Geoff advises on a wide range of matters in the energy and resources sector including M&A, projects, corporate advisory and equity capital markets matters. He acts for a number of Australian and international public listed companies and advises many significant international clients on their activities in Australia and elsewhere, including in respect of the planning of acquisitions and foreign investment issues. He has advised in relation to resource projects and substantial acquisitions in many other jurisdictions.
Geoff is Allen & Overy's Global Head of Mining, a member of the Global Partnership Selection Committee and is the Managing Partner of the Perth office. He has held directorships in listed public companies in both the mining and energy sectors and is a former national president of AMPLA – the resources and energy law association and is acknowledged in various independent legal directories as a leading individual in Australia in the energy and resources sector: Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific (Energy & Resources sector), Asia Pacific Legal 500 (Energy sector), Who's Who Legal (Mining and Oil & Gas sectors) and ALB, and has been voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in each publication and in each of the categories of Commercial, Corporate, Corporate/Governance, Energy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining, Natural Resources, Offshore and Oil & Gas. In addition he is named as Best Lawyers' 2012 Perth 'Corporate/Governance Lawyer of the Year 2012 and 2013'. Chambers 2013 says "Geoff Simpson is regarded as one of the most eminent resources lawyer in Australia." Chambers 2014 says "Geoff Simpson is the talented managing partner of the Perth office and is head of the firm's global mining group. He is widely praised by sources who say "he is a great relationship partner and has a vision for the firm and how it should be run."" They add: "He is a good sounding board and very commercial in his advice." Whos Who Legal (Mining) says "Geoff Simpson garners praise from sources around the world for his "outstanding" practice. He advises on a wide range of matters in the sector including M&A, projects, corporate advisory and equity capital markets matters. Sources note that "he is well-established in the market as one of the leading mining practitioners worldwide"." Chambers 2016 says "Geoff Simpson is acknowledged by sources as a practitioner with a solid reputatio for mining-related work. According to one client, "he makes pragmatic decisions from a commercial standpoint, which is very beneficial to a business." He advised the Russian Direct Investment Fund on its AUD16.3 million investment in Tigers Realm Coal. Legal 500 2017 says "Geoff Simpson has great commercial acumen and provides pragmatic solutions."
Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2010
Admitted as a solicitor, Western Australia, Australia
Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia, 1987
Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of Western Australia, 1986