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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.

Experience

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

  • Beulah International: in relation to the acquisition of 185 City Road, Southbank from BMW for $101m, including ongoing advice in relation to the redevelopment, leasing and subdivision of the site;
  • Dial-A-Dump: in relation to the property aspects of Ian Malouf’s sale of the business to ASX-listed Bingo Industries for $577.5m;
  • Charter Hall: in relation to property matters, due diligence and documentation of the acquisition of the Coles distribution centre, Smeaton Grange NSW and acquisitions for the Charter Hall wholesale partnership including home improvement focused assets such as the Bunnings Mornington, Tasmania and Bunnings Gungahlin, ACT;
  • Charter Hall: in relation to the sale of off-the-plan industrial and residential redevelopment land within the Drystone Estate, Victoria and Darra Estate, Queensland;
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation: in relation to property aspects of its acquisition of the Krispy Kreme Australia and New Zealand franchise business;
  • Hume Property Group: in relation to the documentation and negotiation of an Agreement for Lease and Lease of 55 City Road, Southbank with TFE Hotels for the Adina, Southbank Hotel;
  • Cremorne Properties: in relation to ongoing retail and office leasing, including in relation to tenants such as REA Group and Tesla and general advice on property acquisitions and due diligence;
  • DeGroup: in relation to the sale of the $175m Bradmill Site, Yarraville; 
  • Lascorp Development Group: in relation to the disposal of numerous retail shopping centres and development sites in Victoria and Queensland to SCA Property Group;
  • Grenda Group: in relation to the property aspects of the sale of the Grenda bus and coach operating businesses, Grenda Transit Management to Ventura;
  • Grenda Group: in relation to the property aspects of the sale of the Grenda bus manufacturing business Volgren to Brazilian based manufacturer, Marcopolo;
  • Walker Corporation: in relation to the acquisition, development, subdivision and leasing matters at Towers One, Two, Three, Four, the Lantern Building and Good Shed South at Collins Square, Victoria comprising a mixed-use retail and office development, including the negotiation and documentation of the sale of Tower Three, Collins Square to CIMB Group;
  • Visy Industries Australia: in relation to the sale of industrial paper manufacturing and warehouse and distribution facilities in Victoria, NSW and South Australia;
  • Private clients: private high net wealth investors in relation to documenting and negotiating the sale and acquisition of land in Victoria, including the sale of:
    • 357 Collins Street, Melbourne to Australand;
    • 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne to SP Setia Berhad; 
    • 454 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne to Golden Age Group; and
  • Private clients: in relation to complex and staged land subdivisions and not-in-common ownership transfers.