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JLL makes senior corporate finance hire in China


​​Henrietta Yap joins real estate consulting firm, strengthening investment advisory offering​

SINGAPORE, 5 JANUARY 2017 – JLL has appointed Henrietta Yap as Director of Corporate Finance, Greater China, bolstering the firm's capabilities in structured finance, capital raising and debt advisory. She reports to Eddie Yeh, Head of Corporate Finance, Greater China, JLL.

"We're delighted to welcome Henrietta into our growing corporate finance team," says Mr Yeh. "Her appointment is part of a strategic focus for JLL on enhancing the range of services we offer to real estate investors in Greater China and, more broadly, across Asia Pacific."

Ms Yap will be working closely with JLL clients in Greater China to come up with a suite of solutions to meet their investment goals, including fund or joint venture structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and capital and debt raising for sophisticated financial restructures.

The demand for these services comes on the heels of a growing appetite among Chinese investors for overseas property assets. According to JLL data, in Q3 2016 China overtook the U.S. to become the largest cross-border real estate investor, having invested nearly US$18 billion into commercial property assets internationally in the first three quarters of the year.

"Our clients are increasingly demanding advice on a range of financing options for their real estate investments," says Stuart Crow, Head of Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, JLL. "To respond to this need, we are increasing the depth of our specialist talent in corporate finance so that we can provide this valuable, strategic advice alongside our existing spectrum of services, bringing together investment banking with global commercial property expertise."

Ms Yap joins JLL from AT Capital Group, a Singaporean private investment firm, where she focused on private equity investment across China, Europe and Southeast Asia. She has experience spanning a range of markets within Asia Pacific and a broad cross-section of transaction styles. Ms Yap previously worked in private equity investment for Standard Chartered Bank in both Singapore and Beijing as well as covering investment analysis, investor relations and research at Mapletree and Keppel Land.

The announcement of Ms Yap's appointment follows on from that of Hong Kong-based Mr Yeh in August 2016 to lead the firm's Corporate Finance team in Greater China. In May 2016 the firm recruited Tim du Temple to head its debt advisory business in Australia, to better service clients seeking non-bank lending options for real estate investment.

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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 $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 70,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management.  JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, www.jll.com

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,000 employees operating in 94 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 investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the fifth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.​ www.jll.com/asiapacific  

​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.  www.joneslanglasalle.com.cn​​​​​​​​​​​