May 29, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, in partnership with its strategic global real estate advisor Holly Duran Real Estate Partners LLC (HDREP) of
, has retained
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
(NGKF) to explore the sale of the NYMEX Building, the headquarters to the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). The 16-story, LEED-certified building is located at One North End Avenue overlooking the Hudson River immediately west of Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) and Goldman Sachs Tower.
The company will continue operation of its NYMEX trading floor in
regardless of whether the NYMEX Building is sold. In the event of the sale, CME may lease back a portion of the building, including the trading floor. NGKF Vice Chairman
will investigate a sale-leaseback scenario as well as the possibility of relocating NYMEX to other properties in Lower Manhattan.
"CME Group remains committed to our floor based membership and open outcry trading services in
, which continue to be a profitable part of our business and serve our customers well," said
, CME Group Chief Financial Officer. "The sale of the NYMEX building will help us continue to reinvest in our core derivatives business, just as we did following the sale and lease-back of office space in the CBOT building in
last year. Going forward, whether we decide to retain occupancy at One North End or relocate within Lower Manhattan, we are committed to updating our
offices to reflect the innovation and quality of our CME Group offices around the world."
James D. Kuhn
, NGKF President and head of the firm's Capital Markets group, and NGKF Capital Markets Senior Managing Director
, in partnership with HDREP Principal
and Associate Jeff Mulder, will market the property for sale.
Duran said: "This is a modern, iconic office tower with extraordinary infrastructure and systems. Accordingly, we expect strong competitive bidding and a large pool of potential buyers, including potential end users."