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John Wei


Partner - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Property & Real Estate, Renewable Energy


John Wei specialises in advising Chinese clients (SOEs and POEs) on outbound investment particularly in relation to real estate, infrastructure, energy and resources, and renewable energy. He is regarded as ‘go to lawyer’ by a great number of Chinese clients. He advises clients on deal structuring, M&A and joint venture.


John’s recent transactional experience includes advising:

  • a public listed corporate in China in relation to their acquisition of a division of BGC, one of the top 10 largest privately owned businesses in Australia
  • a Fortune Global 500 corporate in relation to their planned acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand
  • a Hong Kong listed corporate in relation to their financing deal in Sydney (about $200 million)
  • Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy in relation to their acquisition of the Biala Wind Farm in NSW
  • China Overseas Land and Investment (COLI Australia) in relation to their first property development in Australia - NEUE Macquarie Park Sydney (over $ 300 million, about 285 units)
  • Country Garden in relation to their two master planned acquisitions (nearly $600 million) in Australia
  • Cuesta Coal in relation to their coal mine project in central Queensland
  • Fullshare on its sale of hotel business and related ground lease of Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas
  • GCL in relation to their proposed acquisition of the Sunraysia Solar Farm (255 MW, the largest in Australia)
  • Goldwind and CECEP in relation to refinancing of the White Rock Wind Farm in NSW
  • Greenland and GH Properties in relation to their 5-stage property development ($1.6 billion, about 1,400 units) in Sydney
  • Poly Real Estate in relation to the acquisition of their first development site in Ascot Brisbane
  • Poly Real Estate in relation to their four developments in Sydney ($1.5 billion, nearly 1,200 units)
  • Poly Real Estate in relation to their acquisition of the site of Bankstown RSL club in Sydney (almost $54 million)
  • R&F Property in relation to Rochedale development in Brisbane (252 lots)
  • R&F Property in relation to their West End multi-staged development (nearly 1,000 units)
  • Risen Energy in relation to financing of the Merredin Solar Farm in Western Australia
  • Shenhua Clean Energy in relation to their two offshore wind farms in China in partnership with EDF (500 MW)
  • Shokai Ausbao in relation to their multi-staged development (600-800 units) in Granville Sydney
  • Sinopec, an oil and gas multinational, in relation to their capital restructuring.  


28 January 2019 - Knowledge

Tourism boom: Key things to consider when acquiring or building a hotel in Australia

#Corporate & Commercial Law

We have seen a steady growth in interest from both domestic and offshore investors in Queensland’s hotel and resort market. This article summarises some of the main legal issues for investors to consider when either acquiring an existing hotel or developing a new hotel.