Carrie Follas Partner

Meet Carrie

Carrie is a commercial real estate lawyer with over 30 years' experience gained in Australia and overseas.

She advises clients on all aspects of commercial real estate, including complex multi-state acquisitions and disposals, diligence reporting and structuring, portfolio leasing and regulatory requirements for overseas investors. Her clients include overseas investors, asset and investment managers, private equity investors, Federal and State Government, and international and domestic corporations.

Carrie has a specific interest and specialisation in rural land, in particular advising the forestry, forest products and agribusiness sectors. She also has experience in advising on the property aspects of renewable energy projects including wind, solar and biomass energy as well as water trading.

Carrie has specialised in the legal aspects of forestry ownership, operations and management for over 15 years. She is regarded as one of the region's leading practitioners in forestry law, and is recognised by Best Lawyers Australia 2019.

Experience

Forestry

Australian forest products company

Advised in relation to the sale of its woodchip business; the sale of its MIS walnut business in NSW; the proposed sale of its forest products division and its forest products distribution businesses in VIC, SA and WA; and the sale of numerous other surplus assets in NSW.

Forestry Corporation of NSW

Acted on the acquisition of shares in a plantation owning (forestry rights and carbon rights) company owned by a foreign utility company.

Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ)

Acted for an under-bidder in the Queensland Government’s sale of FPQ including detailed due diligence, structuring advice, stamp duty, and negotiation of the transaction documents.

Agribusiness

US Agri Fund

Acquisition of two organic cattle stations from different receivers and a mortgagee in possession, and acquisition of two additional cattle stations comprising both freehold land and Crown leasehold land.

US Fund

Acquisition of freehold land in the NT including detailed due diligence vegetation clearance restrictions and new water licensing regime in parts of NT.

US Fund

Acquisition of 50 farms in WA and far north QLD from the receivers of the Rewards/Ark MIS and subsequently acting on the sale of 23 of those properties.

Recognition

A leading lawyer in Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 and 2015
A leading lawyer in Real Property Law
Best Lawyers, 2016 - 2019
A leading lawyer in Leasing Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018 and 2019

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland

Memberships

  • Associate member, The Institute of Foresters of Australia

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FIRB releases new guidance notes for foreign purchasers

On 25 September, Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board issued 2 guidance notes, designed to clarify Australia’s foreign investment policy in 2 key areas - acquisition of agricultural land and...

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Water compliance and enforcement – a new Natural Resources Access Regulator in NSW

With the introduction of the new Regulator, we can expect an increased focus on compliance with water laws in NSW.

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Australian rural land – changes to foreign investment thresholds

As predicted, the Federal Government has acted on an election promise to lower the screening thresholds for foreign buyers of Australian Rural Land effective from 1 March 2015. Read on to find out...

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