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Zurich/Geneva

JLL Expands in Western Switzerland


JLL Switzerland has acquired Geneva-based Meridian Immobilier SA, the former DTZ subsidiary for western Switzerland, effective as of the start of 2017. The locally well-rooted company was founded in 2008 and employs a staff of ten. The new JLL branch office will be headed by Meridian’s founding partners, Pierre Stämpfli and Anna Briffod. The merger substantially enlarges JLL’s presence and business offerings in western Switzerland to now also include advisory services in the area of project management and project controlling.

JLL cements its position as a leading real estate consultancy firm in Switzerland

The expansion of JLL’s operations in western Switzerland marks a continuation of JLL’s dynamic growth in recent years. Today JLL employs around 40 consultants at its offices in Zurich and Geneva, making it one of the largest real estate consultancy firms in Switzerland. JLL ranks among the market leaders in the area of advisory services for real estate sales and acquisitions with a transaction value above CHF 10 million and in the area of valuation appraisal services for investment properties in Switzerland. JLL has gained significant market share in commercial space leasing in recent years and has established itself as an experienced tenant representation partner for numerous domestic and international corporate clients. JLL’s tenant representation operations include advisory services covering location search issues, lease negotiations, and innovative leasing and financing models.

Operating locally, networked worldwide

An extensive network, profound market knowledge and customised products for the Swiss market distinguish JLL. Its branch offices in Geneva and Zurich benefit as well from JLL’s worldwide network. With its more than 70,000 employees in 280 branch office locations across 80 countries, in 2015 JLL advised on around CHF 140 billion worth of real estate transactions, valued properties with a total appraisal volume of approximately CHF 700 billion and was involved in lease negotiations for more than 100 million square metres of floor space. This knowledge and data pool, combined with a powerful IT infrastructure, forms part of JLL’s unique consulting expertise.
JLL Switzerland CEO Jan Eckert stresses: “We are delighted to embark on a new phase of our development together with Pierre Stämpfli and Anna Briffod. The merger enables us to optimally support our clients in both eastern and western Switzerland with the high-quality advisory services that we are known for. We see huge growth potential in Switzerland. JLL is striving to expand in the years ahead though organic growth initiatives coupled with selective strategic acquisitions.”