Packman and Laginestra of Fisher Bros. broker 91,019 s/f lease; Catalano, Taubin & Cento of Savills Studley act for tenant

October 02, 2018 - Front Section

Manhattan, NY According to Fisher Brothers, it has signed a new 16-year, 91,019 s/f direct lease with Duff & Phelps at Park Ave. Plaza, its 45-story tower in the Plaza District.

Duff & Phelps, which has been subleasing 62,413 s/f on the 30th and 31st floors of Park Ave. Plaza since 2007, will move its global headquarters to the entire 15th, 16th, and 17th floors of the tower in September 2019.

Duff & Phelps was represented in the transaction by Mike Catalano, Greg Taubin, and Pete Cento of Savills Studley. Fisher Brothers was represented in-house by Marc Packman and Charles Laginestra.

The recent lease successes at Park Ave. Plaza follow Fisher Brothers’ $40 million renovation and redesign of the tower’s 13,000 s/f, public-access, through-block arcade in 2016.   Working with architecture and interior design firm Janson Goldstein, Fisher Brothers created a light-filled setting with 30-ft. glass columns and LED lighting.

“We are thrilled that Duff & Phelps has made a long-term commitment to maintain its global headquarters at Park Ave. Plaza and are pleased we were able to accommodate their continued growth,” said Fisher Brothers partner Ken Fisher.

With over 3,500 employees in 28 countries worldwide, Duff & Phelps is a global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other government-related issues.

The Duff & Phelps lease follows a July agreement with Evercore to expand its footprint to 350,000 s/f and remain in the Fisher Brothers tower through 2034. Like Duff & Phelps, Evercore initially moved to Park Avenue Plaza via a sublease more than 20 years ago. 

“It is always a source of pride when blue-chip firms like Duff & Phelps and Evercore transition from a sublease to a direct, long-term relationship,” added Fisher Brothers partner Winston Fisher. “We view it as validation of our efforts to provide an exceptional experience to all of our tenants.”

“Business performance and the acquisition of Kroll continue to drive growth at Duff & Phelps,” said Brett Marschke, COO at Duff & Phelps. “The expanded space at Park Ave. Plaza will bring all of our New York teams under one roof. This will enhance collaboration and allow us to better serve our clients.”

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1981, Park Avenue Plaza has been widely imitated for its many functional and aesthetic breakthroughs.  Features of the 45-story, 1.2 million s/f tower, located at 55 East 52nd St., include a stately green glass façade, 12 corner offices per floor, column-free 45-ft. interior spans, security and a glass-walled atrium lobby with a waterfall-side café and European-style retail arcades.

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