New York, New York (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Attorneys in the New York office of Haynes and Boone, LLP have advised SL Green Realty Corp. in a 1.6 million-square-foot lease to Viacom International at 1515 Broadway, extending and expanding Viacom’s presence in the Times Square tower through 2031.
It was the second record-setting leasing deal for the firm since April 16. The Viacom transaction, handled by Partner Noah Shapiro and Of Counsel Russ Rabinovich, is believed to be the largest-ever New York City office lease other than a few sale-leaseback arrangements, according to SL Green.
On April 16, Partners Stuart Mass and Shapiro, together with Rabinovich, represented Brookfield Office Properties in a 1.2 million-square-foot lease to Morgan Stanley at One New York Plaza, which was at the time the largest single-asset office lease in New York City since 2008, according to Brookfield.
“In what has been characterized as a slow leasing market for New York City, Haynes and Boone, LLP so far this year has now closed about 4.5 million square feet of leasing transactions relating to prime Manhattan office space,” said Mass. “It’s gratifying to serve our clients in such momentous leasing transactions.”
Marc Holliday, SL Green’s chief executive officer, said the Viacom deal reaffirms the desirability for trophy assets in prime areas of midtown Manhattan.
"Times Square is one of the world's best-known locations, which makes it the perfect home for a high-profile company such as Viacom,” Holliday said. “The company has been a corporate anchor in Times Square for over 20 years and the extraordinary building branding opportunity provided in this lease will allow Viacom to increase its corporate visibility to millions of New York City visitors at the 'Crossroads of the World' for years to come.”
About Haynes and Boone
Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 525 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been named one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2011) and recognized as a “Top 20 Law Firm” for culture and for diversity with respect to both women and minorities (Vault, 2012).