Practice head Mark Inston, whose expertise in property finance stands out, is ‘very approachable and cost-effective in his approach’ –  The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.

Mark is the lead partner of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice.

Mark has almost 20 years’ experience acting for Australian and overseas financial institutions and borrowers in a broad range of finance transactions, including construction and investment property finance, all forms of corporate finance, including syndicated and bilateral loans, mezzanine and quasi equity finance, acquisition finance, asset and equipment finance, and derivatives.

Mark joined Hall & Wilcox in May 2008. Prior to joining, Mark worked in the banking and finance practice of Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) for over six years and in the finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for over four years. Before studying law Mark had a career in the British Diplomatic Service, serving in the UK, Nigeria and Belgium.

Mark studied law at the universities of Würzburg and Frankfurt in Germany qualifying first as a German Rechtsanwalt, then as a solicitor of England and Wales. After further studies at the University of Melbourne, Mark was admitted as a solicitor in 2003 to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Mark is ranked in The Best Lawyers in Australia in asset finance and a recommended Banking & Finance Lawyer in Melbourne in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Institute of Victoria.

  • Acting for a Singaporean based mezzanine financier in a AUD$210 million property development finance transaction in Sydney.
  • Acting for a mezzanine subscriber of notes in a warehouse trust established by RESIMAC to acquire AUD$300 million of mortgage loans currently funded by RHG.
  • Acting for an Australian real estate investment trust in relation to a AUD$150 million syndicated facility secured by a portfolio of real and other property throughout the east coast of Australia.
  • Advising a mezzanine development property financier in the staged funding of a residential development at Coopers Plain, Queensland with a completed value of AUD$600 million.
  • Acting for a property developer on a AUD$90 million facility with mezzanine debt provided under a s128F note structure from a Hong Kong financier.
  • Advising a US-based equipment financier on a complex cross-border receivables financing transaction.
  • Advising a property developer on the acquisition of debt from an Australian bank in respect of a hotel group under external administration.
  • Advising APN Funds Management on a restructure of debt and sell down of assets for its European funds, with a combined debt of more than €490 million.
  • Advising APN Funds Management on AUD$170 million senior and mezzanine syndicated loan facilities with National Australia Bank and Gresham Property Funds Management.
  • Advising a leading soft commodities handler on finance facilities totalling AUD$290 million.
  • Advising a leading soft commodities handler on a AUD$50 million operating lease financing for rolling stock with Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Advising an Australian bank on its interest rate swap agreements under ISDA master agreements and schedules.
  • Advising various clients on the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) in Australia, including Agrium Australia, Boom Logistics, Caterpillar Financial, FleetPartners, Landmark Operations, LeasePlan Australia, Loscam Australia and United Equipment.