STAMFORD, CT-In its first deals since it closed on theacquisition of the former Equity Office Properties portfolio here afew months ago, RFR Realty LLC has secured approximately 18,000 sfof new leases at 177 Broad St. and Two Stamford Plaza. The dealswere reported by RFR Realty, the owner and manger of theseven-building former Equity Office Properties 1.8-million-sfoffice portfolio. RFR Realty LLC is an affiliate of RFR Holding LLCof New York City.

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In early April, just a month after Equity Office PropertiesTrust was acquired by the Blackstone Group of New York City,Blackstone signed a contract to sell Equity's Stamford officeportfolio to RFR Holding LLC of New York City in a deal valued atapproximately $850 million. That transaction closed this pastAugust.

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The largest new lease signed with RFR was with Cowen HealthcareRoyalty Management, a private equity firm that will relocate from1221 Ave. of the Americas in Manhattan to 4,921 sf of space at 177Broad St. The firm signed a five-year deal at the property. TripHoffman, Jodie Dostal and Fred Smith of Cushman & Wakefieldrepresented the tenant in the deal.

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Commenting on its deal with RFR, Alyson Goldfarb, CFO of CowenHealthcare, says, “for a number of reasons, Cowen chose 177 BroadSt. as the site for our corporate headquarters. The building offersthe prestigious office environment necessary for our firm, as wellas excellent on-site amenities and accessibility. We're lookingforward to growing our business here.” RFR's Stamford officeholdings include One, Two, Three and Four Stamford Plaza, 300Atlantic St. 177 Broad St. and the office/apartment complexCanterbury Green.

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First Source signed a five-year lease for 4,072 sf of space forits North American headquarters. The India-based business processoutsourcing service provider will occupy space on the 10th floor of177 Broad St. Adam Klimek of Cushman & Wakefield representedFirst Source in the transaction.

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Other deals at 177 Broad St. include a lease expansion by CBRichard Ellis of nearly 4,000 sf, bringing its presence at thebuilding to 18,591 sf. Also, the law firm Finn Dixon & HerlingLLP expanded its leased space at the property by 2,000 sf, bringingits operation on to more than 29,000 sf at the building. Albert B.Ashforth's Jeff Gage and George Walker represented the tenant inthe deal.

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Rounding out its new lease deals, Harman International, amanufacturer of high fidelity audio and electronics products,signed a lease for 2,465 sf on the 15th floor of the 251,510-sf TwoStamford Plaza building. Harman was represented by Jay Hruska ofCushman & Wakefield.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.