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Bell Gully

HP TOWER, 171 FEATHERSTON STREET, PO BOX 1291, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 4 473 7777
Fax:
Fax +64 4 473 3845
DX:
SX 11164
Email:
Web:
http://www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

Simon Watt

Tel:
Work +64 4 915 6854
Email:
Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Public law, Climate change, Health, International, International trade - customs and excise, Infrastructure and projects, Forestry, Energy, Environment and planning, Intellectual property, Privacy and data protection, Transport, Water, waste and contamination, Agribusiness, Commercial, Corporate governance and advisory

Career

​​​​​​​​​​​​Simon has provided substantial advice on the commercial activities of public sector entities, including RFP and tender processes and associated probity issues. He advises on consultation and decision-making processes aimed at fulfilling public law obligations and managing judicial review risks. He works with public sector boards, advising on governance issues and has been involved in the establishment of government bodies, as well as in drafting and implementing legislation.

Simon is the country’s leading probity advisor for public sector procurement and is advising on all of the Government’s public private partnership (PPP) projects. His expertise has ensured that public sector procurement processes have been successfully implemented without legal challenge and have been conducted fairly and under strict legal requirements.

Climate change law is another area where Simon is recognised as New Zealand’s leading lawyer. He is unique in the market for combining commercial, banking and finance (traded products) expertise with environmental expertise. This combination ensures clients receive workable solutions to climate change issues. He has significant involvement in major climate change issues both internationally and domestically with cross-border expertise unmatched by any other New Zealand lawyer and is internationally recognised for his work advising a number of g​overnment and parliamentary groups. He is regularly asked to comment on climate change issues in national media, and has had leading roles in regional climate change conferences. He led the climate change presentation to the 15 Pacific Island states Attorneys-General and Solicitors-General and also chaired panel sessions on carbon trading at the leading Australasian climate change and business conference and New Zealand’s first carbon forestry conference.

Admitted - 1989 New Zealand. International Career: Citibank, London 1993-1996.

Languages

French.

Member

Trustee of Asia New Zealand Foundation
Trustee of Compass Health Wellington Trust

Education

BA, LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington, LLM University of London.


New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Bell Gully is 'extremely proactive with best-in-class knowledge and an understanding of the realities of the business world', according to one client, who adds that 'the team really goes above and beyond to meet our needs'. 'The pre-eminent law firm in New Zealand for a reason - consistently a class above its peers', remarks another. In Auckland, Anna Buchly and James Gibson 'stand out as fantastic to work with - they think of everything'. They advised US-based Platinum Equity on the acquisitions of Staples Australasia and OfficeMax Australasia. Brynn Gilbertson advised Fletcher Building on a NZ$750m underwritten offer to shareholders. Also recommended are corporate law specialist Glenn Joblin, who handled AIA's A$3.8bn acquisition of insurer Sovereign, and 'has excellent knowledge of the market and is a very trusted adviser'; Toby Sharpe, who advised Gentrack on its NZ$79m acquisition of Junifer Systems; Chris Goddard, who is 'extremely client-centric and brings a diligent manner to the matters he works on'; and 'highly capable' senior associate Jennifer Coote. In Wellington, public law expert Simon Watt and deputy practice head Amon Nunns are respected partners.

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Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Bell Gully provides 'excellent service and thoughtful advice and understands the commercial imperatives'. 'The advice mirrors clients' strategic objectives and delivers the outcomes they seek'. Its work encompasses complex projects in the private and public sectors, energy and natural resources matters, and environmental law for clients including Auckland Transport and Crown Infrastructure Partners. In Wellington, projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall lead the practice, and key partner Andrew Beatson has 'excellent legal knowledge coupled with commercial acumen; he is strong at finding solutions to unique situations'. Energy partners David Coull and Chris Gordon (who 'quickly identifies the key issues and is always calm and solution-focused'), and public law expert Simon Watt are standout practitioners. Senior associates Claire Harmsworth, the 'helpful, commercial' Toni Forrest and the 'thorough, lovely-to-deal-with' Angela Harford are also recommended. In Auckland, infrastructure partner Tom Bennett stands out for his work regarding Auckland’s transport infrastructure. 'Her advice is both concise and exact, and she turns work around very quickly and efficiently', say clients of senior associate Natasha Garvan.

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