Keshni Maharaj is a dedicated stamp duties practitioner.

She understands the stamp duty aspects of a wide range of business activities and gives sophisticated advice on corporate reorganisation, business and asset acquisitions and disposal, private public partnerships, project finance, infrastructure development, IPOs, mortgage duty, insurance duty, private equity acquisitions, listed and unlisted trusts and securitisation. Where there's any doubt, Keshni helps clients apply for private rulings with the various Revenue Offices.

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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.

Large listed property group:
Keshni advised a large property group (involving unit trusts) on stamp duty issues arising in a capital raising, acquisition of assets, wholesale unit trust schemes in Queensland and landholder duty in South Australia and Western Australia.

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 broad band network and its acquisition of assets from Telstra and other providers.

NAB, CBA and ANZ:
Keshni has advised key lenders on all aspects of mortgage duty on various transactions, including on enforceability of securities, reviewing securities to ensure that historical stamping was done correctly before lender's appoint receivers and managers.

360 Capital:
Keshni advised in respect of the acquisition of the Becton property funds management business and advising 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.

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