Simon is a corporate partner and leads the firm’s international Transport & Automotive sector.
He has focussed on working with clients across the transport, mobility, automotive and logistics industries for nearly 20 years and regularly leads on strategically important transactions typically involving those areas of industry experiencing digital transformation such as e-mobility, mobility as a service, connected, autonomous and shared vehicles as well as the more established transport modes. Simon has become recognised for his all round understanding of the mobility industry, advising leading corporates and innovative start-ups on M&A work, investments, reorganisations and complex partnerships and, in his role as sector lead, in spotting opportunities to draw contacts together.
Simon qualified in September 2000, joined Osborne Clarke the same year and became a partner in 2006. He speaks regularly at international conferences on transport and mobility matters and is known for his focus on smart cities and how transport is changing to fit the urban mobility demands of the future.
Advising strategic automotive and engineering consultancy, Ricardo, on various corporate mobility related matters.
Advising Investec backed Via Novus, owner of Engenie, one of the UK's fastest growing EV charging networks, on a £35million investment from Cube Infrastructure.
Advising start up EV OEM on various investment related matters.
Advised Fleetcor Technologies on its joint venture with Summit Partners to acquire Masternaut Group Holdings Limited, Europe's largest provider of telematics solutions to commercial fleets.
Telematics Joint Venture
Advised the AA on a multi party cross border telematics joint venture
Advised on several bus acquisitions over many years.
Advised Tower Transit on UK-based acquisitions.
Grand Central Railway
Advised on its sale to transport operator Arriva plc
The automotive industry is undergoing rapid change, which is raising investment, legal and regulatory challenges.