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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 2020 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2016 - Recommended Lawyer


  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company - establishment and ongoing housing development arrangements
  • Transmission Gully Project - advising successful consortium on project bid
  • 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

  • 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
  • AGR Partners - investment in Tru-Test
  • Taylors Engineering - sale of business
  • Jenkin Timber - sale of business
  • Matariki - acquisition of forestry rights

Limited Partnerships

  • Auckland Tuatara LP - establishing limited partnership for Baseball NZ’s franchise team in the Australian Baseball League
  • Astrolab Capital 2018/19 Fund LP - establishment of venture capital investment fund
  • Zino Fund II LP - establishment of venture capital investment fund
  • Tamaki Housing Association LP - establishment of vehicle for community housing provider

Technology Projects

  • Heliase - advising on establishment of blockchain-based IP analysis software business, and associated equity capital raising and token generating event
  • Health Benefits - advising on national infrastructure procurement programme
  • Harmoney - licensing, establishment, and operations of NZ's first online peer to peer lending platform
  • Equitise - licensing and establishment of online equity crowd funding platform

Venture Capital/Early Stage Companies

  • Astrolab - advising technology incubator on investment documents and venture company establishment/investment
  • Icehouse - Angel investments
  • Manawatu Investment Group - Angel investments and advice on establishment of Angel investment fund
  • Crimson Consulting - advice on capital raising
  • Career Engagement Group - advice on Series A round
  • Biolumic - advice on Series A Round
  • Aquafortus - advice on capital raising
  • Genoapay - advice on business structure and regulatory environment, and capital raising
  • Linkeffect - advice on Youthhub platform

Other Credentials

  • Tennis Auckland - Chairman
  • New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NZVCA) - Member