Sep 26, 2018

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Represents Bessemer Trust in 237,000-Square-Foot Midtown New York Office Lease, One of the Largest of 2018


ATLANTA (September 26, 2018) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the firm served as legal counsel to Bessemer Trust in connection with its approximately 237,000-square-foot office lease in 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. The deal is one of New York City’s largest new office leases of 2018.

Bessemer Trust completed an extensive search within New York City before finalizing plans to move its current headquarters within a city block on the other side of Rockefeller Center to 1271 Avenue of the Americas. One of the world’s largest advisors of high-net-worth clients, Bessemer Trust is the latest new tenant announced in the recent wave of leasing activity at 1271 Avenue of the Americas, which is owned by the Rockefeller Group. Leasing seven customized floors of contemporary space, Bessemer Trust will also have a dedicated reception area in the building’s renovated lobby. The 2.1 million-square-foot building has been undergoing a $600 million modernization that includes an extensive lobby restoration, a new façade, and infrastructure upgrades. The iconic, mid-century former Time & Life Building opened in 1959 as an expansion of Rockefeller Center.

The SGR legal team was led by New York Real Estate Practice Section Head and Partner Sean Altschul along with additional real estate assistance by Atlanta Corporate Practice Partner Eric Mandus.

About Bessemer Trust
Privately owned and independent, Bessemer Trust is a multifamily office that has served individuals and families of substantial wealth for more than 110 years. Through comprehensive wealth planning, investment management, and family office services, Bessemer Trust helps clients achieve peace of mind for generations. Visit for more information.

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s more than 220 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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