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    • Andrew Clements - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Michael Clough - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Tony Frost - Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Richard Gelski - Johnson Winter & Slattery
    • Cameron Hanson - Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Mark Leibler - Arnold Bloch Leibler
    • Amrit MacIntyre - Baker & McKenzie
    • Larry Magid - Allens
    • Carmen McElwain - Minter Ellison
    • Andrew Sommer - Clayton Utz

Allens’ practice is led by Martin Fry, who provided tax advice on a number of M&A deals, including acting for Rio Tinto on its A$560m share buy-back from public shareholders. Larry Magid was active on behalf of Westpac in the debt capital markets space, while Adrian Chek, who specialises in stamp duty, was part of the team that assisted AGL Energy with the sale of its stake in the MacArthur wind farm. Toby Knight leads on disputes and has a ‘calm and measured approach to difficult issues’.

At Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, Tony Frost’s team is rated as ‘the best in Australia for income tax relating to financial services’. The real estate sector is another area of expertise and in one highlight, director Andrew White advised Morgan Stanley on the tax aspects of the sale of the Investa Property Group. The practice’s strong disputes offering features Hugh Paynter and Cameron Hanson; Richard Giannone leads on stamp duty matters.

King & Wood Mallesons’ tax disputes team includes Michael Clough and Jerome Tse, whose ‘strength in the larger market’ is evidenced by the duo acting for Chevron on a major transfer pricing appeal. On the non-contentious side, Andrew Clements is advising various financial institutions on the introduction of the new attribution managed investment trust regime. Other names to note are the ‘highly professional’ practice head Justin Cherrington and stamp duty specialist Michael Perez, who provides ‘thorough technical analysis’.

Clayton Utz’s team is led by Andrew Sommer, who is ‘very knowledgeable across indirect taxes and provides sensible solutions to challenging problems’. On the transactional side, the ‘technically accomplished’ Mark Friezer provided tax advice to Macquarie Bank on its A$8.2bn acquisition of the Esanda dealer finance portfolio, while in the disputes space, transfer pricing specialist Niv Tadmore, who is praised for his ‘expertise in resolving disputes’, was busy in the energy and resources sector. The ‘fantastic’ Peter Feros joined from Gilbert + Tobin.

Minter Ellison’s 16-partner practice counts the Australian Taxation Office amongst its clients and in one highlight, Carmen McElwain is representing the said client in its transfer pricing case against Chevron. Nathan Deveson leads on stamp duty and wins praise for his ‘specialist knowledge of the retirement village sector’, while ‘excellent’ GST specialist Rhys Guild advised UrbanGrowth on its development of Sydney’s Bays Precinct. William Thompson heads the practice.

At Arnold Bloch Leibler, Clint Harding provided ‘great turnaround’ on a number of debt and equity transactions, including advising Fonterra Co-operative Group on income tax and GST arising from the sale of its Australian yoghurt and dairy dessert business. At the senior end of the practice, clients rely on Mark Leibler’s ‘judgement and knowledge’ and litigator Paul Sokolowski’s ‘technical advice’.

Ashurst’s practice continued to handle a volume of non-contentious mandates in the corporate transactional space, including Vivian Chang, Geoff Mann and Ian Kellock advising Bain Capital Credit and Deutsche Bank on the tax aspects of their acquisition of the GE commercial finance business in New Zealand and Australia. Peter McCullough heads the team.

Baker & McKenzie’s strength in indirect taxes was again in evidence with the highly regarded Amrit MacIntyre advising on a number of mandates in the energy and real estate sectors. Practice head John Walker has expertise in tax issues arising from cross-border investments; Dixon Hearder leads on transfer pricing. Examples from the practice’s strong international client base include Abbott Laboratories and British American Tobacco.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth remained busy in its key sectors: infrastructure, energy and natural resources. The ‘tough, no-nonsense’ practice head Craig Milner acted as tax counsel to Macquarie Group and Brookfield Asset Management regarding their acquisition of Apache Corporation’s Western Australian oil and gas assets, and Rhys Jewell advised on various PPPs for the Queensland government.

DLA Piper’s three-partner team advises clients such as Origin and Lendlease on a range of direct and indirect tax issues. Practice head Jock McCormack provided tax advice on a number of corporate and investment trust restructurings, while James Newnham continued to focus on bespoke work for companies expanding internationally. Matthew Cridland specialises in GST and customs duty tax.

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s impressive international client base, which includes the likes of Microsoft Corporation, benefits from the cross-border investment expertise of Richard Gelski. Other names to note are practice head Reynah Tang, who displays ‘outstanding technical knowledge’ and Stewart Grieve, who focuses on contentious work and advised on various Australian Taxation Office audits.

At Jackson McDonald, Jemal Zagami and Adam Levin handle a mix of advisory and tax controversy work for both corporate and individual clients. The team has particular expertise in the mining, energy and property sectors.

McCullough Robertson’s six-partner practice services clients such as AMCI Investments and CS Energy on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Damien Clarke focuses on the mining and resources sector and advised Malabar on the tax aspects of the restructure of its Spur Hill joint venture.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has seen some change with the retirement of Paul Humphries and the hire of Ellen Thomas from Baker & McKenzie. Practice head Andrew Spalding, who is ‘recommended for high-value or complex stamp duty and GST advice’, advised Wren House on the tax aspects of its investment in TransGrid.

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