Simon De Young

Simon De Young

Baker & McKenzie


Simon De Young, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Melbourne office and is head of Baker McKenzie's Australian Private Equity Group. He has over 20 years' experience in private equity, public and private treaty M&A and equity capital markets transactions gained in working in Baker & McKenzie's Melbourne and London offices.

Practice Focus

Simon specialises in advising private equity funds and companies in connection with a variety of domestic and cross-border complex business transactions.  These include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, capital markets matters and corporate restructurings.  Simon has experience in a wide variety of industries, including education, consumer goods, digital infrastructure, transport/logistics and renewable energy.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising private equity firms and other investment managers in connection with the acquisition, management and disposal of their Australian and international investments
  • Advising multinational corporations on market leading domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposals
  • Advising on major mergers, including by way of scheme of arrangement
  • Advising financial sponsors on the management of their portfolio investments, including follow-on investments and acquisitions
  • Acting on a broad range of capital raising transactions

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Australian Venture Capital Association
  • Law Institute of Victoria


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2004)
  • Victoria~Australia (1999)


  • Melbourne University (LL.B., Honors) (1997)
  • Melbourne University (B.A.) (1997)


  • English

Previous Offices

  • London