Wayne KaplanNational Practice Group Leader
Wayne has broad property industry experience and a strong focus on efficiently managing volume leasing portfolios for high profile national tenants. He streamlines processes and uses technology to improve productivity for all involved and lower overall portfolio management costs.
What he does
For many years Wayne advised on the full range of property transactions: acquisitions, disposals, leasing, due diligence, joint ventures, developments, easements, restrictive covenants and strata titling. In the last few years, Wayne has focused, almost entirely, on successfully re-engineering the way volume leasing portfolios are managed for major institutions. Wayne has worked closely with the firm's knowledge management and information technology teams to devise a technology-based solution that has won international recognition from the legal IT industry.
Who he works with
Wayne works predominantly with major Australian banks, including Westpac, fund managers, property developers and Australian and international companies.
What his clients say
"In 2006, ANZ trialled an electronic purchasing and payment system for external legal services. Sparke Helmore was one of only two firms selected to participate in the initial trial. At the time, this was a ground breaking initiative and required much co-operation and additional work by the participating firms (at no cost to ANZ) to make it successful. Sparke Helmore and Wayne Kaplan's team in particular, made the transition in a seamless way. In my role as project manager, I found them always to be responsive, easy to deal with and adhering to their fee agreement with us." Susan Nicholson, Legal Operations Manager, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
Wayne has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
Wayne worked with two other large firms and enjoyed a secondment with Optus where he got a great insight into what it feels like to be a client, before joining Sparke Helmore in 2003.
Life outside of Sparkes
Wayne is a busy man with three young daughters and a commitment to long distance running and constantly improving his marathon times. When not running, Wayne is usually cheering on the Sydney Swans—he doesn't miss a game!