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Regularly listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, Matt specialises in:

► corporate finance
► agribusiness and agribusiness finance
► commodity finance
► real estate acquisition investment finance - commercial, industrial, residential
► real estate construction / development finance - commercial, mixed use & residential developments
► acquisition & leveraged finance
► financial asset sales and debt trading

Phone +61 2 9921 4230
Cell +61 400 916 326
Email matthew.cunningham@minterellison.com
Web https://www.minterellison.com/People/matthew_cunningham/

Recent transactions include advising:

► Corporate Finance
- a large blue chip building products manufacturer on its A$500m club facilities
- a club of 4 banks on a A$200m multicurrency facility to Nuplex Industries
- multiple bilateral financings of retail (footwear, apparel), auction, manufacturing, mining, metals & leisure businesses

► Agribusiness & Agribusiness Finance
- a diversified Australian agribusiness on multiple refinancings of its Australian A$1.4bn club facilities & Asian bilateral facilities
- a syndicate of Australian and Offshore banks on the syndicated financing of a global industrial wheat producer
- a club of banks on the financing of GrainCorp's simultaneous acquisition of Gardner Smith and Integro foods

► Commodity Finance
- commodity financiers on structured inventory product commodity financings

► Real Estate Acquisition Finance and Construction / Development Finance
- a foreign insurance firm on its A$200m financing of Growthpoint Properties Australia, a listed REIT
- a major Australian bank on its A$240m bilateral financing of Charter Hall's acquisition of 12 regional shopping centres across Australia
- a multinational transport business on its senior and mezzanine refinancings of its acquisition of large commercial office tower in York Street, Sydney

► Private Equity Finance
- Tasman Capital on its financing and ultimate sale of Tasman Lifestyle Continuum Trust

► Acquisition and Leveraged Finance
- a major Australian Bank on its financing of BigAir Group Limited's acquisitions of Anittel Communications Pty Ltd & Intelligent IP Communications Pty Ltd

► Financial Asset Sales & Debt Trading
- Lloyds International, on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd, and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd, comprising a motor vehicle finance book of A$3.9 billion, equipment finance book of A$2.9 billion and a corporate loan portfolio of A$1.6 billion

  • Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower
    1 Farrer Place
    GPO Box 521
    Sydney NSW 2001
  • English
  • German
Bar Admissions
  • Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales - 1999
  • Australia, High Court of Australia - 2000
  • United Kingdom, High Court of England & Wales - 2005


Headquarters: Sydney, Australia

1 The Best Lawyers in Australia award

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2025 for work in:
  • Banking and Finance Law
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Structured Finance Law
  • Commodities Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Distressed Investing and Debt Trading Practice
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs


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