Renaissance Capital Relocates Headquarters to Stamford, CT: Choyce Peterson Negotiates Long-Term Lease

NORWALK, CT – Choyce Peterson, Inc. (, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage, recently announced the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on behalf of Renaissance Capital (, a global leader in providing pre-IPO institutional research and management of IPO-focused investment products, for a new 2,931 SF headquarters office at First Stamford Place in Stamford, CT. Choyce Peterson Principal John Hannigan and Associate Casey McKnight represented Renaissance Capital in this transaction.

When Renaissance Capital’s headquarters lease in Greenwich was set to expire, Bill Smith, President of Renaissance Capital, reached out to Choyce Peterson. Hannigan and the Choyce  Peterson team had previously led Renaissance Capital through multiple real estate transactions,  including negotiation of their Greenwich lease in 2011. Smith sought to relocate their headquarters to  a high-quality building with easy access to I-95 and Metro-North in lower Fairfield County.  Additionally, he sought a custom build-out in an office complex with a complete set of high-end  amenities to offer his employees. 

After touring multiple buildings throughout Greenwich and Stamford, Choyce Peterson solicited proposals from numerous landlords. Ultimately, Smith and his team decided on Stamford’s First  Stamford Place, and Hannigan and McKnight expertly negotiated a new lease with the landlord,  Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT). The three-building First Stamford Place office complex was  recently renovated and upgraded and offers its tenants a first-class amenity package with secured  covered parking, shuttle to the Stamford Metro-North train station, full-service grille, dining and coffee  lounge, fitness center with classes, on-site daycare, and a building conference room and concierge  service. Tenants benefit from the complex’s ideal location at I-95’s Exit 7 a quarter mile from the  Metro-North station, as well as ESRT’s industry-leading indoor environmental quality measures that  include MERV 13 filters, active bi-polar ionization and increased air filtration for a confident return to  office. 

Hannigan commented, “We’re honored to once again represent Renaissance Capital, an industry  titan in the pre-IPO research market and IPO Exchange Traded Funds (NYSE symbol: IPO), for their  headquarters relocation. After a thorough search of the market, our proposal negotiations gave the  Renaissance Capital team the confidence that a relocation to First Stamford Place was the perfect  solution to their office space needs. We appreciated ESRT’s partnership during the proposal  process.” 

Smith concluded, “We’re so glad to once again work with John and the Choyce Peterson team on this  important relocation of our headquarters office. We were unsure if relocating to a different city would  work for our company, but John and Casey made the process seamless with their exhaustive  research of the local markets and on-point negotiations with ESRT. We’re excited to grow our business in Stamford and look forward to establishing new roots for our firm.” The landlord’s team on this leasing transaction included Torey Walsh of Newmark Grubb Knight  Frank, and Jeff Newman and Kimberly Zaccagnino Perna of Empire State Realty Trust. 

About Renaissance Capital 

Newly public companies can be great investments, but It’s nearly impossible to stay on top of the IPO  market. At Renaissance Capital, our team of analysts provide market-leading research and  investment products so you can separate the good from the bad and profit from the IPO market 

For over 30 years, Renaissance Capital has been the global leader in researching and trading of  IPOs. They offer two NYSE-listed Exchange Trade Funds with over $700 million of assets: the  Renaissance IPO ETF (symbol "IPO") and the Renaissance International IPO ETF (symbol “IPOS"). 

It is the global leader in providing Pre-IPO research institutional investors. For individual investors it  manages the IPO Pro platform, the most comprehensive source for IPO information, easily accessed  in one platform. 

About Choyce Peterson 

Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full service commercial real estate brokerage with offices in Norwalk, CT  and Rye Brook, NY, was founded in 1997 and has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions  in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real  estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.