Charls joins JLL after 10 years as the CEO of the European Public Real Estate Association. In his new role, Charls will work closely with JLL teams across business units and geographies, representing JLL in the, "active and ongoing interaction with stock-listed European real estate companies around strategic business opportunities." It added: "His appointment comes at a dynamic time for listed real estate in Europe with transaction activity at an all-time high and the stock market providing an attractive home for real estate companies across European jurisdictions."
Charls began his career as a lawyer and subsequently spent more than 25 years at ING in a series of senior roles before joining EPRA in 2007. The association has since grown and developed into a leading research and lobbying body in the European listed sector.
Matt Richards, JLL head of capital markets, EMEA, said Charls's unrivalled experience in listed real estate opens up many opportunities for clients. "Someone of Philip’s calibre and with his many connections globally complement the existing expertise we have in the team, enabling us to continue to evolve our insights and capabilities as the sector, as well as our clients’ requirements, grow and mature."
Charls noted listed real estate in Europe is evolving fast and, "presents a solid basis for corporations to realise their ambitions. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to provide the tailored advice to clients which combines deep sector insights and corporate finance know-how in order to help them navigate opportunities and be empowered in their strategic decisions."