Real Estate Finance

Real Estate Finance - Australia

Innovative financing advice for a resurgent real estate sector

Recovering transaction volumes, deleveraged balance sheets, maturing investment structures and tighter availability of debt – there is a new business reality for the Australian real estate sector.

We are at the forefront of this market and clients are calling on our multi-party experience for managing property-related initial public offerings (IPOs), transactions and projects.

Companies are increasingly looking for alternative real estate finance options within debt capital markets, innovative leasing options and “exotic” instruments. Our real estate finance lawyers can advise you on the day-to-day and the exotic alike.

World-class developments and complex transactions

The clients who benefit from our legal advice on real estate finance include financial institutions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), fund managers, investors and developers. We advise them on world-class developments and complex portfolio acquisitions and divestments.

Our advice on real estate finance law includes:

  • Commercial development financings 
  • Commercial and residential mortgage-backed securitisations
  • Domestic and cross-border financings
  • Loan portfolio acquisitions and sales
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Residential development financings
  • Restructuring and distressed debt.

Our experience includes acting for a series of domestic and international lenders in connection with the AUD 770 million financing of several real estate investment funds managed by AMP Capital. We also acted for Cromwell Property Funds on approximately AUD 1 billion of debt facilities secured by in excess of AUD 2 billion in assets.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

It is becoming more important for financiers, owners, principals and contractors to manage counterparty insolvency risk as a key part of their project contingency plans.

11 October 2017

A number of tax concessions are available for Australian investment vehicles that qualify as managed investment trusts (MITs) for tax purposes. These were designed to encourage investment into...

15 September 2017

Australia's State and Territory budgets have continued a trend of imposing taxes on foreign investment in real estate. Find out more about the stamp duty and land tax surcharges across the country.

04 September 2017

While debt from Australian banks remains the primary source of finance, investors are increasingly diversifying their capital base by incorporating mezzanine finance and debt from foreign banks.

06 July 2017