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Samuel Brown

Partner
+61.2.9513.2466
Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Mr. Brown has nearly 15 years' experience in real estate transactions, large-scale infrastructure transactions and property funds.

Mr. Brown believes in providing value-add to his clients by taking the initiative, being responsive and adopting an astute, commercially balanced and solutions based approach. He communicates in a clear and straightforward manner to attain successful outcomes.

Mr. Brown's real estate expertise includes: acquisitions and disposals of development and built form assets; Government tenders; major project and development agreements; fund through arrangements; advising on property developments (commercial, mixed use and residential); commercial, industrial and retail leasing; land use and access rights; property due diligence; and advising receivers on the stabilization and sale of assets.

Mr. Brown's property funds expertise includes transaction structuring, fund establishment (including Managed Investment Trusts for foreign investors), asset and investment management agreements; joint venture property investment and the disposal and acquisition of interests in property funds.

Mr. Brown has also advised on the property aspects of infrastructure privatizations involving ports and power generation assets and infrastructure projects involving road, rail and hospital infrastructure.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2017, Mr. Brown led the Finance and Commercial Property team at a boutique firm in Sydney.

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Brown is a member of the organizing committee for the annual LAWSKI conference Thredbo, NSW, a not-for-profit event for the profession that also seeks to raise funds for charitable purposes.

Speaking Engagements

In 2013, Mr. Brown travelled to Kenya to co-present with the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority and a major Kenyan law firm to investment banks and developers on REIT regulations that were proposed for Kenya, modelled on Australian law.
Investment Management
  • Lendlease: negotiations with investors on the initial AUD2 billion equity investment into the fund to acquire Towers 1 and 2, International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Assisting a German based real estate investment fund to re-structure its management arrangements for its Australian investment funds.
  • Realmont Property Partners: assisting with their appointment as investment and asset managers for a number of funds.
  • Assisting a major German based real estate investment fund to establish new Australian investment funds for the acquisition of office assets.

Real Estate Development 
  • Lendlease: assisting with the subdivision and development of various sites comprising part of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct at Darling Harbour, including:
    • a commercial building in the NW Plot at Darling Square, in respect of which the office space will be wholly occupied by CBA
    • the mixed use SW Plot, NE Plot and SE Plot at Darling Square, each comprising three residential towers and a retail stratum
    • the mixed use building in the North Plot at Darling Square comprising commercial and retail uses
    • two student accommodation buildings in Darling Square
    • a new 5 star hotel as part of the International Convention Centre Sydney. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Lendlease: assisting with the subdivision and development of various sites at Barangaroo, including:
    • the proposed Crown Casino site
    • three proposed high-rise residential towers
    • three major office towers, being Tower 1, Tower 2 and Tower 3, International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo (prior to joining K&L Gates)
    • two low-rise residential apartment buildings. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Sydney Fish Markets: assisting with negotiations for the redevelopment of the Sydney Fish Markets.

Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Lendlease: the sale of The Darling Exchange in Darling Harbour, a newly constructed 'place making' building comprising hospitality, market-hall and Council library tenancies.
  • Lendlease: acting on a staged acquisition strategy for the acquisition of strata lots in a Sydney CBD commercial office building.
  • Lendlease: acting on the acquisition of an industrial real estate asset, with completion subject to construction of improvements by the vendor.
  • Advising a major German based investment fund on the disposal of an office building in South Australia.
  • Telstra: advising on the divestment of a series of disused telecommunications sites.
  • Acting for a private group in the off-market acquisition of a major office asset in a fringe Sydney market.
  • Lendlease: acting on the acquisition of 8 Spring St, Sydney. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Lendlease: acting on the sale of the Woolworths Distribution Centre, 69 Sargents Rd, Minchinbury. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Singapore-listed AACI REIT: acquisition of a 49% interest in the Optus Centre at Macquarie Park for approximately AUD184 million, through the acquisition of units in the Macquarie Park Trust. The transaction was the first foreign investment by AACI REIT (which is managed in joint venture by AMP Capital and AIMS Financial Group). (prior to joining K&L Gates) 

Leasing
  • Telstra: acting in relation to various leasing arrangements as part of Telstra's national tenancy portfolio.
  • Assisting a major Australian commercial office fund with its landlord leasing arrangements for 5 office buildings in Sydney's CBD.
  • NSW Ports: advising on its industrial leasing arrangements as landlord at Port Botany, Port Kembla and Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, including with tenants such as Patrick Stevedores, Qube, AST Services, Maritime Container Services, Transport for NSW and Port Authority of NSW.
  • Real IS: assisting with office premises lease negotiations with the South Australian Government as tenant.
  • Assisting a variety of companies and institutions with negotiating leasing arrangements for new office leases. 

Major Infrastructure and Resources Transactions
  • NSW Ports: assisting to negotiate and finalise:
    • a container terminal lease to Patrick Stevedores
    • a terminal lease to Port Kembla Gateway for the operation of Port Kembla's maritime business centre
    • land use and access rights over riparian land at Port Botany and Port Kembla
  • Assisting with the development of a major wind farm in regional NSW.
  • AGL: all property aspects of its successful bid for the AUD1.5 billion acquisition of the Macquarie Generation assets, including two major power stations, from the State of NSW. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Advising a consortium on all property related aspects of their bid to acquire the Port of Newcastle from the State of NSW. (prior to joining K&L Gates)
  • Assisting the consortium to identify easement requirements and properties to be acquired for the North West Rail Link. (prior to joining K&L Gates)