Arabian Hospitality
Investment Conference

Part of FHS

25-27 September | Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Speaker profile

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Head
JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Current responsibilities

Mark sits on JLL’s Global Capital Markets Board which oversees a business that transacts more than $1.2 billion of real estate every working day across the globe. He leads JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group which transacts in excess of $10 billion of hospitality real estate annually and finances more than $5 billion. Mark also oversees Valuation Advisory for the firm.

Key skills and experience

As Global Sector Lead of the Hotels and Hospitality Group of JLL, Mark leads a team of more than 300 hotel experts in 20 countries, his expertise – and that of JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality Group – spans the hospitality spectrum.

In recent years, Mark has been central to numerous corporate and hotel portfolio transactions, including advising the InterContinental Hotels Group on some $4 billion worth of their successful divestment of hotel real estate. He is also driven by a focus on midcap M&A and portfolio sales and recaps across the globe.

From luxury single assets and large portfolios to select service and budget hotels and resorts, Mark’s team delivers a broad range of services to leading industry players: corporate strategy, restructuring and transaction advice, equity and debt financing advice, project development and contract management, operating contract negotiation and asset management, to name just a few.

The increase in hybridization among asset classes that include hospitality has led Mark to take a deep interest in the emerging Operating Real Estate sector.

Education and affiliations

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.