Kerrie Duong

Kerrie Duong

Special Counsel
Baker & McKenzie


Kerrie Duong is a special counsel in the Commercial Real Estate Group. She is an experienced real estate lawyer who brings to her practice a commercial focus and a thorough understanding of property issues.

Kerrie has extensive experience acting on sales, acquisitions and leasing of hotels and resorts, commercial properties and industrial properties in Australia. Kerrie is a highly-skilled real estate and hotels lawyer and her experience in this industry extends to negotiating and advising clients on complex structured hotel transactions in Australia and the Maldives, hotel management agreements globally (including in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), non-disturbance agreements, bifurcated ownership structures, hotels that form part of mixed use developments and hotels with branded residences components.

Kerrie also has significant experience advising clients on a range of property, development and projects matters including advising clients on leasing specialist disability accommodation to providers, the provision of support services to residents, and project agreements that sit above these arrangements. With her experience advising on leasing transactions and sales and acquisitions, Kerrie also has extensive experience acting on large multi-jurisdictional multi-practice portfolio deals.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for Glory Property on the sale of Hilton Sydney for over AUD 530 million by way of an asset and business sale to BPEA by way of a bifurcated acquisition structure. The sale price was the biggest price ever paid for an operating hotel in Australia, as well as being the highest price paid on a per-room basis (at $900,000 per room).

  • Acting for a Hong Kong - Saudi Arabia joint venture on the acquisition of a long-term leasehold interest in Fuggiri Island, Maldives for the development of a luxury resort, including the negotiation of management agreements with Bulgari and Marriott for a proposed Bvlgari Resort.

  • Acting for a Saudi Arabian Government entity on the negotiation of management agreements for 20 ultra-luxury hotels as part of the Kingdom's USD 30 billion giga project to develop the Diriyah Gate and Wadi Safar master plans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Operators included Marriott, Four Seasons, Hyatt, InterContinental, Accor, Aman, Fauchon and Rosewood.

  • Acting for TFE Hotels on the negotiation of management agreements and ancillary documents for their hotels around Australia and New Zealand, including The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart Auckland, Vibe Hotel Sydney and Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge, Melbourne.

  • Acting for a real estate fund on the sale of two hotels in Darwin, Australia by way of a unit and business sale.

  • Acting for NSW Treasury and Department of Communities and Justice (formerly, the Department of Family and Community Services) on the NSW Government's exit from the provision of Disability and Aged Care Services. This included the preparation and negotiation of services agreements and accommodation agreements with residents, and head leases with providers.

  • Acting for the NSW Government on the Hunter Residences Program PPP in relation to the sale and development of 69 residences (on sites sold by the State to the private sector) to house approximately 345 residents (as transferred by the NSW Government from Large Residential Centres). This included the negotiation of a project delivery deed and contracts for the sale for the residences.

  • Acting for Hitachi on its acquisition of ABB's power grid business for over USD 11 billion which included a portfolio of over 300 real properties globally that were acquired or shared as part of the transaction, including the negotiation of the real estate aspects of a merger agreement and the managements of real estate due diligence in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Acting for a Thai client on the acquisition of two-thirds of Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa and the negotiation of accompanying joint venture arrangements with the remaining owner.

  • Acting for Frasers on its acquisition of the Novotel on Collins, Melbourne for over AUD 230 million.

  • Acting for Vicinity on the negotiation of the management agreements for Hotel Chadstone.

  • Acting for MNC Land on the negotiation of management agreements for the proposed Trump Bali Nirwana Resort and the Trump International Golf Course and Club Jakarta at Lido Lake Resort.

  • Acting for City Developments Limited on the negotiation of management agreements for a proposed hotel forming part of a AUD 3.5 billion mixed use development in the Singapore CBD.

  • Acting for Pembroke on all aspects of the leasing of 20 Martin Place, Sydney to both retail and commercial tenants.

  • Acting for Fortius on various real estate management agreements in respect of their New South Wales and Brisbane properties.

Professional Honors

  • Rising Star, IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2022
  • Rising Star, Australasian Lawyer 2022
  • Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, Australasian Law Awards 2021
  • Finalist in Real Estate, Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards 2017
  • Finalist in Rising Star of the Year, Women Lawyer's Association of NSW 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Asian Australian Lawyers Association - Member
  • Law Society of New South Wales Young Lawyers - Member
  • Barangaroo Women's Network - Member

Corporate Responsibility

Kerrie is actively involved in pro bono and community initiatives, including:

  • committee member in the Finance, Audit, Risk and Clinical Governance Committee for the IndoChinese Aged Care Services
  • volunteering for the Women's Legal Services NSW in preparing Victims Services applications for clients
  • volunteering for the Senior Rights Service as a telephone legal adviser providing legal advice to people over 65 years old
  • volunteering for Justice Connect Answers providing online legal advice to clients
  • providing advice to clients of Justice Connect in relation to various real estate issues and matters
  • acting as a mentor in the NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program


  • New South Wales~Australia (2012)
  • High Court of Australia~Australia (2012)


  • University of Sydney (Bachelor of Laws, with Honours II) (2011)
  • University of Sydney (Bachelor of Commerce Major in Finance) (2009)


  • English

Kerrie is a regular contributor to Baker McKenzie's Hotels, Resorts & Tourism Newsletters which covers the latest trends, developments and articles of commercial as well as legal interest. The Newsletter has been published by popular hospitality industry related websites including Global Hotel Network, Hotel News Resource, and Lexology.

Kerrie is also a contributor to the Australian Property Law Bulletin.