Simon Leslie is a senior lawyer in the Corporate and Transactional group focusing on corporate structuring, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital investments and corporate financings.
Simon has experience in a range of corporate advisory matters, including equity fund raisings, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring and general corporate governance. Simon's practice focuses on the technology sector, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence (AI), FinTech and MedTech / BioTech. He also has experience across a range of other industry sectors including financial services and education.
Simon works with emerging and growth companies and their investors, including venture capital, corporate venture and private equity funds, as well as domestic and international corporates. He advises on the full cycle of investment work, from initial investment to exit, through bolt-on acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance and employee incentive plans.
Prior to joining the firm in Sydney, Simon worked in London where he advised clients including venture capital investors such as Index Ventures, Felix Capital and Sequoia, high profile start-ups such as Touch Surgery, ROLI and notonthehighstreet.com, and rising stars of the UK tech scene including IESO Digital Health, Thought Machine and Urban Massage. In 2017, he acted on over 25 venture capital funding rounds with an aggregate investment amount of over US$350 million.