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Baker McKenzie

Tax

3 ranked lawyersBand 1ChinaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Market-leading team with notable skill advising large multinational companies on global tax structuring, drawing strength from its large international presence. Clientele includes leading players in financial services, semiconductor and fashion industries. Core areas include indirect tax, corporate income tax, transfer pricing, customs issues and stamp duty. Also well equipped to advise on tax compliance matters. Great expertise handling tax efficiency issues for a range of financing deals, and well respected in the market for its substantial and highly experienced bench. Shows an increasing profile in the tax controversy area, assisting clients with tax audits and investigations.

Strengths

The practice draws a lot of praise from clients. One impressed interviewee notes: "They understand how US companies operate and their mentality. The team can communicate with the Chinese parties, understand their culture and mentality. They liaise and help us with navigating the issues because they know both the US and China so well."

Another source observes: "We think Baker McKenzie is more analytical and much better in finding arguments than accounting firms, even in the tax area."

Notable practitioners

Amy Ling specialises in advising foreign corporations on tax elements of their corporate transactions and restructurings. She gains approval from clients, with one reporting: "She is very good at grasping and identifying all issues we need to address, getting to us to the point and advising us on what we can do." She makes her debut in the table this year.

Brendan Kelly has a distinguished reputation in the tax sphere. "Brendan is the best China tax adviser that I have worked with in my career," one client remarks, adding: "He knows the main people and is knowledgeable of the Chinese market. He brings in the right people to the team." He is highly sought after by multinationals on both advisory and contentious fronts, advising on tax elements in restructurings and transactions, as well as on transfer pricing audits and matters.

Nancy Lai maintains a notable practice in the tax sphere. Described as a "very technically savvy" practitioner, she is frequently mandated by international corporations to handle tax issues in connection with investments and M&A, as well as advising on tax audits and strategies.

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China

Tax: PRC Law (International Firms)


Amy Ling
Band 3
Brendan Kelly
Band 1
Nancy Lai
Band 3