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Lou Farinotti

Senior Partner - Melbourne

Areas of Expertise

Property & Real Estate

Expertise

Over the last 35 years Lou has advised various large property development companies, government bodies and overseas investors in relation to all facets of property law. Such advice has encompassed sales, acquisition, structuring, subdivision, titling, planning and development, GST, stamp duty and financing. 

Lou’s practice has a significant focus on all aspects of ‘off the plan’ sales and the preparation of related contracts. Throughout his career Lou has been involved in and advised on over 100 major high rise apartment and off the plan projects. This work has also required obtaining FIRB approvals and dealing with the FIRB on behalf of clients.

Experience

Lou’s experience and knowledge in off the plan projects enables him to provide commercial and strategic advice to assist clients to enhance their projects. Lou has used his experience to help clients assess the commercial viability of their projects and identify risks and issues that are not only on legal in nature but which are also of a commercial, financing and marketing nature.

Lou has acted on behalf of the Director of Housing in various acquisitions and sales, all of which involved the redevelopment of former housing estates into new mixed public and private housing developments.

Lou also acts for and has assisted many overseas investors, from both Europe and Asia (particularly from China), helping to locate and assess potential property investment opportunities, subsequently advising and assisting on the acquisition, development and sale of these projects.

Lou advises both Owners Corporations (Body Corporates) and managers of Owners Corporations in relation to their statutory obligations and duties, and in respect to all types of Owners Corporation disputes such as in respect to rules, as well as members who are in dispute with their Owners Corporation.

Some of the larger projects that Lou has been involved in include:

  • the Willsmere and Kew Gardens development
  • the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
  • the Norlane Housing Regeneration Project
  • Red Cross/Blood Bank City Road Site acquisition and redevelopment
  • 350 William Street - Art on the Park
  • Cape Paterson Eco Village Project
  • M-City Project Clayton
  • QUAY2 Project Torquay
  • Ellarook Project Truganina
  • Illoura House Project, 424 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.  

Lou’s clients include:

  • Brunetti / Angele Group
  • Banco Group
  • Catalfamo Group 
  • Central Equity Ltd
  • Director of Housing
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Intrapac
  • ISPT
  • Marne Properties
  • Ubertas Group
  • Saraceno Group
  • Woodlink Group 
  • Zhongfu Investments
  • Zhong Yin / Du Group.

Publications

18 December 2013 - Knowledge

Owners Corporation Amendment Bill 2013 (Vic)

#Property & Real Estate

On 17 December 2013 the Victorian Parliament passed the Owners Corporation Amendment Bill 2013 (Vic)...

14 August 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

The NSW Government has announced the appointment of building and construction expert Mr David Chandler OAM as NSW Building Commissioner, as part of the key reforms arising from the Building Stronger Foundations Discussion Paper.

12 August 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

Australia’s house prices look to be stabilising with five of the eight capital cities recording a slight rise in values over the month of July, a trend signalling further signs the housing market recovery is becoming more broad based.