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Simon Vannini

BA LLB(Hons)


P+64 9 977 5186

M+64 21 499 178

Simon Vannini

Simon is a partner in the firm's corporate and commercial group.

Simon has specialist expertise in significant business acquisitions, as well as advising on business structuring through joint ventures, limited partnerships, outsourcing, partnering arrangements, and strategic alliances. He also advises on arrangements between shareholders and joint ventures, as well as franchise and supply and distribution arrangements.

Simon has been involved in a number of significant infrastructure and technology projects, acting for overseas investors/consortia as well as New Zealand companies. Simon also advises on corporate governance and administration, and corporate restructures.

Simon has expertise in capital raising, venture capital funds, the establishment and operation of limited partnerships, and financial services regulation. He works with a number of clients in the early stage/venture capital space, including Angel groups and individual companies, and assists the industry through presenting at various industry seminars.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2019 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2016 - Recommended Lawyer


  • The Treasury and Department of Internal Affairs - advising on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model, which resulted in the passing of the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020
  • Advising on a proposed windfarm development
  • Advising on a proposed solar farm joint venture
  • Watercare - advising on service delivery contract with Waikato District Council
  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company - establishment and ongoing housing development arrangements
  • Enable - advising on UFB Reference Offer and network build/operations
  • UltraFast Fibre - advising on UFB Reference Offer and network build/operations
  • Northpower - advising on UFB bid for Whangarei region, UFB Reference Offer and network build/operations

M&A Transactions

  • Owens-Illinois Inc - sale of its Australasian glass manufacturing businesses to Visy
  • Watercare - acquisition of majority shareholding in Lutra
  • Counties Power - acquisition of majority shareholding in ECL Group Fuel Systems and ECL Group Technology
  • Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group - acquisition of Westland by scheme of arrangement
  • Manuka Health - acting for successful bidder on acquisition of Manuka Health business
  • DLF Seeds - $421 million purchase of PGG Wrightson’s seed and grain business
  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company - $1.3 billion acquisition of social housing portfolio from Housing New Zealand


  • Biolumic - licensing of its UV technology
  • Aquafortus - licensing of its wastewater recovery technology
  • Polybatics - licensing of its nano-sized, biodegradable polymer beads
  • LinkEffect - advising on development and licensing of its Youthhub platform and on its Accelerator programme with Ministry of Social Development

Venture Capital

  • Sprout Technology Incubator - advising on establishment and appointment by Callaghan Innovation as a technology incubator
  • Astrolab - advising technology incubator on investment documents and venture company establishment/investment
  • The Factory - Angel investments and advice on establishment of Angel investment fund
  • Aquafortus - advice on various capital raising rounds
  • Biolumic - advice on flip to the US and bridge round funding
  • Career Engagement Group - flip to the US and Series B capital raising
  • Crimson Consulting - advice on Series C capital raising
  • Designer Wardrobe - capital raising rounds
  • Dexibit - Series B capital raising
  • Parking Sense - capital raising

Other Credentials

  • Angel Association NZ - Member
  • NZ Private Capital Association - Member
  • Tennis Auckland - Chairman