Firms: K&L Gates (the vendors); Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Mirvac)
Deal: Sale of the Harbourside Shopping Centre to Mirvac
Key players: K&L Gates acted for the vendors, while Corrs Chambers Westgarth acted for Mirvac. The K&L Gates team was led by partners Rowan McDonald and Jodie Masson
Deal significance: The Stonebridge Capital Group brokered the sale on behalf of the shopping centre’s private owner, the developer John Beville. The well-known shopping centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour was opened in 1988 and still has 75 years left on its 99-year lease from the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
“This is an exceedingly rare transaction for a prized Sydney location,” said McDonald (pictured). “The sale itself was complex due to it being executed as a share-and-unit sale rather than a property asset sale. The centre attracts over 14 million people a year and therefore it is unsurprising to have achieved a great result for our client.”