Renee Cansdale

Renee is a banking and finance lawyer who advises financial institutions and private lenders, specialising in real estate finance transactions.

Renee has substantial experience assisting her clients with senior, mezzanine and structured finance transactions, corporate and property due diligence, and complex security arrangements. She also has experience advising on the enforcement of real property securities and the sale of those assets.

Renee provides commercially relevant advice and is considered by her clients to be a skilled and trusted legal advisor.


Renee’s experience includes advising:

  • Major banks and other financial institutions on construction funding facilities and investment facilities for the development of apartments, shopping centres, commercial office buildings, industrial estates, medical centres, pharmacies and flat-land subdivisions.
  • A major Australian Bank on the provision of a construction finance facility for a specialist medical centre and cancer treatment centre within the University of Canberra, including complex land tenure issues.
  • A major Australian Bank on a secured loan facility for a staged development of a business park, including a new TAFE campus.
  • A national Australian Bank on the provision of senior secured loan facilities to surf life-saving clubs to assist with their development and restructuring.
  • Various private lenders on mezzanine finance transactions and preferred equity arrangements for the purpose of real estate development.
  • A foreign borrower on its refinance of existing loan facilities in respect of the Sheraton Resort at Port Douglas with a leading non-bank corporate lender.
  • An investment bank on an A$150 million commercial loan portfolio being acquired by that investment bank from a distressed managed investment scheme, which also included providing strategic advice on security enforcement and insolvency issues.

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