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Adrianna Witkowski

B Arts (Hons) LLB (Hons)

Partner - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Property & Real Estate

Expertise

Adrianna has over 16 years’ experience (gained both in private practice and in-house roles) working in property and construction law, for both private and public sector clients. She acts for private and public sector clients in their capacity as developers, vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating documents for, and project managing, commercial, industrial, retail and residential transactions. Adrianna also has experience in the infrastructure space, having recently worked on Sydney’s light rail and Metro projects.

Specifically, Adrianna provides advice in relation to, drafts documents and conducts due diligence associated with:

  • divestments and acquisitions of real property: commercial, retail, industrial and residential assets (including the drafting of contracts for sale, sale and leaseback arrangements, option deeds and ancillary documents)
  • agreements for lease, leases and licences (for commercial, industrial and retail projects and assets)
  • development projects and joint venture arrangements (eg. development, co-ownership and income support agreements, major agreements for lease and leases) for commercial, residential and mixed use developments.

Experience

  • Commonwealth Bank: advising the Bank on its agreement for lease, lease, precinct management agreement and ancillary documents to secure over 93,000 square metres of office space (campus style arrangement) in South Eveleigh, Sydney. At the time (2015) this was the largest pre-commitment of office space to date in Australia
  • Optus: advised Optus on its redevelopment of its existing headquarters and campus site at Macquarie Park, Sydney and a new 12 year lease (documented by way of agreement for lease and leases). This comprised over 84,194 square metre of office space over 6 buildings, with a book value of approximately $240 million
  • Dexus:
    • acted on the acquisition and development of the site known as Kings Square, Perth (3A- grade office buildings) with over 50,000 square metres of office and retail space. The deal was described at the time as the biggest commercial property pre-sale in Western Australia
    • acted on the acquisition and redevelopment of 480 Queen Street, Brisbane (with over 55,000m2 of office space)
    • 105 Phillip Street Parramatta – acted on the fund through arrangements. $229 million sale to Charter Hall and development of site, fully leased to the NSW Department of Education
    • negotiated relocation arrangements and agreement for lease and lease for Tiffany’s new flagship retail store at Pitt Street, Sydney
    • acted on its bid for the rights to the over station development of Victoria Cross Metro Station.
  • Zurich: advised the Zurich landlord and developer on its agreement for lease and lease for its new Australian headquarters at 118 Mount Street, North Sydney (and subsequent fund through arrangements). This comprised circa 16,000 square metres of office space•
  • Mirvac: King Street Canterbury: negotiated a project delivery agreement with the Australian Turf Club in respect of the development and sale of residential and retail lots adjacent to Canterbury Racecourse
  • GPT: acted on various NSW commercial and industrial leases
  • AMP Group: acted on various leases for AMP as tenant (financial planning portfolio)
  • Parramatta City Council: acted on its Development Agreement with Transport for NSW in respect of the Parramatta Light Rail project. This included advising Council in respect of compulsory acquisition, easement and general property and titling due diligence matters as part of its negotiations with Transport for NSW
  • Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust: advised on its Development Agreement with Transport for NSW in respect of the Sydney Light Rail project and implementing arrangements contemplated in that document (eg. easements contemplated with utilities providers)
  • Valad Property Group (now 151 Property):
    • Sheraton Noosa hotel – acted on the acquisition of, and joint venture for, the asset
    • 1 Alfred Street, Sydney (Goldfields House) acted on proposed residential redevelopment and continued leasing of the site, pending redevelopment
    • acquisition and staged development of the former Pentridge Prison site
    • acquisition of 227 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Membership

The Law Society of NSW, Property Council of Australia

Publications

29 April 2019 - Knowledge

Negotiating a new agreement for lease with your landlord: Tips and traps for office tenants (part 1)

#Property & Real Estate

In recent times, there has been a glut of commercial construction project activity across the major cities on Australia’s eastern seaboard, with many tenants seeking to relocate business operations to premises in new office buildings.