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Davis & Gilbert Remains a Leader in New York's Real Estate Leasing Market

New York, NY, September 14, 2015 - Davis & Gilbert was responsible for eight of Manhattan’s largest office leasing transactions (based on square footage) for the first half of 2015, including two of the top three leases. The firm represented both tenants and landlords in these transactions, which have a combined square footage of over 1,685,232 square feet.

As detailed in a report released by Crain’s New York Business, these transactions, with their respective rankings, include:



Square Footage

Davis & Gilbert Represented


1675 Broadway


Publicis Groupe (Tenant)


200 Park Avenue


Tishman Speyer (Landlord)


237 Park Avenue


WPP (Tenant)


855 Sixth Avenue


Commercial Company (Tenant)


590 Madison Avenue


Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. (Tenant)


601 Lexington Avenue


The Blackstone Group (Tenant)


560 Lexington Avenue


Bayerische Landesbank (Tenant)


666 Third Avenue


Tishman Speyer (Landlord)


The firm worked with landlord Tishman Speyer in two transactions. In the third largest transaction, practice group co-chair, Donald E. Sonnenborn and partner Glenn E. Motelson handled the MetLife Inc. lease at 200 Park Avenue for 495,551 square feet. Mr. Sonnenborn also handled the Van Eck Global lease at 666 Third Avenue for 52,799 square feet.

The firm also represented a number of high-profile tenants in their leases. Partner John P. Seligman worked with tenant Publicis Groupe in its 506,009 square foot lease at 1675 Broadway. In addition, practice group co-chair Mark Maltz represented WPP along with associate Seth Chaikin in a 288,793 square foot lease at 237 Park Avenue. Mr. Maltz also represented Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd., in a 77,834 square foot lease at 590 Madison Avenue. Partner Robert A. Karin represented The Blackstone Group in a 59,978 square foot lease at 601 Lexington Avenue. Lastly, partner Gerald Uram represented Bayerische Landesbank, along with Mr. Seligman and tax partner Brian Gallagher, in its 56,314 square foot lease at 560 Lexington Avenue.

Davis & Gilbert’s Real Estate Practice Group
With one of New York City’s preeminent real estate practices, Davis & Gilbert regularly handles Manhattan’s largest retail, office and commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants, as well as a wide range of other real estate matters involving the ownership, conveyancing and financing of properties across the country. The group’s attorneys routinely advise international banks, financial services companies, national and international retailers, law firms and major advertising agencies when they lease corporate headquarters and branch offices. Davis & Gilbert also represents pension trusts and the owners of many high-profile office buildings and complexes. The Real Estate practice group has earned rankings in legal directories such as Chambers USA, “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S.

About Davis & Gilbert
Davis & Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide array of clients - ranging from small, independent start-ups to some of the world’s largest public companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, advertising & marketing, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, financial services and private client services. Davis & Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Law Firms. The firm has also been consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2015) and in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2012-2014).

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