Matt Cunningham

Partner, MinterEllison

Area of expertise

Corporate Finance, Acquisition and Leveraged Finance, Real Estate Investment Finance, Real Estate Construction Finance, Agribusiness Finance, Commodity Finance Structured Trade Finance, Intercreditor arrangements, Turnarounds, workouts and restructurings, special situations, Financial asset sales and debt trading, Corporate Trust, Small Business Finance financial product development and standard form finance contract drafting, Finance Regulation, Syndicated Facilities, Club Facilities, Bilateral Facilities, Mezzanine Facilities, Borrowing Base Facilities, Structured Inventory Product Facilities, Receivables Purchase Facilities.


BEc, LLB (Hons Class 1) (Macquarie University)
BCL (University of Oxford)

About Matt

Regularly listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, Matt has more than 20 years' experience as a banking & finance lawyer.  Matt's clients include Australia's major lenders, arrangers and underwriters, and leading corporates.

Matt serves on the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA) Documentation Committee, assisting the Australian financial services industry through the promotion of industry standard documentation.

Matt was recently appointed as a Director of the Banking & Financial Services Law Association Limited (BFSLA), and also serves as its Treasurer.  In this highly regarded position, Matt jointly leads the BFSLA's efforts to provide thought leadership on banking and financial services law issues through connecting with some of the world’s leading practitioners, academics, regulators and members of the judiciary.

Matt has been ranked in Best Lawyers every year since 2014.

Awards & Recognition

Recommended, Banking and Finance - Best Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Court Admissions:
Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales - 1999
Australia, High Court of Australia - 2000
United Kingdom, High Court of England & Wales - 2005


Director and Board Member of the Banking & Financial Services Law Association Limited (BFSLA) (since 2018)
Treasurer of the BFSLA (since 2019)
Member of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (Australian Branch) (APLMA)
Member of the APLMA Documentation Committee (since 2015)
Member of the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association (since 2020)
Agribusiness Australia member
Farm Writers Association of NSW member

Speaking Engagements

Chair, “Managing and trading a loan portfolio” session, 35th Annual BFSLA Conference, Queenstown New Zealand (2018)
Chair, “Financial Covenants” session at 34th BFSLA International Law Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2017)
Speaker, "Standardisation of Loan Documents in Asia" at the 2nd International Bar Association Asia-Based International Financial Law Conference, Singapore  (2016)
Matt also lectures occasionally at leading Australian universities in banking and finance law and trusts.

Professional Organisation

Professional Blog
Best Lawyers


Telephone: +61 2 9921 4230
Mobile:  +61 400 916 326