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Our history

More than two centuries of professional real estate advice

1783
Richard Winstanley sets up shop as an auctioneer in London and is succeeded by his son in 1806.

1939
Through partnerships and mergers too numerous to mention, the Winstanley firm envolves into Jones Lang Wootton & Sons.

1945
In a London devastated by World War II bombings that destroyed property records, Jones Lang Wootton takes on the enormous job of documenting the boundaries and ownerships of thousands of land parcels. The firm secures licences for development and agency appointments, which places it in an enviable position as the city begins to rebuild in 1954.

1957
Jones Lang Wootton begins its global expansion by opening offices in Australia and later also in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe.

1968
In El Paso, Texas, a small group of professionals forms IDC Real Estate. IDC quickly outgrows its local market, moves to Chicago and eventually changes its name to LaSalle Partners and becomes one of America’s leading real estate service firms.

1973
Jones Lang Wootton opens its first office in Germany.

1975
Jones Lang Wootton opens its first US office in New York.

1997
LaSalle Partners completes its initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange.

1999
In the largest international real estate industry merger to date, Jones Lang Wootton and LaSalle Partners join forces and form Jones Lang LaSalle. The resulting company remains one of the leading global commercial real estate services and investment management firms.

2008
JLL becomes the country’s leading retail property advisor through the acquisitions of Brune Consulting Management and Kemper’s, the market leader in the retail property segment. Jones Lang LaSalle continues to push into the global retail advisory market through acquisitions including Churston Heard in the UK and Turkish specialist Alkas.

2011
We establish ourselves as the clear leader in the UK and continental Europe with the acquisition of London-based King Sturge. The transaction gives us scale and depth of expertise that greatly enhance our service delivery capabilities. In addition to King Sturge, we completed eight acquisitions in 2011 within the United States, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia including Procon, DST International and Keystone Partners. Meanwhile we were still winning awards, including Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011.

2012
Acquisitions include MPS Property in January, JER Partners in March and Credo Real Estate and 360 Commercial Partners in July.