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Jones Lang LaSalle Adds Retail Investment Division in Canada

Firm hires industry leaders to build national investment business

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 — Jones Lang LaSalle continues to build its presence in Canada with the addition of retail investment experts Matthew Smith and Hugh O’Connell.  Based in Toronto, Smith and O’Connell will provide investment brokerage services for clients with retail real estate assets. They will specialize in sales, financing, repositioning, advisory and recapitalization execution. 

“Matthew and Hugh bring almost 30 years of retail real estate experience to Jones Lang LaSalle,” said Brett Miller, President of Jones Lang LaSalle Canada.  “They are market leading with an exemplary reputation and the exact expertise that our clients require.”

Smith and O’Connell have completed more than 300 transactions in more than 100 markets across Canada.  Ranked among the most successful retail investment brokers in the country, they have been involved in more than $1.5 billion worth of transactions. They join Jones Lang LaSalle from CBRE Limited.

The latest hires follow a year of growth for Jones Lang LaSalle in Canada. Over the last year, the firm added more than 40 new employees including investment and brokerage expert Scott Speirs, as well as industrial broker lead Erik Charton in Montreal. Jones Lang LaSalle has also grown its industrial expertise in the GTA, brokerage team in Vancouver and Office Leasing business in Calgary.

Jones Lang LaSalle has operated in Canada for more than a decade. With its Canada headquarters in Toronto, the firm also operates in Mississauga, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary. Jones Lang LaSalle offers tenant and landlord representation, project and development services, investment sales, mobile engineering services, and integrated facilities management services to owners and tenants in Canada.  Jones Lang LaSalle manages 32 million square feet of facilities across Canada.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit