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JLL Australia strengthens Chinese Investor offering with strategic appointment

Michael Zhang joins from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Australia, focusing on Chinese client requirements for Australian real estate opportunities

​​SHANGHAI, May 19, 2016 –  Michael Zhang has joined JLL as Head of China Desk - Australia. He brings to JLL over 12 years of property industry experience, boosting the firm's overall offerings to Chinese clients in the Australian market.

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A well-regarded property financier and advisor, Michael joins from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Australia where he was Senior Vice President, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Head of Property Finance.  In these roles, Michael has provided funding to Chinese property groups including Wanda, Country Garden and Fuwah. He was previously with ANZ Bank and BOS International.

Michael's industry skill set includes sophisticated deal structuring (debt and equity), investment advisory and acquisition strategy. In his career Michael has provided financing and advised on dozens of major property transactions across all asset classes.

As a member of JLL's International Capital Group, Michael's appointment will further strengthen JLL's services to Chinese investors globally.

Darren Xia, Head of JLL’s International Capital Group in China said: “Australia has been one of the top investment destination for Chinese capital. JLL estimates USD 9 billion has been invested in the last 24 months and there are no signs of this abating.” 

Rob Sewell, Head of Office Investments - Australia said: “We have built a market leading position in relation to capturing Chinese inbound capital.  Michael’s appointment underlines JLL’s commitment to build on this success and strategically adds resources to better service our Chinese client requirements for Australian real estate opportunities. We see this requirement continuing to grow and this will offer further opportunities for domestic groups.”

JLL’s International Capital Group is a dedicated group of senior Capital Markets professionals, operating as a global team to support local and regional capital markets units across the globe. The group works to oversee and coordinate the sale, purchase and financing of assets with global investor appeal.

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JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 33,000 employees operating in 92 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won 15 awards at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific in 2016 and was named number one real estate advisor in Asia at the 2015 Euromoney Real Estate Awards.  

​In Greater China, the firm was named ‘Best Property Consultancy in China’ at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2016, and has more than 2,200 professionals and 14,000 on-site staff providing quality real estate advice and services in over 80 cities across the country.​​​​​