Emma Donaghue


Qualifications: LLM, BBus



Emma has over 15 years’ experience advising clients in the funds management and financial services industries.

Her expertise includes the establishment and ongoing operation of MISs (listed and unlisted) and banking and finance transactions. She specialises in debt funds, including structuring, establishment and deployment of capital in documenting debt facilities.

Emma’s experience includes working first-hand in the investment funds industry as legal counsel for a corporate and government bonds specialist. Clients describe Emma as clear thinking, resourceful, and results focused.

She is a member of the Property Funds Association Issues and Regulatory Committee.


  • Advising CrowdProperty on establishing their marketplace lending business in Australia, following the success of their business in the UK, including assisting with the structure and documentation of their loan portfolio which centers around small property developments and involves negotiating intercreditor arangements with junior lenders.
  • Advising Invest Blue on their $2 million loan facility to Sydney-based fintech Lumiant, including the loan and security documentation as well as preparing and negotiating the intercreditor arrangements between Invest Blue, Lumiant, and their US investor Savant Capital LLC.
  • Advising Forza Capital on debt facilities for the acquisition of various properties across Australia.
  • Advising Chauvel Capital (now Qualitas) on the acquisition of a $150 million portfolio of retail shopping centre and childcare development sites across South East Queensland, including advising on legal due diligence, complex contract negotiation and conveyancing, retail leasing, development management and construction documentation, and finance facility.
  • Advising on establishing a number of wholesale development funds for the WINIM Group for development projects based in Sydney and Brisbane, including advising on AFS licensing requirements, structuring and establishing the development funds, and investment management and development agreements and offer documents.
  • Advising One Managed Investment Funds Limited and Gryphon Capital Investments on establishing the Gryphon Capital Income Trust and subsequent listing on the ASX.
  • Advising MARQ Private Funds, the trustee of the Allfin Capped Interest Fund – Series 1, on establishing the fund which provides an innovative source of lending to owners of retail pharmacies, preparing the information memorandum, drafting a bespoke loan agreement, preparing a loans manual for the fund, verifying the information memorandum, plus preparing loan and security documents for financing deals.
  • Advising YHA on the refinance of their debt facilities following the loss of income of the business during COVID where the refinance involved a syndicated facility of approximately $200 million secured against a portfolio of leasehold and freehold property across Australia.
  • Reviewing and negotiating facility documents and security for the $200 million refinancing of senior and mezzanine debt facilities for the responsible entity of a large registered managed investment scheme holding property in Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Successfully structuring projects where investment from a joint venture party is structured as debt to minimise tax and duty implications which usually involves the investor taking a second mortgage position behind the senior debt financier and drafting ‘custom made’ security documents and significant negotiations.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2025
Recognised for Funds Management and Investment Funds
Best Lawyers in Australia 2021-2025
Recognised for Banking & Finance Law

Professional Membership

  • Committee member, Property Funds Association Issues & Regulatory Committee

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