Keshni Maharaj is a dedicated stamp duties practitioner.
With over 15 years' experience working on some of the largest corporate transactions in recent Australian history, Keshni understands the stamp duty aspects of a wide range of business activities.
Keshni's expertise includes advising on the stamp duty issues associated with the syndication of property trusts, corporate reorganisation, business and asset acquisitions and disposal, private public partnerships, project finance, infrastructure development, IPOs, insurance duty, private equity acquisitions, listed and unlisted trusts, securitisation and dispute resolutions with the Revenue authorities.
Keshni's track record as the lead stamp duty advisor includes the acquisition by Macquarie Bank Limited of Esanda assets from ANZ, and the acquisition of nine office towers by China Investment Corporation from Investa Property Trust for $2.4 billion, which at the time was the largest commercial real estate transaction in Australian history.
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Macquarie Bank Limited: Keshni advised on all stamp duty aspects of Macquarie Bank Limited's acquisition of the assets forming part of the Esanda business from ANZ Banking Group.
China Investment Corporation: Keshni advised on CIC's acquisition of nine office towers in Australia from Investa Property Trust in what was the largest commercial real estate transaction in Australian history. The deal value was $2.4 billion.
Qatar Investment Authority: Keshni advised on the QIA's acquisition of units in a large wholesale unit trust. The advice involved Victorian landholder duty and Queensland trust acquisition duty and whether the investment would affect the Fund's status as a wholesale unit trust in Victoria and Queensland.
New Forests: Keshni advised on the stamp duty aspects of the acquisition of the Great Southern Forestry assets as well as on the acquisition of Gunns Timber Products and other Gunns assets from the Receivers and Managers. This included making detailed submissions to the Victorian, Tasmanian, Western Australian and South Australian Commissioners.
Woolworths: Keshni advised on Woolworths' $120 million acquisition of various hotels across New South Wales which involved complex lease and transfer arrangements.
Private Equity: Keshni has advised private equity clients on acquisitions (advised PEP on all stamp duty aspects of its $220 million acquisition of Peters from Nestle). This included advising on the stamp duties legislation across all jurisdictions, and attending to lodgements of the transaction documents across all jurisdictions in Australia.
QSuper: Keshni advised QSuper on changes of trustee and custodians for its business across all jurisdictions in Australia..
NBN Co.: Keshni advises NBN on stamp duty matters relating to its roll-out of the national broadband network and its acquisition of assets from Telstra and other providers.
360 Capital: Keshni advised on the acquisition of the Becton property funds management business and has provided ongoing advice in relation to a series of restructures across the funds management platform.
New Forests forestry funds: Keshni advised in relation to the establishment of various forestry funds (including the Green Triangle Forest Trust)) and in relation to the acquisition of various property and forestry assets.
Barangaroo Delivery Authority – Barangaroo Project: Keshni advised on the stamp duty aspects of the Barangaroo Project.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) – Darling Quarter: Keshni advised on the $500m Darling Quarter redevelopment project which involves the development and construction of a mixed-use (commercial, retail, cultural, recreational and entertainment) development located on the former Sega World site at Darling Harbour.