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JLL appoints Chris Gow as head of EMEA debt advisory in its Hotels & Hospitality Group

JLL has appointed Chris Gow as head of debt advisory for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in its Hotels and Hospitality Group, based in London. This is a new role, reflecting steady and sustained growth in investors seeking to access hotel real estate through debt financing.

Mr. Gow joins from HMT LLP where he was a partner and established the firm's debt advisory offering within the corporate finance team. His 30-year career to date has seen him work on the buy- and sell-side, specialising in investment, credit and structured finance. Previously he held senior positions at Candlewick Asset Management Ltd, Lloyds Bank and the Bank of Scotland. At JLL he will work alongside the firm's M&A, funds advisory and investment sales and acquisition experts across EMEA as it deepens its debt advisory capabilities and expands its services to clients across a range of sectors.

Philip Ward, EMEA CEO, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL, said: "Chris joins at an evolutionary time where the universe of investors and lenders is becoming more diverse, and clients need high-quality advice more than ever. Our clients will benefit from Chris' wealth of expertise and his track record in getting hotels deals, with a debt element, over the line. He has deep knowledge of the lending market and has helped clients navigate a range of economic cycles. We are delighted to welcome him."