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Jones Lang LaSalle Expands Mid-Atlantic Financing Expertise

Shawn McDonald and Mike Yavinsky join as Executive Vice Presidents in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 22, 2011 — Jones Lang LaSalle today announced the firm has hired two real estate investment banking experts in the Washington, D.C. office.  Shawn McDonald and Mike Yavinsky join the firm’s Capital Markets practice as Executive Vice Presidents.  McDonald will partner with multifamily investment sales Managing Directors Al Cissel and Scott Melnick to advance the firm’s financing expertise in the apartment sector throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Yavinsky will work under the direction of Managing Director Wes Boatwright to enhance the firm’s real estate investment banking offerings in the region.

“Our firm is wholly committed to advancing our Capital Markets growth goals throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Shawn and Mike clearly further enhance Jones Lang LaSalle’s already significant position in the D.C. marketplace,” said Tom Melody, Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Real Estate Investment Banking practice.

McDonald joins the firm from Freddie Mac where he was a Regional Director of Production and Sales for the Southeast Region.  Yavinsky was previously a Senior Vice President at the financial services firm Walker & Dunlop.

“Shawn’s prolific track record of success in the multifamily industry and, most significantly, his experience with Freddie Mac will bring a strategic new element of expertise to our arsenal,” said Cissel.  “From affordable housing to mezzanine financing arrangements, Shawn has shown a long-term commitment to the apartment sector and we look forward to parlaying his extensive network of relationships for our client’s benefit.”

Added Boatwright, “In the past few years, we’ve more than doubled the strength of our real estate investment banking practice here in Washington, D.C. and the result has been a major boon to clients.  Mike’s grasp of complicated financing structures and his ability to strategize accordingly are just a few of the reasons why he’s a leader in this region, and a critical new addition to our team.”

For the past 10 years, McDonald has been responsible for market-rate, multifamily mortgage loan origination in the southeastern U.S. (including the District of Columbia and 13 states) for Freddie Mac, where his annual team production averaged more than $4.55 billion for the last several years.  Prior, he was a Director of Affordable Multifamily Transactions for Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO).  He received his bachelor of arts degree from State University of New York at Geneseo and his master of business administration in real estate finance from The American University.

Yavinsky spent more than 14 years in the capital markets group at Walker & Dunlop where he successfully closed more than $2.0 billion in debt and equity financing throughout the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast.  He received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Delaware, and is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) of Metropolitan Washington and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
”As the country’s financial markets continue to seek some sort of equilibrium, the goal of giving our clients the best possible guidance is of the utmost importance,” said Mike Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Mid-Atlantic Market Director.  “Shawn and Mike bring a new level of experience and expertise to the team and we look forward to their ability to create strategic intersections between all of our business lines in the D.C. region.”

Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. Our in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for our clients — whether a sale, financing, repositioning, advisory or recapitalization execution. In 2010 alone, Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets completed $43 billion in investment sale and debt and equity transactions globally. The firm’s dealmakers completed $33 billion in global investment sales and buy-side transactions, equating to nearly $140 million of investment trades completed every working day around the globe. In the United States, Jones Lang LaSalle grew its office broker volumes by 257 percent in 2010 and is quickly gaining market share across all property types. The firm’s Capital Markets team comprises approximately 800 specialists, operating in 185 major markets worldwide.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $45.3 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,