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Cathy Russo

managing principal lawyer - brisbane, commercial

meet Cathy

about Cathy

Cathy Russo has earned a reputation for being a relentless commercial lawyer and seeing a matter through, no matter what. Whether Cathy is working with a large private lending group on a multi-million dollar loan transaction or structuring a new acquisition for a business operator, she never loses sight of what’s most important and keeps the client’s best interests top of mind.

“I don’t want to be known just for my technical skills and for providing great service. My goal is also to become a vital part of my client’s business and to support them as they grow.”

Cathy provides a full range of commercial services acting for private owners through to multinationals including share and business purchase and disposals and associated due diligence, structuring and shareholder documentation. She also represents a number of private lenders and acts in body corporate matters.

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Areas of Expertise

asset protection
commercial contracts
due diligence
estate planning
joint ventures and partnerships
not for profit
private/mezzanine lending
sales and acquisitions of shares and business assets
shareholders and partnership agreements
structuring advice
succession planning


body corporates
not for profit
professional services
real estate agents

recent experience

  • lending

    Cathy acted for a large private lending group in its funding of two high rise development buildings including a complex lending structure and undertaking lender due diligence on development structure and agreements. As is frequently the case, time was of the essence and settlement had to be achieved in a very short period just a couple of weeks before Christmas, but Cathy ensured these deadlines were met.

  • body corporate

    Cathy acted in the purchase of $3 million Brisbane CBD management rights business involving modified Building Units and Group Titles Act (BUGTA) legislation. A range of challenging issues arose that needed to be addressed in order to protect the client’s investments. Cathy used a range of strategies that achieved a balanced outcome for all stakeholders.

  • complex business acquisition

    Cathy successfully guided her client through the purchase of a large management rights business that required complex structuring to achieve the best outcome. The deal involved structuring the business as both an asset acquisition for the business premises as well as a share purchase for the actual business and its assets. While it can be risky to structure as a share sale, by including strong warranties, clawback and retention provisions as part of the deal, Cathy was able to minimise that risk. The purchaser also avoided having to obtain consent to assignment for a significant number of key business contracts, which would have been costly and in some cases, not possible. Cathy also assisted in the due diligence process and financing of the transaction, including overseeing compliance with the Corporations Act financial assistance provisions to ensure that settlement was not delayed.