This month, Josh Kuriloff, Executive Vice Chairman, was acknowledged as 2018’s top office leasing broker globally at Cushman & Wakefield. In addition to his recognition from the firm, Kuriloff was also named to Commercial Observer’s Power 100 taking the 32nd spot on the list. These impressive achievements and recognition are expected as Kuriloff has had an incredibly impressive year.
Most notably, in 2018, Josh Kuriloff led the leasing team that inked Pfizer’s global headquarters relocation for over 825,000 square feet (sf) at The Spiral in Hudson Yards, moving from its longtime home at East 42nd Street. This was a monumental deal as it was one of the largest transactions in a new development in 2018. Cushman & Wakefield’s Matthias Li, Andrew Braver, and Peyton Horn assisted on the transaction.
In 2018, Kuriloff also secured a 425,000 sf new lease on behalf of Verizon in Boston to anchor Boston Properties’ newest development, “The Hub.” This was the largest new lease in Boston in 2018 and will be the tallest building developed in Boston in the last decade. As a result of the team’s efforts, Verizon will take four floors with 20 foot slab heights to house their innovation labs and will have two rooftop signs for branding on the property. Additional transactions of note in 2018 include multiple deals with the MTA in New York City totaling 300,000 sf, including a 17,750 sf expansion at the Graybar Building, a lease extension at 333 W 33 Street for 113,000 sf, and a 50,000 sf renewal at One Pierrepont Plaza.
Kuriloff has had a strong start in 2019 as well, closing a 90,000 sf new lease for Linklaters, a top global law firm, at 1290 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. The firm will take the entire 31st through 33rd floors and part of the 34th floor in 2020. Kuriloff along with Bruce Mosler, Franklin Speyer and Matthias Li represented the landlord, Vornado Realty Trust, in the transaction.
In addition to his recent success, Kuriloff has had an illustrious career. In 1998, 2009, 2014, 2017 and 2018, Josh has been ranked as one of Cushman & Wakefield’s top brokerage professional worldwide, based on leasing volume. One of the largest, most memorable transactions in his portfolio is his representation of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, in its lease of Chicago’s Sears Tower – effectively renaming the famous property to “Willis Tower.” Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the Americas, after One World Trade Center.
Additionally, Josh brings special value as a broker who comfortably works for large corporate occupiers and major landlords, dividing his work evenly between landlord and tenant rep. He represents several of the New York area’s most prominent landlords, including: Ivanhoe Cambridge at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, Beacon Capital at MetLife, 575 5th Avenue, Vornado Realty Trust, 1290 Sixth Avenue, Brookfield’s master planned development of 7.2 million sf called Manhattan West, and Taconic Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs at Essex Crossing, a new 1.9 million sf master planned project on the Lower East Side. This career orientation has given him valuable insight into the overall dealmaking process.
Josh Kuriloff is dedicated to civic and charitable activities as well. He is on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the George Washington University School of Business, and he is a Trustee for the United Hospital Fund, which paid tribute to him as Honoree for his service to New York’s health care community.