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Stephanie Francis

Fax +61.2.9513.2399
Ms. Francis is a real estate lawyer with a particular focus on property development, management and leasing. She acts for government agencies, property developers, financial institutions, corporate real estate clients and high net worth individuals.

Her experience includes acquisitions and disposals of assets, advising on property developments for commercial, mixed use and residential projects, complex leasing (commercial, industrial and retail), property due diligence and government projects, including statutory land acquisition processes.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Francis was a real estate lawyer at a leading Australian law firm. During this time she undertook a total of three secondments to pro bono, private sector and public sector clients.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • NSW Land and Housing Corporation (as a secondee lawyer) providing strategic in-house advice on a wide range of leasing matters, property acquisitions, property due diligence and title rectification, easements, airspace access agreements and other licensing and access arrangements, property disputes and property damage.
  • Roads and Maritime Services in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land for the WestConnex project and the negotiations of ancilliary works and compensation deeds.
  • Roads and Maritime Services in relation the Northern Road realignment project, including property due diligence and drafting of various inter-connected leasing and licensing arrangements with other government entities and private land owners.
Private sector
  • oOh!Media (as a secondee lawyer) in property due diligence, leasing and licensing of out of home advertising assets.
  • A major institutional landlord in respect of the acquisition, management and redevelopment of a CBD asset.
  • Various financial institutions with respect to property finance of residential developments.
  • Various receivers and managers with respect to the management, leasing and disposal of distressed assets, including residential, commercial, rural and industrial properties in New South Wales and Queensland, including several distressed shopping centers in both states.
  • McKinsey in relation to its all aspects of its leased premises in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne (agreements for lease, leases, subleases and ongoing strategic advice with respect to tenancies).
  • UBS in relation to its leased premises in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Gazcorp Pty Ltd with respect to the disposal of commercial office building and advice on leasing and easements in relation to retail redevelopment.
  • Negotiating lease documentation across multiple jurisdictions for landlords in respect of their building portfolios in respect of commercial, industrial and retail leasing.
  • Negotiating lease documentation across multiple jurisdictions for tenants in respect of commercial, industrial and retail leasing.
  • Advising clients on the sale and acquisition of residential and commercial properties and advising on other real property dealings.