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Davis & Gilbert Handles Manhattan's Largest Office Leasing Deal In First Half Of 2008

NEW YORK, August 1, 2008 — Davis & Gilbert was responsible for ten of Manhattan’s largest office leasing transactions (based on square footage), including the overall largest, for the first half of 2008.

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

Square Footage
1 375 Hudson Street 819,325 Saatchi & Saatchi
3 636 11th Avenue 554,800 Ogilvy & Mather
5 300 Park Avenue 537, 515 Colgate-Palmolive Co.
9 825 Seventh Avenue
12 333 West 34th Street 161,810 The Segal Co
25 11 Madison Avenue 98,175 Enfatico
29 200 Varick Street 80,475 Cardinia Real Estate
36 1 Rockefeller Plaza 64, 475 DirecTV
43 666 Fifth Avenue 55,755 Victoria’s Secret
44 220 E 42nd St. 55,078 Omnicom Group Inc.


Responsible for the overall largest deal was Donald E. Sonnenborn, who represented landlord Tishman Speyer in its transaction with international advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.  Mr. Sonnenborn also worked with Tishman Speyer in its lease with Colgate-Palmolive.  Additionally, Glenn E. Motelson represented Tishman Speyer and The Kushner Companies, respectively as landlords in their leasing agreements with DirecTV and Victoria’s Secret.  Mark E. Maltz worked with Ogilvy & Mather, Mediaedge:cia and Enfatico, Real Estate Practice Chair Gerald R. Uram and John P. Seligman represented The Segal Co., and Mr. Seligman served as counsel to Omnicom and Cardinia Real Estate.

Davis & Gilbert's Real Estate Group was recently recognized for its robust leasing practice and high-profile work in Chambers USA 2008.  The firm handles commercial leases across the United States, representing both landlords and tenants in office, retail, and industrial leases.

About Davis & Gilbert LLP

Since the days when Sen. William Benton (the founder of Benton & Bowles) and his client, a major packaged goods company, asked Davis & Gilbert to structure the deal for the first radio soap opera, Davis & Gilbert has been synonymous with marketing communications and business law.  Today the firm serves as advertising, regulatory and intellectual property counsel to many major corporations, including some of the world’s leading brands.  Davis & Gilbert counts four of the largest agency holding companies among its clients and provides services on a worldwide basis.  The firm holds the preeminent position in this dynamic segment, handling virtually every legal requirement, from corporate governance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment practices and executive benefits and compensation, to new media, real estate, taxation, estate planning and more.

For additional information on Davis & Gilbert’s real estate practice, please contact:

Gerald R. Uram, Chair