Liz Von Muenster
Special Counsel, Sydney
I act for large public and private companies and banks, advising on stamp duty-effective structuring, compliance and implementation. The commercial transactions I handle include property deals, mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, capital raisings, group reorganisations and restructures, leasing arrangements, financing arrangements and insurance contracts.

Drawing on my wide range of experience, I aim to provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve the most tax-effective outcome. I take pride in being approachable, and in providing timely and accurate advice on changes in the law and legal practice that may be relevant to my clients’ businesses.

Career highlights

  • Qantas – advised on relinquishing the Sydney Airport domestic terminal
  • TPG – advised the company on its acquisition of iiNet
  • Abacus Funds Management Limited; AMP, Aqualand; Australand Property Group; Brookfield; Dexus; Lendlease; Mirvac – acted in relation to acquisitions, divestments, restructuring and document preparation
  • Aveo Group; Aveum Limited; Lendlease; RVG – advised clients with interests in retirement villages
  • Property Council of Australia – prepared submissions to the NSW Office of State Revenue, related to the acquisition of retirement villages
  • Indigenous Business Australia; charitable and benevolent organisations – provided duty advice on exemptions and concessions
  • American Express; AMP; Australian Unity; Challenger; Perpetual – assisted with acquisitions, investments in funds and restructuring of funds, including in relation to the registration and classification of unit trust schemes
  • Altis Property Partners – worked on land tax matters, in particular the application of the primary production exemption
  • Government Property NSW; Transport for NSW; UrbanGrowth NSW – advised various government agencies on stamp duty matters, as well as the whole-of-government implications of proposed privatisation structures and significant commercial transactions
  • Guided mining clients, including Gloucester Coal in its $8 billion merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited; Gold Fields in its US$300 million acquisition of the Darlot Centenary, Granny Smith and Lawlers goldmines; and Cockatoo Coal and Hume Coal in various property and mining interest acquisitions