Tax

Overview

As one of the leading firms in Australia for complex tax advice and tax dispute resolution, our taxation team advises leading domestic and international corporations and financial intermediaries in all areas of revenue law.

We are known for our cutting edge corporate and international tax advice to Australian listed corporates and foreign multinationals, particularly for cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

I rate Johnson Winter & Slattery most highly out of all the firms I use due to their highly skilled and commercial lawyers.
Chambers Asia-Pacific client feedback

Our practice covers the entire range of tax law at a Federal, State and local level, and we often work together with leading independent firms in the US, Europe and Asia.

We have significant tax dispute expertise and capability which has included preparing a number of large multinationals in the pharmaceutical, technology, and fast moving consumable sectors in preparing for appearances before the Australian Senate Economic Committee’s Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance, and in representing those clients in their interactions with the Australian tax authorities.

Our expertise covers both disputes and advisory matters for many major multinationals, including Microsoft Corporation, McDonald’s Australia, Treasury Wine Estates, SABMiller, Unilever, and Blackmores.

Often working collaboratively with the corporate and dispute resolution teams within the firm, our tax team provides expertise on corporate structuring, cross border investment, tax effective financing, and the myriad of tax rules affecting general business operations.

Our client offering is distinguished with a low leverage model, which necessarily means a higher ratio of senior lawyers directly engaging with clients and their matters. This is all the more important in an area like tax – where experience, expertise, and judgment matter.

Experience

Recent matters

Airport Link Holdings

Represented the company in relation to an appeal regarding income tax deduction claims concerning the right to future income provisions within Australia’s corporate tax consolidation rules.

AirXpanders

Provided Australian tax counsel in relation to the IPO of AirXpanders on the Australian Securities Exchange.

McDonald’s Australia

Advised in relation to income tax and nationwide stamp duty issues relating to its Australian franchising options.

Microsoft Corporation

Australian tax counsel on acquisition of technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online.

Sentient Group

Advised in relation to a major cross-border restructure.

Direct and indirect tax consequence advice

Domestic and cross-border matters

Mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and capital raisings (both debt and equity)

Corporate restructures

Advised on corporate restructures, sale and leaseback transactions, and other capital management initiatives and related party cross-border transactions, including in relation to transfer pricing issues.

Privatisations

Advised on privatisations, public private partnerships and secondary sales of public assets.

Tax disputes

Audits

Advising on Federal and State/Territory taxation audits and reviews.

Litigation matters

Taxation and related litigation in tribunals and courts across Australia, including in relation to income tax, land tax, payroll tax and land valuations.

Public hearings

Assisting clients with their preparations for public hearings such as the recent Australian Senate hearings into corporate tax avoidance.

Recognition

"Excellent level of service.”
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Richard Gelski, Prashanth Kainthaje and Reynah Tang are ranked as leading lawyers for Taxation.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Reynah Tang, Stewart Grieve, Prashanth Kainthaje and Andy Milidoni are recommended lawyers in Tax Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Stewart Grieve, Reynah Tang, Richard Gelski and Prashanth Kainthaje are named as leading lawyers in Tax Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Richard Gelski is applauded for his ability to "understand the big picture and come up with the right solutions."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Prashanth Kainthaje is "a standout performer with deep legal expertise who understands our business and provides pragmatic and commercial advice."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Reynah Tang “gets straight to the point rather than providing two pages of unnecessary advice," and demonstrates "willingness to get in and help on all sorts of matters."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Richard Gelski is listed as a leading lawyer for Tax Law.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
“High level of expertise” and has “capabilities in complex high-value projects.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Prashanth Kainthaje is recognised as a “standout performer.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Reynah Tang displays “outstanding technical knowledge.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
"The performance has been great in terms of everything they have done. They have added colour, understanding and detail to our position."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
"Strong focus on direct partner-client engagement."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Reynah Tang is recognised for his "client management skills and impressive technical knowledge, which ensured we received practical and comprehensive advice."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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