image of Simon TaskunasSimon Taskunas

Clayton Utz Partner , Perth T +61 8 9426 8282 +61 434 651 120

Simon has deep international experience in corporate transactions gained from over 25 years of working on both the advisory and client sides.

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

Simon's broad Asia-Pacific experience extends to procurement, contracting and major projects in energy and resources, renewables, manufacturing, infrastructure, and food sectors.

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

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Real Estate

Retail: Acting on retail site acquisitions, developments and leasing transactions for landlords and tenants, including advising on the application of the Retail Shops Act and Covid-19 relief measures.

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, 190 St Georges Terrace, and Optima Centre, totalling over A$410M 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 DHL on structuring and documenting a logistics facility development and lease at Hazelmere, Perth; 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; advised on the acquisition of the mixed use Old Swan Brewery precinct; advising on the East Perth Power Station redevelopment project.

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.

See Real Estate 

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, including land access and infrastructure arrangements.

Renewable energy projects: Structuring and documenting project documentation, and advising on project approvals required for solar, wind, and renewable hydrogen projects for both landowners and operators in WA.

See Energy and Resources

Foreign Investment in Australia

FIRB: Successfully obtained multiple FIRB approvals for, and advised on FIRB exemptions applicable to, a Chinese/US-owned mining company on the acquisition of agricultural and residential land, including advising on the application of the ATO Land Register; and regularly advising foreign clients on the application of the new FIRB rules applying to acquisition of interests in Australian property.

See Foreign Investment in Australia

Government Services

Housing Authority of WA: Advising on the Machinery of Government Changes project including structuring and transferring numerous development projects to DevelopmentWA comprising social and affordable housing lots.

Water Corporation: Advising on statutory powers, land access, tenure powers and rights, acquisition and disposal of land, pipeline easements, and telco access licences.

DevelopmentWA: Advising on WALA's statutory powers and rights, and land disposal and urban precinct development projects.

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

Department of Defence: Advised on various property disposal projects.

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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 numerous freehold and pastoral lease acquisitions, diversification permits, water licences, and associated operational issues for Western Australia's largest beef processor. 

Oysters: Advised on the acquisition of the Albany-based oyster farm operation, Ocean Foods International.

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

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

See Agribusiness and Food

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' Queenslea and The Richardson.

See Healthcare and Life Sciences


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