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Buddle Findlay

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Buddle Findlay, Simon Vodanovich, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Simon Vodanovich

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Buddle Findlay

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Corporate and commercial.


Partner. Mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and securities law. For details about Simon's work highlights see here -


Simon specialises in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and the laws relating to financial markets conduct. He advises on takeovers, other forms of mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and other financial markets conduct issues. He acts for a variety of corporate clients, private equity firms and investment banks.


 • Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal


• LLB (Victoria University of Wellington), LTCL 
• Admitted New Zealand 1986

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Vodanovich - Buddle Findlay

Within: Corporate and M&A

Buddle Findlay provides 'the highest quality of service and is always thorough, having a deep tool kit and a senior team with valuable experience and rich networks and knowledge in New Zealand'. 'They understand our requirements and always outperform', says a client. The team, which is led by Auckland-based Simon Vodanovich, frequently acts in some of the largest corporate transactions in the market and Vodanovich recently advised Newell Brands on its NZ$660m acquisition of Sistema Plastics. Partners Nick Bragg and Lisette Hood also played key roles in that transaction. Also recommended are Grant Dunn, who has 'very deep knowledge of the market and a good eye for detail'; senior corporate partner David Thomson, who handled a share sale for Geneva Group; and senior associate Benjamin Sutton, who is 'an emerging talent operating in many ways at a partner level - a safe pair of hands'. In Wellington, Steve Nightingale is a standout practitioner and he advised Infratil on the block trade sale of its NZ$237m stake in Metlifecare.

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