DibbsBarker Welcomes New Property Partner in Brisbane

DibbsBarker is pleased to announce the appointment of Mahoney Smith as a new partner of the firm. Mahoney specialises in real estate advice and transactions, working across a variety of sectors including commercial, industrial, retail and residential. She has acted for REITs, ASX-listed companies and unlisted corporates on major acquisitions and disposals, complex developments, management agreements and large-scale leasing transactions.

Mahoney has worked on some of Queensland’s most significant property deals in the past year, including advising the Destination Brisbane Consortium on property aspects of the redevelopment of the Queens Wharf precinct in Brisbane’s CBD. She has also advised Boral on numerous property-related matters ranging from sales and acquisitions to leasing, licensing and options on industrial and commercial sites throughout Australia.

Mahoney has particularly strong experience in the hospitality and tourism sectors. She has advised on several acquisitions and sales of islands in the Whitsunday region, including Lindeman Island. Mahoney has also acted for a number of hoteliers on a range of hospitality matters, with credentials including her advisory work for Hilton Worldwide in relation to various hotels and projects throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.

Penny Murray, head of DibbsBarker’s Property & Projects group, said: “Our property practice had a big year in 2015 and it is great to see our team involved with an increasing number of major transactions, such as the DEXUS acquisition of Waterfront Place and Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane last year. As we launch into 2016, we will have even more strength with Mahoney on board. She will add invaluable depth to our offering, particularly with her specialty in hospitality and tourism which are hot sectors right now. We are delighted that she has joined us.”

Commenting on her appointment, Mahoney said: “I think DibbsBarker has been a quiet achiever for quite some time, working with an outstanding base of high calibre clients. The property practice has been going from strength to strength and I’m excited to be part of its continued growth. I had also heard about DibbsBarker’s warm and collegiate culture, and it has been a pleasure to see for myself just how true that is.”

Mahoney joins DibbsBarker from DLA Piper. She will be based in the firm’s Brisbane office, where the Property & Projects group also welcomed Mark Baker-Jones as a partner and Madonna Griffin as a senior associate in the second half of 2015.


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