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Les Koltai

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Les is DLA Piper's Australian Head of Real Estate. He has been involved in real estate and real estate funds management transactions for over 20 years. He advises on direct and indirect (fund to fund) commercial, retail, industrial and residential property investments, developments, sales and acquisitions, property joint ventures and commercial leasing (retail, commercial and industrial). Les also advises on fund to fund and real estate private equity investments and acquisitions of listed REITS and unlisted funds, sales of business, investment structuring and general commercial matters and foreign investment approvals. Les' clients include major domestic and international corporations, sovereign wealth funds, foreign pension funds, domestic and foreign private investors, private equity groups, institutional funds, funds investors and investment managers. With increased interest over recent years from global real estate investors into the growth markets of Australia and Asia, Les has a particular focus on cross border real estate transactions and has been involved in significant investments by new foreign entrants into the Australian real estate market including the sale or purchase of a number of iconic assets. Les is recommended as a leading real estate lawyer in the current editions of Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, International Who's Who of Lawyers, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, ALB Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Australian Financial Review’s 'Best Lawyers' and the Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers. Please refer to link for further details of Les' expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of New South Wales (1986)


English, German


Property Council of Australia; Property Industry Foundation; Asia Public Real Estate Association


Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales (1986); Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales (1986); College of Law (1986); Master of Laws, University of Sydney (1991)


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Les Koltai - DLA Piper

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DLA Piper's ‘excellent and responsive team shows initiative in solving problems efficiently and quickly’. Sydney-based Les Koltai has a significant international practice, advising both established and new inbound investors on high-value and complex acquisitions. Practice head Tim Mathers, noted for his ‘knowledge and approachability’, is well regarded for his expertise in retail, industrial and commercial transactions as well as development and commercial and retail leasing matters. Mathers assists the Destination Brisbane Consortium with its Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development. Astrid Beemster acted for Vicinity Centres on the sale of its Salamander Bay Centre and Terrace Central properties. Kate Howson and Caroline Najjar joined from Mills Oakley Lawyers and now-defunct TressCox Lawyers respectively.

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