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JLL appoints John O'Driscoll as Head of M&A, EMEA

Joins from Deutsche Bank

​​JLL has appointed John O’Driscoll as Head of M&A for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. John will support the growth of M&A advisory services with a particular focus on mid-to-large size real estate M&A transactions, along with wider JLL Corporate Finance and Capital Markets client services.

Commenting on the appointment, Arthur de Haast, Head of Corporate Finance – EMEA at JLL said: “John has deep experience across multiple merger and acquisition transactions across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. With positive economic fundamentals and the high amount of capital targeting real estate opportunities in Europe, John’s expertise will broaden our client M&A offering and support our ambition to be at the forefront of capital markets and corporate finance real estate advice across the region”.

Commenting on his new role at JLL, John O’Driscoll said: “Traditional M&A advice has been the domain of investment banks for many years but this is now changing as clients demand more specialist sector and industry knowledge. I look forward to growing JLL’s M&A client advisory capability across EMEA.”

John joins JLL as an International Director after eight years at Deutsche Bank, where he was EMEA Head of Real Estate M&A. Prior to this he was part of the real estate investment banking team at JP Morgan. He will be based in London.

In 2013 JLL European Capital Markets traded an average of €130 million of real estate transaction every working day, advised on the highest volume of real estate investment transactions in the European office, retail, industrial and hotels sectors according to Real Capital Analytics, plus were ranked Top Broker in Europe for 2013, according to PropertyEU magazine.