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Brokerage To Tech Firms Sets Up First NYC Office With Ex-Cushman Brokers

The team launching Raise Commercial Real Estate's NYC office: Henry Korzec, Emilie Goldman, Jamie Katcher, Sebastian Infante and Douglas Regal

Raise Commercial Real Estate, a seven-year-old brokerage with a focus on tech-firm office representation and workplace consulting, is launching in New York City with a team hired away from Cushman & Wakefield.

The New York arm of the company will be led by Jamie Katcher, who co-founded the Global Tech Group at Cushman & Wakefield, Raise announced Thursday. Douglas Regal and Sebastian Infante, also founders of the C&W group with Katcher, are joining Raise as partners. Emilie Goldman and Henry Korzec, both associates at C&W, are also leaving to join the company as team members.

Raise’s New York office is in Midtown South, and it said it plans to expand with new hires in the city. It already counts clients like Palantir, the tech firm run by Peter Thiel, and Twitch, it said in a release.

"This is a monumental day for us at Raise," Raise CEO Justin Bedecarre said in a statement. “Raise New York formalizes our commitment to connecting both coasts and providing a full service, white glove offering to our clients. Jamie and team have been trailblazers in establishing New York as one of the most important markets for high growth startups, as well as brokering some of the biggest, most complex technology office leases in the city's history."

Katcher said that Raise’s technology is “completely unique” in the industry and he had been impressed with the way it is “breaking a mold and innovating." The company was formed in 2016 in San Francisco, and now has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Denver and New York City.

Katcher, Regal and Infante plan to tap into their media and tech firm connections in the Tri-State area to bring in business. Between the three of them, they have closed over 5M SF for technology companies, according to the release. Last month, Katcher and Regal represented data securities firm Varonis Systems in its 30K SF lease at 1250 Broadway.

Nationally, Raise is planning to double its engineering and marketing staff over the next 12 months, per the release. Since 2020, the company has doubled in size.