In this chapter we identify 57 lawyers who excel in transfer pricing, restructurings, and international mergers and acquisitions, as well as complex litigation at domestic and international levels and across a broad range of industries.
Most Highly Regarded
MinterEllison receives four listings here.
Adrian Varrasso is praised as “excellent” by peers who highlight his superb handling of the tax aspects of significant mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganisations for major multinationals.
Peter Poulos is an “excellent tax litigator” who focuses his practice on tax issues arising from cross-border financing and transfer pricing matters.
Chris Kinsella is a formidable tax litigator with a strong track record of representing clients from an array of sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry.
Paul King receives widespread plaudits for his considerable expertise in international tax planning, including structuring international investments, financing, reorganisations and M&A.
At King & Wood Mallesons, four lawyers achieve a listing in this chapter.
Jerome Tse is “very, very good” according to impressed peers who commend his expert knowledge of transfer pricing and strong tax litigation practice.
Richard Snowden holds a stellar reputation in the market where he primarily advises corporate clients on complex transactions, federal income tax and M&A.
Michael Clough is “strong in tax dispute work”, and is widely recognised as a leader on tax issues relating to capital markets, banking and M&A.
Michael Perez is a highly regarded tax specialist who frequently advises high-profile corporate clients on major transactions and de-merger matters.
At Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers, James Hmelnitsky SC is an acclaimed tax expert who is “great on his feet and very commercial”, with one source adding: “He is probably the best tax silk.”
Chloe Burnett is considered “an excellent senior junior” by peers who commend her extensive experience in contentious tax matters in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Clint Harding at Arnold Bloch Leibler is widely commended for his stellar work advising clients on general income tax relating to corporate restructuring, corporate transactions and investments.
Mark Leibler possesses over four decades’ experience in tax law and is renowned in the tax policy space, where he has worked extensively with government bodies.
Paul Sokolowski has an enviable practice where he specialises in advising clients on significant domestic and international transactional and financial matters.
At Allens, the “brilliant” Lawrence Magid is “an icon of the tax market” according to market sources who identify him as “the best solicitor in tax” thanks to his considerable knowledge of cross-border tax regimes.
Craig Milner is a “strong practitioner” who skilfully handles a range of transactional work, including M&A, financing and restructuring.
At Eleven Wentworth Chambers Mark Richmond SC is a distinguished name in the Australian tax market and is widely considered “excellent”, with once source commenting: “If it was my money, I would want Mark.”
John de Wijn AM QC at Owen Dixon Chambers West enjoys a stellar reputation as “one of the leading tax barristers in Australia” thanks to his exceptional tax litigation experience.
The “excellent” Kristen Deards SC at Banco Chambers is celebrated as a “market-leading silk” and “one of the best” thanks to her broad experience handling tax-related disputes.
Ka Sen Wong at Allen & Overy earns high praise as an “outstanding transactional lawyer with broad knowledge” and “strong banking skills”.
Ken Lord at Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers is recognised for his vast experience in cross-border taxation and transaction-related tax disputes.
At Clayton Utz Mark Friezer is “always impressive” and stands out for his notable work advising major clients on capital raisings and acquisitions.