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Virginia Briggs
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Virginia Briggs is a leading practitioner in the Sydney property, development and infrastructure markets acting for both private and government clients.

Virginia deals in complex large-scale real estate transactions spanning the development, sale, purchase and leasing of commercial, industrial, residential and retail developments and infrastructure assets.

She acts for vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants including such leading clients as AMP Capital Investors, Australand Holdings, Brookfield Multiplex, CBA, Charter Hall, DEXUS, Mirvac, NSW Department of Transport, RailCorp, Sydney Ports Corporation, State Property Authority, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Westfield.

Virginia’s expertise is recognised in several peer directories with clients in Chambers Asia Pacific praising her skills as a negotiator and her ‘impeccable’ advice.

Virginia heads the firm’s NSW Government group. She also chairs the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Industrial Committee and is a member of the PCA's NSW Division Council.

She was recently listed as a finalist for the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Female Partner of the Year Award, a testament to her market leading capability and experience.

    Virginia is also on the Minter Ellison Partnership Board.

NSW Ports Refinancings

Our Ports team is the leading legal specialists in this sector, with key roles advising on all recent major national port refinancing deals. We were the sole legal advisers to NSW Treasury in relation to the A$5.07 billion restructure and refinancing of the State-owned assets of Port Botany and Port Kembla, with proceeds from the transaction to be invested in the NSW Government's infrastructure fund, Restart NSW. That transaction completed on 31 May 2013.

A$1.75 billion sale and privatisation of Port of Newcastle

The sole legal adviser to NSW Treasury in relation to the $1.75 billion sale (by way of long term lease) and privatisation of Port of Newcastle, which is the world's largest coal export port. The A$1.75 billion restructure and refinancing transaction establishes a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution, as reflected in the financial outcome which significantly exceeded market expectations. The transaction will free up much needed capital to help the NSW Government fund the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD, and a backlog of other critical public infrastructure across New South Wales, including hospitals, schools and roads.

Sale of majority interest in Discovery Holiday Parks to Sunsuper

Advised Next Capital, Allegro and Macquarie on the sale of their interests in Discovery Holiday parks to Sunsuper (assets valued in excess of $240 million).

DEXUS acquisition of 470A & 480 Queen Street, Brisbane

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.

DEXUS acquisition of Kings Square, Perth

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.

2015