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Bell Gully

Tax

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What the team is known for

Respected group of seasoned specialists, distinguished for its track record advising corporate clients on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Also highly adept in contentious matters, including tax avoidance cases, Inland Revenue Department audits and transfer pricing disputes. Provides considerable expertise in the areas of GST and excise duty, alongside tax matters in the property space. Acts for local and international clients in such sectors as real estate, finance, energy and insurance. Its extensive private client practice includes advice on immigration matters.

Strengths

Clients praise the team's depth of expertise, one commenting: "They have experienced, skilful and immensely well-connected partners and are a one-stop shop for complex, overlapping matters."

Another client praises the "superb turnaround time, exceptional client service and attention to detail."

Work highlights

Acted for Frucor Suntory New Zealand in defence of proceedings in the High Court alleging tax avoidance.

Notable practitioners

Campbell Pentney frequently assists on matters relating to GST, income tax and property tax.

Graham Murray is noted for his experience acting on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.

Mathew McKay is praised for his "very high technical level of knowledge and his ability to marry that to the business outcomes and needs." He assists clients on tax disputes as well as the tax aspects of transactional matters.

Willy Sussman is recognised for his expertise in indirect tax as well as his private individuals tax practice. One client praises "his availability to be contacted at any time, his tenacity to resolve any issue, his ability to delegate when required and his unfailing support on a personal level."

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Overview

Our tax team provides tax advice on all tax-related matters including:

  • the establishment of operating structures in New Zealand, including companies, New Zealand branches, limited and general partnerships, joint ventures and trusts,​
  • share and asset acquisitions and divestments,
  • corporate restructurings and capital repatriations,
  • capital raising,
  • financing arrangements and securitisations,
  • inbound and outbound investments,
  • cross-border supply and service arrangements,
  • insolvency and work-outs,
  • employee remuneration arrangements and superannuation,
  • the establishment and management of investment funds (including "PIE" funds and New Zealand limited partnerships), and
  • land transactions.

The team also provides advice and assistance in relation to:

  • immigration advice and assistance, and​
  • personal asset planning, trusts and estate management.

Our team has a strong appreciation of international tax developments affecting clients. We are experts in New Zealand international tax regimes and its tax treaty and tax information sharing network. Our team liaises closely with foreign advisors to achieve optimal international outcomes for clients.

We are specialists in representing clients in tax disputes and litigation from the tax authority audit stage to court litigation at all levels.

Bell Gully has the only New Zealand legal tax partner dedicated to indirect taxes: sales taxes (New Zealand goods and services tax (GST)), import duties and customs and excise taxes.

Clients

Air New Zealand

ANZ Bank

British American Tobacco

Commonwealth Bank/ASB Bank

Danone

Fletcher Building

HNA Group

Suncorp Group

Vodafone

Tax Department

Bell Gully

firm
Department location

Vero Centre

48 Shortland Street

PO Box 4199

Auckland

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Ranked Lawyers

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.

New Zealand

Tax


Campbell Pentney
Up and Coming
Graham Murray
Band 3
Mathew McKay
Band 1
Willy Sussman
Band 2