Simon Haddy Partner

Meet Simon

Simon is a corporate lawyer with particular expertise in the infrastructure, utilities and real asset sectors.

He advises owners, operators and investors on a wide variety of complex strategic transactions, including public and private M&A, privatisations, equity investment, joint ventures, and funds management.

Simon’s commercial approach and strategic outlook help clients achieve successful outcomes in complex and time-critical matters. They also result in him providing ongoing strategic advice to several financial investors.

Simon has authored a variety of opinion pieces on funds management and corporate law reform, and he lectures on securities regulation at the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Business School.

 

Experience

Infrastructure, Utilities and Real Assets

TransGrid

Advised the NSW Electricity Networks consortium on its $10.258 billion acquisition of the TransGrid high voltage electricity transmission network from the New South Wales Government.

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

Advised AIMCo on its investment in several forestry assets, including Great Southern Plantations.

Laguna Bay Pastoral Company

Advised on the sale of the freehold estate underpinning the largest almond plantation in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cairns and Mackay Airports

Advised the successful consortium on its $738 million acquisition of the airports from the Queensland Government, as well as subsequent restructures and on-sales.

Renewable Energy Assets

Advised sponsors on the funding and acquisition of solar farms (Hughenden, Darling Downs, Swan Hill, Brigalow, Chinchilla, Williamsdale and Mt Majura) and wind farms (Bald Hills, Canunda, Willogoleche, and Mumbida).

Port of Newcastle

Advised a bidder on the privatisation of the Port of Newcastle by the New South Wales Government.

Queensland Motorways

Advised a bidder on the sale of the Queensland Motorways business by QIC.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Amcor

Advised Amcor on its merger with Bemis, and associated restructure, to create a US$17 billion packaging leader.

Toll Group

Advised Toll Group on its $6.5 billion scheme of arrangement for acquisition by Japan Post.

Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIX)

Advised AIX on the $2 billion disposal of its airport portfolio to Future Fund and associated restructure to facilitate the sale.

Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF)

Advised HDF on its $1.3 billion takeover by APA Group.

Infrastructure Funds

Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA)

Advised the $6.3 billion UTA on its manager replacement process – the largest infrastructure portfolio to undergo a change of manager in Australian history.

Lighthouse Infrastructure

Advised on the structuring and establishment of wholesale funds to facilitate investment in renewable energy and social infrastructure.

Impact Investment Group

Advised on the structuring and establishment of wholesale funds to facilitate investment in solar electricity generation facilities.

VicSuper

Advised VicSuper on asset and fund investments in several real asset classes.

Macquarie Airports

Advised Macquarie on the internalisation of the fund’s management arrangements.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Corporate Governance, Equity Capital Markets, Investment Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Master of Laws
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Memberships

  • Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia, Member of Corporations Committee
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Society of South Australia