EVENT: Emerging Developer Series 2017 - Sydney

After four successful series in Melbourne, we are delighted to announce that our highly popular Emerging Developers Series will be held in Sydney!


The Emerging Developers Series is a six-part program of interactive sessions for an intimate group of aspiring property developers. This series is designed to walk you through the property development process from start to finish.

Emerging developers will have access to leading industry experts who will provide strategic insight into property development and key developer issues from tax structuring, to design and construction.

Event details

Date: 6 sessions hosted on a monthly basis starting Thursday, 4 May 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm (canapes and refreshments provided)
Venue: Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers, Level 42, 2 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Format: Interactive class-room style format where our expert guest speakers will share their insight and expertise on a key component of the property development process.
Cost: $1000+GST

This includes:

  • Six 2-hour sessions and networking opportunities with speakers and attendees

  • Soft and hard copies of speaker presentations and handouts

  • Automatic inclusion to our Emerging Developer's Series Program, including invitations to future networking events

  • Invitations to ShineWing Australia's annual Property Update event which brings together Australia's leading property professionals


To register your interest, please email the ShineWing Australia marketing team via marketing@shinewing.com.au 

In order to maintain an interactive group, please note that places are limited to 25 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Toby Adams, Strategic Research Principal, Charter Keck Cramer
Toby is an urban researcher with 15 years' experience working within a range of private and public sector organisations across Australia. He specialises in housing, demographic and urban development research, with a particular focus on data, synthesis, strategic advisory on property markets, land use planning and urban transformation issues.

Bennett Wulf, National Director, Charter Keck Cramer
Bennett is the Director of Charter’s Sydney office, providing property solutions to a diverse range of clients, specialising in the areas of detailed feasibility analysis and development site due diligence, divestments, acquisitions, development and highest and best use assessments.

Daren McDonald, Partner, ShineWing Australia
A leading accounting, commercial and taxation advisor to property developers in Australia. With 25 years’ experience in financial and strategic consulting to property developers on significant joint ventures.

Brendan Ivers, Partner - Funds Management, McMahon Clarke
Brendan acts for fund managers in a wide range of commercial transactions. His work includes structuring and advising on property funds, preparing product disclosure statements/offer documents, joint venture agreements and other commercial agreements in relation to complex acquisition and funding arrangements.

Andrew Opperman, Partner, Mitchell Brandtman
Andrew has gained over 12 years of strong experience through a variety of diverse projects. Andrew joined Mitchell Brandtman in 2005 and has worked on numerous residential, commercial, industrial and aged care projects varying in value from $0.5 - $60 million.

Matthew Gibb, Managing Director, Gibb Group
Matthew has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the industry and 15 years in senior positions in commercial and industrial property both in Australia and overseas including roles such as Chief Operating Officer.

Brendan Maier, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers
Brendan provides high quality legal advice on major commercial, industrial, residential, tourism and agricultural projects throughout Australia. He is a leading property lawyer who enjoys applying his industry knowledge and networks to drive commercial value for his clients. Brendan's clients include property developers, construction companies, hotel operators, investment funds, agricultural businesses, banks, utilities and charities.

John Shin, Principle Investments, Attalis Capital
John is an adviser to UHNW, Family Offices, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds. John originates and syndicates $5m to $25m+ opportunistic investment opportunities in property debt, high conviction Australian equities and private equity. John works ​exclusively ​with a global US$15bn credit fund to originate and structure 'stretch ​senior' ​real estate debt facilities  for property developments in Australia.

Session topics and dates 

Session 1: Development ready - Daren McDonald
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Are you ‘development ready’? This introductory session will provide a brief overview of the series structure as a whole and focuses on the development planning process. Daren explains the importance of a holistic and strategic development plan along with key factors to consider before embarking on any new project. In particular, this session focuses on structuring, asset protection as well as understanding and developing risk management methodology. 

Session 2: Demographics and sales strategy - Toby Adams
Thursday, 25 May 2017
You may have a plan but is there a market? The next stage in the cycle looks at the existing conditions and the projected opportunities in the New South Wales property market. This session focusses on identifying your target market and how to ensure compatibility with your development plan. Leaders in the field will provide an assessment on current market trends and give advice on how to determine effective sales approaches and marketing strategies tailored to your project.

Session 3: Feasibility and managing the construction costs - Bennett Wulf and Andrew Opperman
Thursday, 22 June 2017
The preparation of an accurate feasibility statement is essential to the developer’s assessment of the opportunity. In addition, it is critical in determining a host of other factors such as risk and reward, timings, tax and cash flow planning and equity partners’ expectations. One of our industry specialists, Bennett, will walk you through the process of creating a comprehensive feasibility statement and highlight what should be included to increase the chance of overall project success and corporate governance matters.

Furthermore, Andrew will provide practical advice to ensure you start off on the right foot when it comes to managing the construction costs of your development. Drawing on real experience, our speaker will cover topics such as procurement methods and which one is right for your project in the current construction market, contingency and your risk profile, along with tendering, and identifying and working with different types of building contracts. 

Session 4: Legal documentation and town planning - Brendan Maier
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Getting documentation right the first time around minimises the risk of liability, performance issues and non-deliverables. Therefore it is crucial that proper attention be given to all legal documentation including (but not limited to) land acquisitions, contracts of sale, town planning submissions and supplier engagements and building contracts. Our legal and town planning experts will talk you through the documentation and practical application associated with all aspects of the development cycle and give tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Session 5: Funding: Structuring debt and equity deals - Brendan Ivers & John Shin
Thursday, 24 August 2017
This session aims to look at both traditional and alternative methods for obtaining funding and structuring the deal. In particular, speakers will address the role that debt can play in funding a development along with the legalities and risks around alternative financing options. Brendan will cover structuring the deal for equity investors and property schemes. In short, everything you need to know about what to consider and avoid in modern-day deal structuring.

Session 6: Q&A with the property gurus and Completion – Daren McDonald and Matthew Gibb
Thursday, 14 September 2017

In the final session of this series, there will be a recap on the different phases of the development cycle with particular focus given to the completion and settlement of the project. Topics such as post-development briefings, residual issues and taxation will be covered with reference to the initial planning phase of the project.

This non-technical session will be led by well-known developers who will share their personal insight into how and why they got involved in property development, lessons learned and their journey to date. This session will be a rare opportunity to get firsthand knowledge from experts in the trade - learn what to avoid in the development process, how to judge feasibility of the project and increase your chances of success. 

Registration and more information 


Know someone interested in property development? You are welcome to direct any interested property professionals to this web page or to the ShineWing Australia Marketing team via marketing@shinewing.com.au.