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REB judge

Norman Donato

Corporate & Commercial law

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Master of Laws (USYD)
  • Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
  • President, Commercial Law Association of Australia/Chair, Commercial Law Forum and Legislative Review Task Force
  • Australia Information Industry Association – participating in Special Interests Groups – Financial Services; and Data Analytics
  • Affiliate of Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and NZ
  • Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Ltd

For over 30 years Norman has worked in corporate, commercial and finance law, often managing highly complex cases. He is a specialist in the banking and finance sector, particularly in securities and duties law. Norman advises national and international clients along with government bodies such as local councils, major banks and publicly listed companies.

Clients appreciate Norman’s problem solving ability and his never-say-die attitude when it comes to helping them get the best results. They also appreciate his commercial focus, which stems in part from working for seven years as an in-house counsel at the State Bank of NSW, as well as in the indirect tax division of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Norman is also a regular speaker and presents seminars on a range of topics including Director’s Duties, Privacy and Ecommerce.

Specific areas of focus

  • Banking and finance, including securities and duties law.
  • Commercial law, including drafting and negotiating all forms of commercial contracts as well as managing complex commercial negotiations and transactions.
  • All forms of joint ventures, partnerships, alliances, agencies, teaming arrangements.
  • Administrative law including privacy and access to information, intellectual property and information technology.
  • Construction and debt recovery.
  • Drafting and negotiating all forms of commercial contracts in relation to projects and construction including development agreements, project funding agreements and project management agreements. This also includes reviewing existing contracts for local Councils.