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Simon is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular interest in primary industries. 

He utilises his drafting skills on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions for Australian and international private clients and SMEs as well as major Australian corporations. He has been involved in many corporate projects including business and share sales and acquisitions, equity capital raisings and due diligence investigations.

He has drafted and negotiated a broad range of commercial documentation including Government funding agreements, supply contracts, commercial collaboration and alliance agreements, service agreements and licensing and distribution arrangements.

Having spent many years as a jackaroo and overseer on large pastoral station properties, Simon has developed a keen interest in agriculture and advises agribusinesses across Australia. He also advises clients in resources and energy, advanced manufacturing, education and technology.

Simon is a national director of the Agribusiness Association of Australia and an inaugural member of the South Australian Agribusiness Council. He has been listed in the annual Best Lawyers ® list since 2013 for Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Since 2016 Simon has been listed in Commercial Law. In 2017 Simon was listed as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Commercial Law and additionally listed in Corporate Law.

Simon is currently listed in the 2020 ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

 

Recent deals and media coverage:

Sunsuper-backed Discovery Parks acquires Top Parks branding and licence rights - April 2018

Archstone Investment acquires majority interest of Bindaree Beef Group - September 2017

BBHO consortium all-Australian bid for S. Kidman and Co - October 2016

Riverland's innovative wine cluster project 100th Monkey Vignerons - June 2016

Consolidated Australian Pastoral Holdings (CAPH) purchases four SAWA cattle stations in the Kimberley region - September 2017

Sundrop Farms pioneering greenhouse run on seawater and solar power - August 2016

Almondco hulling and shelling upgrade at Lyrup in the Riverland - July 2015

Read more about our agribusiness deals here