Simon has deep international experience in corporate real estate transactions gained from over 20 years of working on both the advisory and client sides. 

He regularly advises owners, developers, fund managers, and public sector clients on major real estate development projects and investment transactions in Australia. This includes all property classes involving freehold, strata, and State land, and through the entire real estate lifecycle: investment structuring and capital partnerships, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, developments, leasing, and workouts.

Simon's broad Asia-Pacific experience extends to contracting and major projects in other sectors such as mining and resources. manufacturing, and infrastructure.

Simon is highly regarded by clients for his commercial, solutions-focused approach to solving legal problems.

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Real Estate

Commercial office: Advised fund management clients from Australia and Asia on the disposal of Alinta Plaza and Workzone West, and the acquisition of 45 St Georges Terrace and Optima Centre, totalling over A$360M in transaction value.

Industrial: Advised an equity investor and debt provider, and subsequently the joint venture participants, on structuring and documenting the $250M Roe Highway logistics park development project; advised BP on the acquisition and development of sites throughout Western Australia.

Mixed use/apartments: Advised the developers on the inner-city NV mixed use development in Perth comprising over 400 apartments and a hotel, and the Liv apartments project in Fremantle comprising 166 apartments and associated retail uses.

Retirement communities: Acting for Stockland on its "Aspire" strata scheme retirement village, the first of its kind in Perth.

Student accommodation: Acted on the acquisition of a Perth CBD site for the development of student accommodation.

Hospitality & Leisure: Advising on hotel acquisitions and leisure project developments in Perth, Fremantle and the North West.

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Real Estate Markets

Commercial office: Advised fund management clients from Australia and Asia on the disposal of Alinta Plaza and Workzone West, and the acquisition of 45 St Georges Terrace and Optima Centre, totalling over A$360M in transaction value.

Industrial: Advised an equity investor and debt provider, and subsequently the joint venture participants, on structuring and documenting the $250M Roe Highway logistics park development project; advised BP on the acquisition and development of sites throughout Western Australia.

Mixed use/apartments: Advised the developers on the inner-city NV mixed use development in Perth comprising over 400 apartments and a hotel, and the Liv apartments project in Fremantle comprising 166 apartments and associated retail uses.

Retirement communities: Acting for Stockland on its "Aspire" strata scheme retirement village, the first of its kind in Perth.

Student accommodation: Acted on the acquisition of a Perth CBD site for the development of student accommodation.

Hospitality & Leisure: Advising on hotel acquisitions and leisure project developments in Perth, Fremantle and the North West.

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Energy and Resources

Alcoa: Advised on its rail and infrastructure expansion at the Port of Bunbury, including negotiating tenure and third party access arrangements with the Port Authority.

Talison Lithium: Advising on its proposed expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Operations.

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Foreign Investment in Australia

FIRB: Advised a majority Chinese-owned company on the acquisition of agricultural and residential land, including advising on the application of the FIRB approval rules and the ATO Land Register.

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Government Services

Department of Defence: Advised on various property disposal projects.

Water Corporation: Advised on statutory powers, land access, tenure powers and rights, and disposal of assets.

Housing Authority of WA: Advised on and documented a PM/DM project structure for an appointed builder to bring 150 residential lots to the market, including social and affordable housing lots.

LandCorp: Advised on LandCorp's statutory powers and rights, and land disposal/development projects. 

MRA: Advised on the Scarborough Beach Hubs urban regeneration project. 

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Agribusiness and Food

Almonds: Structured and negotiated the acquisition and joint venture terms for the operation of Western Australia's largest almond farm at Eneabba.

Beef: Advised on land acquisition, water licences, and associated operational issues for Western Australia's largest beef processor.

Manuka Honey: Advised on land assembly and tenure issues for a Manuka Honey project in Western Australia. 

Farming: Advising a client on the acquisition of farming operations comprising over 200 freehold and leasehold titles. 

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Aged care: Acted for aged care operators on the acquisition and development of several facilities and sites in Perth, including Oryx Communities' Claremont on the Park and The Richardson. 

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