Michael Zheng

Michael is a Banking and Finance specialist with expertise in property finance, corporate finance and acquisition finance.

On the financier side, Michael has advised each of the big four Australian banks, many other Australian and international banks, property financiers and financial advisers and arrangers. On the borrower side, Michael has advised property developers, publicly listed companies, private equity funds, infrastructure sponsors and companies in the health, resources and entertainment sectors to name a few.

Michael also has extensive experience in property development in the residential and commercial sectors. Michael consistently acts for property developers and uses his knowledge in property finance to assist in delivering a variety of development projects.

Michael was a finalist in the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Legal Awards in the Senior Associate of the Year category. Michael is also fluent in spoken Mandarin which is very helpful when providing legal advice to China-based clients.


Michael’s experience includes advising:

  • Blueways Group on a $40 million acquisition and construction financing in relation to a large broadacre residential development, achieving financial close in 6 days while running the deal from China;
  • Growland on a $130 million construction financing in relation to a multi-tower apartment development, involving multiple financiers, multiple sets of finance documents and complex intercreditor arrangements;
  • EIG Developments on a $65 million construction refinancing in relation to a large broadacre residential development and neighbourhood activity centre, achieving financial close during the first COVID lockdown following extensive negotiations regarding security, backup facilities and milestones;
  • Westpac on the acquisition and construction financing of the Swanston Central apartment tower in Melbourne CBD;
  • CBA on the acquisition financing of the Sheppard Cycles business in Australia and New Zealand by Scott Sports SA;
  • A syndicate of international banks on the acquisition and corporate financing of OceanaGold; and
  • Healthscope Ltd on the project financing and construction documentation for their successful proposal for the Northern Beaches Hospital PPP Project.

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