Leah Ranie is a tax partner who regularly advises major Australian and multinational clients on the stamp duty and GST aspects of mergers and acquisitions and structured real estate and infrastructure transactions.
Leah is the go-to stamp duty adviser for a number of Australian based REITs including Dexus, Scentre Group and Frasers Property Group. Leah's clients primarily operate in the banking and real estate space but she also has major clients who operate in other sectors including Lion, United Technologies Corporation and Evolution Healthcare.
Leah has advised clients on complex real estate transactions including Dexus on the establishment and expansion of its joint ventures with GIC and Mercatus, Frasers on the merger of Frasers Commercial Trust and Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust to create the Frasers Logistics & Commercial Trust and Brookfield in connection with its acquisition and development of Wynyard Place.
Leah's work highlights include:
- Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust: advising on the Australian landholder duty consequences of the merger of Frasers Commercial Trust and Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust to create the Frasers Logistics & Commercial Trust, listed on the Singapore Exchange.
- Dexus: advising on various stamp duty matters including on the stamp duty implications of its expansion of its joint venture portfolio with GIC and the establishment of its joint venture with Mercatus.
- Westpac: advising on the stamp duty and GST consequences on the sale of Westpac's general insurance business to Allianz.
- Frasers Property Australia: advising on the NSW surcharge duty consequences of the establishment of its real estate joint venture with Altis Property Partners.