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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons is a full-service national offering with expertise in the commercial, residential, industrial and hotel sectors. Acts for an impressive array of national and multinational property clients on major urban renewal projects, high-end property transactions and associated financing, structuring and development matters. Extensive expertise in inbound investments including foreign investment regulations. Established relationships with REITs, private equity groups, and other major investors in Australia and key Asian jurisdictions with high-value property portfolios. Notable clients include Mirvac, Stockland, and Charter Hall.

Strengths

The firm is praised for its expertise and understanding of the interests of its clients, one of whom says: "Their strengths include their capability, expertise and knowledge; this combined with an intimate knowledge of how we do business meant that we always enter a negotiation unified with a strong sense of confidence of what we need to get out of a transaction."

Another interviewee echoes these feelings, commenting: "King & Wood Mallesons is a top-tier firm with a great reputation. We value their advice and ability to meet tight deadlines, and the partners that we deal with bring good market knowledge to a transaction and value the client relationship."

Work highlights

Acted for Sunshine Coast Council and SunCentral Maroochydore in relation to project development issues and the drafting of key obligations and commitments in the development agreements relating to a landmark development in the new Maroochydore city centre.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Dixon-Smith is widely regarded as a top practitioner in the real estate space who boasts extensive experience in this area. He is noted for his activity advising on major property acquisitions and developments.

Chris Mitchell is widely regarded as one of the leading property lawyers in Australia, and frequently assists clients on major property developments.

Mark Bayliss maintains a solid practice acting for real estate groups on the high-value acquisition and sale of properties in New South Wales. A market source describes him as "very skilled," and goes on: "His breadth of practice is wide."

Simone Menz is particularly noted for her work assisting clients in relation to major property developments and transactions. She serves a varied clientele, including real estate trusts and property developers.

Felicity Savage is a frequent adviser to clients on mixed-use developments and urban regeneration projects. Market commentators describe her as "a very smart lawyer" who is "highly regarded by clients and a pragmatic person."

David Bell is a well-regarded figure in the Brisbane property law market, one client noting: "David has outstanding black-letter legal skills and strong commercial judgement together with excellent client service." He acts for clients on property acquisitions, disposals, leasings and developments.

Carl Black is a respected practitioner based in Perth who has a wealth of experience acting on transactions relating to substantial property developments.

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Chris Mitchell
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