Michael Lawson

Michael Lawson advises Australian and global fund managers and institutions on all aspects of funds management and financial services.

He has broad industry experience across a range of domestic and international financial products and funds including retail funds, institutional funds, REITS, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), structured products, offshore funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and infrastructure funds.

Michael’s expertise spans the development and promotion of listed and unlisted investment funds and products, capital raisings, listings, restructures and rationalisations of existing products, counter party arrangements, and day-to-day regulatory issues.

His expert practice draws upon several years with Clifford Chance and BlackRock in London specialising in investment funds and financial products.

Some long-standing clients include Blackrock, Challenger, Macquarie and Russell Investments.

Michael regularly speaks on funds management and investment funds related topics in the Masters of Laws programs at the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne.

Mirvac sale of its hotel management business

Advised listed A-REIT Mirvac on the sale of its hotel management business, Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and various associated investments to a consortium comprising Accor Asia Pacific and Singapore-based Ascendas. The complex transaction involved the concurrent sale of the hotel management business and the stake in an unlisted hotel fund which will see Accor take on the management of 48 hotels and also acquire, with Ascendas, a stake in an unlisted Mirvac hotel fund that owns seven properties.