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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 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, was appointed as a senior associate in 2012 and became a special counsel in 2018.

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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, with a particular focus on non-bank lending;
  • 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 andshareholder arrangements.

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;
  • Gurner™: in relation to the development and financing aspects of several significant projects, including:
    • senior, mezzanine and note issue arrangements for the financing of its A$600 million mixed-use development in Fortitude Valley, Queensland;  and
    • a A$550 million residential development project in St Kilda, Victoria;
  • Brady Group: in relation to the financing of a number of residential apartment towers incorporating hotel and commercial components;
  • Dennis Group: in connection with the financing of a series of land subdivision projects;
  • VPV Investments LLC/FTI Consulting: in connection with the receivership of the Pentridge Village development;
  • Impact: in relation to all legal aspects of its acquisition of the K5 Tower in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane;
  • local and foreign institutional and private investors: advising in relation to participation arrangements and other investments in land and development facilities;
  • Gardior: in connection with a strategic review of the management of The Infrastructure Fund (Fund) undertaken on behalf of unitholders;
  • Charter Hall: in relation to the establishment and financing of several wholesale property funds, including the Core Logistics Property Fund and the LWIP Trust;
  • Alceon: in connection with the structuring and establishment of a A$250 million wholesale development finance fund;
  • 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;
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd and Commerzbank AG: in relation to syndicated term loan facilities granted to Bank Muscat SAOG totalling US$550 million; and
  • major international financial institutions: in relation to the syndicated financing of several independent water and power projects in the Sultanate of Oman.

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