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SmartMoney.com | RKF Expands Retail Leasing Practice in Southern California

08.06.07

Firm opens new office in Los Angeles and hires top leasing professionals

LOS ANGELES, CA – Robert K. Futterman & Associates (RKF), the nation’s leading independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, has expanded its Southern California office and moved to a new location at 233 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

RKF, which is headquartered in New York City, has selected one of the most senior members of the firm, Executive Vice President Robert Cohen, to lead the company’s business in Southern California.

“The Southern California retail market has emerged as one of the hottest growth areas in the U.S., and we have long sought to expand our presence there,” said Robert K. Futterman, chairman & CEO of RKF. “Rob Cohen’s knowledge of the Southern California market, coupled with his substantial expertise in retailer and owner representation, will enable RKF to deliver to clients in this market an unparalleled level of skill and service.”

“The dynamic growth and evolving retail landscape in Southern California presents an exceptional opportunity for RKF and our clients,” said Mr. Cohen. “Our Los Angeles team is primed to provide clients with creative, results-oriented solutions for their retail real estate needs, and we plan on implementing here the same strategic approach we are known for in New York and Las Vegas.”

Mr. Cohen indicated that the firm will primarily focus its business on neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County — including Santa Monica, the Westside, South Bay, Hollywood, Malibu, and the San Fernando Valley — as well as Santa Barbara and Orange County. RKF will serve clients from San Diego to San Francisco, and the firm has already made its mark by securing five retail locations for Swedish retailer H&M in the greater Los Angeles area, three retail locations for Polo Ralph Lauren in Malibu, and one for Intermix on Robertson Boulevard, thereby adding to the appeal of these retail destinations.

With more than 24 years of experience in retail leasing, Mr. Cohen has arranged numerous transactions in New York City and other major markets throughout the U.S. He is recognized as a preeminent authority on luxury retailers in the Manhattan and national real estate markets, and represents some of the most influential domestic and international fashion retailers, including H&M, Chrome Hearts, John Varvatos, CH Carolina Herrera, Club Monaco, Oliver Peoples, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rugby, The Swatch Group and Custo Barcelona. Mr. Cohen has been a top producer at RKF since the firm’s inception in 1998. Previously he was with Garrick-Aug Store Leasing in Manhattan.

In addition to its New York and Los Angeles offices, RKF has offices in Las Vegas and San Francisco, with plans to expand into other major cities over the next several years.

RKF serves a broad spectrum of domestic and global clients in services ranging from national tenant and owner representation to advisory, consulting and disposition. With more than eight million square feet of retail leasing and sales transactions valued in excess of $7.4 billion, RKF has been responsible for identifying scores of real estate opportunities throughout the United States for leading American and international chains, retailers, developers and institutional clients.

Robert K. Futterman & Associates is located at 233 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 845, Santa Monica, CA 90401, telephone: 310.593.0777; and at 521 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10175, telephone: 212.599.3700. For more information visit www.rkf.com.

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