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Jones Lang LaSalle launches new retail consulting team to serve international clients in Germany

Will provide a bespoke service for retailer market entry and expansion

Frankfurt, 12th June 2012 -. Jones Lang LaSalle has launched a new centralised team of retail consultants who will provide bespoke services for the firm’s international clients.  Operating out of the firm’s Berlin office, the team will source and coordinate mandates from international retailers and will complement the firm’s local retail agency offering and expertise in Germany.

The new Berlin-based team will be lead by Andreas Kogge, Director for Retail Leasing Berlin, supported by Thomas Mauritz who joins the new team as a Director from Hennes & Mauritz (H&M).  Thomas was instrumental for H&M’s expansion in Germany and was the company's leasing manager for almost 20 years.  Drawing on his expert knowledge of international retail expansion, Thomas will advise and assist clients on their expansion strategies and location analyses, but also on store design and shop fitting, areas of increasing importance in today’s competitive international retail market.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s James Dolphin also joins the new team, alongside his current role as Head of Retail Leasing EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).  With his long-standing experience in retail property James will bring to the team invaluable retail expertise and excellent international contacts.   Dolphin commented: “Jones Lang LaSalle’s new centralised German based retail team will enhance and strengthen the capabilities of our market leading retail business across Europe.  Germany is currently one of Europe’s most attractive retail markets and international retailers accounted for approximately half of the retail lettings in Germany’s prime retail locations last year. “

Florian Bitter, Consultant, will also transfer to the new Berlin-based unit from Jones Lang LaSalle’s local retail lettings team. Florian has been with Jones Lang LaSalle since 2010, having previously worked as a project manager for the Institut für Handelsforschung (IfH, institute for retail research) at Cologne University.

Rüediger Thräene, Head of Retail Leasing for Jones Lang LaSalle Germany, said: “Traditional retail leasing services no longer fully meet the needs of international retailers. Our international clients expect comprehensive strategic advice, which requires considerable research and coordination. Jones Lang LaSalle have put together this new team to offer our client group direct access to high-level expertise and customised advice. This way we will further enhance the quality of our advice and continue to win mandates from international retail clients.”