A market-leading corporate, finance and projects lawyer, Keith has driven many of the firm’s headline acquisition and project finance deals and major property developments, including King Street Wharf and Central Barangaroo, social and economic infrastructure PPP’s and the headline acquisition financing for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds’ acquisition of Investa, the first public-to-private takeover of an Australian listed REIT.
Keith brings this commercial expertise and a passion for social justice together as the firm’s Pro Bono & Community Investments Partner and in this role, advises social enterprises, for-purpose businesses and charities sponsored by the likes of Social Ventures Australia, Social Traders, Westpac Foundation, AMP Foundation, Y Gap and Optus (through its Future Makers program) and manages client partnerships to amplify social impact.
Keith is part of the firm’s Responsible Business (heading up Sustainable Finance and is part of its Climate Risk Governance team), advising on sustainable finance, impact investment, climate risk and ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues and has written on topics relating to the mobilisation of private finance to tackle social issues and climate change, social enterprise, responsible investment and sustainability.
Keith is a member of Standards Australia and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Technical Committees on Environmental management (Systems and tools in support of sustainable development) and Greenhouse gas management and related activities and investment, financing and climate change (ISO TC 207 SC 1 and SC7 respectively). Keith is a member of the steering group for the Climate Measurement Standards Initiative (a cross sector initiative auspiced by Climate KIC and involving CSIRO, finance industry participants and regulators to develop accounting and disclosure standards for climate risks).
He has a number of board positions, including Westpac Foundation, White Box Enterprises (a social enterprise incubator), Enablr Public Fundraising (an on-line donation charity through a Public Ancillary Fund platform), Sea Mercy (disaster relief in the South Pacific) and is acting chair of MothersBabies (a health promotion charity looking at research into the microbiome and impacts on the health of mothers and babies). Keith is recognised by Best Lawyers in Banking & Finance, and is regularly published in the Australian Banking and Finance (AB+F) magazine.