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Cushman’s Helen Hwang jumps to Meridian Investment Sales

Top I-sales broker leaves firm after 16 years

September 21, 2015 10:28AM
By Mark Maurer Twitter_logo_blue copy

Helen Hwang Cushman

From left: Helen Hwang, Meridian Capital Group’s Ralph Herzka and Cushman & Wakefield’s Bob Knakal

Helen Hwang, a top broker at Cushman & Wakefield, is the latest to join Meridian Capital Group’s new investment sales division, The Real Deal has learned.

In an email obtained by TRD, Hwang announced that she accepted an offer to serve as senior executive managing director at Meridian Investment Sales, specializing in “institutional clients and large-cap transactions.”

“Meridian’s dominance in the capital markets arena, including its No. 1 ranking in NYC debt placement, its commitment to excellence, and its unwavering emphasis on client service, make it a natural fit for me and my team,” Hwang said in a statement.

Ralph Herzka’s Meridian Capital Group, one of the city’s biggest large-loan brokerages, launched the division in April, immediately poaching David Schechtman, Lipa Lieberman and Abie Kassin from Eastern Consolidated. Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Yoni Goodman is president of the division and helps run the office, a satellite space at 800 Third Avenue in Midtown.

Hwang has worked at Cushman for 16 years, mostly recently in the role of executive vice president handling investment sales. Along with Bob Knakal and Clint Olsen, she marketed World Wide Group’s Upper East Side development site that Kuafu Properties is now in contract to buy for about $300 million. She was also a broker on Jared Kushner’s $296 million purchase of a Times Square retail condo in May.

The move occurs less than a month after Nat Rockett, co-head of Cushman’s New York investment team, left for Marcus & Millichap.

Neither Meridian nor Cushman were immediately available for comment.