Simon Akozu > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

MinterEllisonRuddWatts
PWC TOWER, 15 CUSTOMS STREET WEST
PO BOX 105 249
AUCKLAND 1143
New Zealand

Work Department

Corporate and Commerical

Position

Senior Associate – Tax

Career

Simon is a tax specialist with more than 10 years’ experience delivering effective commercial solutions to a wide range of New Zealand and international clients.

Simon has a particular focus on M&A, financing transactions, managed funds, inbound and outbound investments, and corporate insolvencies.  

Simon has a strong background in tax policy having started his career in the National Tax practice of a “Big 4” accounting firm.  Simon regularly presents and writes on new developments in tax, including the recent BEPS initiatives and the Tax Working Group’s proposals.

Languages

English

Education

Master of Taxation Studies (First Class Honours), BCom, LLB, University of Auckland

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Tax

(Rising stars)

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts is particularly experienced in advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, while its equally strong litigation team is adept at handling tax disputes with the New Zealand Inland Revenue. Clients additionally praise it as the ‘best private equity tax team in New Zealand’. Transfer pricing, financial services and investment fund transactions and warranty insurance matters are also frequent sources of work, alongside a niche expertise which the team advises on the tax aspects of cryptocurrency investments. Andrew Ryan has a balanced tax controversy and corporate tax practice; he advised Healthscope and Brookfield on the $550m sale of Healthscope’s New Zealand pathology business. Senior associate Simon Akozu is noted for transactional tax work and his expertise in the infrastructure sector. Special counsel Sacha Oudyn now concentrates on M&A.