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Deborah Bean

Fax +61.7.3233.0900

Having more than 20 years' experience, Ms. Bean has extensive experience in advising banks and other financial institutions in relation to providing facilities to the property and construction, agribusiness, health and aged care sectors.

Ms. Bean has acted for banks in diverse property finance transactions involving joint ventures, trusts, and managed investment schemes, acquisition and development finance, and commercial and industrial developments. She also advises on large scale projects, residential strata and subdivision developments including undertaking due diligence in relation to the Personal Property Securities Register, building contracts and the enforceability of residential pre-sale contracts.

Working in Queensland, she also acts for financiers in relation to projects and structured finance transactions involving energy and resources projects.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bean worked at leading national law firms in Sydney and Brisbane.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA) member

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Bean regularly presents seminars and training on Australian finance law for numerous financial institutions.
  • Acting for CBA in relation to its AUD67 million acquisition and development facility in connection with the Market Square Shopping Centre, Sunnybank and Calamvale Marketplace, Calamvale and 65-69 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland. 
  • Advising Westpac in relation to its AUD28 million development facility to assist with construction of an aged care facility located at 76 – 80 Caboolture Road, Morayfield.
  • Acting for Village Care Property Group Pty Ltd in relation to its AUD30 million facility from ANZ Bank to assist with the refinance of an existing retirement village and the construction of an aged care facility.
  • Acting for CBA in a transaction involving security taken in respect of three major shopping centres and the development of a further shopping centre. This transaction involved review of 55 leases, a building contract and negotiation of side deeds.
  • Acting for Bankwest advancing moneys where the security was a sub-lease of a railway station in Hurstville, NSW. This transaction involved review of 22 sub-sub leases and negotiation of consent agreements with Rail Corporation NSW.
  • Acting for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in the restructure of a major retirement care operator and their business involving two retirement and aged care villages. This transaction involved review of the constituent corporate documentation including intercompany agreements of the corporate structure, structuring and corporate advice and management of the shareholder approval process to enable the restructuring to occur.
  • Acting for CBA in a transaction involving a large corporate client who is in the business of hiring equipment. This transaction involved taking security in relation to leasehold and freehold property across Australia and also advice in respect of the Personal Property Securitas Act 2009 and its effect on the bank's security interests.
  • Acting for RAM Property Group in relation to a transaction involving the purchase of a number of shopping centres in a wholesale management investment trust, including the review of due diligence, leases (incentive and rebate agreements), management agreements, dealing with contamination issues, corporate structure and trust deeds.