Stephen Sharp is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in the areas of property finance, corporate finance and real estate in a number of prominent international guides to law firms, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and IFLR 1000. He has been highlighted in Chambers Global as being valued for his “terrific broad knowledge of property” and described by sources as “well known to lenders because he understands their positions, takes a highly commercial approach, understands the legal framework, and is accessible and easy to get along with”. Chambers also references that “sources especially praise his commerciality and negotiation skills, with one noting ‘He is a clear thinker and gives common-sense advice that he links into good legal practice.’”. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has cited sources commenting that Stephen “knows the finance and development industry better than anyone else in Melbourne”. Stephen is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of banking and finance law. Most recently, Stephen was ranked by Doyle’s Guide as ‘recommended’ in the category of Leading Banking & Finance Lawyers – Melbourne, 2016.
Stephen takes a comprehensive approach to commercial and property matters and manages complex transactions from beginning to end in a timely and efficient manner. He draws on his extensive network of contacts in the banking, private and structured capital environment to give clients financing and take-out solutions that are realistic and commercially focused.
Stephen joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 1987 and was admitted to the partnership in 1992.
Stephen heads the banking & finance department and is a member of the commercial & corporate and property & development practices. His practice focuses on the following areas:
- property finance, acting for borrowers and lenders in the full spectrum of financing transactions at the senior, mezzanine and equity levels; and
- development and long-term ownership joint ventures.
Stephen also has a strong commitment to community interests having commenced serving as a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia in 1998 and as its current national Chairman.