Leff joins as a Principal to expand firm's tenant-representation
NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Greg Kraut, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's New York City office,
announced today that Michael A. Leff has joined the firm to expand the company's tenant representation and
corporate services platforms.
Effective immediately, Leff joins Avison Young as a Principal and will
be based in the company's New York City office.
Most recently a Senior Managing Director in the New York office of
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Leff has 13 years of commercial real estate
experience with a specialization in tenant representation. Throughout
his career, he has consummated more than 3 million square feet (msf) in
transactions on behalf of a long list of clients in the legal,
financial services and fashion and apparel industries. At Avison Young,
Leff will focus on providing a full range of high-level corporate and
transaction services to the firm's tenant clients, including site
selection, lease negotiation and strategic planning.
"Over the past several months, we have continued to make meaningful
progress in achieving our goal of developing a world-class team in the
New York Metropolitan Area, and the hiring of Michael further
strengthens our position as we look to provide clients with specialized
expertise across a full-service platform," comments Kraut. "As a
highly-experienced tenant-representation specialist, Michael has a
proven ability to identify optimal space solutions tailored to the
specific requirements of his clients that will contribute significantly
to the expansion of our tenant services offerings."
Prior to joining Newmark, Leff served as Corporate Managing Director at
Studley, Inc., a commercial real estate services firm specializing in
tenant representation, where Leff was part of a top-producing team that
represented several high-profile companies, including Polo Ralph
Lauren, Accenture and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Leff has earned numerous honors and accolades during his career,
including recognition for facilitating a 194,000-sf lease at 650
Madison for Polo Ralph Lauren, which was named one of the Top
Commercial Leases of 2009 by The Commercial Observer. He was also included in Real Estate Weekly's list of Top Up-and-Comers in 2006, as well as bestowed with SL Green's
award for the most significant deal in 2005 for securing a 186,000-sf
lease at 625 Madison Avenue for Polo.
Before entering the commercial real estate industry, Leff was the owner
and operator of Evolution Motorsports & Imagine Motorsports, a high-end
automobile firm. He holds a Master's degree in accounting from C.W.
Post and a Bachelor's degree in economics from Syracuse University.
"I have been closely following Avison Young's growth over the years and
have been impressed by the caliber of professionals the company has
recruited, as well as the firm's collaborative, team-oriented approach
to client service," says Leff. "Joining the firm as a Principal is a
tremendous opportunity and I look forward to playing a key role in
helping to expand Avison Young's services for existing clients, in
addition to identifying and developing new business opportunities."
Earlier this year, Avison Young opened its first office in New York City
to expand the firm's market and business-line coverage in the Tri-State
area. The company has since opened its first office in New Jersey in
October, followed closely by the acquisition of leading project
management firm The Walsh Company, also in October.
Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned
commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto,
Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned,
principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North
America. Comprising more than 1,100 real estate professionals in 43
offices across Canada and the U.S., the full-service commercial real
estate company provides value-added, client-centric investment sales,
leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement
services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and
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