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JLL Transacts WeWork’s Biggest Space in Asia Pacific

​​Record-breaking Shanghai leasing transaction brokered by JLL displays the demand for future of work with flexible workplace strategies

SHANGHAI, 11 December 2017 - Asia's flexible office market reached its latest milestone as coworking giant WeWork agreed to lease an entire building of approximately 27,000 sqm GFA in Shanghai's core CBD, in a transaction brokered by JLL recently. This leasing transaction is WeWork's biggest branch in Asia Pacific in the newly built China Overseas International Center in Huangpu District. It demonstrates the rapid adoption of coworking in China over the past year.

Coworking operator signs Shanghai's 2017 biggest single Grade A office leasing deal in core CBD*

"The fact that Shanghai's biggest single Grade A office leasing deal in core CBD signed so far in 2017 involves a coworking operator is not surprising, considering the demand for flexible office space in the region and the appeal of these innovative office strategies to more and more large corporations." said Eddie Ng, Managing Director of Shanghai & East China, JLL.

"In the past year, our team has assisted coworking operators in leasing a total GFA of more than 70,000 sqm in the city, and we are confident this will continue to be the key trend in the coming year."  It aligned with JLL's "Coworking: Fad or fixture" report launched in late 2016.

Occupiers transform workplace strategy in response to disruptive business environment

The landmark office leasing deal serves as an excellent testimonial for JLL's Future of Work research, which shows occupiers' new levels of perspective in more efficient workplace strategies, especially in China.

"Chinese cities make up five of the world's ten most expensive locations for premium office rents and the China market is getting more competitive." explained Anny Zhang, Head of Markets, Shanghai, JLL. "These challenges are transforming occupiers' vision for new solutions of their workplace, which ultimately impact their ability in recruiting and retaining talents."

JLL's lately published global research platform Future of Work takes a unique outlook on the changing world of work and its impact on the next generation of corporate real estate.

Developers looking beyond the traditional value of office buildings  

In JLL's view, WeWork's leasing milestone at Shanghai China Overseas International Center demonstrates the opportunity that coworking presents to real estate developers as a new dimension of service offering, providing more flexible options to its office tenants.

"Millennials' new expectation from work, the development of innovation, the revolution of high-tech and internet all profoundly change corporates' business operation and workspace requirement." commented by Mr. Lu Fengcun, General Manager of China Overseas Commercial Properties Company (Shanghai). "Looking into the future, we will look beyond the traditional value of office buildings to deliver more comprehensive, agile and flexible services to our tenants while fully utilizing the advantage of our integrated commercial platform."

"We expect to see more transactions like this in the future as office developers increasingly see coworking space as a key element in their total building solution and experience." said Anny Zhang.

*Note: Deals signed by press time

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 80,000. As of September 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $59.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information​​, visit

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,900 employees operating in 96 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won the ‘World’s Best’ and ‘Best in Asia Pacific’ International Property Consultancy at the International Property Awards in 2016 and was named number one real estate investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the sixth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.​​  

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​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​