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Matthew Parkinson

Special Counsel

Matthew Parkinson has extensive experience advising clients on a broad range of private corporate and commercial matters. He regularly advises private equity and other alternative asset fund managers, institutional investors and investment advisors on onshore and offshore fund formations, fund raisings, fund investments, investment management mandates, corporate governance matters and carried interest and co-investment arrangements. Matthew has particular experience in the real estate, financial services and insurance sectors.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland


  • Advising Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited (ASX: SOL) on its acquisition of equity interests in various unit trusts holding investments in water rights, farmland and agribusiness enterprises managed by private investment company Argyle Capital Partners
  • Assisting Heitman with the formation of a new Australian unit trust to give an Australian-based superannuation fund investor exposure to European real estate assets
  • Advising Morrison & Co in relation to all aspects of the structure and establishment of the Morrison & Co Growth Infrastructure Fund, a closed-ended fund structured as parallel Australian unit trusts, with a focus on investing in sustainable growth infrastructure assets and targeting a fund raise of up to AUD1 billion
  • Providing support to Morrison & Co in relation its successful appointment to, and transfer of management rights for, the Utilities Trust of Australia and Perth Airport Property Fund (collectively UTA), one of the largest infrastructure funds in Australia with approximately AUD6 billion of assets under management
  • Advising Omni Bridgeway Limited (formerly known as IMF Bentham Limited) (ASX: OBL) on:
    • the formation and launch of two investment vehicles (Fund 2 and Fund 3) with an aggregate committed capital of AUD150 million (comprising AUD120 million of capital from two offshore investors and AUD30 million of capital from OBL's internal cash resources) to fund investments in litigation funding in Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe
    • the formation and launch of a USD500 million fund (Fund 5) to fund investments in litigation funding in Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe
  • Advising Colinton Capital Partners in relation to all aspects of the structure and establishment of Colinton Capital Partners Fund I, a private equity fund structured as a number of Australian unit trusts with subsidiary Venture Capital Limited Partnerships
  • Advising Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) in relation to the transition of management of the QIC Australia Core Plus Fund (previously known as the LaSalle Australia Core Plus Fund) and each sub-trust to QIC
  • Acting for The Star Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: SGR) in respect of the equity and corporate components of its successful bid to the Queensland Government as part of the Destination Brisbane Consortium for Brisbane's AUD3 billion Queen's Wharf Integrated Resort Project
  • Acting for Penske Automotive Group Inc (a Fortune 500 company listed on the NYSE) on:
    • its acquisition of MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, a leading distributor of diesel and gas engines and power systems, operating across the on-and off-highway markets in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific from its joint venture owners, Daimler AG and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH (an affiliate of Rolls Royce Power Systems)
    • its AUD220 million acquisition of the Commercial Vehicles Group business of ASX listed, Transpacific Industries Limited
  • Queensland University of Technology , Bachelor of Business (Distinction), 2004
  • Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Laws, 2004

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Law Society of Queensland