Leon is a senior property partner who primarily advises on major development projects where his skills in structuring joint ventures and negotiating finance facilities are highly valued by clients ranging from developers to government entities.
What he does
Leon's skills in property and finance along with his commercial acumen, negotiating skills and affable style make him a valued team player on project teams responsible for completing complex development projects within time and budget.
Who he works with
Leon works most frequently with Charter Hall, GPT, Billbergia Group, Denison Funds Management Group and Capital Corporation, St. George Bank, Sydney Water and a number of local councils, active private property developers and investors.
What his clients say
"I have worked with Leon on a number of significant transactions and he has demonstrated an ability to understand the often complex commercial aspects of a deal and effectively and efficiently negotiate and document the transactions." Richard de Carvalho, General Counsel, Capital Corporation
"I have known Leon Sakaris and worked with him on numerous transactions over the last 25 years. I have always followed Leon's keen advice, and have had no hesitation in recommending him to act on behalf of many other professional business colleagues. Leon possesses a unique insight into all aspects of financial transactions, from simple to most complex , and his grasp of all things "property" in my view is outstanding. His ability to deal with multiparty transaction and project manage smooth interaction across clients and their attorneys are a credit to him and his team. Everyone I know respects Leon's abilities and his depth of knowledge, professionalism and good nature has ensured the successful completion of transactions that he has been involved with." Shahen Mekertichian, Director, Liquid Capital Management
Leon has been acknowledged as a leading Real Property lawyer in AFR's Best Lawyers 2019.
Leon has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
For many years Leon was a partner in the property and finance group at Middletons, now K & L Gates, before joining Sparke Helmore in 2004 with Theo Casimatis to strengthen the firm's property practice.
Life outside of Sparkes
Leon is married and has three teenage children so he is regularly reminded of how much he has to learn! When not working, Leon likes to travel, but otherwise he attempts to cook (often badly).