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.

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

Battery Ventures

Advised on tax issues associated with the acquisition by Battery Ventures of 40% stake in Learnosity.

Energy Company

Advised Blackmores on the tax aspects of its agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Catalent Australia Holding Pty Ltd.

Blackmores

Acted in proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal regarding the availability of the R&D tax concession. Advising on the structuring and establishment of the employee share scheme.

Gazal Corporation

Advising on the tax implications of its proposed scheme of arrangement with PVH Corp.

Hogg Robinson

Advised as the Australian tax counsel on the sale by Hogg Robinson plc of its Fraedom fintech business to Visa International.

Institutional Venture Management and OpenView

Advised on the tax issues associated with their Series B investment in Deputy, the developer of an online employee management tool.

Korea Resources Corporation

Advised on stamp duty issues connected with the sale of Korea’s 4% interest in the Moolarben Coal Mine in New South Wales.

Milbank on behalf of Lending Consortium

Advised in relation to interest withholding tax on Senior and Bridge Facilities for EMR Capital’s acquisition of Kestrel coal mine from Rio Tinto.

Quanta Services

Advised on tax issues associated with acquisition of Mitchell Water Australia.

ZX Ventures

Advised on tax, stamp duty and GST issues on the acquisition by ZX Ventures of an innovative alcohol e–commerce platform, BoozeBud.

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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