Nicky Lester – Principal


Nicky Lester

+61 404 017 563

Financing and commercial transaction specialist, with an outstanding reputation for truly understanding the anatomy of a transaction and translating that skill into successful outcomes for clients. A skill that is supported by expertise in strategic thinking, transaction structuring and execution, whether applied to a new opportunity or the restructuring of an existing investment.

These skills enhanced by 20+ years building trusted-adviser relationships across a broad range of sectors, with particularly deep experience working across the real estate, construction and financial services sectors acting for all of the major players – REITs, property developers, construction companies, investment and trading banks, non-bank lenders, fund managers and trustee companies. Extensive experience acting for domestic and international organizations, with a book of professional relationships that can be accessed to bring the right parties together in order to get deals done.

Financing expertise built from a highly regarded ability to structure, advise on, review and document a broad range of financing transactions – from bilateral and syndicated bank debt deals to securitization, debt capital markets, structured and synthetic transactions. Having acted for parties on both sides of the table (borrower and lender), an advisor that brings a commercial, collaborative and no-nonsense approach to deal structuring, negotiation, execution and completion. A skill set and expertise that has gone hand in hand with senior management and leadership roles for the last 10+ years – from leading the most highly rated teams across the country to managing the Australian operations of a global law firm to supporting the community in leadership positions with not for profit bodies such as the Westpac Foundation and Bangarra Dance Company, Australia’s leading indigenous dance company.