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Nelson, Mufson Partnership Merge Operations in New York Region

Nelson, a global interior design, architecture, engineering, strategies, workplace services and information services firm, has reached an agreement to merge the operations of The Mufson Partnership into Nelson in the New York market. The Mufson Partnership is an interior design firm that offers planning and design services, from feasibility studies to design to move-in coordination. After a brief period of transition, The Mufson Partnership will operate under the Nelson brand and the two firms will consolidate into one space in New York.

Nelson currently works with some of the country’s largest companies, law firms, and top universities and schools, and The Mufson Partnership works with owners and representatives for some of New York’s most iconic office structures, including the Empire State and Lipstick buildings. The combined firm will be well positioned to capitalize on best practices and offer expanded services to local Mufson clients while developing relationships for new opportunities nationally through Nelson's established account management infrastructure and service delivery platform. Clients will benefit from access to the resources of a global firm combined with the “high-touch” leadership of a smaller, specialized boutique firm.

Founded by Larry Mufson and Ed von Sover in 1994, The Mufson Partnership has a reputation for configuring office space within the New York region to promote efficiency and a rewarding work environment. A flexible organizational structure and sophisticated operations management enables the Mufson team to deliver innovative design through a collaborative process with personal service and a methodical approach to planning and project management.

The combined firms generate approximately $17 million in interiors and architecture revenue within the greater New York region and will have a local presence of more than 80 team members with access to a network of more than 350 additional designers, architects, engineers, strategists, branding specialists, and other experts. Local leadership will be provided by Larry Mufson and Ed von Sover, who offer more than 60 years of combined industry expertise and will serve as managing principals of the New York operations. In addition, Mufson principals Julia Belkin and Stan Judovits also will continue with the firm in their respective roles of business development and project management.

“Nelson has a successful history of growing our business through mergers and acquisitions, and New York has always been a key market for our success,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., chairman and CEO of Nelson. “The first of our firm’s more than 20 acquisitions was in New York in 2001. We merged again here in 2007 and now, with Mufson, we have created the largest single office in Nelson's history and strong mix of national account clients as well as ongoing tenant planning relationships with some of the most notable trophy properties in the world, including the Empire State Building, the Seagram’s Building and the Lipstick Building. It’s a game changing move for both firms and for our industry.”

“I have built my career on the understanding that no two clients, designs, or budgets are alike,” said Larry Mufson, founder and principal of The Mufson Partnership. “We want to create smart, imaginative design that interprets corporate images and enhances functionality. Nelson shares the same approach and I am confident that our teams will merge quickly in a spirit of true collaboration. We are now a true single-source solution for companies and building owners in and around New York, with a commitment to deliver innovative solutions and maintaining strong, lasting client relationships.”

A sample of clients that will continue to be served in New York region includes Bank of America, Citigroup, Bed Bath & Beyond, HSBC, Verizon, GAF, G-III Apparel Group, TPG/TPG Axon, Pershing Square, Malkin/Empire State Building, and RFR Realty.

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Posted April 29th, 2014 by Jackie Austin

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