Michael advises on major infrastructure projects, transaction structuring, aviation and airport developments, property development, regulatory approvals (including Foreign Investment Review Board), hotel and tourism developments, joint ventures, large scale acquisitions and disposals, strata title developments, agribusiness, due diligence, commercial, office, industrial and retail leasing and general real estate advice.

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    • Advised Macquarie Asset Management on the sale of agribusiness division Lawson grains for AU$600 million.
    • Advising Macquarie Asset Management (Viridis Ag) on the acquisition of broad acre farming properties.
    • Advising Jandakot Airport with respect to real estate matters for its ongoing AU$1 billion redevelopment of Jandakot Airport aviation precinct and the commercial precinct into the biggest business and industrial park in Western Australia including drafting and negotiating a lease for a AU$100 million oil and gas service centre for General Electric Oil & Gas.
    • Advising a private company on the redevelopment of an export grain handling facility with Southern Ports Authority and ship loading services agreement with Albany Bulk Handling at the Albany Port.
    • Advised Prendiville Group on the simultaneous acquisition of nine hotels in three Australian jurisdictions from the Abu Dhabi sovereign fund.
    • Advised Development WA to achieve and implement its key strategic objective of releasing and developing commercial and industrial land in Western Australia. In particular, the following major projects:
      • In conjunction with WA Tourism, the Department of Health and DFES on the Westin hotel development and adjoining office tower
      • Claremont Redevelopment Precinct
      • Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct
      • Australian Marine Complex at Henderson
      • AU$500 million lithium processing plant with Tianqi Lithium Australia
      • Kemberton on a AU$500 million lithium processing plant with Albemarle 
      • Ashburton on various pipeline matters 
      • Kwinana – Puma Energy on a diesel tank farm, Puma Energy on a bitumen plant
      • Coogee Chemicals on various infrastructure pipelines for diesel and other caustic materials
    • Advised Viridis Ag (Agricultural arm of Macquarie Bank) on the AU$300 million acquisition of the agricultural assets of Hassad Australia.
    • Advised Lawson Grains Limited (Agricultural arm of Macquarie Bank) on the acquisition of broad acre farming properties.
    • Advised Beidahuang Group on the acquisition of broad acre farming properties including FIRB approval.
    • Advising Nyamba Bura Yawaru Aboriginal Corporation on property development and joint venture matters.
    • Advised Central Agri Group on the acquisition of Carpenter Beef.
    • Advising Boral on property development matters and disposal of real estate assets.
    • Advised the Prendiville Group on the acquisition of the Brisbane Hotel.
    • Advised the Prendiville Group on the acquisition of the Mangrove Beach Hotel in Broome.
    • Advised the Prendiville Group on the redevelopment of the Rottnest Island Hotel.
    • Advised Sandalford Wines (Prendiville Group) on a concert management agreement with Danty Corporation.
    • Advising the Prendiville Group on the management of its hotel portfolio.
    • Advised Fini Group on a 200-unit mixed use residential, commercial and short stay accommodation strata title development.
    • Advised Ascot Capital with the acquisition of a building in East Perth and the redevelopment of a 50-lot residential strata title development.
    • Advised a private company on a 45-lot mixed use strata title development in Dalkeith.
    • Advised a US sovereign fund on the acquisition of broad acre farming properties.
    • Advised Ascot Capital in the acquisition of a CBD office building.
    • Advised an ASX listed company on the acquisition of a pastoral lease.
    • Advising Vibe Petroleum on the roll out of service stations in Western Australia.
    • Advised a private company on due diligence for the purchase of 44 retail fast food outlets in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
    • Advised a private developer on short stay accommodation developments in West Perth and Fremantle.
    • Advising M Group on their property development matters.
    • Advised a number of property developers in respect to developments with Quest serviced apartments.
    • Advised a developer on a 9,000-lot residential housing development, including drafting joint venture agreements, development agreements and sale contracts.
    • Advising Scope Property Group on the acquisition of aged care sites and lease back to Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group.
    • Advised the Rae family on their leasing matters with Puma service stations throughout WA.
    • Advising Ascot Capital on lease matters for its commercial and industrial portfolio.
    • Advised the City of South Perth on leasing matters for its property portfolio.

    Education

    • Northern Territory University, Bachelor of Laws
    • University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts

    Admissions

    • High Court of Australia
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia
    • Supreme Court of New South Wales
    • Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
    • Recommended in Best Lawyers in Australia 2022 for Leasing Law and Real Property Law.
    • Recognised as a leading real estate lawyer and leading and preeminent agribusiness lawyer in Doyle's Guide 2019 and 2020.

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