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Damien  Cuddihy

About Damien

Damien Cuddihy practises in banking and finance law with a particular focus on general corporate and property finance. He has acted for a variety of commercial and corporate clients, including major financial institutions, large corporations, property developers and family businesses, on a diverse range of finance matters.

Damien graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with honours. He joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2005 as an articled clerk and was admitted to practice in 2006. In 2008, Damien moved overseas where he worked in the Oman office of Trowers & Hamlins, an international law firm with offices throughout the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He returned to Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2011 and was appointed as a senior associate in 2012.

Practice focus

Damien’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • banking and finance, including documenting and negotiating large corporate lending transactions, syndicated facilities and mezzanine finance arrangements;
  • property and development, including property and development finance, property joint ventures, wholesale property funds and development agreements; and
  • general commercial and corporate transactions, including joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and business acquisitions.

Experience

Damien has acted in a range of matters, including on behalf of:

  • MaxCap Group: in relation to the senior, mezzanine and preferred equity financing of numerous residential and commercial property developments;
  • GurnerTM: in relation to the structuring and documentation of senior, mezzanine and note issue arrangements for the financing of its A$600 million mixed-use development in Fortitude Valley, Queensland;
  • Brady Group: in relation to the financing of the construction of three residential apartment towers;
  • VPV Investments LLC/FTI Consulting: in connection with the receivership of the Pentridge Village development;
  • Charter Hall: in relation to the establishment and financing of several wholesale property funds, including the Core Logistics Property Fund and the LWIP Trust;
  • Hermal Group and Australian Sustainable Hardwoods: in relation to the financing of the purchase of the Heyfield timber mill from Gunns Limited and its subsidiaries;
  • BOS International (Australia) Limited and Capital Finance Australia Limited: in relation to the sale of their interest in corporate and project finance facilities made available to the RCL Group;
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd and Commerzbank AG: in relation to syndicated term loan facilities granted to Bank Muscat SAOG totaling US$550 million;
  • major international financial institutions: in relation to the syndicated financing of several independent water and power projects in the Sultanate of Oman; and
  • Orchard Property Group: in relation to the property and finance aspects of:
    • its A$840 million acquisition and leaseback of Woolworths’ Australian distribution centres; and
    • the refinancing and listing of the Orchard Industrial Property Fund on the ASX.