BGC negotiates possible investment in Grubb & Ellis

Howard Lutnick’s BGC Partners, which bought Newmark & Companylast year for $63 million in cash plus additional stock, is in talks to invest in the struggling commercial brokerage firm Grubb & Ellis.

In a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Grubb & Ellis said that yesterday the firm entered into an exclusivity agreement which gives BGC until Jan. 31 to pursue “debt or equity financing and/or a strategic transaction with [Grubb & Ellis].”

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Yesterday, the exclusive agreement Grubb had with Andrew Farkas C-III Capital and Colony Capital, expired. — Adam Pincus