Our lawyers have extensive experience in negotiating and documenting commercial arrangements for the acquisition, disposal, occupation, development, refurbishment and general use of real estate across all sectors.
We can help with strategic, contractual and regulatory issues; acquisitions and disposals; due diligence; conveyancing; construction projects; and transfer of statutory licences, including liquor and gaming licences.
Assisting Centuria on the $200 million three-phased acquisition of West Village, a unique cultural, retail, commercial, and residential precinct in Brisbane’s West End, involving existing landmark properties as well as assets to be constructed, including the retail mall, the heritage mixed-use Peter’s Ice Cream Factory buildings, the health and medical building, and the recently constructed South Pavilion.
Advising development agency Trenert on the acquisition of the former Chalk Hotel at Woolloongabba (Brisbane) along with several surrounding commercial and residential properties with the site intended to be redeveloped for a significant mixed-use development which will be ideally located for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.
Advising Forza Capital on the $41 million acquisition of a multi-tenanted commercial office building at 200 Creek Street in the Brisbane CBD and the ongoing leasing; the $86 million acquisition of a 17-storey commercial office tower located at 340 Adelaide Street Brisbane and all subsequent leasing work; the acquisition, leasing, and subsequent sale of a 14-storey commercial office building located at 420 George Street Brisbane; the acquisition of an A-grade commercial office building at 10 Browning Street South Brisbane and subsequent leasing work for this mixed-use hotel, retail and office property; and the acquisition of a government tenanted commercial office building located at Russell Street South Brisbane and all subsequent leasing.
Advising Primewest Group on complex negotiations for the purchase of the Robina Home + Life homemaker centre, a multi-tenanted retail centre in the Gold Coast, including handling the initial tender process.
Advising on the acquisition of a $150 million portfolio of retail shopping centre and childcare development sites across South East Queensland, such as the Queen Street Village shopping precinct in Southport (Gold Coast), including advising on legal due diligence, complex contract negotiation and conveyancing, retail leasing, development management and construction documentation, and finance facility.
Advising on the acquisition of the Toowoomba Plaza shopping centre and the Ridge Shopping World at Toowoomba, two multi-tenanted retail shopping centres in Toowoomba, including complex negotiations of a put and call option deed and contract.
Advising Friday Group on the $92 million sale of Flinders Street Tower, an A-grade commercial office building in Townsville, including negotiations dealing with a large government authority tenant and the potential leasing up of vacant space after the exchange of contracts, with a contingent floating price mechanism, as well as dealing with contamination remediation and combustible cladding issues.
Advising on the $63 million sale of the Australian Taxation Office-leased six-storey commercial office building at Mt Gravatt, on the Brisbane CBD fringe.
Advising on the acquisition of SilverWater Resort, including due diligence, reviewing related agreements, reviewing management rights and managed investment scheme compliance issues, and advising on all matters through to settlement.
Advising on the sale of self-storage facilities and businesses (located at Albion and Kelvin Grove in Brisbane and Canterbury in Melbourne) in a single transaction, including negotiating a complex suite of business sale and land sale contracts, plus negotiating the completion of the construction contract at the Melbourne site, and advising on the purchase of four self-storage sites (in various stages of construction) at Redland Bay, Willawong, Bundamba, and Burpengary in Queensland.
Assisting Centuria Property Funds Limited launch the Centuria 80 Grenfell Street Fund, a single-asset, closed-ended unlisted property fund investing in a 50 percent interest in a premier A-grade office tower located at 80 Grenfell Street in the Adelaide CBD (South Australia). We advised on all aspects of establishing the fund, registration and offer of investment to retail clients and also developed a new exit mechanism for investors. Our work included preparing/reviewing the constitution, PDS, advertising material, due diligence procedures and documentation.
Advising Accor Asia Pacific on the acquisition of Mirvac Hotels and Resorts from the Mirvac Group, including the acquisition of hotels in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
Advising on the acquisitions of commercial freehold land with an operating quarry site in Luscombe (South-East Queensland); the Castle Creek and Fairview Quarries quarry businesses in Central Queensland via the purchase of company shares; and multiple operating quarry and sand mining businesses in Central Queensland.
Advising Australia’s largest unlisted self-storage investment group on acquiring a land and a storage business at Wyoming (NSW); the development of their portfolio, including at Noosaville and Kawana (Queensland) and Narre Warren (Victoria); and the acquisition of vacant sites at Pakenham (Victoria) and Capalaba (Queensland) for the construction of new storage facilities.
Structuring Transactions Development Projects (all sectors) Leasing Asset Management Redevelopment Projects Real Estate Funding Planning and Environment Construction Projects Corporate Advisory Litigation
‘Excellent understanding of the laws relating to funds management and policy documents. Commercial and practical advice.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘McMahon Clarke is highly responsive with deep knowledge and experience in investment funds, and they are very commercial and practical at the same time.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘Our overall impression is that they are a great firm that provides good advice in a timely manner.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Recognised for Real Property Law in Best Lawyers in Australia
‘Sean is a commercially savvy and broad-thinking lawyer who adds value to commercial contexts and produces documents that not only meet our purpose but are also easy to read, even for complex transactions.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
‘They can see the big picture across the investment fund life cycle and always consider the financial parameters.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Corporate Law
Congratulating Funds Management associate Taylor Green on being chosen as a finalist in the 2023 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards
‘They looked at the bigger picture and the end result rather than point-scoring on items that were not critical to the outcome.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Partner Emma Donaghue is named in Best Lawyers in Australia for Banking and Finance Law
‘I am extremely happy ... they are fantastic and I cannot speak highly enough of them.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘They have been very effective in partnering with us ... their service is first class and they make you feel they are an extension of your own team.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Partner Sean McMahon is named Lawyer of the Year for Investment Funds and Funds Management in Best Lawyers in Australia
‘Sean is a quality lawyer who understands our needs and is very easy and straightforward to deal with.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
We are ranked as leaders in our focus industry sectors – funds management and real estate
‘They see the big picture across all real estate sectors, including commercial, industrial, and residential, as well as alternative asset classes.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Congratulating Real Estate associate Matt Dolan on being named ‘One to Watch’ in 2024 Best Lawyers in Australia
‘They have a unique understanding of the legal and strategic issues involved in the acquisition, development, management, and disposal of properties by developers and managers.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘Langton is very commercially aware and always speedy with his responses' … 'he's also very knowledgeable about a wide range of legal issues and his client service is exemplary.' Chambers Asia Pacific
‘They are respected in the funds management industry and are pioneers in managed investment schemes.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘McMahon Clarke’s team punches above its weight. It is a boutique funds practice which is very good at property funds and fund restructuring work.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
'Langton’s outstanding technically and experienced across all facets of funds.’ Chambers Asia Pacific