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Gia Cari

About Gia

Gia Cari is a member of the firm’s property & development group. She provides a broad range of advice to private, corporate and institutional clients. Gia advises on acquisitions, disposals, developments, real estate finance and leasing transactions.

Gia is a strong property generalist and regularly acts for private and institutional investors in relation to various property types, including commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use property and has specialist experience in advising on complex title issues and land subdivisions.

Gia joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as a law graduate in 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She was also editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. Gia was admitted to practice in 2009 and was appointed a senior associate of the firm in July 2013. 

Practice focus

Gia’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • sales and acquisitions for commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties;
  • property due diligence;
  • development projects;
  • advice on complex title issues;
  • land subdivisions and staged residential and commercial land development; and
  • commercial and retail leasing.

Directorships & memberships

Gia is a member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association.


Gia has acted on a variety of property matters for private clients, commercial property developers and property investors, including on behalf of:

  • Lascorp Development Group: in relation to the disposal of various retail development centres in Victoria and Queensland to SCA Property Group;
  • the Pace Family: in relation to the development of the Seville Town Centre, Victoria;
  • the Barana Group: in relation to the acquisition of the Novotel Hotel St Kilda from Tourism Asset Holdings Limited;
  • Krueger Transport: in relation to the disposal of its primary manufacturing facility in Victoria and ongoing general property and leasing advice;
  • the Grenda family: in relation to freehold and leasehold aspects of the sale of its bus and coach operating businesses, Grenda Transit Management, to privately owned Melbourne bus operator, Ventura, as well as in the sale of a majority stake in its bus manufacturing business, Volgren, to Brazilian company Marcopolo;
  • Walker Corporation: in relation to:
    • the acquisition and development of the Collins Square mixed-use development at Melbourne’s Docklands,
    • property due diligence at the Kew Cottages redevelopment at Kew, Victoria, and
    • the sale of the Point Cook Town Centre at Point Cook, Victoria;
  • Juilliard Group of Companies: in relation to:
    • the redevelopment and leasing of 121 William Street, Melbourne, and
    • ongoing commercial and retail leasing matters;
  • Intrapac Projects: in relation to the acquisition and development of residential development sites;
  • Visy Industries Australia: in relation to:
    • the sale of industrial property in Australia, and
    • advice in relation to commercial and industrial leasing matters;
  • MAB Corporation: in relation to the development and management of projects at Melbourne’s Docklands and the University Hill development at Bundoora;
  • R Corporation: in respect of the development of ‘Clara’, a mixed residential development in South Yarra, Melbourne;
  • Baron Group: in relation to the sale of an interest in Southern Cross office tower in Bourke Street, Melbourne, to a publicly listed superannuation fund;
  • Jewish Care Victoria: in relation to planning and development projects for urban aged care facilities, including general planning advice and VCAT proceedings in relation to appeals on planning use and development; and
  • private property investors and developers: in relation to various properties, including the:
    • sale of the historical stock exchange site at 357 Collins Street, Melbourne, to Australand,
    • acquisition of 658 Church Street, Richmond, and
    • disposal of 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, to SP Setia.