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Nathan Briner

About Nathan

Nathan is a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s banking & finance practice in Sydney. He regularly advises property funds, property developers, corporate borrowers, non-bank lenders and high net worth individuals on property finance transactions, corporate lending and restructurings.

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Nathan spent 13 years in the London office of the then leading international law firm SJ Berwin LLP. During his time in London he regularly advised property funds, private equity houses, corporations, entrepreneurs and financial instructions on a wide range of domestic and international financing transactions with a focus on UK and cross-border European real estate finance transactions. Nathan retains strong connections with many of his London based property finance contacts.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology is admitted to practice in Australia and is currently on the roll as a non-practising solicitor in England & Wales.

“An experienced finance lawyer who combines an eye for detail with a commercial approach. As a client, you know he’ll get the deal done, with your interests protected.”

Client quote, Real estate private equity firm

Practice focus

Nathan’s banking and finance practice focuses on borrower and non-bank lender representation and includes the following key areas:
  • property investment and development financings, including senior and mezzanine financings
  • general corporate financings
  • refinancings
  • loan note issuance
  • restructuring and work outs, and
  • debt sourcing and structuring transactions.

Experience

Nathan has acted in a range of matters, including:

Property finance

  • Starwood Capital: in relation to its first Australian debt deal, a circa $220m development facility for a project by international student accommodation specialist, Scape
  • Alceon Group: in relation to several senior debt financing facilities made available to a substantial Australian property group for property investment, development and residual stock purposes
  • Toga Group: in relation to numerous financings, including the circa $100 million investment and development financing for its West Ryde, Sydney development and the circa $91.5 million syndicated senior development financings for apartments at Macquarie Park
  • MaxCap Group: in relation to numerous senior secured facilities
  • Fortress Investment Group: in relation to numerous senior secured facilities
  • Qualitas: in relation to various investment financings for properties located in Sydney (as borrower) and (as non-bank lender), including the provision of mezzanine finance for an ACT residential development
  • Centennial Property Group: in relation to numerous investment and development financings, including senior and mezzanine debt
  • Merricks Capital: in relation to numerous senior secured investment and development financings
  • Ashe Morgan: in relation to various financings including the circa $80 million senior debt and circa $20 million mezzanine financings and related complicated intercreditor arrangements in respect of their acquisition of Harbour Town, Melbourne
  • Haben: in relation to various of their investment and development financings in respect of numerous shopping centres
  • ANKA: in relation to various of their investment and development financings in respect of numerous properties
  • Ramsay Property Group: in relation to various of their investment and development financings in NSW
  • IJD Group: in relation to various property financings advanced by it (as non-bank lender) and other property acquisitions (as borrower)
  • Besen Pty Ltd: in relation to various investment and development financings in respect of prime residential apartment sites in Sydney
  • Fridcorp: in relation to certain of its financing arrangements for the ‘Eve’ development at Erskineville, Sydney
  • Charter Hall: in relation to the financing aspects of its acquisition of a commercial property at Rosehill, NSW
  • Challenger: in relation to the provision of a syndicated cash advance facility to Blackstone Group for the refinancing of an industrial and retail property in Sydney
  • Far East Group: in relation to its circa $40 million refinancing of a prime Sydney CBD property and circa $120 million hotel portfolio refinancing
  • Aqualand: advising in relation to the refinancing for a North Sydney Office tower, and
  • Gresham Property Funds Management: in relation to the $25 million mezzanine investment and development facility for a mixed-use residential and commercial development in Sydney.

Prior to joining ABL, Nathan acted for:

  • AXA REIM: in relation to a €75.7 million cross-border refinancing of a European property portfolio involving six jurisdictions, in addition to the restructuring of a £300 million facility to a limited partnership and a related mezzanine facility including subordination arrangements
  • Raven Russia, a UK AIM listed entity: on various senior investment and development financings in Russia and the Ukraine with a combined debt value in excess of US $370 million
  • Brockton Capital, a UK private equity real estate fund: in relation to various investment and development financings of London commercial properties, in addition to subscription lines of credit and internal debt arrangements
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi: in relation to a circa £150 million investment and development financing facility for the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre, London and subsequent hotel development financing that brought Starwood Hotel and Resorts' ‘Aloft’ hotel concept to the UK
  • A London based property investment company: in relation to the financing of a €150 million acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres in Germany, a debt buy-back at a discount of ‘B’ notes from a senior lender and the restructuring of the underlying €50 million facilities
  • MSREF (Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds): in relation to the (ultimately aborted) € 90 million financing for the acquisition of Koln Tower, Germany
  • Chelsfield: in relation to financing the acquisition of a landmark London property and part of the SJ Berwin team advising on the finance aspects of the £1.86b public to private transaction for Chelsfield plc
  • Prestbury Group: in relation to the £365 million facility for the acquisition and leaseback of 135 Travelodge hotels in the UK
  • Westfield: part of the SJ Berwin team advising on the financing aspects of its £1.05 billion joint venture with Queensland Investment Corporation: in relation to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, UK
  • London & Regional: in relation to the refinancing of the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel and the financing of the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel
  • Deutsche Bank: in relation to a €95 million facility for the refinancing of a large retail restaurant and cinema complex in Bremen, Germany, and
  • a German pension fund: in relation to the senior debt financing for the circa £115 million structured acquisition of an office tower in London.

Corporate and venture finance

  • One Ventures: in relation to various secured loan facilities advanced by its new credit fund to corporates, including expansion stage technology companies
  • Oxanda Education: in relation to various matters including negotiating senior facility and security and advising in respect of funding on-going acquisition of child care centres
  • Accent Group Limited: in relation to its senior debt group financing (including advising in relation to acquisition finance, refinancing and vendor loan notes issuance)
  • Harris Farm Markets: in relation to its senior debt group financing, and
  • various international corporates including Hyperion Insurance Group: in relation to the Australian law aspects of their international financings and refinancings.

Restructuring & work outs

  • Apollo and Oaktree: part of the ABL team in relation to finance aspects of the restructure of Nine Entertainment where $3.4 billion in senior and mezzanine debt was exchanged for cash and equity, including advising in relation to the Australian law aspects of the $800 million leveraged facility agreement and security arrangements
  • Redbank Energy: in relation to the finance aspects of the restructuring of the $300 million senior debt facility relating to the Redbank power station, and
  • A tier 1 US investment bank in its capacity as hedge counterparty: in relation to the restructure of one of Australia’s largest privately owned diagnostic imaging networks.

Directorships & memberships

Nathan is:
  • a member of the Law Society of NSW
  • a member of the Property Council of Australia
  • admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and is currently on the roll as a non-practising on the SRA, and
  • honorary solicitor for JCA.

Awards & recognition

Nathan is recognised as a leading lawyer by an international guide to lawyers and law firms:

  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: banking & finance.

“Nathan belongs to a rare breed of finance lawyers. He understands what matters and thinks out of the box to deliver high quality solutions for his clients.”

Client quote, Real estate private equity firm

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