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Ken Rapp

Vice Chairman

Advisory & Transaction Services

Ken Rapp Vice Chairman
Advisory & Transaction Services
New York City 200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166

Professional Experience

Ken Rapp is a Vice Chairman in CBRE’s Midtown Manhattan office and has acted as a real estate consultant and tenant representative for the firm since 1988.  Ken specializes primarily in representing corporations with operations in Manhattan's Midtown and Downtown Districts, as well as select Global accounts.

Ken’s thorough and extensive knowledge of the New York City real estate market has enabled him to complete over 500 lease transactions totaling more than 18+ million sq. ft. with aggregate rent commitments in excess of $15 billion.

Major projects have included lease acquisitions and dispositions for law firms, financial firms, media and Fortune 500 Companies, multi-market relocations, lease auditing and strategic development, implementation of occupancy cost reduction strategies and advanced lease renewals.  Throughout his career, Ken has cultivated exclusive and long-term relationships with local owners, developers and corporate clients.

During his tenure at CBRE, Ken has been named a "Top 10" Producer in the New York City Office more than 17 times and has been in the top 100 of CBRE nationally more than 14 times.  He has won many management awards, including the Managing Officers Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Technology Award and International Award.  Ken has been awarded the CBRE Colbert Coldwell Circle designation 14 times, representing the top 3% of producers at CBRE worldwide.

Ken currently represents a Confidential Multi-national Internet-related Tech Company as leasing agent of 111 Eighth Avenue, a 3 million-square-foot asset located in Chelsea.  Ken also represents Brookfield as leasing agent of One New York Plaza a 2.7 million-square-foot asset located in Lower Manhattan and The Grace Building (1114 Avenue of the Americas) a 1,518,210-square-foot asset located in Midtown Manhattan.

Ken was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and spent the subsequent 12 years in Bern, Switzerland.  He currently resides in New York City with his wife Shelley and daughters Dillon and Tyler.

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

  • Member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
    • Member, Grand Central Committee - REBNY
    • Member, Plaza Committee - REBNY
    • Member, Leasing Brokers Committee - REBNY
  • Serves on the Senior Advisory Board of CBRE, NYC
  • Executive Committee Member, CBRE Law Firm Practice Group (1995-2019)
  • CBRE National Recognition Conference Invitee (1997-2019)
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker - New York


  • Alfred University, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (1988); Minor in Marketing with an emphasis on International Business
  • Richmond College - School of International Business, London, England (1987)
  • New York University School of Continuing Education

Significant Assignments

Client Area (RSF) Location
Multi-national Internet-related Tech Company 4,353,082 111 Eighth Avenue
75 Ninth Avenue
85 Tenth Avenue 
Pier 57
315 Hudson Street
345 Hudson Street
Fox and News Corporation 1,483,788 1211 Avenue of the Americas
2 World Financial Center
1155 Avenue of the Americas
1185 Avenue of the Americas
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP 970,640 Worldwide
Citco Fund Services (USA) Inc. 809,381 Worldwide
Legg Mason, Inc. 658,979 620 Eighth Avenue
399 Park Avenue
350 Madison Avenue
55 Water Street
100 & 300 First Stamford
Aon 406,332 199 Water Street
55 East 52nd Street
Royal Bank of Canada Capital Market 270,310 1211 Avenue of the Americas, NYC
Jersey City, NJ
Loeb & Loeb LLP 274,378 345 Park Avenue, NYC
Los Angeles
Paul Hastings LLP 237,000 200 Park Avenue
Hogan Lovells 232,000 875/885 Third Avenue
Davis Polk & Wardwell 194,997 Various
Gensler 186,000 1700 Broadway
1230 Avenue of the Americas
City of NY Office of Management & Budget 183,224 75 Park Place
Dean Witter Trust 158,662 Jersey City, NJ
Seyfarth Shaw LLP 152,308 620 Eighth Avenue
1270 Avenue of the Americas
Haynes and Boone LLP  147,353 30 Rockefeller Plaza
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Blank Rome LLP 133,793 1271 Avenue of the Americas
Alston & Bird LLP 127,000  90 Park Avenue
Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP 114,000 529 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Livingston, NJ
NYC City Council 113,000 250 Broadway
City of New York Agency for Child Development 105,000 59 Maiden Lane
City of New York Department of Probation 105,000 60 Broad Street
Morgan & Finnegan 103,376 3 World Financial Center
AIG SunAmerica Asset Management 99,621 Plaza 5, Jersey City,
733 Third Avenue, NYC
Troutman Sanders LLP 97,000 875 Third Avenue
Perkins Coie, LLP 92,000 30 Rockefeller Plaza
1155 Avenue of the Americas
The Capital Group Companies  85,175 399 Park Avenue
AIG Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. 82,157 1 World Financial Center
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young U.S. LLC 77,000 55 Broad Street
Robins Kaplan LLP 73,000 399 Park Avenue
601 Lexington Avenue
Herbert Smith Frehills 55,000  450 Lexington Avenue
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP 52,770 156 West 56th Street
Bjarke Ingels Group 50,000 45 Main Street, Brooklyn



Client Testimonials

"Ken Rapp has done an outstanding job for AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corp. culminating in our recent lease at Plaza V, Harborside Financial Center. Ken took the time to get to know us, to understand how we run our business and what is important to us. When the time came to move, we knew of no one more knowledgeable about the New York real estate market and attuned to our needs, as Ken. He spent countless hours providing us with options all over Manhattan and seemed to know of every "special situation" available on a day-by-day basis. Along the way it became abundantly clear that Ken is well known and well regarded by landlords and other brokers. He has provided counsel and advice every step of the way. I do not hesitate to highly recommend Ken and his team."
Peter A. Harbeck
President & CEO
"Ken Rapp's resourcefulness, responsiveness, and intelligent analysis have added value to Davis Polk & Wardwell's (DP&W) real estate transactions both in New York and at other locations, including London and Menlo Park.  The firm has worked with Ken on numerous transactions since 1993 and has always appreciated Ken's efforts on its behalf.  In addition, Ken has provided timely advice to several of our clients who needed help negotiating the New York City real estate market."
Robert A. Hendel
Executive Director
Davis Polk & Wardwell  
"Our law firm has enjoyed an excellent and fruitful relationship with Ken Rapp, who recently represented us in our leasing of significant and substantial space in a Class A building in midtown Manhattan.  With 20 offices worldwide we have worked with numerous real estate professionals and consider Ken as one of the best.  He is diligent, careful, thoughtful and accessible.  Ken is an easy recommendation."

Bruce E. Parmley
Director, Real Estate Practice Group
Hogan & Hartson L.L.P
"Regus has been interested in the NYC market for some time.  As an operator of business centers and highly managed workspaces, we are not your average client for a commercial broker.  We require exceptional opportunities as we have no need to open new centers without their being highly profitable. Profitability also needs to transcend markets and business cycles.  In addition, after our centers are open we expect a great deal from our brokers in terms of finding good prospects for the centers and making the brokerage community aware of our offering.
Ken has been an excellent partner and advisor in our expansion in NYC.  He is knowledgeable of the market and well respected by the landlords.  He will tell us when to strike and when to hold.  He is also well respected by the brokerage community and this is important in knowing about "special" deals and about offering our business center products to a wide range of users and their broker advisors. Ken knows our business is about business and not about space or rentable square feet.  He is a businessman first and a real estate professional closely after that."

Steven Dixon
Director - Americas
"Ken has been instrumental in analyzing the New York market and providing timely and accurate information to aid in our decision making process.  We have worked with Ken on a variety of portfolio evaluations and transactions in NYC and have always found him to be a detailed and resourceful business professional.  Ken's knowledge of the fluctuating marketplace coupled with the relationships he maintains with landlords and other brokers in the field provides us a strong position at the negotiating table.  We consider Ken to be a partner in the successful management of our real estate portfolio in NYC."
Michael J. Mucha
Manager, Corporate Real Estate
RR Donnelley & Sons Company

Ken Rapp Vice Chairman
Advisory & Transaction Services
Colbert Coldwell Circle

Colbert Coldwell Circle

Our top 3% of producers, who exemplify our firm's tradition of integrity, exceptional performance and client service.