We work with international and local hotel and serviced apartment operators, asset owners, fund managers, consultants and investors, who each benefit from our holistic understanding of the sector.
We manage data rooms, undertake vendor and purchaser due diligence, prepare contracts for sale, negotiate transaction documents and deal with transitional and completion arrangements.
We negotiate hotel management and related agreements on behalf of operators and owners, including franchise agreements, leases and bespoke and transitional arrangements (including rebranding of existing assets).
We advise on mixed use projects within a hotel accommodation lot, including drafting appropriate management and co-owner’s governance structures and bylaws.
We structure, negotiate and document branded residence schemes and royalty payment structures.
We make applications for liquor licences, including new grants, removals and transfers in all states and territories (utilizing local agents where necessary), and lodge necessary appeals to NSW Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (NCAT).
On behalf of developers who co-invest, we structure development and security arrangements through Project Development Agreements, Project Delivery Agreements, or joint venture arrangements.
We advise foreign investors on Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) requirements and applications to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for any required regulatory approval (if required).
Duane Keighran acts for developers, hotel operators, investors, fund managers, landlords, tenants, Indigenous businesses and government departments, and has led on recognised hotel development and transactional mandates in Australia, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe.
Consistently ranked in legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers Global as “well respected for his work with clients”, Duane is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal for Hospitality in Australia and listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law.
A proud Gomeroi man, he is also a Non-Executive Director of NSWALC’s social and affordable housing provider, National Housing Limited, tasked with delivering improved housing outcomes for Aboriginal people across communities in New South Wales.
Duane is admitted to practice in New South Wales and holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.
Outside of work, Duane is usually shuffling his kids between weekend sports, attempting to obtain some level of fitness at the local gym, or generally enjoying the company of his family and friends – preferably outdoors.
Georgia Arya is a Director in our Hotels team bringing over 16 years of experience acting on major projects and transactions in Australia, the Middle East, East Africa, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and America. Her experience spans various sectors liaising with numerous company boards, shareholders and government entities.
Her previous tenure as a Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel saw Georgia responsible for the legal affairs of a group of companies overseeing major projects and other business entities held in respective portfolios.
Her in-house background coupled with her extensive law firm experience gives Georgia unrivalled insight into the client perspective on engaging an external legal services provider and the type of legal support that is vital for companies.
Georgia holds a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University, Queensland. She is admitted to practice in the Queensland Supreme Court since 2005 and is a member of the Queensland Law Society. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Outside of work, Georgia enjoys keeping fit by attending every circuit and spin class she possibly can, as well as dining out and travelling to sample the various hotels the world has to offer (well, when travel was a thing).
Keighran Legal + Advisory provides commercially pragmatic legal solutions to the hotels, real estate and construction industries across Australia. We are also wholeheartedly committed to contributing to the communities in which we work and live.