Three top Lansco execs stepping down

Brokers Matt Cohen and Peter Weisman also recently left

Nov.November 22, 2016 04:10 PM

Three of the five vice chairs at the commercial real estate brokerage Lansco are planning to step down and retire by early next year, sources told The Real Deal. Meanwhile, in the past month, two of the firm’s top brokers quit.

The three departing vice chairs are Jack Walis, Jerome Ginsberg, and Mike Antkies, who was one of the firm’s founders in 1965. In the company hierarchy, the execs are directly under CEO Stuart Lilien.

“A few of the partners have not been active recently and felt it was time to cash out,” Lilien said in an interview. “It won’t affect our business.”

The brokers who left are Matt Cohen and Peter Weisman. Cohen left to start his own commercial brokerage, L3 Realty, while Weisman moved to competitor Sinvin Real Estate.

Lilien said the firm has no plans to shutter or to merge with a larger company at this time.

Weisman declined to comment, while Cohen, Walis, Ginsberg and Antkies could not be immediately reached.

The two remaining vice chairs are Howard Dulch and Robin Abrams – a former chair of the Real Estate Board of New York’s retail leasing committee – who are both active brokers.

Though the Midtown East-based brokerage handles both retail and office leases for landlords and tenants, it is best known for its retail deals.

Abrams’ retail team put Starbucks, Dylan’s Candy Bar and Lush into TurnStyle, the underground retail hub at Columbus Circle. Other recent Lansco-brokered deals include mobile-advertising firm Verve Wireless’ 21,500-square-foot office lease at 79 Fifth Avenue in Union Square; the Loeb banking family’s 11,000-square-foot office space at Carnegie Hall Tower; and Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s clothing line Kendall + Kyle’s 2,600-square-foot retail lease at 27 West 25th Street.

Rich Bockmann contributed reporting.

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