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Nathan Briner

About Nathan

Nathan Briner is a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s banking & finance practice in Sydney. He regularly advises corporate borrowers, non-bank lenders, property funds, developers and hedge funds on property finance transactions, corporate borrowings, joint ventures and restructurings.

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

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2011, Nathan spent 13 years in the London office of leading international law firm SJ Berwin LLP, where he was appointed partner in 2005. During his time in London he regularly advised property funds, private equity houses, corporations, entrepreneurs and financial institutions on a wide range of domestic and international financing transactions with a focus on UK and cross-border European real estate finance transactions.

Nathan is recommended by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in the area of banking and finance law. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and was admitted to practice in Australia in 1995 and in England and Wales in 2000.

Practice focus

Nathan’s banking and finance practice focuses on borrower representation and includes the following key areas:
  • property investment and development financings;
  • general corporate financings, including senior and mezzanine financings and refinancings;
  • acquisition and liquidity bridge financings;
  • restructuring and work outs; and
  • advising in relation to debt sourcing and structuring transactions.

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

Directorships & memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Roll of solicitors in England and Wales
  • Member of Urban Land Institute
  • Member of Property Council of Australia
  • Honorary solicitor for JCA

Experience

Nathan has acted in a range of matters, including:

  • Alceon Group: acting for Alceon in their capacity as a senior non-bank lender drafting and negotiating finance documentation for various investment and development property financings as well as drafting investor loan notes and subscription agreements;
  • Fortress Investment Group: acting for Fortress in their capacity as a senior non-bank lender drafting and negotiating finance documentation for various senior investment property financings;
  • Apollo and Oaktree: 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 (ALB Australasian Law Awards Australian Deal of the Year and Insolvency & Reconstruction Deal of the Year 2013);
  • Far East Group: in relation to its circa $40 million refinancing of a prime Sydney CBD property and refinancing of a portfolio of hotels throughout Australia;
  • Goldman Sachs: in its capacity as hedge counterparty in relation to the restructure of one of Australia’s largest privately owned diagnostic imaging networks;
  • Challenger: acting in relation to the provision of a syndicated cash advance facility to a large US real estate private equity firm to refinance its debt secured by a multi-tenanted retail property;
  • 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;
  • Ramsay Property Group: in relation to various of their investment and development financings in New South Wales;
  • Qualitas: in relation to various investment financings for properties located in Sydney;
  • Besen Pty Ltd: in relation to various investment and development financings in respect of prime residential apartment sites in Sydney;
  • Redbank Energy: in relation to the finance aspects of the restructuring of the $300 million senior debt facility relating to the Redbank power station;
  • Charter Hall: in relation to the financing aspects of its acquisition of a commercial property at Rosehill, New South Wales;
  • Gresham Property Funds Management: in relation to the $25 million mezzanine development and investment facility for a mixed-use residential and commercial development in Sydney;
  • 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;
  • Toga Group: in relation to numerous financings, including the circa $100 million investment and development financing for its West Ryde, Sydney development;
  • Centennial Property Group: in relation to numerous investment and development financings including the circa $47 million investment financing for a property in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane;
  • RCG Corporation: in relation to the circa $90 million senior debt financing and other financing matters including vendor loan notes in respect of its circa $200 million acquisition of the Accent Group;
  • Harris Farm Markets: in relation to its senior debt group refinancing and ongoing financing matters;
  • Oxanda: acting for Oxanda in relation to its debt finance and general commercial matters;
  • Deutsche Bank: in relation to a €95 million facility for the refinancing of a large retail restaurant and cinema complex in Bremen, Germany;
  • 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;
  • MSREF (Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds): in relation to the (ultimately aborted) € 90 million financing for the acquisition of Koln Tower, Germany;
  • Westfield: on the financing aspects of its £1.05 billion joint venture with Queensland Investment Corporation in respect of 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;
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi: in respect of 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;
  • 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 £1.86 billion 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. This transaction won the Real Estate Team of the year award at the 2005 UK Legal Business Awards; 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.

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