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Goldman to move Tokyo headquarters, reaffirming office work

As the Wall Street firm adapts to office life after the pandemic.
Image: Yuriko Nakao, Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is preparing to move its Japan headquarters into a new tower being built in Tokyo as the Wall Street firm adapts to office life after the pandemic.

The US investment bank plans to relocate from the landmark Roppongi Hills complex owned by Mori Building into the developer’s tentatively named Toranomon Hills Station Tower sometime after its completion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Construction work on the 49-story building is scheduled to finish in July 2023, according to Mori’s website. It’s part of the property giant’s four-tower Toranomon Hills Area project in a district just south of the Imperial Palace. A new subway station on the Hibiya line opened there last year.

The plans are in line with Goldman Sachs’s commitment to office life, a stance at odds with some of its rivals that are looking to pare space after the pandemic ushered in a wave of remote work. Chief executive officer David Solomon has been vocal in opposing work from home, calling it an “aberration.”

A Goldman Sachs spokesperson declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Mori Building said matters relating to tenants are confidential.

Goldman Sachs had 754 employees in Japan as of December. It has been a key tenant of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills since the complex opened 18 years ago, even after reducing space as headcount fell. Toranomon Hills is about 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) away from Otemachi, the main financial district.

Tokyo office vacancies have soared during the pandemic, putting pressure on rents. Vacancies climbed to an almost seven-year high of 5.9% in May, according to real estate brokerage Miki Shoji Co.

Other US banks including Morgan Stanley have taken a similar stance to Goldman on work from home, while European lenders including UBS Group are introducing hybrid models. HSBC Holdings has committed to a 40% reduction in office space in the long term. Tokyo-based Nomura Holdings is also considering trimming space and has announced plans to make flexible work permanent.

© 2021 Bloomberg

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