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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.
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 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.