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 private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit and renewable energy. James advises on fund and capital partnership formations and governance arrangements, co-investment arrangements, 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 is an active participant in industry bodies, including as a member of the Australian Investment Council's Legal and Tax Advisory Committee and the Property Council of Australia's Asset Management Committee.
James' experience includes advising:
- Pacific Equity Partners – establishment and ongoing operation of the PEP Fund VI, PEP Secure Assets Fund and PEP Capital Solutions (PEP's first credit fund); and on a range co-investments and funds-of-one in relation to all three funds.
- Global Infrastructure Partners – acquisition (as part of a consortium) of Asciano Limited; establishment and ongoing operation of the GIP Australia Fund; acquisition (as part of a consortium) of the Port of Melbourne; and acquisition of an interest in Shell's QCLNG Common Facilities Infrastructure.
- Brookfield – establishment and ongoing operation of an open-ended, wholesale real estate fund; co-investment arrangements in respect of the acquisition of Brookfield Place, Sydney; and the establishment of an access fund.
- Investa Property Group – a major capital raising for, and liquidity arrangements in respect of, its flagship wholesale fund; JV management arrangements for 39 Martin Place, Sydney; and general ongoing regulatory compliance advice.
- Goodman Group – a major capital raising for its flagship wholesale fund; a dividend reinvestment program; a liquidity review; a number of JV arrangements and sell downs; and general ongoing regulatory compliance advice.
- Potentum Partners – establishment of and investments by its first PE fund of funds (including co-investment arrangements); on a number of fund-of-one and co-investment vehicles; and obtaining an Australian financial services licence.
- Oaktree Capital – distribution and investment management arrangements; and a fund-of-one with an Australian superannuation fund.
- 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.
- Starwood Capital – establishment of a real estate capital partnership.
- Future Fund – investments in a broad range of wholesale funds.
- QIC – investments in wholesale funds and managed account / fund-of-one arrangements.
- Brisbane Airport as consortium counsel – co-ownership arrangements between, among others, IFM, QIC, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, AustralianSuper and Schiphol Group.
- Grosvenor Group – JV arrangements with AXA and Centuria Heathley.
- AGL – formation of its Powering Australian Renewables Fund; and the acquisition of assets by the PARF.
- TCorp – acquisition of an interest in Associated British Ports; and acquisition of an interest in Open Fiber.
- Sunsuper – acquisition of interests in Birmingham airport and in Bristol airport; and acquisition of an interest in Origin's smart metering business.
- DUET Group – a number of capital raisings; acquisition of Energy Developments Limited; and sale to CKI 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.