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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 and non-bank lenders on property finance transactions, corporate lending 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 the then 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 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 is recognised in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition for his expertise in banking & 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 and non-bank lender representation and includes the following key areas:
  • property investment and development financings;
  • property financing involving landowner and developer Project Delivery Agreements;
  • general corporate financings, including senior and mezzanine financings;
  • refinancings;
  • loan note issuance;
  • 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: in relation to several senior debt financing facilities made available to a substantial Australian property group for property investment, development and residual stock purposes. Advising also in relation to the creation of a debt fund, including loan note issuance.
  • 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 and the senior mezzanine financing in respect of a site at Crows Nest;
  • Aqualand: advising in relation to the refinancing for a North Sydney Office tower;
  • MaxCap Group: in relation to numerous senior ‘land’ loans secured over NSW property;
  • Fortress Investment Group: in relation to numerous senior land investment loans secured over NSW property;
  • Qualitas: in relation to various investment financings for properties located in Sydney (as borrower) and (as non-bank lender) the provision of mezzanine debt to a property developer;
  • Far East Group: in relation to its circa $40 million refinancing of a prime Sydney CBD property and (as principal) circa $120 million hotel portfolio refinancing;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • Accent Group Limited: 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;
  • 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 New South Wales;
  • Besen Pty Ltd: in relation to various investment and development financings in respect of prime residential apartment sites in Sydney;
  • Various international corporates including Fisher & Paykel and Hyperion Insurance Group: in relation to the Australian law aspects of their international financings and refinancings;
  • Fridcorp: in relation to certain of its financing arrangements for the ‘Eve’ development at Erskineville, 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;
  • 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);
  • 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;
  • 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;
Prior to Arnold Bloch Leibler, 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;
  • 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;
  • A German pension fund: in relation to the senior debt financing for the circa £115 million structured acquisition of an office tower in London;
  • 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. This transaction won the Real Estate Team of the year award at the 2005 UK Legal Business Awards;
  • Westfield: on the financing aspects of its £1.05 billion joint venture with Queensland Investment Corporation: in relation to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, UK; and
  • London & Regional: in relation to the refinancing of the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel and the financing of the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel.

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