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Curtis Vella

Solicitor

Curtis is a solicitor in our Corporate and Funds Practice.

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Experience

Curtis advises clients on a range of domestic and cross-border investment funds, structured investments and M&A transactions focusing on the financial services, real estate, and infrastructure sectors.

Curtis’ recent experience includes advising:

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia on:
    • its A$4.2 billion sale of its global asset management business, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) (known outside of Australia as First State Investments), which has A$219 billion in AUM, to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (and its then proposed A$4 billion IPO of CFSGAM); and
    • its proposed A$8 billion demerger of certain of its wealth management and mortgage broking businesses;
  • ASX listed Lendlease on:
    • its joint venture with the Government of Malaysia in respect of the estimated US$2.1 billion development of the Lifestyle Quarter of the Tun Razak Exchange, a new financial district in Kuala Lumpur;
    • its disposition of a 25% interest in MidCity Centre, a commercial and retail tower on Sydney’s premier retail strip, Pitt Street Mall, for an undisclosed amount to Fortius Funds Management; and
    • various capital raisings, acquisitions, disposals, liquidity processes and ongoing matters for a number of its wholesale funds;
  • Scape Student Living, the largest Australian student accommodation owner and operator, on the establishment of its A$1.5 billion fund and subsequent acquisition of a A$700m portfolio of student accommodation;
  • a major international property and infrastructure group on its proposed S$1.4 billion REIT IPO on the Singapore Exchange;
  • then ASX listed Astro Japan Property Group on its A$1.1 billion sale of its portfolio of Japanese retail, office and residential properties to Blackstone and its subsequent wind-up; and
  • The GPT Group, one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups and a top 50 ASX listed company by market capitalisation, on its A$531.3 million acquisition of a 25% interest in the landmark Darling Park from Brookfield, and subsequent co-ownership arrangements with AMP Capital.

 

Background

Curtis has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Sydney and a Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from The University of New South Wales. He is admitted to practise in The Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.