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Michael Hain

Fax +61.8.9216.0901
Michael has more than 25 years of practice in law with a broad range of experience and skills. Michael's practice includes all aspects of property project delivery, complex , land subdivision and developments, tenure and access, due diligence, acquisition and disposal matters across a diverse range of client and project types, and includes variously, commercial, agricultural, other development sites, and resources projects.

His clients include listed corporate, government and private clients and receivers and managers.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in early 2013, Mr. Hain was a partner at a large Australian national law firm.


  • Listed in 2014 - 2018 Best Lawyers (Australia) for Real Property Law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Governor, Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in WA (AmCham)
  • Australia China Business Council– Michael regularly attends functions and activities of the ACBC
  • Michael regularly volunteers his pro bono assistance to Dressed for Success – an international not for profit organisation which provides assistance for disadvantaged and long term unemployed women to secure their long term employment

Speaking Engagements

  • K&L Gates National Leasing Seminar Series (Part 1 and 2), August and October 2016
  • Acting for a sovereign direct property fund in all aspects of its CBD office towers and retail complexes leasing
  • Acting for Moonlake Investments (the investment vehicle of Mr Lu Xianfeng) in the largest dairy acquisition ever in Australia at AUD 280 million, comprising 17,890 cows over 7,062 hectares of land and 25 separate diaries in Tasmania. The transaction involved amongst other things tax advice, negotiation, securing foreign investment approvals, identifying and transferring water entitlements and otherwise all aspects of acquisition and settlement.
  • Acting on a major dairy acquisition of over 1,500 hectares of land and over 3,000 milking cows. The transaction involved negotiation of terms, securing foreign investment approval, tax advice, identifying and transferring water entitlements and otherwise undertaking all aspects of acquisition and settlement.
  • Advising on a major vineyard acquisition from receivers and managers (fruit production of approximately 1,000 tpa from approximately 300 acres under vines).
  • Acting for a major listed Australian energy client in its negotiation and documentation of the leasing and management of its head office and other CBD satellite offices and other contractor shared office portfolio requirements, advising in rent review negotiations and agreements, and being responsible for advising on complex duty issues.
  • Acting for a major listed Australian engineering and services client in its negotiation and documentation of agreements and options to acquire or lease strategic land holdings in Perth, Western Australia and regionally.
  • Acting for a large Australian supermarket chain and its subsidiaries on a range of property matters in relation to supermarkets, department stores, liquor stores, petrol stations, electronics stores and land in Western Australia including the completion of the leasing and sale by the client of a major metropolitan shopping centre (including conducting legal property due diligence, drafting and negotiating land and business acquisition documents, undertaking settlements, establishing data rooms, undertaking commercial and retail leasing, and providing advice on a wide range of property related matters).
  • Advising a major listed Australian land development client on its joint venture and project delivery agreements and negotiations (PDAs) as well as on a wide range of strategic land banking acquisitions and super-lot sales, including all aspects of due diligence, contract negotiations and documentation, contract administration and settlement.
  • Acting for the receivers and managers of Australian property developers including conducting legal property due diligence, establishing data rooms (physical and online), resolving multiple complex development, ownership and other control issues, completing settlements (of the sale of properties in Western Australia including strata titled shops, a suburban shopping centre, strata titled commercial units, and a large vacant site in Perth city), and providing advice to the receivers and managers.
  • Providing advice to a major Australian joint venture land developer and property fund manager on the client's greenfields land development project in Western Australia including the associated further development of mixed residential and commercial built form.
  • Acting for an Australian Indigenous organisation (the operational entity for Native Title holders of some 500,000 hectares of land in Western Australia) in providing property and development advice generally and creating a register of land interests.
  • Acting for minerals, petroleum and resources companies advising on various aspects of project property access and tenure issues.