Simon specialises in competition, regulatory and public law.
Simon has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients in relation to the full range of competition and regulatory matters, including merger control, enforcement and investigations, price control and other regulatory and public law issues. He has particular expertise advising regulated utilities in the electricity, gas, telecommunications and airport sectors. He also assists clients obtaining consent under the Overseas Investment Act.
Simon re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2015 after five years in the competition department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in London. He holds advanced degrees in US antitrust and regulation and European Union competition law.
- assisted Powerco in the preparation of its customised price-quality path proposal and its engagement with the Commerce Commission
- advised a number of electricity lines companies in relation to Commerce Commission investigations of non-compliance with price-quality determinations
- advised Chorus on Commission determinations of regulated pricing and the implementation of the new regulatory framework for fibre services
- secured Commerce Commission clearance for the global merger of Luxottica and Essilor
- obtained clearance from the Commerce Commission on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim for its acquisition of the animal health business of Sanofi
- acted for Godfrey Hirst in relation to the Commerce Commission’s authorisation of the merger of the wools scouring businesses of Cavalier and NZWSI
- assisted a regulated utility in responding to Commerce Commission allegations of abuse of dominance, and
- secured consent from the Overseas Investment Office on behalf of a variety of domestic and offshore clients.