Real estate in Australia

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz’s ‘market leading practice’ is particularly reputed for client portfolio acquisitions and disposals and is also a go-to name for urban renewal and new precincts along with projects in the affordable and social housing, build-to-rent, education, hotels and aged care sectors. Practice head Nikki Robinson is a star name in the development space and is highly-recommended alongside Julie Levis who is a level ‘above the competition’ and notably advised on the A$15bn Barangaroo redevelopment in Sydney. The project involved 22 hectares of prime harbour front land consisting of retail, residential, commercial, recreational and communal facilities. Other standout names include Carrie Rogers, a specialist in commercial and industrial leasings, disposals and leasebacks, as well as special counsel Eva Oraham whose practice is geared towards transactional work. Named lawyers are based in Sydney though the practice demonstrates an impressive geographical reach with other key names in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.  

Practice head(s):

Nikki Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Julie Levis; Carrie Rogers; Eva Oraham; Andrew Steele; Andrew Norman

Testimonials

‘Clayton Utz are the market leader for large scale transactions for government clients.’  

‘Clayton Utz always do a fantastic job for us and are the go to law firm for  significant transactions.’

‘Andrew Steele is a leading partner with a mixture of private and government clients, so he has the ability to advise us knowing our local government business and also advise on what developers who are on the other side of the transaction would want and be looking out for.’

‘Partners and team listen to clients requirements, will guide clients in interpretation of the law but will also seek client engagement.’

‘Julie Levis and Carrie Rogers along with their fabulous team are recommended. Words are not enough to cover their creativity, hard work, and dedication’.

‘Julie Levis and Carrie Rogers, along with Freddie Gollan are recommended. Ms. Julie Levis impresses from day one as she is definitely way above the competition.’

Key clients

Stockland

AMP Capital

Barangaroo Delivery Authority

UrbanGrowth NSW

Blackstone

BP Australia

Macquarie Group Limited

Celestino

Victorian Government

Woolworths

Charter Hall

Goodman Group

Lendlease

Mirvac

Treasure Jade

Frasers Property Group

Doma Group

Straits Real Estate

Redhill Partners

Landcom

Land and Housing Corporation

Western Sydney University

Fremantle Port Authority

Level Crossing Removal Authority (SXRA)

City of Parramatta

Townsville City Council

City of Sydney Council

Liverpool City Council

Department of Justice (NT)

Ergon Energy

APAM

Emergent Cold

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Technology Sydney

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Office of Environment and Heritage, as sole legal advisor on the Snowy 2.0 Project – an expansion of the Snowy Scheme within Kosciusko National Park which will deliver over $4bn in power assets.
  • Advising Level Crossing Removal Authority on the removal of 75 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on the metropolitan rail network, at estimated total cost of approximately A$15 billion.
  • Advising AMP Capital Investors Limited on  the structuring and negotiation of the respective investments of AMP Wholesale Office Fund and UniSuper Limited in Wynyard Place office development at Carrington and George Streets, Sydney.
  • Acting for AXA IM – Real Assets in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of Accor managed hotels in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Advised Woolworths on the sale of its petrol station business and 526 petrol station sites to EG Group, an overseas entrant to the Australian market.

Herbert Smith Freehills

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills ‘always delivers’ and is hailed for its ‘concise advice’ and ‘outcome focused’ approach. Acquisitions, disposals and developments are areas of prowess with the group in addition to expertise in related areas such as environment, planning, heritage and native title law. Melbourne-based David Sinn heads the practice which has increased its activity in the Asian market in recent times, handling both inbound and outbound investments. In Brisbane, Luke Simpson, cited as ‘the best real estate lawyer in Australia’, is an expert on large-scale commercial developments while Michael Back possesses specialist knowledge of fund investments, transactions and developments throughout Australia, Asia, the UK and the US. In a market leading highlight, the team advised Healthscope on the A$4.4bn sale of its business to Brookfield which included the sale and leaseback of its 22 hospital property portfolio. Perth-based Frank Poeta is a standout name in the development space.  

Practice head(s):

David Sinn;

Other key lawyers:

Luke Simpson; Michael Back; Frank Poeta; Julie Couch;

Testimonials

‘The team always delivers . Concise advise , strong but fair negotiation skills, outcome focused.’

‘Luke Simpson is the best real estate lawyer in Australia. He knows the law, he knows how to structure agreements, he reads the situation, he closes with a laser focus.’

‘As with all legal firms, the strength is often the combination of the individuals and the breadth of the practice. HSF has a strong team across the board.’

 

Key clients

Lendlease

Mirvac

Charter Hall

QIC Global Real Estate

Dexus

Scape Australia

NSW Government

Victorian Government

Commonwealth Government

Growthpoint Properties

Blackstone Group

Coles/Wesfarmers

Vicinity Centres

LaSalle Investment Management

ANZ

Westpac

Greenland Group

GIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Healthscope, one of Australia’s largest private healthcare operators, on the A$4.4bn sale of its business to Brookfield and the sale and leaseback of  its property portfolio, consisting of 22 hospitals, to NorthWest Healthcare and Medical Properties Trust.
  • Advising QIC on its A$1.48bn sale of the landmark 80 Collins Street mixed-use precinct in Melbourne’s CBD.
  • Advised Macquarie Group on its unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government, and the negotiation and finalisation of documentation to undertake the station delivery and integrated over-station commercial development at Martin Place.
  • Advising Lendlease on its development of the commercial and residential stages of the iconic Melbourne Quarter Precinct in Docklands, valued at over A$2bn.
  • Advising Curtin University on Stage 1 of the Greater Curtin Precinct, part of Curtin’s strategy to create a mixed-use hub at the Bentley Campus – the first of its kind in Western Australia.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is distinguished through its ‘commercial and pragmatic approach which aims to achieve outcomes in a timely and positive manner’. The practice’s core strengths lie in urban regeneration and large-scale development projects, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and real estate-related finance. Also active in the transaction space, the team is frequently engaged on the buying and selling of cross-border assets. Practice co-head Stuart Dixon-Smith is well-regarded for large-scale infrastructure and property projects and is based in Sydney alongside 'industry leaderChris Mitchell and the versatile Jessica Wallis. In Melbourne, Andrew Erikson is an expert on trusts, hotel investments and joint ventures while Simone Menz advises on capital partnering and asset management activities. Emily Masters is also developing a reputation for her transaction expertise. Mitchell is notably advising the University of Canberra on its A$1.7bn community development which consists of the delivery of 3,300 non-student residences on campus. Carl Black  recently joined the firm's Perth office from Squire Patton Boggs  

Practice head(s):

Stuart Dixon-Smith; Mark Bayliss; Craig Rogers

Testimonials

Chris Mitchell is an industry leader and one of the best property lawyers in Australia.’

Chris Mitchell is clever, hard-working and able to clearly understand risk allocation and project structures.’

‘Qin Bi is a very good senior associate, hard working and client focused.’

Our day-to-day contact is with Andrew Erickson and access, availability, pace and execution are his key strengths.’

Key clients

APA Group

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australia Pacific Airports

Australian Rail Track Corp

BlueScope Steel Limited

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Department of Finance (Cwlth)

Queensland Government

Destination Brisbane Consortium Integrated Resort Holdings Pty Ltd as trustee for the Destination Brisbane Consortium Integrated Resort Holding Trust and Destination Brisbane Consortium Integrated Resort Operations Pty Ltd

Dexus Funds Management Ltd

ENGIE SA

Gladstone Ports Corporation

Glencore

Westpac Banking Corporation

NSW Government

Macquarie Group Services Australia Limited

Mirvac Limited

Perth Airport Limited

Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd

Qube Holdings Limited

Rio Tinto Limited

Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

University of Canberra

NSW Government

Walker Corp

Landbridge Group Co Ltd

Winning International Group Pte Ltd

Woodside Petroleum Limited

Yankuang Group Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Brookfield Asset Management Inc on the sale of a 49.9% interest in the Wynyard Place development by way of convertible loan notes for over $900m.
  • Advising Walker Corporation on Stages 3, 4, 6 and 8 of the Parramatta Square development, a  $3bn project.
  • Advised on Stockland’s sale of its residential development, The Grove (located in Tarneit, Victoria), to Frasers Property.
  • Advised on Country Garden’s record-breaking $400m acquisition of a 363 hectare site in Wyndham Vale in Victoria.
  • Representing Keppel REIT Management Limited in the joint venture acquisition and development of the $464m Victoria Police Building in Spencer Street Melbourne.

Allens

At Allens, the real estate practice is made up of ‘strong and personable individuals that provide consistently high quality advice’. Among the team’s key areas of expertise is the build-to-rent sector with Mirvac recently engaging the group to advise on a purpose-built development project in Melbourne’s CBD. In addition to developments, a broad breadth of acquisition, disposal and leasing work forms the workload. Department head David McLeish is based in Melbourne alongside managing associate Tim Chislett who is developing a reputation for investment and fund management work. The team also consists of lawyers in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane where Annabelle Aland, an expert in due-diligence and mixed-use developments, recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

David McLeish

Other key lawyers:

Tim Chislett; Victoria Holthouse; Liam Chambers; Michael Graves;

Testimonials

‘Strong and personable individuals that provide consistently high quality advice.’

‘Michael Graves is always appropriately engaged with the issues at hand; has a sound understanding of the desired commercial outcomes and risk tolerances that need to be achieved and provides consistent high quality advice and commercial solutions to issues having regard to the desired outcomes.’

Key clients

ISPT

QIC Limited

Coles

Investa

Charter Hall

Stockland

Goodman

Mirvac

Qld Government

Scape Australia

X-Elio

Work highlights

  • Advised Mirvac on the acquisition of a A$333.5m purpose-built, build-to-rent development project in Melbourne’s CBD.
  • Advised AMP Capital Investors on its acquisition of a 49.9 % stake in two separate Brookfield holding trusts which own the office towers at 50 and 60 Carrington Street in Sydney.
  • Advised MNHHS on the Henson Quarter Redevelopment of a 5 hectare site adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, which formerly housed the Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • Allens advised Hong Kong’s Foo Hang Jewellery on all aspects of the purchase of a Melbourne office tower at 595 Collins Street from South Korea’s National Pension Service.
  • Advised ISPT on its acquisition of Blackstone’s 50% interest in Westpac Place in Sydney.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s team consists of ‘accessible partners backed by good juniors’. Headed by Melbourne-based Nathaniel Popelianski, the practice is best known for its work on mixed-use developments, transactions, commercial leasing and urban infrastructure projects. Sectors of particular expertise include education, health and social care, retail, leisure, social and affordable housing, build-to-rent and residential. Peter Calov is a key name and recently acted for Landream on the acquisition of a 1.2 hectare development site from the City of Sydney Council which will be developed into apartments and public facilities. Clients include commercial landlords, banks, corporate occupiers, project sponsors and investors.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Popelianski

Other key lawyers:

Peter Calov;

Testimonials

‘Accessibility to partners backed by good juniors. Commerciality and experience in dealing with government departments.’

‘Daryl Clifford has the technical experience and knowledge I need but the understanding of client needs when it comes to costs and turn around and commerciality.’

Key clients

SGCH Portfolio Ltd, a subsidiary of St George Community Housing Ltd.

Mirvac Group

Danias Holdings

Goodman

Coles Limited

Landream

Blackstone Group

Fife Capital

Ashe Morgan

University of Melbourne

Country Garden Australia

Queensland Government (Department Of Transport & Main Roads)

Queensland Government (Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, Queensland Treasury, Department of Attorney General)

Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group RE Limited

National Australia Bank

Frasers Property Australia

Stockland Corporation Limited

Cedar Woods

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blackstone on the A$400m acquisition of a 50% freehold interest in 60 Margaret Street, an office and retail property in Sydney, from PAG.
  • Acted for Landream on the acquisition of a 1.2 hectare development site from the City of Sydney Council at 14-26 Wattle Street, Ultimo.
  • Continues to play a leading role for the Queensland Government in respect of the Queen’s Wharf Casino and integrated resort development in the Brisbane central business district.
  • Advised Mirvac on the $71m acquisition of a 54 hectare development site less than a kilometre from the new Badgerys Creek Airport.
  • Advised SGCH on its successful A$150m bid for Phase 2 of the NSW Government’s Social Affordable Housing Fund including financing.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison fields a team with expertise in major asset acquisitions and disposals, projects and developments along with volume leasing and conveyancing. In Sydney,  Virginia Briggs has a proven track record of handling the development, sale and leasing of commercial, residential, industrial, retail and industrial assets. She heads the practice alongside Brisbane-based Cameron Charlton who is a star name for urban renewal and land development projects. Clients include developers, owners, landlords, property fund managers, tenants and government entities with the team also providing niche expertise in relation to retirement village assets. A recent highlight from the workload saw Frasers take counsel on its A$202.5m acquisition of Stockland’s The Grove estate, a transaction which will see the client assume control of development on the site which includes a town centre, retail precinct and schools along with sports and community facilities. Adrian Rich operates from Brisbane alongside Charlton and is recommended for the full range of property matters. Other key names are based in the firm's Canberra and Melbourne office.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Briggs; Cameron Charlton

Other key lawyers:

Carla Deluca; Adrian Rich; Cameron Charlton; Robin Lyons; Anthony Poynton;

Testimonials

‘The partners have long standing good relationships with pretty much all of the major industry players in Australia.’

‘They are very well regarded experts in their fields and are always in demand on complex projects.’

‘Carla Deluca is an outstanding partner who really makes a point to understand client needs and is always seeking to improve client service and delivery.’  

Key clients

Lendlease Group

Dexus

Aveo

AMP Capital

Australian Unity

Mirvac

Brookfield

Frasers Property Australia

Vicinity Centres

UrbanGrowth NSW

NSW Land and Housing Corporation

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

NSW Treasury

Transport for NSW

Sydney Ports Corporation

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Queensland Government

Development Victoria

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

LandCorp

Renewal SA

ANZ Banking Corporation

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Suncorp

Work highlights

  • Advised Frasers on their A$202.5m acquisition of Stockland’s The Grove Estate – one of the biggest residential land deals of the year in Victoria.
  • Advised Brookfield on the sale of two commercial buildings, 10 and 12 Shelley Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney for a combined value of A$804m to Charter Hall.
  • Advised Challenger on the A$162m sale of ‘The Barracks’ an iconic mixed retail and commercial complex and are also handling the continuing leasing work for the purchaser, Fortius.
  • Advised Growthpoint on two significant matters including the major expansion and upgrade of Woolworths’ major arterial distribution centre in South Australia and the acquisition of 836 Wellington Street, Perth.
  • Acted on a joint venture acquisition of the Figtree Grove Shopping Centre in New South Wales for A$206m.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

The caseload at Arnold Bloch Leibler encompasses a broad range of work including acquisitions and sales, structuring, financing, development, stamp duty planning and leasing. In Melbourne, Ken Grey is an industry leader and specialises in commercial property development transactions while Gia Cari was recently promoted to partner and provides specialist knowledge of areas including title issues and land subdivisions. The practice, headed by Grey and Sydney-based Jonathan Caplan, operates across various asset classes including retail, commercial, hotels, mixed-use and industrial real estate.

Practice head(s):

Ken Grey; Jonathan Caplan

Other key lawyers:

Tyrone McCarthy; Gia Cari;

Testimonials

Very astute and has considerable depth, commercially aware and understand the dynamics of the transaction’.

‘Ken Gray is team leader and probably the best property lawyer in Australia.’

‘Jonathan Caplan understands the Sydney market’.

‘They represent excellent value for money on major projects and transsactions’.

Ken Gray is the go-to person for complex property transactions and can always be relied upon to bring a pragmatic, commercially focused approach to the matter at hand’.

Key clients

Medical Properties Trust

Jundu Pty Ltd and Mogul Stud Pty Ltd

Dial-a-Dump Industries

Qualitas

MAB Corporation

Charter Hall

Impact Investment Group

Heathbridge

Hurstville Central Pty Ltd

Barana Group

Moremac Property Group

BPM Group

Marks Henderson Funds Management

Burcher Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Medical Properties Trust on the acquisition, valued at  $1.25bn, of hospitals from Australian private hospital operator Healthscope.
  • Acted for Jundu Pty Ltd and Mougl Stud Pty Ltd in relation to a joint development project agreement with Daiwa House Industry Co. Ltd.
  • Advised privately owned group Dial-a-Dump Industries in relation to the sale of the group to ASX listed Bingo Industries for $577.5m.
  • Acted for Charter Hall Long WALE, the ASX listed Australian Real Estate Investment Trust in relation to due diligence and the negotiation of transaction documents for the purchase of a portfolio of agricultural properties leased to Inghams Group.
  • Acted for Impact Investment Group on all aspects of the sale of the hotel and office components of Block 4N in Chippendale, NSW and the former hotel at 63 Kensington Street, Chippendale.

Ashurst

There is ‘considerable depth of knowledge’ at Ashurst with the team praised for its ‘extremely personable approach and can-do attitude’. Pauline Tan is adept on direct and indirect investments and heads a team which includes John Stawyskyj, a leading name for transaction work. Other core components of the practice include developments and real estate funds with industry specific expertise held in relation to the hotels and leisure, government, energy, alternative asset class and resources sectors. Named lawyers operate from Sydney though other integral members of the team are also based in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jason Cornwall-Jones; Damian Salsbury; Andrew Deane; John Stawyskyj; Andrew Gay; Olivia Lau;

Testimonials

The team is small but there is considerable depth of knowledge, particularly amongst senior practitioners who have handled a variety of complex matters. The team is extremely personable and easy to approach, with a can-do attitude.’

‘Jason Cornwall-Jones is very client and result focused meaning he will address any concerns raised by me instantaneously. He can also be relied on to provide great strategic guidance.

‘Andrew Deane is an exceptional lawyer who merges quality legal advice based on black letter law with a commercial nous which is enviable.’

‘Richard Brooks can be relied on to provide solid legal advice with an eye for approaching matters from left of centre’.

‘Gaby Stach is an excellent lawyer who adds to the depth of the team.  She couples a knowledge of the law with an eye to the client’s commercial drivers.’

‘Andrew Gay is knowledgeable in the market, delivers timely and cost-effective advice and is always responsive to changing needs of our business.’

‘Ashurst have a very strong property team with all key speciality areas covered.’

‘Individuals work hard and have the required levels of expertise. Olivia Lau has been a standout partner for many years.’

 

Key clients

AIG

AMP Capital Investors Limited

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Unity Limited

Avant Insurance Limited

Equity Trustees Limited

Lend Lease Corporation Ltd

Mirvac Group

Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd

MLC

Northern Territory Government

Standard Chartered Bank

V/Line Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxford Properties Group on the takeover of the Invest Office Fund, a high profile acquisition with 20 commercial office assets in Australia.
  • Acted for NorthWest Healthcare, the Canadian REIT, on the establishment of a $2bn platform for the investment in healthcare assets, as well as the sale of the seed assets into the JV.
  • Acting for PGGM negotiating a JV platform with Charter Hall for an Australian logistics fund.
  • Advising and assisting KSL Capital Partners in the acquisition of a luxury hotel portfolio in Australia from three separate vendors.
  • Advising NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT on the acquisition and leaseback of A$1.3bn of hospital property assets from Healthscope Limited as part of the proposed A$4.5bn takeover of Healthscope Limited by Brookfield.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘approachable and helpful team’ is renowned for its work on residential and mixed-use developments, inbound overseas investment and transaction. The practice is home to a dedicated hotels and tourism practice and also possesses extensive experience in representing clients from the luxury brand, retail, international corporate and financial institution industries. Operating from Melbourne, Bruce Webb is hailed as an ‘excellent supervising partner’ and heads the practice alongside Sydney-based David Jones whose specialist knowledge includes funds investment in the commercial property and hotels sectors, both in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Webb; David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Roy Melick; Sebastian Busa; Dora Stilianos; Caroline Ho;

Testimonials

Approachable and helpful team who enjoy working with each other.

Bruce Webb is an excellent supervising partner who involves and uses other team members very well.’

Key clients

Cbus Property Group

Deka Immobilien GmbH

AEW Asia Limited

SC Capital Partners

Village Roadshow Theme Parks Pty Limited

Nike

Kering Group

Melbourne Airport

Home Consortium (Aurrum Group)

Vicinity Centres

Work highlights

  • Advised TFE Hotels on the management agreements, leases and associated development agreements and side deeds in relation to numerous hotels and apartment hotels.
  • Acted for WP Carey in relation to the sale of the Inghams Portfolio of Properties in Australia, comprising 28 properties in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA, SA and TAS.
  • Acted for Brookfield Properties on the sale of the 5-star Pullman on the Park Hotel, Melbourne to China-based investor group I-Prosperity.
  • Acted on the sale and lease back for GSK Australia including advising on the structured sale of the property, contamination issues and rezoning of the property for commercial and mixed-use development.
  • Assisting a client with the original acquisition of and subsequent $100m development of 472 Bourke street for a 17-storey, 250-room Hilton Hotel, including negotiation of construction contracts, planning and development programmess and hotel management agreement negotiations.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

At Colin Biggers & Paisley, key clients include property developers, educational and religious institutions, corporates, landlords and tenants, public sector bodies and foreign in-bound investors. In addition, practice co-head Duane Keighran possesses a distinct focus on acting for hotels and serviced apartments on rebranding, franchising, management, sales and acquisitions, leasing and development matters. Rhett Oliver is frequently instructed to advise on every stage of major mixed-use developments. He splits his time between Melbourne and Brisbane and heads the practice together with Sydney-based Keighran. The wider team also provides expertise in leasing, portfolio management and valuation work.

Practice head(s):

Duane Keighran; Rhett Oliver

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Maier

Key clients

Aqualand

Alda Properties

AVJennings

BaptistCare (NSW & ACT)

Coweley Australia

Deicorp

Downer EDI Limited

Henley Properties / Edgewater Homes

Lendlease Communities

Payce Consolidated

Sekisui House Australia

Pellicano Group

Presbyterian Church

Roads and Maritime Services

Terrace Tower Group

China Lesso Group Holdings

Acer Capital

Traders in Purple

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Goodman Limited

Roxy Pacific Holdings

Dubai World Trade Centre

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Seqwater

Work highlights

  • Acting for a China-based client on the purchase and amalgamation of a $1bn site comprising approximately 18 strata schemes at Macquarie Park, Sydney.
  • Acted for Deicorp (JV with Payce) in respect of its $500m+ mixed-use development of South Village (Kirrawee), which comprises 779 apartments, 7 buildings and 10,000m2 of retail space.
  • Acting for Sekisui House Australia on the development of “West Village” in Brisbane, which once completed will comprise circa 1200 apartments and 15,000m² of retail space.
  • Acting for Pellicano Group and Perri Projects on a joint venture in relation to the South City Square Development at Woolloongabba.
  • Acting for Sarazin in Stage 1 of its $400m mixed-use project at 825 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba comprising circa 180 residential apartments, 2000 square metres of commercial, and 1000, square metres of retail. There will be a further 2 towers after stage 1, delivering over 500 apartments in total.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper supports its clients across matters including large-scale transactions, complex developments, real estate disputes and corporate occupier leasing. Brisbane-based Tim Mathers serves as department head and is a specialist in the acquisition and disposal of industrial, retail and commercial real estate. His team represents a significant number of international private and listed clients as well as domestic asset managers, private equity houses, investors and developers. Other members of the team are located in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  

Practice head(s):

Tim Mathers

Other key lawyers:

Les Koltai; Arthur Chong;

Key clients

Destination Brisbane Consortium

Aventus Property Group

Finbar Group Limited

UEM Sunrise

Charter Hall

GAW Capital

Allianz Real Estate

Australian Football League (AFL)

Merlin Entertainment

Devwest Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on their investment into a new fund for the development of student housing accommodation throughout Australia with Scape Australia.
  • Acting for AFL in the redevelopment of Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria. Includes the development of Marvel Stadium and surrounding harbour and quay areas.
  • Acted for Merlin Entertainment in relation to the sale of Australia ski resorts (Victoria’s Mount Hotham and Falls Creek) to Vail Resorts.
  • Acted for Devwest Group in relation to the sale and disposal of the Wattle Grove Shopping Centre to Mair Funds.
  • Acted for Investa Commercial Property Fund in relation to the acquisition of 117 Clarence Street, Sydney for A$153m.

Gadens Lawyers

Areas of expertise for Gadens Lawyers encompass large-scale and stream leasing, high-value acquisitions and developments. The practice is distinguished through its focus on the local property sector as opposed to the international market and is particularly knowledgeable of the retail, commercial and industrial markets. Melbourne-based Andrew Kennedy heads the team alongside Paul Spiro in Brisbane and offers lease negotiation and preparation, transactions and land tax expertise. The wider team is also knowledgeable of the management of retail centres and office buildings, commercial property due diligence and infrastructure developments.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kennedy; Paul Spiro

Other key lawyers:

Lui Scipioni; Gail Black;

Key clients

AMP

Australian Unity

Barwon Investment Partners

Cbus Property

GPT Group

Mirvac

Vicinity Centres

TRT Pastoral Group

Potter George

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cbus Property, the superannuation fund-backed developer, on the purchase of the coveted development site on the corner of Bourke and Queen Streets, Melbourne.
  • Acted for the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund (AWOF), in leasing 22,000m² of office space at Collins Place,  Melbourne to the Victorian Government.
  • Advised Barwon Investment Partners, for the Barwon Healthcare Property Fund, in relation to the acquisition of a leasehold interest of land at Adelaide Airport for the development and leasing of a purpose-built pathology warehouse and laboratory for Clinical Laboratories Pty Ltd.
  • Advised the Barwon Institutional Property Healthcare Property Fund, managed by Barwon Investment Partners on the acquisition of John James Private Hospital in Canberra.
  • Continuing to act for AMP in relation to the redevelopment of Karrinyup and Booragoon Shopping Centres located in Western Australia.

McCullough Robertson

Clients recommend McCullough Robertson for its ‘strong subject matter expertise along with its pertinent commercial advice’. The practice demonstrates a broad caseload with work spanning high-value transactions, urban and greenfield developments, renewals, leasing and acquisitions, aged care and affordable housing. In addition, department co-head Ian Hazzard is a go-to name for hotel and resort work and regularly advises on acquisitions, developments, expansions and scheme changes. The ‘engagedKristan Conlon heads the practice with Hazzard from Brisbane and has  sector expertise in the commercial, retail and industrial sectors. The firm is also home to a well-regarded agribusiness practice which advises on large rural transactions throughout Australia.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hazzard; Kristan Conlon

Other key lawyers:

Eva Vicic; Patrick Holland; Stuart MacNaughton;

Testimonials

‘Strong subject matter expertise along with pertinent commercial advice, all done in a timely manner.’

‘Kristen Conlon is very engaged, providing an innovative fee structure to suit the client’s needs’.

Key clients

Frasers Property

Darwin City Council

R&F Properties

Yuhu Group

LEPC9 (Lotus Group)

Rural Funds Management

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation

Eco World International

New South Wales State Government

Queensland Government

University of the Sunshine Coast

New Cold Australia

Elliott Advisors Group

RACV Royal Pines Resort

Hope Island Resort

James Cook University

Numerous local governments across QLD and NSW

Work highlights

  • Advsing Frasers Property Australia (Frasers) on “Flourish”, Ripley Valley, Queensland. This new master-planned community will integrate approximately 925 homes and more than 37ha of open green space.
  • Advising on all aspects of the $200m Darwin City Council’s City Deal, a joint initiative between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin Council to deliver a 10-year plan for the Darwin City Centre.
  • Advising R&F Properties on all aspects of a development with Springfield Land Corporation, which on completion will comprise 10,000 apartments and ancillary retail and commercial space at ‘Central Gardens’ Springfield.
  • Continuing to advise on the development and construction of the landmark $1bn Jewel project, which on completion will consist of one hotel tower and two luxury apartment complex towers, together with residential amenities and retail spaces.
  • Acted for LEPC9 on the acquisition of the 3ha Willoughby site housing Channel 9’s historic Sydney Studios for $147.5m and is now advising on the entire residential development and subdivision of the site.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright represents both onshore and offshore real estate investors in relation to investment grade real estate and also assists local and international clients with transactions in the residential, mixed-use, office, retail, agricultural and renewable energy sectors. Michael French heads the practice, practising with a focus on development, financing, acquisitions and disposals, leasing and managed funds. The practice continues to develop its reputation in the social infrastructure sector and was recently bolstered by the arrival of Adrian Jones who works on joint ventures, management agreements and due diligence. Recently made up partner, Will Webster represents institutional investors, developers and government agencies and Peter Trevaskis departed to Johnson Winter & Slattery. While  French and Webster are Brisbane-based, other key lawyers are located in Sydney.  

Practice head(s):

Michael French

Other key lawyers:

Justin Lucas; Michael McKee; Will Webster; Adrian Jones;

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are their client service, technical expertise and proven ability to take feedback and action it with visible results. Their key capabilities are in capital transactions and leasing. They make it a seamless process for their client in bringing in lawyers from within the firm from other practice groups who are needed to give specialist advice’.

‘The firm also offers good value for money in terms of the expertise versus the charge out rates. It is also beneficial that the firm is part of a global network for cross jurisdictional queries that may arise from time to time.’

Michael French is an outstanding real estate lawyer. He provides excellent client service and is able to draft documents and work under extremely tight time frames to achieve significant results.’

Michael French is the pre-eminent real estate lawyer in Australia and his abilities exceed those of his competitors. Michael also ensures that his team work effectively and efficiently on our matters and he will step in where required if someone is unavailable or does not have capacity.’

Key clients

BP

Goodman

University of Wollongong

Asterion

GM Holden

Growthpoint

Reserve Bank of Australia

Fortius Funds Management

TIAA-CREF

Blackstone

Caydon

Work highlights

  • Advising BP Australia on renegotiation of the deal with Woolworths in relation to the A$1.8bn acquisition of 527 service stations throughout Australia following refusal of approval by the regulatory body, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • Advising Goodman and Brickworks on the development of two distribution centres valued in excess of A$1bn.
  • Advising the University of Wollongong on it’s A$500m Health and Wellbeing Precinct development.
  • Advising Asterion on land acquisition, licences, consents and approvals for the development, establishment and operation of a 75 hectare medicinal cannabis greenhouse facility.
  • Acted for Hassad in the strategic repositioning of agricultural investments in a transaction with Macquarie Group.

Dentons

Under the leadership of Sydney-based Chris Fabiansson, Dentons routinely undertakes large-scale mixed-use commercial and residential developments and is also well-regarded for retail centre, office and industrial transactions. Other key areas of focus include leasing, joint ventures and property-related tax. Forming the client base are developers, institutions, inbound investors, commercial tenants and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is spread across Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne and prides itself on its push towards paper-free property transactions, employing an e-exchange system which permits vendors to exchange land contracts electronically.

Practice head(s):

Chris Fabiansson

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Andrews; Steve Healy; John Grimble; Matthew Rollason;

Testimonials

‘Always efficient and courteous.’

‘Jennifer Andrews is always ensuring the requirements are met. If they are unable to deliver on request, alternatives are discussed and mutually agreed upon.’

‘High level experience. Pragmatic and personable attitude – John Grimble and Clement Chew are recommended’. 

Key clients

AMP Capital

Blackstone (151 Property)

Bridgehill Group

CSR Building Products Limited

Crown Group

Dexus Property Group

Elanor Investors Group

Mirvac Group

Penrith Council

The GPT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Dexus as it acquired 60 Collins Street from the Reserve Bank of Australia and privately held next door property on 52 Collins Street for a total of A$230m.
  • Advising Penrith City Council on 1.94ha new city centre development in Western Sydney.
  • Continuing to be GPT’s legal advisor for any matters related to their iconic Rouse Hill redevelopment.
  • Successfully advised global environment charity, The Nature Conservancy on two vast acquisitions in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • United Development Sydney relied on the team to secure its bank financing, certification and titling for a A$380m residential tower project in Sydney.

Hall & Wilcox

At Hall & Wilcox, the client base includes state and local government, property and superannuation funds and private companies in addition to utility and infrastructure providers. It also has a focus on social housing. Its key areas of work include development, leasing, tax, finance, procurement transactions and property-related litigation.  Natalie Bannister excels on property due diligence, development approvals, easements and commercial leasing; she heads the department from Melbourne together with John O’Kane, an expert in joint venture and development arrangements. Jane Baddeley recently joined from DLA Piper and brings a distinct focus on corporate occupier matters.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Bannister; John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Jane Baddeley; Katrina Reye; Maurice Doria;

Key clients

360 Property Group

APN Property Group / APN Generation Health

Care REIT

APA Group

ARA Asset Management / ARA Singapore

Arena Investment management

Australian Unity

Aventus Property Management

Cedar Woods

Compass Housing Co Limited

Coronation Development

Dacland Group

Dennis Family Corporation

DHL Express

Elanor Investors

Fletcher Building Group

Generation Health Care REIT

GFG Alliance

Gupta Family

J.C & F.W Kennett

Hunter and Central Coast Development

Corporation

Impact Investment Group

Japara

Jemena

Mclaren Group of Companies

McCloy Group

Mecca

Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services

Mirvac Constructions

Motorola

Parks Victoria

Ranfurlie Asset Management

Regis Aged Care

Ryde City Council

Savers Australia

STA Travel

TasNetworks

V/Line

Zen Group Constructions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Compass Housing Services Co Limited in relation to the PPP social housing project known as the “Social and Affordable Housing Fund”.
  • Acting for Compass Housing in its joint venture with BlueCHP, to create a new not-for-profit entity, Home4Life, which will provide housing for persons suffering from a disability currently living in large residential care centres.
  • Acted for HCCDC, Transport for NSW and Property NSW in relation to the disposal and redevelopment of the Store Project in Newcastle, a $200m urban renewal project.
  • Assisting in several key asset disposal projects across Australia for various Fletcher Building Group subsidiaries.
  • Advising Ryde City Council in the negotiation, preparation and completion of an agreement between AMP Capital and Ryde City Council, to deliver more than $25m worth of public benefits to the local community.

HFW

Clients of HFW praise its ‘high-level of partner engagement and responsiveness’. The practice counts vendors, purchasers, investors, brokers, fund managers, financiers, contractors, landlords and tenants among its roster and assists them with the investment, development and financing aspects of major projects. Carolyn Chudleigh is highly regarded for her expertise in joint ventures, commercial contracts and investment structures while Thomas Wait is recommended for asset management and property-related tax matters. Stephanie Lambert is another name to note with expertise which ranges from complex development projects to investment advice and financing. Named lawyers are based in Sydney.  

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Chudleigh; Thomas Wait

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Lambert;

Testimonials

‘There is a high level of Partner engagement and responsiveness’. 

‘Thomas Wait and associate Anna Fazzini are recommended. They are readily available when required, very responsive and deliver high quality work.’

Key clients

Petersham RSL

B1 Group

TE2 Australia Pty Ltd

CWG  (Chiway) Developments

Greencliff Group

Zhuhai Great Aim Group Co Ltd

Qube Property Management Services Pty Limited

China Venture Property Pty Limited

Pindan Developments Pty Ltd

Zone Q Investments Pty Ltd

Royal Hotels Australia Pty Ltd

Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd

Modern Construction Group Pty Ltd

Meriton Property Services Pty Ltd

Investa Listed Funds Management Ltd

Folkestone

Canterbury – Bankstown Council

Ingenia

Jewel Group

Payce

Urban Growth

Jones Lang LaSalle (NSW) Pty Ltd

CorVal Property Limited

Eureka Core Fund 5 Pty Limited

Centuria Funds Management Limited

360 Capital Group Limited

Fujitsu Australia Limited

Barwon Funds Management Limited

Teeland Limited

Epic Doncaster Pty Limited

Panthera Property Group

Rockworth (Australia) Pty Limited

Union Investment Real Estate Asia Pacific Limited

Wee Hur Capital Pte Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Poly Real Estate on the A$675m restructuring of its real estate projects and businesses in Australia.
  • Advised Payce and Sekisui House on an A$300m  integrated mixed use development carried out pursuant to development rights granted by Sydney Olympic Park Authority as part of its revitalisation of Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Acted for Payce in relation to its development of ‘The Albany’ being a mixed use development comprising luxury residential apartments, retail podium, car parking and public domain.
  • Acted for Zone Q in the acquisition of 55 Clarence Street, Sydney, a prime commercial asset with links with the transport hub of Wynyard and the main vehicular assess to North Sydney.
  • Acted for the CWG Development Group on the sale of a large parcel of land in Caddens, Western Sydney, with masterplan approval for approximately 390 dwellings, open space and mixed/commercial uses.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates’ real estate practice operates across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, providing expertise in areas such as sales and acquisitions, planning, environmental law, leasing, infrastructure projects related tax. The firm excels at advising on all components of projects in the commercial, retail, industrial and residential sectors, from title structuring through to pre-commitment leasing and sales. Sydney-based Sandra Steele heads the practice which has increased its depth at partner level via the arrivals of Randall Gerkens and Simon Ashworth from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Degotardi; Samuel Brown; Randall Gerkens; Will Grinter;

Testimonials

A thorough understanding of our needs, operating environment and unique stakeholder mix.’

‘K&L Gates are strong performers on large-scale property transactions and can be relied on to get the job done professionally.’

‘Recent recruit Randall Gerkens is an outstanding property lawyer who leaves no stone unturned for his loyal clients, delivering on time every time – whatever the obstacles.

Well led by a strong leadership team, especially Sam Brown.

Key clients

Lendlease

NSW Government

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd

AGL

RATCH Australia Corporation

Real I.S.

NSW Ports Pty Ltd

Port of Brisbane

Brisbane Airport

Sydney Airport

Telstra Corporation Limited

Hamton Group

Bensons Property Group

National Australia Bank

Moelis

Real Estate Institute of NSW

Evolution Trustees Limited

Springfield City Group

Salta Properties

Icon Developments

John Hancock Financial Services Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised McKinsey in relation to the lease negotiations for its new premises at 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, a premium grade office tower redevelopment.
  • Acting for NSW Ports on the development of Australia’s first Liquid Natural Gas import facility at Port Kembla, New South Wales.
  • Advising Lendlease on its ongoing development of Darling Square at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
  • Advising Lendlease’s Australian Prime Property Fund – Industrial on the fund through acquisition and development of new industrial premises in Perth.
  • Negotiation of agreement for the redevelopment and relocation of Sydney Fish Market by UrbanGrowth Development Corporation.

Maddocks

Maddocks’ practice is well-versed in social housing projects,  real estate transactions and residential, industrial, commercial and retail developments. Its roster of clients includes several Commonwealth Government clients as well as Asian inbound developers and investors along with financial institutions. Transactions requiring specialist knowledge of procurement processes, joint ventures, hotel acquisitions and major lease negotiations also fall within the group’s expertise. Melbourne-based Nick Holuigue and Marine Nincevic head the department alongside Bronwyn Badcock in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Nick Holuigue; Marine Nincevic; Bronwyn Badcock

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Albury; Guy O’Connor; James Beauchamp; Nick Sparks;

Key clients

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training  and Social Science

Department of Defence

Commonwealth Department of Finance

Commonwealth Department of Human Services

V/Line

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Victorian Department of Health

Victorian Department of Human Services

Transport for NSW

City of Sydney

Boral Limited

Poly Group

Dahua Group

Greenland Group

World Class Land

Chip Eng Seng

Hiap Hoe

Hoe Bee

Everbright Group

Tong Eng

Figtree

Tee Land

Fortune New City

Victoria University

Australian National University

Western Sydney University

Federation University

Heathley

Growland

Satterley

Mirvac

AVJennings

Lendlease

Stockland

Coles Supermarkets

Optus

Samsung

Country Road Group

Sass & Bide

Lotte Duty Free

Lawrence and Hanson

Work highlights

  • Acting for HAML in its acquisition of two regional day surgeries, being the Albury Day Surgery and the Riverina Day Surgery.
  • Acted for TA on the sale of its remaining development lots within a large community title estate located in Little Bay Cove, Sydney.
  • Acting for the Department of Health and Human Services in the social housing pipeline program pilot project.
  • Assisting Growland with its major 6-tower mixed-use master planned urban village in Footscray, Victoria, within the Footscray activity centre and riverfront precinct.
  • Acting for Charter Hall in relation to the leasing of the Millers Junction Retail (Stage 3) at Altona North. Stage 3 involves a total letting area of almost 13,500 sqm.

Mills Oakley

Mills Oakley’s property team is ‘diligent, capable and resulted focused with practical solutions to complex issues’. Hailed as a ‘one-stop shop for property’, its areas of particular prowess include significant sales and acquisitions, national portfolio leasing as well as mixed-use- commercial, industrial and residential developments. The ‘highly experiencedJames Price leads the national practice from Melbourne and is well versed in representing property trusts and large domestic developers. Among its standout instructions is the recent representation of Blackstone on the sale to Charter Hall of three commercial office buildings. Other key names are spread across the firm's Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth offices and these include Catherine Hallgath and Pablo Fernandez.

Practice head(s):

James Price

Other key lawyers:

Tim L’Orange; Tony Butler; Adam Peppinck; Patrick Thaung;

Testimonials

‘The property team at Mills Oakley, lead by James Price, is diligent, capable, results focus and, great to work with. They come to the table with clear expertise, recommendations and practical solutions to complex issues’.

‘James Price as the leading partner of the Property team is highly experienced but, more importantly applies a practical approach to resolving complex issues and conflict. He manages people well and, understands the clients outcome requirements which translates in the way he approaches negotiations.’

‘The firm has capabilities across all aspects of real estate which allows for a ‘one stop shop’ for property, construction, planning and environment.’

‘Tim L’Orange is a hands-on partner who is engaged at all steps of a transaction, with exception technical ability. Tim is particularly focused on client service levels and is pro-active in anticipating and meeting client needs. Tim drives transactions and co-ordinates input from other advisers, which is invaluable to in-house counsel.’

‘The uniqueness lies in the individual partners and the specialised personalised treatment received from the partners, namely Tom Cantwell and Pablo Fernandez.’

‘Tom Cantwell’s knowledge, and expertise and strategic thought process is a key strength.’

Key clients

Investa Property Group

Blackstone Real Estate

151 Property

GPT Group

Australian Unity

AFIAA

Goodman Group

Mirvac

Far East Organization

LOGOS

Wilson Parking

The Commonwealth Government

Optus

Work highlights

  • Acted for Logos in the acquisition of a high-value industrial asset.
  • Acted for GPT in the acquisition a number of industrial assets as part of GPT’s focus on the industrial sector.
  • Acted for GPT in its $87m acquisition of 32-44 Flinders Street.
  • Acted for GPT in its acquisition of its remaining interest in 2 Southbank Boulevard.
  • Acted for KWAP in the sale of 737 Bourke Street for $192m.

Gilbert + Tobin

Praised for its ‘understanding of the client’s business and incredibly efficient’ service, Gilbert + Tobin is home to extensive experience in major sales and acquisitions, sale and lease back transactions and complex infrastructure and development projects. Leasing in the retail, industrial and commercial sectors is also a core focus especially on tenant representation. Headed by the 'efficient, responsive and amazing' Amanda Hempel, the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Elias Stephen from Minter Ellison. His clients include investment banks, high-net-worth private family offices, international investors and real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hempel

Other key lawyers:

Ben Fuller; Steven Mackay; Elias Stephen;

Testimonials

‘They really understanding the client’s business and are incredibly efficient as a result.’

‘Amanda Hempel is not only a fabulous lawyer but a calm person to have alongside in each and every negotiation. She is efficient and responsive, an amazing partner’.

Key clients

Twynam Agricultural Group

Lendlease

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

Fisher & Paykel

Snack Brands Industries

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Norsk Hydro

REST Super

TPG

Altius Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Twynam Agricultural Group on the sale of three large agribusiness properties – the first sales tested under new FIRB policy requirements.
  • Advised TPG on the acquisition of ASX-listed pets and vets company, Greencross Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Snack Brands as tenant and purchaser in relation to a large scale lease agreement with the developer landlord to construct a purpose built warehouse and packaging facility within a new industrial estate at Erskine Park, NSW.
  • Acted for super fund Rest in the $277.6m sale of Eclipse Tower at 60 Station Street, Parramatta to real estate investment trust GPT Group.
  • Acted for Fisher & Paykel as tenant in relation to a large scale agreement for a lease in Hazelmere, Western Australia.

Jackson McDonald

Perth-based Jackson McDonald’s ‘excellent’ real estate team is noted for the consistently ‘high-standards of its work’. Urban development and regeneration including greenfield and brownfield projects are a key focus, as are structured property transactions for ASX listed entities, high-net-worth individuals and major Western Australian developers. Additional core strengths include industrial sales, purchases, leases, agribusiness transactions and anchor tenant retail leasing. Simon Moen heads the practice which is also active in the property litigation space through partner Matthew Reid.

Practice head(s):

Simon Moen

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Chorley; Matthew Reid;

Testimonials

‘They value the client’s relationship and nurture it carefully. In short, they are an excellent firm.’

‘The individuals are supremely competent. In particular Ryan Chorley is a partner of huge ability and personality who always takes calls and gets things right all of the time. He is a great asset to Jackson McDonald.’

Key clients

Stockland

Primewest Limited

Westchester

Bethanie

City of Fremantle

City of Bayswater

Eurowide Investments Pty Ltd

Mercer International

Blueways Group

Georgiou Capital and Georgiou Developments

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mercer International in relation to its acquisition of the privately owned Indian sandalwood producer Santanol.
  • Acted for US agribusiness fund (Westchester Group) in relation to the A100m+ purchase of a number of grain and wheat farms in the South West of Western Australia.
  • Acted for Town of Victoria Park on the Lathlain Park Redevelopment Project.
  • Acting for the City of Fremantle in relation to the redevelopment of the Kings Square precinct in Fremantle.
  • Acting for the City of Bayswater on the sale and redevelopment of the Mertome Retirement Village.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers is engaged for acquisitions and disposals, leasing matters and developments across Australia and New Zealand with sector focus in the retail and supply chain sectors as well as the broader commercial, industrial and residential markets. The practice is well placed to assist on overseas investments in Australian assets and also hosts a well-regarded property litigation practice. Melbourne-based John Wells leads the practice alongside Andrew Willder who operates from Sydney. Other key partners are split between both locations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Willder; John Wells

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Gaddie; Nick Stocks; Peter Kritikides;

Key clients

Stockland

Charter Hall

Investa

Bunnings

Kmart

Coles

Target

Greencross

JB Hi-Fi

Officeworks

Decathlon

MAB Corporation

Marsden Park Developments

Barangaroo Delivery Authority

GIC

Ascendas Funds Management

Keppel Corporation

Straits Real Estate

ARA Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wesfarmers and Kmart Australia Limited on the sale of Kmart Tyre and Auto to Continental AG for A$350m.
  • Acting for ARA on acquisitions including the second tranche of the acquisition of the Southgate Complex and the acquisition of an office building at 133 Mary Street in Brisbane for A$95m.
  • Acted for Rockworth in the acquisition 100 Edward St, Brisbane for A$64m.
  • Acted for EG the divestment of 277 William Street in Melbourne for $93.8m and in the acquisition of an industrial estate in Glen Waverly (Victoria) for A$33.3m.
  • Advised Heitman on a number of strategic real estate investments it made for one of its international funds.

Moray & Agnew

Moray & Agnew is relied upon for assistance on sales and acquisitions, finance and structuring, retail and commercial leasing, developments and dispute resolution. Its client roster includes a significant number of Asian clients while industry expertise includes the government, retail, childcare, industrial, residential and commercial sectors. Fiona Nelson and Jim Griffiths head the Newcastle practice, Michael Markowitz leads the Melbourne team and Emma Reilly is at the helm of the group in Canberra.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Nelson; Jim Griffiths; Emma Reilly; Michael Markowitz

Testimonials

‘They have considerable expertise and knowledge in property / leasing issues and are responsive especially when there are strict time frames.’

‘David Gandolfo has been able to undertake protracted negotiations and deliver many leases under these circumstances.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and good value’.

‘Alexi Costa is an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer and has a thorough understanding of the law’.

 

Key clients

Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

AUFA Property Pty Ltd

Australian Tax Office

CBRE Group

Centennial Property Group

Chapter Group Pty Ltd

Citinova

Corplex Pty Ltd

DFK Crosbie

DivCorp Pty Ltd

Defence Housing Australia

Glorious Sun/Jeanswest

G3 Development Group

Havenport Asset Management Pty Ltd

Hunter Water Corporation

Icefire Developments Pty Ltd

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lease Advisors

Liuzzi Property Group

Maitland City Council

Matrix Concepts Group

Moremas Land Group

Milemaker Petroleum

NSW Trustee & Guardian

Viapac Group

Pelligra Group

Samaritans Foundation / Samaritans Housing

Simonds Homes

Stamoulis Property Group

Stronach Properties

Tal GP Pty Ltd

Thirdi Property Group

University of Newcastle

Vcon Pty Ltd

Virgate Development Group

Walker Precast NSW

Wyndham Development

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pelligra Group in the development of a $100m business park in Brooklyn, Victoria.
  • Advised long-standing client University of Newcastle on its strategically significant acquisition of three sites of prime land to become the University’s Honeysuckle City Campus as part of its continued campus expansion.
  • Advised the highly active property developer Thirdi Group on multiple complex developments, including the ‘Stella’ and ‘Eaton’ apartments in Newcastle, NSW.
  • Acted for property developer Stamoulis Property Group on a large luxury townhouse development in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Acted for Centennial Property Group on its acquisition of adjoining sites in Tottenham, Victoria.

Piper Alderman

Brisbane-based Warren Denny heads the practice at Piper Alderman following his arrival from K&L Gates. He joins a team praised for its ‘great depth of knowledge’ and brings expertise in leasing, acquisition and sales as well as developments and dispute resolution. Both public and private sector clients instruct the practice for assistance on infrastructure and other developments as well as matters relating to the sale, management and ownership of industrial, residential, retail and commercial assets. Margot King is another new arrival; she joined the Sydney office from an in-house role and bolsters the practice with her expert knowledge of urban renewal and infrastructure projects. Lawyers based in the firm’s Adelaide office also make up the department.

Practice head(s):

Warren Denny

Other key lawyers:

Margot King; Adam Rinaldi; Mark Askin;

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive legal support across our business and private investments. Professional and with great depth of knowledge and experience’.

‘Mark Askin is recommended. He and his team are always available and provide prompt professional support and guidance. He is pro-active in keeping up to date with his knowledge of the real estate markets, which is reflected in his passionate embrace of new commercial and high rise developments within Queensland and Internationally.’

‘They are incredibly diligent in their approach to everything from purchase and lease negotiations through to forecasting potential hurdles and assessing risk.’

Personalized service and practical and honest advice’.

‘This team has a vast knowledge and skill set, and referred work is promptly and professionally dealt with.’

‘In the leasing area, the solicitors are very competent and are able to clearly articulate legal  points and their broader impact to the client, which assists greatly with the negotiation of the legal documents.’

‘Approachable, responsive, knowledgeable and efficient, creating a cost effective, accurate service. Good solution finders.’

Key clients

269 Main North Road Pty Ltd

Alceon Group Pty Limited

Antunes Group

APGL (Palm Beach) Ltd

Arkadia Property Group

Bayspring Pty Ltd

Beacon Property Company Pty Ltd

The Beattie Family

Bensons Property Group

Bridgestone Australia Ltd

Charter Hall Group

Colonial Leisure Group

Condo & Son Pty Ltd

CS Development Group

Di Fava Group

Duxton Vineyards Pty Ltd

FBR Management Services Pty Ltd

Harvest Property

Impeach Pty Ltd T/A Foodland Supermarket

J7 Nominees Pty Ltd

Karnew Properties Pty Ltd (Arkadia Property Group)

Kyren Group

Land Real Pty Ltd

Locale at Nundah Pty Ltd

Lonsyd Properties Pty Limited

Majestic Logistics Pty Ltd

MPG Funds Management Ltd

O’Herns Road Development Pty Ltd

Paheni Pty Ltd

Penfold Property Group

Placer Property Limited

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Precision Group

R V Jordan Pty Ltd

Ray White Commercial (Queensland)

Regis Aged Care Pty Ltd

Rotunda Developments Pty Ltd

Watkins Steel

Starfish Developments Holding Pty Ltd

Telstra Corporation Limited

United Petroleum Pty Ltd

V H Property Holdings Pty Ltd

VIMG  Australia Group

Wagner Corporation

Walker Corporation Pty Limited

Wee Hur (Australia) Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Walker Corporation in the A$3.2bn Parramatta Square development.
  • Represented Arkadia Fortitude Pty Ltd  in the acquisition of  Homemaker the Valley for circa A$166m.
  • Represented Port of Brisbane in relation to the surrender of the Caltex lease over the Crude Oil Berth and convert the Crude Oil Berth to a Common User Berth.
  • Represented Harvest Investment Co ( No 2 ) Pty Ltd  in the acquisition, leasing and sale of a Coles anchored retail site at North Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice is headed by the ‘super smart and responsiveDannelle Howley and Rahul Parrab in Sydney alongside Perth-based Mark Palermo. It advises at every stage of developments, including on construction and procurement considerations, and is experienced in urban renewal projects as well as those in the hospitality and leisure sectors. The team is skilled in areas of commercial and retail leasing, sales and acquisitions and project finance. Clients include international property and institutional investors, local developers, government entities as well as an increasing number of domestic and offshore listed and unlisted property funds.

Practice head(s):

Dannelle Howley; Mark Palermo; Rahul Parrab

Testimonials

‘Dannelle Howley is exceptional. She can be relied upon o provide succinct no nonsense practical advice based on her extensive industry experience in addition to legal expertise. She is also super smart and super responsive.’

 

Key clients

AXA IM – Real Assets

Charter Hall Group

Elanor Investors Group

SC Capital

Frasers Hospitality Trust

Woolworths Limited

Projects in Vietnam – Indochina Capital, Indochina Vanguard, Indochina Kajima, BIM, Cityland

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Far East Consortium

Brookfield

Sterling Global

Watson Elite

Mapletree Logistics Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for AXA IM-Real Assets on the acquisition and fund-through of a $100m commercial office development in Melbourne.
  • Acted for Charter Hall on a commercial leasing agreement with Amazon.
  • Continuing to advise real estate fund manager, Elanor Investors Group in relation to their hospitality assets, including hotel management agreements, restructures, financing, asset management, leases, new acquisitions, sales, due diligence and joint ventures.
  • Acted for Sterling Global on the sale of 383 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne.
  • Acted for Watson Elite on the development of the first Indigo Hotel for Sydney.

Thomson Geer

Industry expertise at Thomson Geer spans the retail, commercial, industrial and residential sectors. The team is particularly adept in relation to inbound investment work, routinely acting for Asian investors on a range of acquisitions. Industrial and retail leasing work, residential developments and renewable energy projects round off the group’s other areas of specific expertise. The department has key lawyers in the firm's Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane offices and continues to develop its strategic relationship with the not-for-profit sector.

Other key lawyers:

Brett Hawkins; Chris Kelly; Chris O’Shea; Michael Liebich; Melinda Graham;

Testimonials

‘Very diligent – advice is succinct and without fluff. Prompt and timely. Engaging – down to earth but professional.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Chinese Mainland Investor Mr Da Xie, on the purchase of a prominent office block in Melbourne from property tycoon, John Beville for $163m.
  • Acting for Ginkgo Investments Pty Ltd on their purchase of a prime A$60m St Kilda Road property in Melbourne. The seller was Bayley Stuart Capital.
  • Advised an offshore Asian investor GHK Capital Pty Ltd (GOH family) from Brunei in relation to the purchase of an office building on the western fringe of Melbourne’s CBD.
  • Advised on the acquisition of three prawn farming operations from Fortune Group in Queensland and New South Wales.
  • Advised Stockland on the sale of its Caloundra South retail shopping centre at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.