Colliers International named to Commercial Observer's Power 100

Last Year’s Rank: 69

Colliers International has been focusing on growth. 

To that end, the firm nabbed industry veteran Ted Koltis, the former executive vice president of Paramount Group, last October to lead the Eastern region agency and consulting practice.

“We already had a good tenant rep practice,” said David Amsterdam, who added to his title co-head of the newly established U.S. capital markets platform at Colliers this year. Now the firm is focused on “diversification.”  

Colliers, which trades on the Nasdaq, has been racking up some significant deals in the last year “demonstrating the diversity” of the company’s platform, said Amsterdam, who joined Colliers in March 2018 to oversee its work in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. 

That is a list that includes representing IKEA in its first Manhattan outpost, a 30,000-square-foot space at 999 Third Avenue; financial firm Evercore in its expansion at Park Avenue Plaza to 350,000 square feet (a deal which in April won the third prize Edward S. Gordon Memorial Award from the Real Estate Board of New York); landlord Charand Real Estate Associates at 320 West 31st Street in a deal with Touro College to lease 146,028 square feet for a new campus (Amsterdam said it was the largest education deal in the borough last year); and Potamkin Companies in a deal with Charter Communications for 137,000 square feet at 2485 Second Avenue (which Amsterdam called the largest office lease in Harlem in 2018).

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