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        Financial Services

        DWF (Australia) operates a national Banking & Financial Services Practice comprised of a team known for our understanding of the market, our transactional management skills and our strong customer focus.

        What we do

        Our team works with banks, alternative capital providers, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, REITs, listed and unlisted borrowers, growth companies, listed and unlisted borrowers, growth companies, high net worth individuals, family businesses and corporate trustees.

        “High level of Industry knowledge, and commercial approach.. blessed with a strong work ethic and can do attitude”
        – Legal 500

        As debt advisers, we focus on corporate, acquisition, property and asset finance, advising on domestic and cross border financing transactions across many industries and sectors.

        We advise a number of the major Asia Pac market participants on property and asset financings. We are market leading advisers on alternative capital and the provision of emergency and special situation and bridging finance.

        We are known for our understanding of our markets, our transactional management skills and our strong customer focus. We realise that speed to market, cost, process certainty and the customer experience are critical.

        How we do it

        We put clients at the heart of everything we do and become part of your team. We combine genuine legal subject matter expertise and targeted industry knowledge to deliver a level of insight that resolves issues, gets business done and implements strategy for clients.

        Our approach is energetic and decisive. We work to quickly understand your needs and have a distinctively approachable style.

        We utilise our M&A, Private Equity Corporate Advisory and Property and Dispute Resolution Teams to provide our business partners with specialist, integrated transactional, advisory and referral services on a full range of property, corporate, acquisition and asset financing transactions.

      • Centuria Property Funds on facilities for Centuria Industrial REIT and Centuria Metropolitan REIT with industrial and office portfolios of a combined value of over $620 million.
      • DNW Group on its funding of the purchase and subdivision of 43 lots of land at Rouse Hill NSW 2155.
      • Marr Group on its multi-option facilities (including revolving cash facilities) from Westpac.
      • Stamford Capital on its facilities to the Milligan Group in connection with properties at Refern, Surry Hills, Sydney CBD and Waterloo.
      • Qualitas on its facilities to Legacy Group to fund sites at Macquarie Park, Campsie and Chatswood.
        • Ranked AFR Best Lawyers, AsiaLaw, Legal 500 and Chambers (UK) as leaders Banking and Finance.
        • Strength and depth with the expertise and cost base to be able to undertake both complex and high value finance work as well as volume transactional finance work.
        • Market leading teams in Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Turkey and the UK.

        What our clients say

        “Ben and his team recently advised us, delivering cost and process certainty on a very complex transaction, significantly enhancing our relationship with the customer at the same time, as addressing all key risks and structuring issues. They were easy to do business with, giving high quality advice and communicated with our clients and their lawyers very effectively, resolving issues quickly and efficiently”
        – Chris Foote, Westpac Institutional Bank
        “We have dealt with Ben, Adam and the team over a number of years and can confidently recommend the quality of their services. They have an in-depth understanding of the full breadth of financing products and markets and deliver a well-managed legal solution. Their approach remains practical and customer-focused, ensuring expectations are understood and managed and outcomes are delivered as closely aligned to estimates as possible. They have the connections and partnerships that assist us in achieving our goals and support our client’s needs”
        – Simon Beissel, Head of Corporate & Acquisition Finance, Investec
        “They never fail to impress with their ability to provide the highest quality advice in a timely manner, with a refreshing dose of commercial reality. Their ability to manage negotiations and communicate with our clients and opposing lawyers has assisted in getting several difficult situations resolved quickly and efficiently. What they say, they do"
        – Peter Nicholson, Confide Capital
        “Ben goes above and beyond to meet our requirements and time frames,” remarks one client while another calls him “approachable and a good negotiator.” One client also says: “I have worked with Ben over the past few years and found that he is able to find solutions to issues”
        – AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers
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        Ben Burney

        • Principal Lawyer // Head of Banking & Financial Services (Asia Pacific)

        Adam Fuller

        • Principal Lawyer

        Maggie Maconachie

        • Senior Associate

        Jen Burney

        • Senior Associate (Admitted in England & Wales)

        Matthew Hawken

        • Supervising Lawyer

        Mark Hickey

        • Chairman (Asia Pacific)