Gia Cari is a partner in 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.
She 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 appointed as a partner effective July 2019.
Gia is a 2019 participant in the Property Council of Australia's 500 Women in Property program, which identifies emerging female talent and provides networking and professional development opportunities throughout the year. She was also ranked by Doyle’s Guide Australia as a rising star in property and real estate.
“What we enjoyed most as a client was the commercial outlook that Gia took to seek the best outcome for our business and its investors.”
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.
Gia has acted on a variety of property matters for private clients, commercial property developers and property investors, including on behalf of:
- TMG Developments: in relation to the sale of the Hotel Lindrum to real estate developer Time and Place
- Journal Student Accommodation Fund: in relation to the sale of two student accommodation buildings in Melbourne for $459 million to German investment house Allianz Real Estate
- Beulah International: in relation to the acquisition of 185 City Road, Southbank from BMW for $101 million, 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 $577.5 million
- 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 $175 million 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
- MECCA Brands: in relation to a lease for its flagship store in Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall
- 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.
- 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
- the sale of off-the-plan industrial and residential redevelopment land within the Drystone Estate, Victoria and Darra Estate, Queensland
- the acquisition of a 49% interest in Telstra exchange property trust worth $1.43 billion
- the acquisition of Telstra’s headquarters for $830 million
- an agreement with BP for a stake in 225 convenience and fuel outlets for $840 million
- the acquisition of 3 Inghams processing and distribution sites for c$60.5 million
- Charter Hall and GIC: in relation to the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in the Ampol Property Trust
- Century Group: in relation to the sale of their development ‘Flinders Bank’ to property developer Mirvac for $200 million
- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation: in relation to property aspects of its acquisition of the Krispy Kreme Australia and New Zealand franchise business, and
- Trawalla Group: the sale of its Parliament Square development in Hobart to Tasmanian-based super fund Spirit Super for $330 million.
Awards & recognition
Gia is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, including
- Doyle’s Guide: property and real estate, and
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific: real estate.