Ben is one of the leading advisers in the Australian corporate and real estate financing markets and manages a number of major institutional relationships in the financial services, property and funds sectors. He leads Sparke Helmore's Banking & Finance team—known for their knowledge and understanding of the markets in which they operate and their transactional management skills, commerciality and strong customer focus.
Ben is also a founder of, and works on a range of projects within, the firm's innovation hub Bright Sparke.
As a debt adviser, Ben focuses on leveraged, property and asset finance. He advises debt providers and those raising finance on domestic and cross-border corporate and acquisition financings, across a range of industries and sectors. He also advises a number of major Australian market participants on property and asset financings, as well as corporate trustees on structured financings and capital markets transactions.
Ben often advises on competitive debt tenders, including pre-mandate documentation such as terms sheets and commitment letters.
Ben is particularly active in the mid-market space. He has expertise in bilateral, syndicated and club financings, senior and mezzanine finance (including related inter-creditor arrangements), IPO and IPO-related financings, construction and development finance, strategic debt investments, debt restructurings and recapitalisations.
Ben's lender clients include Assetinsure, Babson Capital, ICBC, Investec, Qualitas, Stamford Capital, St. George and Westpac. Borrower and sponsor clients include Centuria, CentralNic Group, Crescent Capital Partners, Clearstate and DNW Group.
Ben Burney and his team advised St.George on its funding of Alceon's acquisition of sub-regional shopping centres in Victoria and NSW from Mirvac Group.
Ben Burney and his team recently advised Investec on its funding of Crescent Capital's off market bid for ClearView Wealth Limited.
Ben Burney and his team recently advised Crescent Capital on the funding of its investments in Pentair Water Solutions, Breezway Australia and Lifehealthcare Group.
Ben Burney and his team recently advised Centuria on its funding of the acquisitions of 10 Spring Street and 175 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, 441 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne and 19 Corporate Drive, Cannon Hill, Queensland.
Our team advised CentralNic Group, an AIM-listed internet registry service provider based out of the UK, on the Australian aspects of its global debt and equity raising, and its financing of various Australian and New Zealand acquisitions.
"Sparke Helmore advised us recently on the Heathley Aged Care financing. They delivered cost and process certainty on a very complex transaction, significantly enhancing our relationship with the customer at the same time, while addressing all key risks and advising on key structuring points. They were easy to do business with, giving high quality advice and communicating with our clients and opposing lawyers very effectively, resolving issues quickly and efficiently." – Chris Foote, Associate Director, Westpac Institutional Bank
"Ben and Adam never fail to impress with their ability to provide the highest quality advice in a timely manner, with a refreshing dose of commercial reality. Their ability to manage negotiations and communicate with our clients and opposing lawyers has assisted in getting several difficult situations resolved quickly & efficiently. What they say, they do!" – Peter Nicholson, Regional Manager - Corporate Property & Specialised Banking NSW, Bankwest
"Ben and Andrew did a great job for us on a complex recent transaction with enormous time pressures. In particular, they kept the lines of communication open, allowing the matter to progress more quickly and efficiently." – Gavin Drummond, Director, Balmain
"I have dealt with Ben and Adam over a number of years and can confidently recommend the quality of their services. They have an in-depth understanding of the full breadth of financing products and markets and deliver a well-managed legal solution. Their approach remains practical and customer-focused, ensuring expectations are understood and managed, and outcomes are delivered as closely aligned to estimates as possible. As experienced practitioners they have the connections and partnerships that assist us in achieving our goals and support our client's needs." – Simon Beissel, Corporate & Acquisition Finance, Investec
"We had an excellent experience working with Ben and Maggie on the debt negotiations for a recent private equity transaction. At all stages we felt entirely comfortable that the process was running smoothly and we appreciated being able to draw on the expertise and market knowledge of the team throughout the deal. Ben and Maggie were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to partnering with Sparke Helmore again on future transactions." – Yin Shum, Crescent Capital Partners
"The Sparke Helmore team, with their early guidance and fast document turnaround, helped me execute quickly, which was critical in retaining the customer's business." – Michelle Wilson, Senior Relationship Manager – Aged Care, St George
Ben has been acknowledged once again as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer in AFR's Best Lawyers 2018.
"Sparke Helmore Lawyers 'exhibits a high degree of industry knowledge and advice is always well considered and commercial'. The team, which focuses on the mid-market, includes practice head Ben Burney and Adam Fuller who both have a 'thorough understanding of clients' needs and a strong ability to identify major risks'." – Banking & Finance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
Ben has been recommended for Banking & Finance in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.
"Sparke Helmore attracts praise for its 'high level of industry knowledge, and its commercial approach'. Ben Burney (who is 'blessed with a strong work ethic and can-do attitude'), Adam Fuller and the rest of the team focus on mid-market transactions." – Banking & Finance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015
"Sparke Helmore is a 'leader in the mid-market space'. The 'fantastic' Ben Burney and Adam Fuller are key partners." – Banking & Finance, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014
Recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Banking & Finance. "Ben Burney heads the banking and finance practice and specialises in leveraged, property and asset finance. He has international experience having worked at Ashurst's London and Singapore office and DLA Piper's London office. Burney is a leading advisor in the middle market space who advises debt providers and companies raising finance on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions." Asialaw Profiles 2016
"Ben goes above and beyond to meet our requirements and timeframes," remarks one client, while another calls him "approachable and a good negotiator with clients". One client also says: "I have worked with Ben over the past few years and found that he is able to find solutions to issues." – Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 and 2014
Ben has been acknowledged once again as a Leading Lawyer for Banking & Finance in the 2018 Asialaw Profiles.
Sparke Helmore is ranked as a notable firm in Banking in IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers 2016.
He is a member of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited and the Australian Direct Property Investment Association.
Ben co-wrote the Debt Finance chapter in the Australian Private Equity Handbook—a plain English reference guide with step-by-step advice on implementing private equity transactions, published by CCH in 2012.
Before re-joining Sparke Helmore in 2011, Ben worked at K&L Gates and before then, DLA Piper and Ashurst.
Ben is married with three children and surfs or ocean swims every day. When he's not in Sydney, Ben can be found on the family's farm on the mid-north coast of NSW, where he grows organic fruit and vegetables, raises grass fed beef and harvests native hardwood timber on a sustainable basis.