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Our history


A tale of two cities and global expansion

JLL’s history spans more than 200 years, but we’ll just give you the highlights.

1783: Richard Winstanley sets up shop as an auctioneer in London.

1939: Jones Lang Wootton established in London.

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

1957: Jones Lang Wootton launches business in Asia.

1968: ALaSalle Partners established in Chicago.

1975: JLW opens its first U.S. office in New York. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, both JLW and LaSalle Partners extend their presence in new markets throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

1985: Jones Lang Wootton founded in Tokyo, Japan.

1997: LaSalle Partners completes its initial public offering of the company’s common stock.

1999: Jones Lang Wootton (UK) and LaSalle Partners (US) merge to form Jones Lang LaSalle. Unit in Japan changes its name to Jones Lang LaSalle.

2000: JLL acquires Land Building Management, marking the beginning of integrated services in Japan.

2003: Fukuoka Office established.

2005: Kansai Branch established.

2006: Facility management company, JLL Facilities (JLLF) with Sanyo established

2007: Another busy expansion year sees 15 mergers and acquisitions including the transaction that created Jones Lang LaSalle India, the largest real estate firm in India. We also acquire Upstream, the leading sustainability consultancy in the UK, and a leading property advisor in the Netherlands. The awards continue as well, highlighted by a top honor for our energy and sustainability work from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

2008: JLL advises on 2008 Beijing Olympic games.

2010: Celebration of 25th anniversary in Japan.

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 includingProcon, DST International andKeystone Partners.Meanwhile wewerestill winning awards, includingFortuneWorld’s Most Admired Companies in 2011.

2012:JLL Constructions in Japan established / JLL Japan acquires 90% stock of IGAS, facility managment subsidiary of IBM Japan. JLL advises on 2012 London Olympic games

2013: Acquires Opex Consulting, a supply chain management consulting company.

2014: Jones Lang LaSalle shortens name to “JLL” and unveils new logo.

2015: Celebration of 30th anniversary in Japan / Acquires majority stake in Tansei Mall Management, a retail property management company.

2016: Acquires Morii Appraisal & Investment Consulting /Tansei Mall Management becomes a wholly owned company of JLL K.K, and renamed to JLL Mall Management K.K.

2017: Launched our new brand positioning and visual identity “Achieve Ambitions”.