Avison Young hires corporate services professional Michael Leff in New York City

 Avison Young hires corporate services professional Michael Leff in New York

PR Newswire

NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10, 2012

Leff joins as a Principal to expand firm's tenant-representation business line

NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - 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 multi-residential properties.

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New York Media Relations:
• Christa Segalini, Vice-President, Beckerman PR: (201) 465-8021
• Elliot Baum, Principal  and  Vice-President of  Marketing, New York,  Avison 
Young: (212) 729-7465

Avison Young Media Relations:
• Sherry Quan, National Director  of Communications & Media Relations,  Avison 
Young: (604) 647-5098; cell: (604) 726-0959
• Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: (312) 957-7610
• Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028


Avison Young is  a winner of  Canada's 50 Best  Managed Companies program  for 
2011, sponsored  by  Deloitte,  CIBC,  National Post  and  Queen's  School  of 

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SOURCE Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (BC)


Media Relations:
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