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Real Estate

Population growth. City shaping. Shifting government policies. Sustainable developments.

The real estate industry has an ever-changing landscape, with increased demand and competition for emerging assets, and a heightened focus on data and cyber security. Landlords, property developers, REITs, funds, asset managers and financiers draw upon our industry knowledge to deliver business outcomes as they continue to invest, develop, finance and re-shape portfolios across all asset classes.


Knowledge and expertise

We work closely with our clients through our multidisciplinary team of legal and consulting experts to anticipate emerging trends and actively drive whole of life cycle solutions in various sectors including:

Hotels and leisure

  • Commercial
  • Industrial and logistics
  • Residential
  • Infrastructure and PPP
  • Data centres
  • Retail
  • Build-to-Rent
  • Affordable housing
  • Student accommodation
  • Seniors living
  • Land leases
  • Urban renewal and precinct development

Creating holistic, effective and pre-emptive solutions

The Real Estate industry is fast paced and clients must adapt to constantly evolving economic conditions, digital disruption, ESG and the need to keep up with regulatory changes.

We have an extensive history of advising large institutional real estate organisations in Australia and internationally. We combine technical skill with industry insights, a focus on relationships and service excellence to provide commercially and legally sound advice with a 'real world' lens. Our aim is to support our clients’ objectives and goals whilst assisting them to implement risk mitigation strategies in relation to issues including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals

  • Property development

  • Leasing and conveyancing

  • Employment, industrial relations and safety

  • Tax and stamp duty

  • Dispute resolution and insolvency

  • Financing

  • Funds establishment

  • Capital partnering investments including joint ventures and structuring

How we can help

Future cities

MinterEllison is engaging and partnering with governments, industry, public and private companies, and academics to amplify voice and debate to shape future skylines - including city accommodation. 


Case studies

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Qantas Airways Limited: Mascot Airport

Acted for longstanding client, Qantas Airways Limited, in one of the largest real estate transactions in 2021. The $802 million sale of 13.8 hectares of freehold land at Mascot, near Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport, was made to a consortium led by LOGOS Property Group. The consortium includes AustralianSuper, the country’s largest super fund, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

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Frasers Property Australia and Irongate Group Joint Venture: Bradmill factory, Yarraville

Advised on the formation of a 50-50 joint venture between Frasers Property Australia and Irongate Group, and its subsequent acquisition of the highly sought-after Bradmill factory site in Yarraville, for development as a major urban regeneration project. This was one of Melbourne's largest land deals in 2021, reflecting the strength of Melbourne’s residential market.

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Queensland's first build-to-rent property developments

Supported the successful proponents of a new initiative in Queensland – the development of two large scale build-to-rent properties in Brisbane. The project, in its pilot stage, is a partnership between the Queensland Government and two private sector property developers. Once completed – scheduled for 2023 – the buildings will offer up to 750 apartments, with up to 240 to be available to rent at a discounted rate.

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Stockland: Capital Transactions

Acted for Stockland on the on the sale of a number of its regional retail portfolio, including: Bundaberg Shopping Centre ($140 million), Caloundra ($90 million), The Pines ($160 million), Stockland Cairns ($146 million) and Stockland Townsville ($47 million). These transactions demonstrate the ongoing resilience and demand in the retail sector, especially in relation to non-discretionary retail.

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Keppel: Corner of Blue and Williams Street

Advised Singapore-based Keppel REIT in respect of its stake in the purchase of a $327.7 million office tower development in North Sydney. The tower is currently under construction and when completed will stand at 10 storeys high, offering 14,000 square metres of prime office space.

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Stockland: M_Park Development

Advised Stockland on the negotiation of an agreement for lease and long-term lease for premises to be used as a Data Centre located in Macquarie Park. MinterEllison has a longstanding relationship with Stockland, having advised on all asset classes within the Stockland business spanning the residential, retail, commercial and industrial sectors.


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