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New Head of Corporate Finance, Asia Pacific to drive strategic growth of platform across the region

Experienced real estate investment banker Chris Key will now lead JLL’s Corporate Finance platform across Asia Pacific as it continues to expand its service offering and enhance its regional coverage.

​​​​​​​​​​AUSTRALIA, 24 JUNE 2015 – JLL’s Head of Corporate Finance in Australia, Chris Key, has been promoted to an expanded role to oversee the firm’s corporate finance operations across Asia Pacific.

JLL expanded its Asia Pacific platform two years ago when Mr Key was appointed to lead the business in Australia. Since then the Australian Corporate Finance business has seen significant growth and completed a number of landmark deals. 

JLL’s Head of Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, Stuart Crow said, “Under the leadership of Chris, the Corporate Finance team in Australia has significantly increased its presence nationally, delivering on a number of major mandates and establishing an impressive transaction pipeline.

“Chris will now take on an expanded role to further grow JLL’s offering across Asia Pacific. This reflects our commitment to provide for the continued rise in global demand for real estate investment and increasingly for opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. While many groups continue to invest through funds or listed vehicles, a number of the world’s biggest investors have shown an increasing bias for investing in club deals or through joint ventures alongside operating partners. Additionally given the competitive landscape in many markets, investors are looking for alternate ways to access assets such as through M&A or develop-to-core strategies,” said Mr Crow.

JLL’s Corporate Finance platform operates across the region with teams in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo and has evolved from its previous base as a traditional fund raising and placement agency platform to now include a broader range of advisory services including real estate M&A, joint venture structuring, equity origination, secondary trading and strategic corporate advisory.  

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Key said, “We have diversified our service offering to cater for the evolving needs of our clients and to ensure we can provide a breadth of capability that can identify and deliver innovative transactions. We intend to build on our momentum and grow the Corporate Finance business at JLL by expanding our team both domestically as well as in key regional markets, as well as to expand into additional service areas such as debt advisory.

“When we look at the combination of our Corporate Finance platform, the top ranked Capital Markets business in the Asia Pacific region, our market leading Research capability and the depth of real estate professional services offered across the JLL business, what we can bring to clients is a truly unique and high value service. We have the ability to provide end-to-end solutions that can identify asset, portfolio and entity level opportunities, provide valuable market intelligence and underwriting support, source capital to match with best-in-class management, and to structure and execute transactions that can be both innovative and complex,” said Mr Key.

In the last quarter of 2014, JLL Corporate Finance in Australia completed three corporate transactions including the sale of Aviva Investors’ US$1.2bn Asia Pacific real estate funds management platform to J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the sale of LBP Holdings (the owner of Lakes Business Park) to Dexus for AUD153.5 million and the divestment of Arena Investment Management’s Arena Office Fund and Arena Property Fund for AUD331 million.

In collaboration with JLL’s Head of Industrial for Australia, Michael Fenton, Mr Key is currently running an international campaign for the sale of GIC’s Australian logistics portfolio at an estimated value of AUD1 billion. In undertaking the mandate Mr Key said, “It demonstrates the synergy within our platform where we can combine the sector expertise and manager relationships of Michael and his team with the capital relationships of our corporate finance platform and then bring those capital relationships together with operating partners to optimise the performance of the process.”

Mr Key has over 15 years’ experience in investment banking and funds management having advised some of Australia’s largest real estate corporations and investment managers. He has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom, advising on transactions covering the UK, Europe, US, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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About JLL 

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $4.7 billion and gross revenue of $5.4 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in 80 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 58,000.  On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3.4 billion square feet, or 316 million square meters, and completed $118 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2014. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $55.3 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit
JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 30,000 employees operating in 80 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm was named 'Best Property Consultancy' in seven Asia Pacific countries at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2014 and won nine Asia Pacific awards in the Euromoney Real Estate Awards 2013.