Press Release May 17, 2022

HqO Becomes Related Companies’ Digital Tenant Experience Provider

Goodwin’s Proptech, Intellectual Property, and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity teams advised HqO and Related Companies on a strategic partnership to power Related’s tenant experience technology across its commercial and luxury residential portfolio. Elements of the best-in-class technology Related developed to serve its Fortune 500 tenants and discerning residents will be incorporated into HqO’s core offering. Related has also made a strategic investment in HqO, and Related CEO Jeff Blau will join the HqO Board of Directors.

HqO is an industry leading tenant and workplace experience platform transforming how people connect with each other and the places they work.

Related is a global, privately owned real estate company with over $60 billion in assets owned or under development.

HqO will serve as a universal remote control for Related tenants and residents to interact with their building and neighborhood. The HqO app will offer tenants and residents access to custom programming, resource booking, service offerings, local retail and food and beverage delivery, and more.

Related’s extensive property portfolio joins the more than 500+ live assets in 142 cities across the world that trust HqO to provide a highly amenitized, engaging, and tech-enabled tenant experience. HqO’s product consists of an award-winning app, analytics suite, hybrid work tools, and a flex space management system.

The Goodwin team advising HqO was led by John LeClaire, Shoaib Ghias, Justin Smith, Eric Weberman and Scott Carson (Corporate); Jim Riley, Richard Ballard and Lichen Han (Intellectual Property); and Janet Andolina (Tax).

Goodwin has been counsel to HqO since its inception and also served as counsel to company co-founder and CEO Chase Garbarino in his prior venture, AmericanInno, and serves as counsel to Chase’s father John Garbarino in his role as a partner at Webster Equity Partners.

The Goodwin team advising Related was led by Minta Kay, John Mutkoski, Brett Jackson and Peter Yang (Corporate); Steve Charkoudian, Achal OzaBoris Segalis and Karl Dragosz (Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity); and Dan Karelitz (Tax).

For more details, read the press release.