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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 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, and the establishment and operation of early stage businesses. 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


  • Auckland Council/Eke Panuku - advising on urban regeneration investment partnership
  • Trust Tairawhiti - advising on transactions by its wholly owned subsidiary Eastland Group Limited
  • 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
  • Counties Energy - advising on various contracting and works arrangements
  • Enable - advising on contracting arrangements
  • Hawke's Bay Airport - advising on solar farm joint venture with Manawa Energy
  • Watercare - advising on service delivery contract with Waikato District Council
  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company - establishment and ongoing housing development arrangements

M&A Transactions

  • 2degrees - acting for the telco on the $1.076 billion sale of its passive cell phone tower assets to mobile tower company, Connexa
  • Voyage Digital - advising on the $1.58 billion merger of 2degrees and Orcon
  • TA Associates - acquisition of Kiwiplan
  • Macquarie Asset Management / Aware Super – NZ$1.7 billion acquisition of 2degrees
  • - acquisition of web hosting business Freeparking Ltd
  • Shareholders of Mighty Ape - acting on the sale of Mighty Ape to Australian e-commerce operator,
  • Skills Organisation - advising on strategic acquisitions
  • 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

Venture Capital

  • Sprout Agritech LP - advising on establishment and appointment by Callaghan Innovation as a technology incubator and on investment
  • Aquafortus - advising on flip to the US and Series A round
  • 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

Other Credentials

  • Angel Association NZ - Member
  • NZ Private Capital Association - Member