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SYDNEY-Sonnenblick-Goldman (Australia) Pty Ltd has named Ben Dillon as a director and principal of its Australian operation. Dillon, a 10-year real estate finance veteran, will be based in the firm’s Sydney office. His charge will be to expand the firm’s Australian and Asia Pacific business, including arranging project equity for all types of real estate assets, structured financings, investment sales and equity capital for medium-sized investment funds. Previously, Dillon was head of real estate for Westpac Institutional Bank, responsible for a property financing portfolio of more than $7.5 billion and the underlying relationships with the majority of Australia’s property developers and investors. Prior to Westpac, Dillon was with Macquarie Bank Limited, acting in a senior management role with a major listed hotel group, and was a corporate advisory partner in KPMG. John Smith, heretofore the lone managing director and principal of Sonnenblick-Goldman (Australia) Pty Ltd says Dillon brings with him extensive experience and deep relationships in both the real estate and debt capital markets of Australia. Dillon’s experience includes structured financings, capital raisings and property acquisitions and sales. Over the past five years, Smith says Dillon positioned Westpac as the leading hotel industry banker in Australia. As the head of property, he led the bank in doubling its property finance portfolio, says Smith.

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