JAMES D. KUHN President
James D. Kuhn joined Newmark Knight Frank as principal and its president in 1992 after fifteen years as an owner/manager acquiring 11 million square feet of office space and 6,000 apartments in partnership with Bernard Mendik. He then spent two years in partnership with Bear Stearns and Chuck Davidson of Steinhardt Partners, purchasing distressed assets from RTC, FDIC and other financial institutions.
During the course of his career, Mr. Kuhn has been advisor, broker or principal in over $3 billion in transactions for 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate. Expert in the acquisition, leasing, management, repositioning and liquidation of major investments, Mr. Kuhn is also experienced in joint venture and equity financing. He has acted variously as merchant banker, de facto advisor, partner and co-investor with such firms as Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs & Co. Inc., The Equitable Life Assurance Society, J.E. Robert Companies, Lennar/Morgan Stanley and Steinhardt Partners. Additional advisory clients have included John Hancock, The New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, American Stock Transfer, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Cultor Food Science Inc., Verizon and AEG.
Over the past five years, Mr. Kuhn has built a group specializing in advising hospitals, universities and municipalities in the acquisition and disposition of their real estate assets. Mr. Kuhn’s clients include Mt. Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York University and Hudson Yards Development Corporation, among others.
Mr. Kuhn began his career as a lender with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and then enjoyed a successful 12-year tenure as an owner/manager with The Mendik Company. He joined Mendik in 1978 as senior partner and executive vice president Acquisitions and Development, later assuming the additional position of director of leasing.
Most recently, Mr. Kuhn has worked as a de facto advisor and in some cases co- invested with Archon Capital and Whitehall (Goldman Sachs) and their mezzanine fund in the acquisition of 636 Eleventh Avenue, 1775 Broadway, 14 Wall Street, 1185 Avenue of the Americas and 500-512 Seventh Avenue; representing almost five million square feet of office space. That relationship began in Mr. Kuhn’s days as executive vice president and principal of The Mendik Company (now part of Vornado) and expanded in the early 90s when Newmark served as an advisor for the J.E. Robert-Goldman Sachs venture, as well as for Lennar-Morgan Stanley, in the acquisition of bulk portfolios from the RTC and others. He has since advised clients including Apollo, Angelo Gordon and Africa-Israel on the acquisition of commercial and residential assets.
Mr. Kuhn holds both a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from Syracuse University.