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Elizabeth McKechnie: Best in Construction Allison Warburton: Best in Energy & Natural Resources Cathy Quinn: Best in M&A and Private Equity Virginia Briggs: Best in Real Estate
Elizabeth is one of Australia's leading practitioners in the development, construction, engineering and infrastructure industries.
Elizabeth has more than 20 years' experience in complex large-scale property development transactions, construction and infrastructure projects.
As part of her role in these projects, Elizabeth advises clients on risk allocation, risk management, project delivery options, tendering and procurement, contract drafting, contract negotiations and contract administration.
Elizabeth also advises clients in relation to litigation, mediation, expert determination and other modes of alternative dispute resolution.
Some major projects on which Elizabeth has worked include advising Australand Holdings and Brookfield Multiplex on the multi-stage, $1 billion King Street Wharf development (including the new headquarters for Macquarie Bank and the development and sale of the Accor Hotel site), advising Brookfield Multiplex and Babcock and Brown on the new headquarters for Australia Post in Melbourne, advising Brookfield Multiplex on the landmark redevelopment of the Claremont Arcade Shopping Centre in Perth (including the residential component), advising Westfield on the agreements for lease with Australian Securities and Investments Commission and JP Morgan and Westpac on its Sydney headquarters, Westpac Place.
Acted for Lidis Group as developer on the Lennox Bridge Carpark Redevelopment in Parramatta. The project involves the development of a riverfront precinct spanning both sides of Parramatta River, including foreshore parks and civic spaces, a discovery and convention centre, cafes and retail, and two residential towers (approximately 35,000 sqm GFA).
Acting for a wholly owned subsidiary of Australand Holdings Ltd on the A$800 million Discovery Point development at Wolli Creek in New South Wales. This 8-hectare mixed use development will feature residential apartments, commercial offices, an integrated retail centre and extensive public and private parklands. We are advising on procurement and OH&S strategies, drafting pro-forma and project specific documentation (such as consultancy agreements and design and construct contracts), assisting in the preparation of the tender conditions, advising on the tendering process and compiling documentation for tender.
Acted for the Multiplex/Westpac consortium (Synersec) bidding for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the multi-site Department of Defence Single Living Environment Accommodation Precinct Phase 1 PPP. This included the provision of 1,295 rooms at the Defence bases at Holsworthy in New South Wales and Enoggera and Amerbley in Queensland.
Acted for DEXUS Property Group in relation to the $500 million acquisition and development of 480 and 470A Queen Street, Brisbane. This acquisition and development, described as the largest property deal of 2013, will comprise a 31-level premium-grade office development project across 55,561 square metres located in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle and is targeting 6 Star Green Star and 5 star NABERS Energy ratings.
Acted for DEXUS Property Group in relation to the acquisition and development of 3 new mixed-use building at Kings Square in Perth. This acquisition and development, which has been described as the biggest commercial property pre-sale in Western Australia with an estimated cost on completion of $434.8 million, will comprise three A-grade office buildings to be developed by Leighton Properties.
Acted for the winning consortium on the successfully closed Melbourne Convention Centre project, the largest proposed facility of this type in Australia with associated retail and commercial developments and public works. The A$1.2bn project includes a 5,000 seat convention centre, a five star Hilton hotel, office and residential tower, riverfront retail promenade and revitalised Maritime Museum.
Acted for Qantas on the major refurbishment of its Mascot headquarters in Sydney. The project involves developing seven existing buildings to create a refurbished consolidated campus providing approximately 47,000m2 of refurbished space.
Advised Aspire Schools Consortium on its successful bid for the SEQLD schools PPP project to build and maintain seven schools over a number of years. This was the first PPP to utilise the Supported Debt Model where Queensland Treasury Corporation provided term debt which resulted in complex inter-creditor arrangements with construction and term debt providers. The transaction received the Euromoney Project Finance Asia Pacific PPP Deal of the Year.
Acted for Westpac Banking Corporation on its new corporate headquarters at 150 Collins Street, Melbourne.