Simon J.Bowden

Of Counsel

Melbourne + 61.3.9101.6817

Simon Bowden assists clients with navigating the complexities and challenges of Australian taxation law. His combination of technical legal capability with a commercial approach to resolving issues has helped clients successfully complete matters ranging from $1.8 billion mergers in the steel industry, to $6 billion road projects, to $600 million cross-border financing tax disputes.

Simon's nearly 20 years of experience covers income tax, GST (goods and services tax), FBT (fringe benefits tax), and state taxes, including transfer pricing, anti-avoidance and integrity measures, capital gains tax, employment taxes, trusts, and withholding taxes. He advises on the structuring and advisory aspects of transactions and on the audit, objection, and dispute resolution processes prior to litigation.

Simon has advised clients across many industries and sectors, including oil and gas, electricity, mining and heavy industrial businesses, entertainment ventures, life insurance, real estate developments, major infrastructure projects, external administrators, government authorities, high net wealth individuals and private groups, and not-for-profits. He has advised on M&A transactions, cross-border financial arrangements, offshore procurement hubs, public-private partnerships, inbound and outbound investments, and restructures.

Simon has a particular interest in charities and not-for-profits law and also has experience in energy and resources and climate change law.

He is a member and former chair of The Tax Institute's Not For Profit Subcommittee and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the International Fiscal Association.


  • WEG acquires industrial electric motors and generators business from Regal Rexnord CorporationJones Day advised WEG S.A. in the $400 million acquisition of the industrial electric motors and generators business of Regal Rexnord Corporation.
  • Intelligent Monitoring Group acquires ADT security businessJones Day advised ASX-listed Intelligent Monitoring Group Ltd on its A$45 million acquisition of the ADT security monitoring business in Australia and New Zealand (through the acquisition of Tyco Australia Group Pty Ltd) and the associated A$80 million acquisition finance facility and A$17 million equity raising undertaken by accelerated entitlement offer and a top-up placement.
  • Portt sold to Advanced Business Software and Solutions LimitedJones Day advised the shareholders of Portt on its acquisition by Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited.
  • Hornblower Group acquires Journey BeyondJones Day advised Hornblower Group, Inc. in its acquisition of Australia's leading experiential travel group, Journey Beyond.
  • IBM acquires EnviziJones Day advised IBM in the acquisition of Envizi, a leading data and analytics software provider for environmental performance management.
  • IBM acquires SXiQJones Day advised IBM in the acquisition of SXiQ, an Australian digital transformation services company specializing in cloud applications, cloud platforms and cloud cybersecurity.
  • Coronado Global Resources completes US$550 million in combined financingJones Day represented Coronado Global Resources Inc., in connection with (i) an offering of US$350 million aggregate principal amount of 10.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2026, (ii) a secured asset-based revolving credit agreement in an initial aggregate principal amount of US$100 million, and (iii) an offering of US$100 million aggregate principal amount of shares of its Common Stock in the form of CHESS Depositary Interests, which are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • FuseFX acquires Rising Sun PicturesJones Day advised FuseFX, a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in connection with the acquisition and financing of Rising Sun Pictures, a world-renowned, high-end visual effects studio headquartered in Adelaide, Australia.
  • Procter & Gamble acquires VOOSTJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in its acquisition of VOOST Vitamins, Australia's leading effervescent supplements brand.
  • Sheffield Resources forms joint venture with Yansteel on Thunderbird Mineral Sands ProjectJones Day advised Sheffield Resources Limited (Sheffield) (ASX: SFX) on the formation of a joint venture with Yansteel on the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project.
  • Five9 acquires Inference Technologies GroupJones Day advised Five9, Inc. in its acquisition of Inference Technologies Group, Inc., a leading global provider of Intelligent Virtual Agents for sales and service organizations.
  • Laureate Education sells its Australian and New Zealand operations to Strategic Education for US$642.7 millionJones Day acted as special tax counsel for Laureate Education, Inc. in the US$642.7 million sale of its Australian and New Zealand operations – Torrens University Australia and Think Education in Australia and Media Design School in New Zealand to Strategic Education, Inc.
  • Benitec Biopharma redomiciled to U.S.Jones Day advised Benitec Biopharma Limited (ASX and NASDAQ listed) ("Benitec Australia") in its redomiciliation from Australia to the U.S. pursuant to a statutory scheme of arrangement under Australian law (the "Scheme").
  • United Nations University obtains assistance with "Survivor's Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human traffickingJones Day conducted worldwide research for the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research to assist in the development of a "Survivor Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.