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Allens

Tax

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What the team is known for

Allens advises both domestic businesses and global corporations on a broad range of tax issues. Home to a number of market-leading practitioners with specialised expertise in the banking, resources and infrastructure sectors. Recognised as experts on the full range of tax issues, from income tax and GST to inbound and outbound investment and exit tax issues. Also possesses a leading tax disputes practice, regularly engaged to advise on audit and litigation matters. Frequently assists clients on tax issues relating to major M&A transactions and restructures. Key clients include Aware Super, Magellan Financial Group and Vocus.

Strengths

A client who identifies Allens as "our first choice for tax disputes," thanks to its "leading expertise" in that sphere, additionally notes: "They also have a long relationship with us as well as with other key players in our industry, so they understand the commercial drivers of the business."

Another client, who calls Allens "one of the best firms in the market for stamp duty and tax," reports: "They are flexible, take a commercial and sensible approach in formulating their advice, and are always looking for ways to add value and minimise risk for their clients."

Work highlights

Allens acted for Shell in Federal Court proceedings linked to the client's acquisition from Chevron of certain interests in the Gorgon joint venture gas project and revolving around the tax treatment of oil and gas exploration in Australia.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Chek is based in Sydney and advises on a wide range of practice area concerns, including capital gains tax, GST and indirect taxation, but is best known for his specialist stamp duty expertise. In addition to noting that he is both "deeply knowledgeable" and "extremely experienced" in his field, interviewees also praise his approachable manner and the fact that he "turns advice and sign-offs around promptly, being conscious of impending commercial deadlines."

Craig Milner is a well-established practitioner who offers advice on a range of corporate tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions, funds establishment and funds listing. He is adept at acting for clients on matters relating to both direct and indirect taxation. A client describes him as a "responsive and very insightful" lawyer who excels at "cutting through complexity and distilling the issues into helpfully simple advice" and at "coming up with practical solutions to mitigate risk." He is based in Sydney.

Larry Magid is a senior and influential figure in the Australian tax sphere. He has extensive experience advising on a range of taxation matters, including the tax elements of investment funds listing as well as the establishment of property trusts. He is based in Sydney and commands market respect as a "flagship lawyer" in the tax space.

Martin Fry is based in Melbourne and offers extensive expertise in tax matters, covering both the tax elements of corporate transactions and a wide range of disputes, including those concerning anti-avoidance in transfer pricing. Clients value the fact that his "strong technical expertise" is "backed by a strong commercial focus."

Toby Knight is particularly active in the field of tax controversy and audits, and is regularly instructed by prominent clients, including multinational businesses and high net worth individuals, on a variety of issues. One client identifies his "key strength" as "his combination of technical tax expertise with litigation experience, which leads to more efficient use of resources and increases the chance of a favourable settlement," while another values him as "a clear communicator who provides strong strategic guidance on case management." He is based in Melbourne.

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Overview

Our tax lawyers are renowned for precise, commercially informed advice on all areas of direct and indirect taxation, including income tax, capital gains tax, GST, stamp duty, customs and excise. They have an outstanding reputation in dispute resolution, including litigation and audit management.

We advise corporate clients on all types of transactions and circumstances including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, capital management, investments and divestments. Our structured finance specialties include securitisation, infrastructure and project financing, structured equity products, leasing and asset financing and financial engineering. We also have extensive experience in obtaining rulings from various revenue authorities and lobbying for appropriate legislative outcomes.

Our tax team is consistently involved in large tax audits and single-issue reviews for many of Australia’s top companies and we are acknowledged as market leaders in undertaking tax negotiations and litigation on behalf of our clients. We have also advised on significant international tax issues including advising on general structuring of transactions and transfer pricing issues and disputes.

Our indirect tax experts provide advice on all stages of transactions to ensure the most efficient outcomes from the perspectives of the stamp duty and GST costs. These specialists are able to assist in documenting a transaction and also have experience in GST audits and stamp duty reviews.


Tax

Allens

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Location

Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place

126 Phillip Street

(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets)

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

Tax


Adrian Chek
Band 4
Craig Milner
Band 3
Larry Magid
Senior Statespeople
Toby Knight
Band 4