Profile of James Kanabar

James Kanabar

Partner

About James Kanabar

James specialises in funds management and financial services regulation, acting for and advising Australian and offshore fund sponsors and institutional investors across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, private equity, real estate, renewable energy and agriculture. James advises on fund and capital partnership formations, capital raisings, fund restructures, Managed Investment Trust conversions, investment management /  advisory and distribution arrangements, and financial services licensing. Before joining Allens, James worked in Linklaters' London office for five years. James has also authored and co-authored a number of publications, including the Australian chapters of Chambers and Partners' Alternative Funds Guide 2019 and Chambers and Partners' Investment Funds Guide 2020.

James' experience includes advising:

  • Pacific Equity Partners – establishment and ongoing operation of the Secure Assets Fund and PEP Fund VI, and co-investments in relation to both funds.
  • Investa Property Group – a major capital raising for its wholesale fund and general ongoing regulatory compliance advice.
  • Goodman Group – a major capital raising for its wholesale fund, a dividend reinvestment program, a liquidity review and general ongoing regulatory compliance advice.
  • Brookfield – establishment and ongoing operation of an open-ended, wholesale real estate fund.
  • Global Infrastructure Partners – acquisition (as part of a consortium) of Asciano Limited, and on the establishment and ongoing operation of the GIP Australia Fund and its acquisition (as part of a consortium) of the Port of Melbourne.
  • Potentum Partners – obtaining an Australian financial services licence and establishment of its first PE fund of funds.
  • Oaktree Capital – distribution and investment management arrangements.
  • AGL – formation of its Powering Australian Renewables Fund and the acquisition of assets by the PARF.
  • Goodman Group, Logos, Charter Hall, Mirvac and PSP – a number of real estate capital partnerships.
  • MLC – investments in a broad range of wholesale funds.
  • Cerberus – establishment of a real estate capital partnership.
  • QIC – investments in wholesale funds.
  • Sunsuper – acquisition of an interest in Birmingham airport and an interest in Bristol airport, and on its acquisition of an interest in Origin's smart metering business.
  • Brisbane Airport as consortium counsel – co-ownership arrangements between, among others, IFM, QIC, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, AustralianSuper and Schiphol Group.
  • Future Fund – investments in a broad range of wholesale funds.
  • TCorp – acquisition of an interest in Associated British Ports.
  • DUET Group – a number of capital raisings, on its 2015 acquisition of Energy Developments Limited, and on its 2017 sale by way of schemes of arrangement and a trust scheme.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets – restructure of and capital raising for the Macquarie Pastoral Fund