Jonathan is the lead partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s Sydney property & development practice. His areas of expertise include commercial property law, business law and structuring of property ventures. Jonathan regularly advises large private client groups and high-net-worth individuals on a range of property related and business law matters.
Jonathan’s ‘business acumen sets him apart’.
Successive editions of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific recognise his expertise in the area of real estate and he is praised by clients for how his “business acumen sets him apart”. Jonathan has also been recognised in Best Lawyers® International in the area of real property law. He is also ranked by Doyle’s Guide for his expertise in leasing and real estate law.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from The University of Sydney and was admitted to practice in 1985. Jonathan is a Notary Public and accredited specialist in business law.
- large scale residential development and construction projects;
- sales and acquisitions, including commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties; and
- business law.
Jonathan has acted in a range of matters, including:
- Barana Group: on the acquisitions of 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney and 2-6 Cavill Avenue, Ashfield, and on the sales of Anchorage Resort, Port Stephens, Hotels at 88 Alfred Street, Milsons Point and Glen Waverley and office tower at 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point.
Haben Property Fund: in relation to the acquisition of shopping centres at St Marys, Woodcroft, Seven Hills and Wallsend in New South Wales, and Croydon in Victoria and the sale of shopping centres at Illawong and Woodcroft;
Toga Group: in relation to the development of a large scale residential apartment developments (in excess of 600 units) in New South Wales, the sale of the Hotel at 182 Elizabeth Street, Sydney;
Far East Organisation: in relation to the acquisition of the Clocktower Square Shopping Centre at Harrington Street, Sydney, the office tower at 227 Elizabeth Street, Sydney and 23 level commercial building at 570 George Street, Sydney;
- Harrington Property Group: in relation to the acquisition of the Fairfield Forum shopping centre;
- Handbury Properties: in relation to the sale of the commercial strata at Pier 8/9 Walsh Bay, Sydney;
- City Freeholds Group: in relation to the sale of Sydney’s Wentworth Hotel;
- Cartier Group: in relation to the site acquisition and financing, residential and commercial sales, and retail and commercial leasing of the mixed-use Pacific Square development; the sale of Marketown Shopping Centre; the purchase, redevelopment, leasing and sale of Ballina Fair, and the purchase and sale of Dubbo City Centre;
- a private syndicate associated with Rebel Property Group: in relation to the acquisition and restructuring of 4-14 Martin Place, Sydney;
- APN Funds Management Ltd: in relation to the development and sale of Auburn Marketplace Shopping Centre;
- Seven Network and a private syndicate associated with the Rebel Property Group: in relation to the leasehold acquisition, development and leasing of the Seven Centre at the Australian Technology Park and the disposal of the Seven Television studios at Epping, NSW;
- Cypress Lakes Group: on the development, sale and leaseback of the Golden Door resort, Hunter Valley;
- Abacus Property Group: in relation to the purchase and sale of 343 George Street, Sydney;
- Kirsh Property Group and Abacus Property Group: in relation to the acquisition of 4-14 Martin Place, Sydney;
- a syndicate of private investors: in relation to the acquisition and disposal of the Metro Hotel Sydney and the Metro Hotel Sydney Central;
- a syndicate of private investors: in relation to the purchase of 55 Margaret Street, Sydney;
- Karedis Investment Group: in relation to the site acquisition and development agreements for the Burleigh and Rockhampton Homemaker Centres; acquisitions of Newington Shopping Centre, Alexandria, Blacktown and Nowra Homemaker Centres; and the development and sale of the Peninsula residential development and shopping centre, Matraville; and
- Burcher Property Group: sales and purchases of commercial office buildings at Elizabeth Street, Sussex Street and Clarence Street, Sydney and Edgecliff.
Awards & recognition
Jonathan is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, and industry awards including:
- Best Lawyers® International: leasing law and real property law
- Doyle’s Guide: leasing
- Chambers Asia Pacific: real estate, and
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific: real estate.