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Grubb & Ellis Files For Bankruptcy, Sells Itself to BGC Partners

Grubb to Apparently Join Newmark Knight Frank In Howard Ludnick’s Growing Platform of CRE Services Firms

By Randyl Drummer
Grubb & Ellis Co., one of the country’s most recognizable CRE services brands which fell on hard financial times during the economic recession, has agreed to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sell the company in a bankruptcy transaction to BGC Partners, owners of Newmark Knight Frank.In a statement, Santa Ana, CA-based Grubb & Ellis said it believes the acquisition by the investment firm headed by Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick “will bring the much-needed scale and resources the company had been seeking through its strategic process” and will position Grubb & Ellis to “become part of a well-capitalized global platform.”

“Following a thorough and rigorous process and the evaluation of all available options, we determined that a partnership with BGC provides the best platform for our brokerage professionals, employees and clients,” said Thomas P. D’Arcy, president and chief executive officer of Grubb & Ellis. “We believe the transaction will be seamless for our clients and we expect no disruption to the company’s operations.

“Furthermore, we believe our professionals and clients will benefit greatly by being part of the BGC organization, which, with its recent acquisition of Newmark Knight Frank, will bring together two strong brands to create a powerhouse in the commercial real estate space. BGC’s purchase of the company’s senior debt and its willingness to provide incremental financing to ensure the smooth execution of the sale process demonstrate its commitment to the success of the Grubb & Ellis business.”

To execute the bankruptcy sale, BGC said it has acquired the outstanding secured debt of Grubb & Ellis and has committed to provide debtor-in-possession financing to fund Grubb & Ellis operations during the sale and bankruptcy process.Grubb & Ellis has filed motions requesting that the bankruptcy court approve sale procedures and set a hearing date to approve the sale.

Read more of the CoStar article here.

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