Benjamin Adams

Benjamin Adams

Associate
Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Benjamin Adams is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Real Estate Group in Sydney. He advises on structured property transactions, joint ventures and the acquisition, development, lease and sale of industrial, commercial and mixed use developments and Australia's foreign investment laws. 

Benjamin is involved in property law reform and sat on the New South Wales Law Society's Property Law Committee from 2015 to 2018 and previously chaired the NSW Young Lawyer's Property Law Committee. He sits on the Baker McKenzie Sport and Social Committee, Innovation Committee and Women's Committee.

Practice Focus

Benjamin advises on structured property transactions, joint ventures and the acquisition, development, lease and sale of industrial, commercial and mixed-use developments.

He has acted for major property developers, REITs, institutional landlords and major corporate tenants.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising on the real estate aspects of the Commonwealth Bank's sale of Colonial First State Global Asset Management to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation for $4.13 billion.

  • Advising on real estate aspects of the sale of the Metronode data centre business to Equinix for $1.035 billion. The complex sale of a number of 10 data centres across Australia. The sale involved resolving a significant number of complex lease and title issues arising from Metronode's structure.

  • Advising Canadian off-the-road tire and track maker Camso on the Australian real estate aspects of its sale to Michelin for USD $1.7 billion, including structuring and complex leasing advice.

  • Advising GPT on the sale of the Wollongong central shopping centre with an estimated value of $400 million, a complex and high profile matter involving four different shopping malls, complex title and leasing issues with Council.

  • Advising the New South Wales Government on the transfer of New South Wales disability services to the non-government sector, including providing structuring advice and implementing complex restructuring, leasing and transfer arrangements.

  • Advising an unlisted property fund in relation to the proposed acquisition of two high profile office towers in Chatswood, Sydney. Complex matter involved acting in relation to the joint venture arrangements, complex title leasehold title arrangements, development agreement, financing arrangements, FIRB application and negotiations in relation to the freehold.

  • Advising an unlisted global property fund in relation to the proposed sale of a substantial development site in Willoughby, a high profile matter involving a high profile tenant, complex title and leasing arrangements.

  • Advising a large unlisted Australian developer in relation to acquisition and development of a number of Sydney development sites with a combined project value exceeding $3.050 billion including advising in relation to site acquisition, drafting joint venture and development agreements, advising in relation to complex title issues and subdivision, negotiating acquisition and construction finance documents, drafting building contacts and drafting pre-sale contracts.

  • Advising the real estate division of global investment bank in relation to a large greenfield residential development near Bankstown, including drafting development agreement, put and call options, easement, licence deeds and advising in relation to complex title issues.

  • Advising a major listed insurer in relation to its national property portfolio including commercial leasing and disposal of surplus assets.
    *matter undertaken at a previous firm.

Professional Honors

  • NSW Young Property Lawyer of the Year, Law Council of Australia, NSW Division, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Property Committee Member, NSW Young Lawyers
    (Chair from February 2015 to March 2017)
  • Taxation Committee Member, NSW Young Lawyers
  • Founding Member, Built Environment Network

Admissions

  • Australian Capital Territory~Australia (2011)

Education

  • The Tax Institute (Certificate Foundation Tax with Merit) (2012)
  • Australian National University (LLB, BA) (2011)

Languages

  • English

Publications

Co-authored case note ' Realm Resources Ltd v Aurora Place Investments Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 379' with Belinda Goh, published in the Australian Property Law Bulletin, June 2019

Presented seminar "Key updates to the contract for sale and purchase of land" at the University of New South Wales 'Latest in Property Law' seminar series, June 2019. 

Co-authored article 'Court warns against lodging e-caveat without reasonable cause' with Kye Tran-Tsai, published in the New South Wales Law Society Journal, May 2019

Co-authored article 'Government prevails over Desane in WestConnex appeal' with Kye Tran-Tsai, published in the New South Wales Law Society Journal, December 2018

Co-authored case note 'Roads and Maritime Services v Desane Properties Pty Ltd', with Kye Tran-Tsai, published in Australian Property Law Bulletin, November 2018

Authored case note 'Effect of consolidation of lots on existing easements: Plumpton Park Developments Pty Ltd v SAS Trustee Corp', published in Australian Property Law Bulletin, May 2018

Presented seminar "2016 and 2017 Editions of the Contract for Sale and Purchase of Land: Key Updates", at the LegalWise 3rd Annual Conveyancing Conference on 15 March 2018