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Australia: Real Estate 2017

We feature 10 leading practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their strong expertise in real estate financing, transactions, portfolio and asset management, as well as tax and structuring matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stuart Dixon-Smith King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
2. Les Koltai DLA Piper, Sydney

KING & WOOD MALLESONS boasts the foremost real estate group in the country, with three leading practitioners highlighted for their exceptional expertise in the space.
Leading name Stuart Dixon-Smith is considered “an excellent lawyer” by market commentators. His premier real estate practice focuses his practice on property development and finance law.
Andrew Erikson draws praise from international sources for his top-tier property law practice encompassing property development, investments and retail leasing.
Chris Mitchell continues to impress peers and clients alike with his first-class property and infrastructure development work.

CLAYTON UTZ also achieves an impressive three listings in this edition, a testament to its outstanding real estate offering.
Julie Levis boasts a world-class real estate practice and is highly sought after by clients who include government entities, corporates and major property developers.
The “excellent” Gary Best is widely respected as one of the top real estate practitioners in the country. He is well known for his work on high-profile cases including the $6 billion urban renewal development, the Barangaroo Project.
Peter McMahon is a well-established figure in the Australian market, and boasts almost 30 years of experience handling large real estate transactions on behalf of public entities and major property development companies.

Two standout names at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS are highlighted in this chapter for their strong work in the sector.  
Julie Couch enjoys a great reputation among peers as “an outstanding lawyer”. In particular, she is recognised for her proficiency handling leasing matters, an area in which she is “very highly regarded”.
Michael Back’s practice covers commercial real estate matters as well as real estate and infrastructure funds, regularly advising clients from Asia and the Middle East.

At DLA PIPER, the “phenomenal” Les Koltai heads the firm’s practice group and wins praise from peers for his exceptional work managing real estate transactions.

MINTERELLISON’s Virginia Briggs is frequently engaged by both government and private clients to handle a wide array of real estate matters, from large transactions and developments to leasing and asset management. 

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