Michael Swift

Michael specialises in real estate, agribusiness and infrastructure projects. He is experienced in acting for major public companies, sovereign funds, developers, government bodies and family offices. Michael advises on a wide range of property and project transactions, including major infrastructure projects, transaction structuring, hotel developments, property subdivision and developments, strata title unit developments, joint ventures, aviation and airport development, large scale acquisitions and disposals, agribusiness transactions including due diligence, Foreign Investment Review Board approvals and acquisitions and disposals of agribusiness assets for inbound investors and domestic clients, leasing of commercial, industrial, and retail assets, governance and real estate advice.

Michael is recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law and Leasing Law. Michael is recognised as a leading real estate lawyer and leading and preeminent agribusiness lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.


  • Macquarie Asset Management on the sale of the agribusiness division of Lawson Grains for $600 million to a Canadian pension fund;
  • RAC on the due diligence, acquisition and development of an employees accommodation precinct for RAC’s Ningaloo Beach Resort and various other tourism projects;
  • Fortescue Future Industries on the due diligence and acquisition of pastoral leases and freehold properties;
  • DevelopmentWA to achieve and implement it key strategic objective of releasing and developing commercial and industrial land in Western Australia;
  • Prendiville Group on the simultaneous acquisition of 9 hotels over three Australian jurisdictions from the Abu Dhabi sovereign fund;
  • Boral on various asset acquisitions and disposals;
  • Shire of Murray on the development and leasing of the WA Food Innovation Precinct;
  • Macquarie Asset Management (Viridis Ag) on the due diligence and acquisition of broad acre farming properties; and
  • A private client on the redevelopment of the Captain Stirling Hotel to include a new development with Woolworths.

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