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Daniel Mote

About Daniel

Daniel Mote is a commercial lawyer, with a particular focus on banking & finance and restructuring & distressed debt workouts.

Daniel has acted on numerous landmark and award winning transactions. He provides strategic and commercial legal advice to major financial institutions, hedge funds, property developers, entrepreneurs and high-wealth family groups.

Daniel graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with honours.  Daniel joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2007 as an articled clerk, was admitted to practice in 2008 and was appointed as a senior associate in 2011.

Practice focus

Daniel’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • banking and finance transactions, including negotiating and drafting large corporate and acquisition debt financing transactions, property development finance, project finance and mezzanine finance;
  • restructuring, distressed debt and workouts;
  • funds management, including establishment and ongoing legal advice in relation to managed investment schemes and advice relating to financial services law;
  • joint ventures, including drafting and negotiating investment agreements and associated documentation; and
  • general commercial and corporate transactions, including shareholder agreements, business sale and acquisitions.


Daniel has acted for a range of major Australian and international corporations, funds and private clients, including most recently on behalf of:

  • York Capital Management and Varde Investment Partners: in relation to the takeover and recapitalization of Redcape Group via a distressed debt control transaction (and on the subsequent sale of the Redcape Group to Moelis Australia); 
  • Redcape Group: in relation to ongoing commercial, finance and M&A advice (including the acquisition of the National Leisure & Gaming business, the spin-off of the Hotel Property Investments Trust) and numerous other key initiatives pursued by the Redcape Group;
  • An ad-hoc group of lenders: in relation to the restructure of the Onsite Rental Group;
  • Ares Management and Ascribe Capital as Australian counsel: in relation to the restructure of Boart Longyear;
  • An ad-hoc group of PIK noteholders: in relation to the restructure of BIS Industries;
  • York Capital Management: in the acquisition of PrimeCredit Limited and Shenzhen PrimeCredit Limited, a leading Hong Kong and Shenzhen consumer finance and mortgage business owned by Standard Chartered;
  • KordaMentha as voluntary administrators (and later deed administrators) of the Arrium Group;
  • Numerous US law firms: acting as Australian counsel in relation to offshore financing that involved either an acquisition of an Australian business or Australian guarantors and security providers; 
  • Partners for Growth: in the establishment and negotiation of various corporate debt facilities in Australia;
  • Qualitas: in relation to the establishment of its $500m construction debt fund, and other corporate and construction finance advice to Qualitas and its various funds;
  • Numerous corporations and fund managers: in relation to the establishment and structuring of investment, opportunity or debt funds, including advice associated with financial service licensing; and
  • Numerous non-bank lending clients (including domestic funds and international funds): in relation to corporate, acquisition and construction financing.

Recognition & publications

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