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About lasalle

Our history

Building on 240 years of real estate expertise and over 40 years of investment experience.

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Jones Lang LaSalle’s origins

Our parent company, Jones Lang LaSalle traces its origins to 1783, when auctioneer Richard Winstanley set up shop in London. Twenty-three years later, his son James succeeded him, running the business that would eventually become known as Jones Lang Wooton & Sons (JLW). Following the Second World War, JLW began expanding internationally, opening offices in Asia, Australia and across Europe. In 1975, JLW opened its first North American office in New York City.

Becoming a globally recognized investment manager

As JLW continued to grow, LaSalle Partners was doing the same, moving from humble beginnings as a small real estate firm in Texas to become a globally recognized real estate investment manager. In 1999, the two firms would join forces to become Jones Lang LaSalle. The company would be named to the Fortune 500 in 2015 as gross revenue surpassed US$5.4 billion.

1968

1968

IDC Real Estate founded

1978

1978

LaSalle Advisors

1980

1980

The LaSalle Street Fund

1993

1993

Investment Strategy Annual

1996

1996

LaSalle IPO

1996

1996

Value-add investing

1999

1999

Jones Lang LaSalle

2000

2000

Canadian expansion

2000

2000

Asia Pacific expansion

2001

2001

LAO Fund series

2003

2003

Logistics in Japan

2004

2004

Encore+

2004

2004

Mexican expansion

2009

2009

UN PRI

2010

2010

A US core fund

2010

2010

European debt fund

2010

2010

LaSalle KVG

2011

2011

A core fund for German investors

2012

2012

JLL IPT

2013

2013

A best place to work

2015

2015

Three major awards

2016

2016

Logiport REIT

2017

2017

Core Canadian property

2018

2018

GPS

2018

2018

Encore+

2019

2019

Debt investments

2019

2019

Core property in Japan

2019

2019

Navigator

2020

2020

Logistics in China

2020

2020

A best place to work, again

2021

2021

LAO Fund series

2022

2022

Partnering for value

The city and the mountains in the background
Handshake
Bridge and skyscrapers
Newspaper printing machine
Bull statue
View of the skyscrapers from the street level
A photo of a hand signing a document
A park with a lake in the middle of the city
Photo of a modern city in the evening
City at sunset
Modern buildings against the backdrop of the mountains
Tenement houses against the Eiffel tower
Photo of the city
The avenue of flags leading to the building
A skyscraper and a park in the background
A modern apartment building estate
A hand holding a stamp stamping a document
Classic buildings against the backdrop of a modern city
A green estate with single-family houses
Modern, trained office buildings
People in the office applauding a woman
A white building on the corner of the street
City panorama
Aerial view of the modern city
Hand showing the place of the signature on the document
Skyscrapers at night
Crowded pedestrian crossing
A view of Europe from space at night
Aerial view of the factory buildings
People talking in the office room
A modern skyscraper against the backdrop of the city
A soccer stadium in the middle of a modern city

1968

Our predecessor, International Development Corp Real Estate is founded in El Paso, Texas before moving to LaSalle Street in Chicago a few years later.

1978

LaSalle Advisors is formed as an investment management subsidiary of LaSalle Partners.

1980

LaSalle establishes its first commingled fund: the LaSalle Street Fund.

1993

LaSalle publishes the first Investment Strategy Annual, offering detailed insight into real estate markets around the world.

1996

LaSalle becomes a public company, making our first IPO (initial public offering).

1996

We launch our first value-add fund in the US: LaSalle Income and Growth.

1999

Jones Lang Wooton and LaSalle Partners merge to form Jones Lang LaSalle.

2000

We expand into Canada and launch the LaSalle Canadian Income and Growth Fund.

2000

Our first Asia Pacific office opens in Singapore, soon followed by Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

2001

The LaSalle Asia Opportunity fund series is launched.

2003

Our first opportunistic fund focused exclusively on Japan is launched: the LaSalle Japan Logistics Fund.

2004

Encore+ launches as a European core plus fund co-managed by LaSalle and Aviva Investors.

2004

LaSalle expands into Mexico and establishes an office in Mexico City.

2009

We become a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment.

2010

The LaSalle Property Fund is launched in the United States.

2010

We launch the first in a series of European debt funds.

2010

LaSalle is granted a license in Germany to form the LaSalle Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft (KVG).

2011

The LaSalle E-REGI fund is launched for German investors as a KVG.

2012

The JLL Income Property Trust is launched in the US as a daily-valued fund.

2013

We are named a “Best Place to Work in Money Management” by Pensions & Investments for the first time.

2015

With a hat trick of awards: We’re named “Overall Best Investment Manager” in Euromoney’s Real Estate Poll, “Global Real Estate Company of the Year” by Estates Gazette and again one of the ‘Best Place to Work in Money Management’ by Pensions & Investments.

2016

The LaSalle Logiport REIT is launched in Japan to invest in the growing logistics market.

2017

The LaSalle Canada Property Fund is launched to complement its US counterpart.

2018

LaSalle Global Partner Solutions is formed, focused on making opportunities available to a wide range of investors.

2018

LaSalle takes full ownership of Encore+ buying out Aviva Investors’ stake in the fund.

2019

LaSalle completes the acquisition of Latitude Management Real Estate Investors, now LaSalle Debt Investors.

2019

Launch of the LaSalle Japan Property Fund.

2019

LaSalle Global Partner Solutitons launches the Global Navigator Fund.

2020

The LaSalle China Logistics Venture is launched.

2020

LaSalle is named one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Money Management’ by Pensions & Investments for the fifth consecutive year.

2021

The LaSalle Asia Opportunity fund series opens its sixth closed-end fund.

2022

LaSalle Value Partners launches in North America and Europe offering closed-end, value-add investments.

News

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Jan 19, 2023 Beverley Kilbride appointed COO, Europe LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”) today announces that Beverley Kilbride has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Europe.

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