Karl takes a commercial approach to transactions and provides clients with strategic advice on any property-related challenges that arise. Clients find Karl approachable and value the ease of working with him - even in high pressure situations.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2023 recognises Karl as an 'Up and Coming' real estate lawyer. Karl has also been recognised as a recommended lawyer for real estate and construction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023. A previous edition commends Karl's "excellent attention to detail".
Karl is a Crown Property Accredited lawyer, with accreditation under the “Public Works Act - Acquisition and Compensation” and “Roading actions - Public Works Act and Local Government Act” categories.
One NZ (formerly Vodafone NZ)
Advised One NZ on the property aspects of the sale of its passive mobile tower business for NZ$1.7 billion. This included a comprehensive vendor due diligence exercise in relation to more than 1,500 tower sites.
Advised Mainland Poultry on the significant sale and leaseback of its portfolio of poultry farms and processing facilities. This included intensive negotiations on with the purchaser in relation to purchaser/landlord funding arrangements for the development of new barn facilities at some of their key sites.
Aquila Capital Timber Investment Fund
Advised Aquila Capital Timber Investment Fund on the acquisition of several forestry estates in New Zealand, leading a Bell Gully team on the due diligence, acquisition and OIO approval aspects of those acquisitions.
Advised Ampol on the real estate aspects of its NZ$2 billion acquisition, by way of scheme of arrangement, of NZX-listed petroleum retailer Z Energy, and its subsequent divestment of its petroleum distribution business Gull New Zealand.
Invesco Real Estate fund
Advised Invesco Real Estate fund on its acquisition, and day to day leasing, of a large Auckland office building.
Irongate Property Fund
Advised Irongate Property Fund (formerly known as the Investec Property Fund) on the purchase of the Majestic Centre, Wellington (Wellington’s iconic office tower) as well as providing legal advice on the day-to-day leasing and management of the building.
GIC Real Estate acquisition
Advised GIC Real Estate, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on its joint venture with Goodman Property Trust investing in a portfolio of 6 significant office buildings in Auckland’s Viaduct Quarter, including the Air New Zealand and Fonterra Head Offices.