Clients come to Simon Taskunas for his deep international experience in corporate real estate transactions gained from over 20 years of working on both the advisory and client sides in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

Simon advises clients on major real estate development projects and investment transactions in all property classes involving private, strata, and State land in Western Australia, and through the entire real estate lifecycle: investment structuring and capital partnerships, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, developments, leasing, and workouts.

Simon's clients include listed and unlisted corporations and funds, and government entities. He also assists clients from Asia who are investing in other Australian States.

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Real Estate

Alinta Plaza: Simon was the lead partner acting for JP Morgan on the sale of Aviva Investors' Alinta Plaza office building in Perth for A$51 million.


Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
: Simon is a lead partner advising MRA on the Scarborough Beach Hubs urban regeneration project in Perth, including market release methodology, and drafting and negotiating the project documentation such as the EOI, Lease, and Project Development Agreement.

 

Perth Market Authority: Simon acted for a shortlisted bidder for the acquisition of the assets and operations of Perth Market Authority, Western Australia's central wholesale trading and distribution hub for fruit and vegetables.


Aged care:
 Simon has acted for a national aged care operator on the acquisition of multiple facilities and sites in Perth.

 

WA developer clients: Simon advises developers on commercial, freehold and strata mixed use residential developments in WA requiring the preparation of sale contracts, joint venture agreements and development agreements. Clients have included EG, Stockland, Fragrance Group, Match, Defence Housing Australia, Brookfield Multiplex, Investa, and Frasers Property.


M&G Asia Property Fund: 
Simon advised the Fund on its incorporated joint venture with Frasers Centrepoint that acquired Compass Point retail mall in Singapore for S$519 million, and the Fund's subsequent acquisition of its joint venture partner's interest. He regularly advises the Fund on ongoing asset management and co-ownership matters throughout Asia-Pacific.

 

Exchange Tower: Simon acts for the co-owners of Exchange Tower on St Georges Terrace in Perth on key leasing matters.


AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT: 
Simon advised on its maiden investment in Australia, the acquisition of a 49% indirect interest in the Optus Centre at Macquarie Park, Sydney for an aggregate purchase price of A$184 million.

 

Lend Lease: Simon advised Lend Lease and one of its managed funds, Asian Retail Investment Fund, on several transactions in South East Asia including their successful joint bid for the acquisition of Singapore's Jurong Gateway Road mixed-use retail and office development site for S$748 million and subsequent divestment of Lend Lease's 25% stake in the Jem development.


Malaysian conglomerate: 
Simon advised a Malaysian conglomerate on its proposed divestment of leisure assets in Western Australia structured as a sale of shares in a holding company.

 

Singapore sovereign wealth fund: Simon advised on its US$350 million forward purchase of a commercial office tower development forming part of a mixed-use strata titled hotel and retail development in Jakarta.

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Real Estate Markets

AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT: Simon advised on its maiden investment in Australia, the acquisition of a 49% indirect interest in the Optus Centre at Macquarie Park, Sydney for an aggregate purchase price of A$184 million.


Lend Lease: 
Simon advised Lend Lease and one of its managed funds, Asian Retail Investment Fund, on several transactions in South East Asia including their successful joint bid for the acquisition of Singapore's Jurong Gateway Road mixed-use retail and office development site for S$748 million and subsequent divestment of Lend Lease's 25% stake in the Jem development.

 

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Construction and Major Projects

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority: Simon is a lead partner advising MRA on the Scarborough Beach Hubs urban regeneration project in Perth, including market release methodology, and drafting and negotiating the project documentation such as the EOI, Lease, and Project Development Agreement.


WA developer clients:
 Simon advises developers on commercial, freehold and strata mixed use residential developments in WA requiring the preparation of sale contracts, joint venture agreements and development agreements. Clients have included EG, Stockland, Fragrance Group, Match, Defence Housing Australia, Brookfield Multiplex, Investa, and Frasers Property.

 

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Government Services

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority: Simon is a lead partner advising MRA on the Scarborough Beach Hubs urban regeneration project in Perth, including market release methodology, and drafting and negotiating the project documentation such as the EOI, Lease, and Project Development Agreement.


Perth Market Authority: 
Simon acted for a shortlisted bidder for the acquisition of the assets and operations of Perth Market Authority, Western Australia's central wholesale trading and distribution hub for fruit and vegetables.


Singapore sovereign wealth fund:
 Simon advised on its US$350 million forward purchase of a commercial office tower development forming part of a mixed-use strata titled hotel and retail development in Jakarta.

 

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Agribusiness

Simon acted for a joint venture participant in an almond farm in Western Australia including due diligence on the business operations and water supply arrangements, and drafting and negotiating the unit purchase and unitholder agreement.

 

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Aged care: Simon has acted for a national aged care operator on the acquisition of multiple facilities and sites in Perth.

 

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