Wissam Abwi
Partner, Sydney
Wissam Abwi is a corporate / M&A partner based in Sydney. Wissam's practice has a specialist focus on the real estate industry.

In particular, he specialises in advising on investments in real assets (such as real estate, agri and infrastructure) through the establishment of incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures, consortia, capital partnerships and strategic platforms, pooled vehicles and wholesale funds with a real asset focused investment mandate as well as on the acquisition, disposal and restructuring of real assets held through corporate or trust vehicles (including undertaking due diligence).

Wissam has advised and implemented cross border transactions for foreign clients investing in the Australian real asset market, which is experiencing strong demand from both domestic and foreign investors. In particular, he has strong experience in advising foreign clients on partnering with local managers and on any foreign investment approval or foreign registration required.

Wissam advises listed property trusts, real estate funds, sovereign wealth and pension funds, real asset institutional investors, real estate advisory groups and major real estate owners, developers and operators such as Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, Commercial & General, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Mercer Investments, Crown Resorts, Pamoja Capital, Aqualand Projects, Ping An Real Estate, Rawson Homes, Roxy Pacific Holdings, Qualitas, Sakkara Property, Pepper Property and the Consolidated Press group.

Career highlights

  • Acting for Urbanest on the A$2 billion sale of its purpose-built accommodation business and property portfolio Scape Australia, the largest single property transaction of 2019
  • Acting for Dexus on the A$1.476 billion acquisition the 80 Collins precinct, Melbourne
  • Acting for Ping An Real Estate on the establishment of a joint venture with Lendlease and Mitsubishi Estate Asia and the acquisition of a 50% interest in Circular Quay Tower, consisting of a premium-grade office tower and public facilities with an aggregate value of $1.5 billion
  • Acting for Ivanhoe Cambridge (the property arm of a Canadian pension fund) on the establishment of a joint venture with the Blackstone Group for the acquisition of a 25% interest in Liberty Place, Sydney (a $1 billion office asset)
  • Acting for US-based global asset manager Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) on the acquisition of substantial interests in various prime A Grade retail and office assets in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria valued over $800 million and the establishment of a strategic joint venture with the Mirvac Group with a core office mandate
  • Acting for Pamoja Capital Group, a private investment firm founded by John McCall MacBain, in relation to the establishment of a $500 million capital partnership with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation for the purposes of co-investing in student accommodation assets primarily in Australia and New Zealand
  • Advised Commercial & General (C&G) on the establishment of the Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund (which has a mandate for approximately AU$800 million in healthcare and real estate assets to be managed by an investment manager jointly established by C&G and Dexus) and on the introduction of the AU$320 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital as a seed asset in the Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund

  • Acting for Mercer Investments on the acquisition of a 25% interest in 420 George Street, Sydney from Lend Lease and the establishment of a joint venture with the Investa group
  • Acting for Stockland on its commercial office asset disposal programme, including the disposal of $400 million of interests in commercial office assets, being 52 Martin Place (Sydney), Exchange Plaza (Perth) and 7 Macquarie Place (Sydney)