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Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated was incorporated in 1997. Our common stock is listed on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘‘JLL.’’
We are a Fortune 500 financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. We offer comprehensive integrated services on a local, regional, and global basis to owner, occupier, investor, and developer clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying, or investing in real estate. We have more than 280 corporate offices worldwide from which we provide services to clients in more than 80 countries. We have over 60,000 employees, including 32,700 employees whose costs our clients reimburse. Our issuer and senior unsecured ratings are investment grade: BBB+ (stable outlook) from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Baa2 (positive outlook) from Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.
Over the ten years ended December 31, 2015, the fee revenue of the Firm has grown at a 14% compound annual growth rate. We have grown our business by expanding our client base and the range of our services and products, both organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions and mergers. Our extensive global platform and in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets enable us to serve as a single-source provider of solutions for the full spectrum of our clients’ real estate needs. We began to establish this network of services across the globe through the 1999 merger of the Jones Lang Wootton companies (founded in England in 1783) with LaSalle Partners Incorporated (founded in the United States in 1968).
We use JLL as our principal trading name. Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated remains our legal name. JLL is a registered trademark in the countries in which we do business, as is our logo:
Using the shorter JLL name in the marketplace is a natural evolution of the firm’s historically rich brand, recognizing that it is a truly global company located in multiple markets, with a wide range of expertise applied through many different client services. It also represents its adaptation to different communication styles in different countries, languages and channels, and especially the use of digital and online channels for marketing and communications.
JLL delivers an array of Real Estate Services across three geographic business segments: (1) the Americas, (2) Europe, Middle East and Africa and (3) Asia Pacific.
LaSalle Investment Management, which uses LaSalle as its principal trading name, is a wholly owned member of the Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated group and our fourth business segment. LaSalle is one of the world’s largest and most diversified real estate investment management firms. Over the ten years ended December 31, 2015, the assets under management have grown from $30.0 million to $56.4 billion, a 6.5% compound annual growth rate. LaSalle is a registered trademark in the countries I which we conduct business, as is our logo:
In 2015, we generated record-setting fee revenue of $5.2 billion across our four business segments, a 17% increase over 2014 in local currency. We believe we remain well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in a consolidating industry and to navigate successfully the dynamic and challenging markets in which we compete worldwide.
We are proud to be a preferred provider of global real estate services, an employer of choice, a consistent winner of industry awards, and a valued partner to the largest and most successful companies and institutions in the global marketplace.
For discussion of our segment results, please see ‘‘Results of Operations’’ and ‘‘Market Risks’’ within Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, as well as Note 3, Business Segments, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements found in our Annual Report.