Luxury Real Estate Firm, with Deep Ties to Brazilian Investors, Significantly Increases New York Market Share

New York, NY – April 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Piquet Realty, a leading luxury real estate firm with offices in Miami and Orlando, known for their deep ties to the high-end Brazilian investor community, is expanding its foothold in the New York City luxury and commercial marketplace with the acquisition of Portman Realty, Inc., which includes Portman Realty Management, which manages north of 1.0-million-square-feet in New York. Cristiano Piquet, who first established his firm in 2008, will be the President and CEO. New York-based Benjamin Benalloul, formerly President of Portman Realty, will be the Vice President. Benjamin will work in tandem with Cristiano to lead business development and client service initiatives for Piquet Realty in all regions where the firm operates.

“We are extremely excited about the properties Portman Realty, Inc. brings to our already strong portfolio. Portman Realty’s exclusive listings in both the residential and commercial space of New York will greatly enhance the Piquet brand in a very important market,” said Cristiano Piquet. “We are equally excited to be working alongside Benjamin Benalloul, who has quickly established himself as a top performer in the real estate industry – and has already built a reputation in the Miami market. With his relationships to the “who’s who” of Manhattan, he makes a great addition to the Piquet team and will certainly be a valued partner who will bring the Piquet brand the next level.”

In addition to their exclusive properties in Miami, Piquet Realty will now represent some of New York’s premier listings with the acquisition of Portman Realty. These listings include billionaire businessman Alexander Rovt’s 12,000-square-foot Upper East Side townhouse, which comes equipped with a subterranean spa floor and an attached garage complete with a Rolls Royce, a prime commercial building on Water Street and a number of exclusive properties in transitioning areas such as Long Island City. Portman Realty brings together high-end property owners and high-profile clients through relationships they have forged.

Piquet Realty can be distinguished from their competition through their international marketing efforts which enhance lead generation. The firm hosts exclusive events that take business development to a new level. The connections to Brazilian investors are second to none. And those investors are appreciative of the attention they receive. In Miami, the firm’s core location, Piquet Realty will continue to foster those Brazilian business relationships and continue its focus on a global investor base.

“The acquisition effectively distinguishes Piquet Realty as international real estate experts, with a strong record in two of the most expensive – and exclusive – marketplaces in the United States. This is just the beginning. We look forward to enhancing our product offering to our loyal global investor base, and to bringing our unparalleled expertise and service to clients from all corners of the globe,” added Cristiano Piquet.


About Piquet Realty:

Established in 2008, Piquet Realty part of the Piquet Group of eight companies. Piquet Realty is a luxury real estate company specializing in assisting all foreign investors interested in purchasing properties in the United States. Piquet prides themselves on their attention to investors and considers the experience when purchasing a unique property. This experience is enhanced through a holistic product offering to clients, making Piquet a “one-stop shop. “The Piquet Group of companies is a sponsor of NASCAR, MMA fighters and Porsche GTR.

About Cristiano Piquet:

Cristiano Piquet is the CEO and Founder of the Piquet Group, which includes Piquet Realty. Since he moved to the United States from his native Brazil in 2000, Cristiano has built alliances throughout various countries, however retaining a focus on the Brazilian marketplace and investor base. Piquet Realty has built strong relationships with luxury brands such as Porsche Design, Ferretti Yachts, W Hotel, Trump, Disney, Lamborghini of Miami, Artefacto, and many others. Piquet Realty became the preferred realty company for Brazilians who want to invest in real estate in Miami, with the lifestyle to match. In 2013, Piquet Realty won the Real Estate Award from the Miami Chamber of Commerce/ Cristiano, along with his love of luxurious real estate and the haute lifestyle, devotes his time to many different activities. Car racing, Ironman triathlons, Jiu Jitsu and skydiving count as some of the activities which occupy Cristiano’s personal time. His primary focus, however, is The Piquet Group.

About Benjamin Benalloul:

Benjamin Benalloul entered the real estate industry in January 2009.. In 2010, Benjamin and his team left Continental Realty to create Portman Realty. In August 2012, Benjamin and his partners performed their largest real estate transaction to date by selling a 162-unit, rent-stabilized residential building, The Electra. Following the record-breaking Upper East Side commercial transaction, Benjamin struck a deal with Ilan Bracha and Keller Williams NYC, absorbing Portman Realty’s brokerage arm. In tandem with sitting at the helm of his own business, Benjamin acted as a business development strategist from September 2012 through July 2013 to help them grow their agents. In addition to his passion for real estate, Benjamin is a benefactor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which highlights the art collection of his great-grandparents, Jack and Belle Linksy, the founders of Swingline Staplers. In addition to being the new Vice President of Piquet Realty, Benjamin serves as Vice President of Sales at The Weeks Lerman Group LLC, the second largest privately held office supply company in the United States.

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