Sikh Art & Film Foundation

November 12, 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm
One World Trade Center, Sky Lobby, 64th Floor, NYC

Mitchell Barnett

Mitchell J. Barnett has been a member of Cushman & Wakefield since graduating Northwestern University in 1984.  As Vice Chairman of the firm, Mr. Barnett has represented many prestigious corporations, financial institutions and partnerships negotiating leases with an aggregate value of over $7.5 billion.  Mr. Barnett specializes in tenant representation nationally, with particular emphasis on the New York Region.  He has received Cushman & Wakefield’s highly coveted National Deal of the Year Award twice and is consistently recognized as one of the firm’s “best of the best.”

Major assignments have included, representing WeWork, opening offices in Seattle, Miami, Brooklyn (on-going), and Manhattan (128,000 sq. ft. at 205 E 42nd Street, New York, NY) for the last 5 years. Mr. Barnett has been Co-Account Executive representing Morgan Stanley throughout the Eastern half of the United States. In addition, to national representation on hundreds of successful lease negotiations for Morgan Stanley, local deals for MS include the purchase of 522 Fifth Avenue for 500,000+ sq. ft., 1 Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn for 250,000 sq. ft., and 1221 Avenue of the Americas for approximately 700,000+ sq. ft.

Mr. Barnett represented MasterCard International in leasing transactions totaling over 850,000 square feet at 1345 Avenue of the Americas and in the purchase of its World Headquarters facility comprising 427,000 square feet on 43 acres in Harrison, NY. Mr. Barnett consolidated Mutual of New York’s (MONY’s) six non-coterminous leaseholds compromising over 400,000 sq. ft. in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.  He ultimately negotiated a lease commitment valued at over $200 million for MONY’s world headquarters at 1740 Broadway bringing over 400 new jobs into New York City and securing over $5.7 million in business incentives from New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Con Edison.  He represented Grant Thornton in their expansion in the Metropolitan region, negotiating leases totaling over 120,000 sq. ft. in Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Manhattan, Huntington, L.I., and Edison N.J and their headquarters in Chicago for over 100,000 s.f. (CBD & Suburban).  Mr. Barnett also represented the law firm of Bingham Dana McCutchen for 142,000 sq. ft. in NYC, and 450,000 sq. ft. in Boston.

Mr. Barnett heads a team within Cushman & Wakefield along with Jonathan Serko, Barry Zeller, & Gary Greenspan.

Mr. Barnett graduated in 1984 with a BA from Northwestern University.  He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He is a resident of Muttontown, New York where he lives with his wife Stephanie and three children, where community activities include leadership in the town’s Athletic Association and Board involvement at the Jericho Jewish Center.



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