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The national head of our stamp duty practice, Nathan is a recognised expert on stamp duty law and has extensive experience in real estate and financial services matters.
Nathan has clients in both the public and private sector and advises on a wide range of finance, property and commercial (M&A) transactions. His expertise covers all taxation issues related to property development structures, joint ventures and establishing real estate trusts.
Nathan’s extensive practice includes advising government bodies on the stamp duty and whole of government implications related to proposed privatisation structures, and advising Australian investors on real estate investments and joint ventures in China.
Nathan acts for a number of organisations, including banks, in respect of stamp duty and general tax implications of corporate structures, property deals, group reorganisations, reorganisations in preparation for listing, settlement structures for public offerings, business acquisitions, leasing arrangements, financing arrangements, insurance and advising on Australia wide stamp duty and land tax issues.
Some of Nathan’s long standing clients are AMP, Qantas, Macquarie Group, Westpac, ANZ and Mirvac.
Recognised as “one of the best stamp duty lawyers in Australia” by Chambers Global, Nathan has been recommended by Chambers Global for the past four years as a leading individual in the area of Tax.
Advised Gloucester Coal on its A$8bn merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining and its wholly owned subsidiary Yancoal Australia by scheme of arrangement. This was the biggest investment by a Chinese state-owned company in Australia's coal industry, continuing a trend of state-backed entities seeking to shore up China's resource security. It created one of Australia's largest listed mining companies, operating mines in NSW and Queensland and with investments in two coal export terminals – Wiggins Island in Gladstone and NCIG in Newcastle.
Advised Singtel Optus on the transfer of its coaxial cable and ancillary assets to NBN Co, to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network.
Acted for Longluck Investment in relation to its takeover bid to acquire all shares in ASX-listed Cuesta Coal Limited.
Advised on a A$550 million syndicated construction facility for the first four stages of the Frasers Property Group (Singapore) / Sekisui House (Japan) joint venture development of Central Park, Sydney. When complete the site will comprise approximately 11 buildings, 1900 residential apartments, student housing, a hotel, a 16,000sqm multi-level retail centre and a 75,000sqm commercial office campus, including a precinct-wide tri-generation plant and water treatment facility.
Acted for Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) on the $1.85 billion acquisition of the Australian and New Zealand insurance underwriting businesses of Wesfarmers Limited, the number 1 and number 5 general insurers in Australia respectively. ACCC approval has been granted after close analysis but without the ACCC releasing a Statement of Issues.
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).
Acted for Wilmar in relation to the acquisition of Sucrogen Limited, CSR's sugar business from CSR for an enterprise value of $1.75 billion.
Advised the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project was unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role included extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project was complex and very significant for NSW, with the transaction widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.