas of focus such as digital media, intellectual property, corporate law and immigration, according to its website and is currently located nearby at 12 East 49th Street (also known as Tower 49) between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Mitchell Silberberg will move in August; the length of the deal is for 15 years, and asking rents in the building range between $82 per square foot and $110 per square foot.

Besides it’s Los Angeles and New York City digs, Mitchell Silberberg also has an office in Washington D.C.

The deal highlights “the special position that our property is in and reflects the ongoing resurgence of Midtown East,” Michael Lenchner, a vice president at Sage Realty Corporation—the leasing and management division of William Kaufman—said in prepared remarks.

Lenchner worked on the transaction for the landlord in-house alongside JLL’s Frank Doyle, David Kleiner, Cynthia Wasserberger, Hayley Shoener and Harlan Webster. Jared Freede of CBRE, who handled the deal for Mitchell Silberberg, did not immediately return a request seeking comment.

The New York Post first reported news of the transaction.

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Law Firm Arent Fox Takes 76K SF in Move Within Midtown West

Arent Fox has inked a deal for 76,000 square feet at the Paramount Group’s 1301 Avenue of the Americas.

The 350-person law firm will take over the entire 41st and 42nd floors and half of the 38th floor in the tower between West 52nd and West 53rd Streets, The New York Post reported. The lease was signed today, and the attorneys are expected to move into the 46-story building in January 2018, according to CoStar Group.

The lease will last for 15 years, and asking rent in the transaction was $100 a square foot, sources told Commercial Observer.

The firm will relocate from 1675 Broadway, which is a block and a half to the west between West 52nd and West 53rd Streets.

Howard Grufferman and Cynthia Foster of Colliers International represented the law firm in the transaction, and JLL’s Frank Doyle, David Kleiner, Clark Finney and Harlan Webster represented Paramount. Neither brokerage’s spokesperson responded to a request for comment.

The building’s big floor plates and recently updated infrastructure have attracted a number of sizable corporate tenants in the past two years. Reinsurance giant Swiss Re moved into 68,000 square feet of offices at the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed property earlier this year, Commercial Observer previously reported. Key Bank also took 73,000 square feet there in 2015.

And Paramount has drawn a handful of other legal tenants to the 1.8-million-square-foot commercial property. Law firms Susman Godfrey and Norton Rose Fulbright moved into the building two years ago.


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Reinsurance Firm Grows NYC Presence With 19K-SF Lease at 437 Madison Avenue

Reinsurer Munich American Reassurance Company is expanding its New York office footprint after agreeing to take 18,650 square feet of space at the William Kaufman Organization’s 437 Madison Avenue in Midtown.

Munich American, a subsidiary of German reinsurance giant Munich Re Group, signed a 10-year deal for the entire 26th floor of the 40-story, 850,000-square-foot property between East 49th and East 50th Streets, William Kaufman said in a press release Tuesday announcing the transaction.

Asking rent in the Munich American deal was $90 per square foot, sources said, with asking rents at 437 Madison Avenue ranging from $80 to $110 per square foot, according to William Kaufman. The New York Post first reported the news of the transaction.

The reinsurance company plans to use the new space to accommodate its “rapidly expanding” financial reinsurance and integrated analytics teams, as well as grow its actuarial capabilities by “tapping into the strong actuarial talent pool that exists in the New York insurance and reinsurance market,” Mike DeKoning, the president and chief executive officer of Munich American, said in a statement.

Munich American presently occupies 24,625 square feet comprising the entire 15th floor at Silverstein Properties1177 Avenue of the Americas, according to CoStar Group data. It will retain that office and plans to assume the space at 437 Madison Avenue by the fourth quarter of this year.

Nick Zarnin and Craig L. Lemle of Savills Studley represented Munich American in the deal, while Michael Lenchner of Sage Realty Corporation—William Kaufman’s leasing and management division—and a JLL team of Frank Doyle, David Kleiner, Cynthia Wasserberger, Hayley Shoener and Harlan Webster represented the landlord.

Zarnin confirmed the transaction to Commercial Observer, noting that Munich American was drawn to the property’s location “within proximity of their current employees” at 1177 Avenue of the Americas.

He also said the reinsurance company has “a strong bit of flexibility” as far as options to expand its space in the future if needed, and added that William Kaufman was “willing to build out the space for the client” while covering the entire cost of doing so.

“We’re giving them a [floor] plan, and they’re going to build the space to our plan using their building-standard finishes,” Zarnin said.

William Kaufman also announced two separate, smaller transactions for office space at 437 Madison Avenue: a seven-year deal with alternative investment firm Eos Management for 9,576 square feet on a portion of the 14th floor; and a 7,458-square-foot expansion by law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, which now has 35,755 square feet at the property comprising the entire 23rd and 24th floors.

Eos Management, which plans to move from its current offices at 320 Park Avenue in the third quarter, was represented by Lindsay Ornstein and Lauren Davidson of Transwestern. Montgomery McCracken—which inked its initial 28,297-square-foot direct lease at the building in December—had no broker on its deal.

Sage Realty’s Lenchner attributed William Kaufman’s recent success in leasing up 437 Madison Avenue to a recently completed, $60 million capital improvement program at the 50-year-old office tower. The building now has a redesigned lobby and arcade area, renovated elevators, upgraded building systems and a new “sky lounge” on the 15th floor featuring outdoor conference rooms.

“These new leasing transactions further demonstrate the ongoing resurgence of the Grand Central office district, the quality of our building and our convenient and desirable location,” Lenchner said in a statement.

Earlier this year, William Kaufman signed investment firm Lighthouse Investment Partners to a 17,750-square-foot lease for the entire 21st floor at the building, as CO first reported. The landlord also signed another financial services tenant, Prelude Capital, to a 19,524-square-foot renewal and expansion for portions of the 33rd and 34th floors late last year.

Other tenants at 437 Madison Avenue include Omnicom Group, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Medallion Financial Corp.


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