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Simon Akozu

Simon Akozu

Senior Associate


  • Corporate and Business
  • Taxation

WSG Practice Industries


Simon is a tax specialist with more than 10 years’ experience delivering effective commercial solutions to a wide range of New Zealand and international clients.

Simon has a particular focus on M&A, financing transactions, managed funds, inbound and outbound investments, and corporate insolvencies. Simon routinely advises clients on the tax aspects of:

- share sale and business asset sale transactions;
- property transactions and land development;
- financing arrangements, from facility agreements through to structured debt issuances and securitisations;
- collective investment vehicles, including limited partnerships and portfolio investment entities; and
- inbound and outbound investment structures.

Simon also regularly helps clients engage with Inland Revenue, from assisting with everyday inquiries and small adjustments, through to advising clients in significant multi-year tax disputes with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.

Simon has a strong background in tax policy having started his career in the National Tax practice of a “Big 4” accounting firm. Simon regularly presents and writes on new developments in tax, including the recent BEPS initiatives and the Tax Working Group’s proposals.

Bar Admissions

2006, New Zealand


Master of Taxation Studies (First Class Honours), University of Auckland
BCom, LLB, University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Corporate and Business | Taxation


Resource Management Reform: Incentivising Environmental Outcomes Through Economic Tools
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Many are aware that in July the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) suggested a suite of reforms that include repealing the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replacing it with a new Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA), a new Strategic Planning Act (with spatial plans) and new Managed Retreat and Climate Change Adaptation Act. Our summary of the reforms is available online...

COVID-19 “Safe Harbour” Not for Sinking Ships
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Director’s personal liability for company tax debts On 10 July 2020, Inland Revenue issued a public ruling (the Ruling) considering the application of the asset stripping rules (under which directors and shareholders may be personally liable for company tax debts) in the context of the recently enacted exception to certain directors’ duties under the Companies Act 1993 (the Safe Harbour)...

New Zealand Tax and COVID-19 — New Tax Relief Measures
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

The New Zealand government’s new tax measures provide some relief for taxpayers dealing with the effects of COVID-19. However, the global pandemic is causing a number of tax issues that have not yet been addressed. Simon Akozu and Phillip Chrisp of MinterEllisonRuddWatts explain the new tax measures, and flag some potential issues for multinationals that operate in New Zealand to consider...

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