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Colliers Represents Signature Bank in Expansion

Advertising agency Johannes Leonardo and full-service commercial bank Signature Bank inked new leases at Capital Properties’ Trinity Centre at 111-115 Broadway, totaling just over 63,000 square feet.

Capital Properties closed on a lease with Johannes Leonardo for the 52,409-square-foot triplex space at 115 Broadway, along with an expansion to 10,600 square feet by Signature Bank at 111 Broadway. The bank previously occupied 1,800 square feet at the property.

The CBRE team of Adam Foster, Brad Gerla, Adam Leshowitz and Mike Rizzo represented Capital Properties. Johannes Leonardo was advised by Olmstead Properties’ Daniel Breiman, while Howard Kaplowitz, Andrew Roos and Michael Cohen of Colliers International negotiated for Signature Bank.

“These new leases are a testament to ownership’s meticulous repositioning of 111-115 Broadway to achieve best-in-class status,” said Foster. Both properties just completed a $40-million renovation, “including new windows, a completely restored façade and the installation of a dramatic exterior LED lighting scheme.”

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Michael Cohen

President Tri-State region

New York

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Mr. Cohen is President of Colliers' Tri-State Region. When the firm operated as GVA Williams  Real Estate, Mr. Cohen was the third generation of his family to head the firm, which was founded in 1926. 

An expert Real Estate Advisor, Mr. Cohen represents a wide range of clients including: Wells Fargo Advisors, American Lawyer Media, Signature Bank and Marks Paneth/CBIZ. He also has extensive experience representing tenants in the legal idustry, including such firms as Moses & Singer, Holland & Knight, Thompson Hine and Smith Gambrell.

Mr. Cohen is also an asset manager of several New York City office buildings including 57 West 57th Street and 28 & 40 West 23rd Street. In this capacity, his responsibilities include overseeing leasing, management and repositioning of the properties. 

Mr. Cohen has been ranked as one of New York City's Top 20 Brokers by Real Deal. He has also been ranked as one of Commercial Observer's Power 100 Nationwide. 

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Mr. Cohen serves as Chairman of the Board of the business improvement district known as the Flatiron Nomad Partnership. He serves on the Boards of:  The Roundabout Theatre Company; The Jewish National Fund of Greater NY and YPO Gold Big Apple. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Housing & Services, Inc., and past  President of Young Presidents' Organization of New York Metro Chapter. Mr. Cohen is also a Tony Award winning producer of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder". He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

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Howard Kaplowitz

Senior Managing Director

New York

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Mr. Kaplowitz joined the firm in 2005. With more than 35 years of experience, he has extensive background working with national and global corporate clients in managing their corporate real estate portfolios.

Mr. Kaplowitz has held senior executive positions in corporate real estate. He was Director of Corporate Real Estate for Barclays Bank PLC in North America. During his tenure at Barclays, Mr. Kaplowitz led the team that successfully disposed of the 700,000 sq.ft. Barclays headquarters building on Wall Street. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for HSBC/Marine Midland Bank’s Corporate Real Estate Division, which consisted of 400 branches and several regional headquarters.

BUSINESS AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Mr. Kaplowitz began his career as a Junior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He then moved on to become Director of Financial Consulting for Cole Surveys, a subsidiary of the  Wyatt Company. While there he developed a client base of 300 financial institutions, specializing in expense control as a strategy for inproving financial performance.

Mr. Kaplowitz is a graduate of the New York University Real Estate Institute, where he subsequently served as an Adjunct Instructor. 

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Andrew Roos

Prinicipal Tri-State Region

New York

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Mr. Roos joined the firm in 1976 when it operated as Williams Real Estate. In addition to a focus on tenant representation, he is also a general partner of approximately five million square feet of commercial property in New York City. His focus is overseeing the leasing, management and operations of these properties. Mr. Roos also has handled similar responsibilities for a variety of institutions and private investment groups.

During his career, Mr. Roos has been associated with the development, sale or repositioning of over $1 billion of real estate and the leasing of over 30 million square feet of property. Some of his major clients include various divisions of the United Nations, including its Joint Pension Fund, the Bank of New York and Xerox. For the United Nations, he has been responsible for more than 500,000 square feet of leasing transactions. Mr. Roos has been involved in the leasing and acquisition of more than 400,000 square feet of office space and data center facilities around the country for the Bank of New York. One of his “signature” transactions was the 150,000-square-foot lease of both retail and office space for Xerox’s New York City headquarters located at 245 Park Avenue.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Mr. Roos currently serves on the Board of Governors of REBNY and is a former chairman of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York, Inc. and of the NYU’s Real Estate Round Table. He is presently a member of the University’s Advisory Board.

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