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MinterEllison

Tax

6 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

MinterEllison's full-service tax offering spans direct, indirect, and federal and state taxes and operates on behalf of a broad client base, ranging from global corporations to high net worth individuals and public bodies. Team consists of both tax lawyers and accountants, giving it the capabilities of a multidisciplinary practice. Large tax controversy team with experience acting on significant disputes on behalf of both taxpayers and the ATO. Acts regularly on cross-border tax mandates for international clients, offering focused expertise concerning transfer pricing issues encountered by multinational corporates. Key clients include Brookfield, Crown Melbourne and Investec.

Strengths

A client reports: "The MinterEllison lawyers are experts in their field, ready and able to discuss complex matters on the spot without the need for preparation. I appreciate their ability - which can be far more cost-effective - to jump on a call and discuss matters instead of providing written advice."

Another client, who cites "the quality of the tax team" as the key reason for engaging MinterEllison, describes the practice as "very responsive, with sensible and understandable advice and a very good understanding of our industry and the tax office's views."

Work highlights

MinterEllison advised New York-based Kudu Investment Management on the complex cross-border taxation aspects of its AUD56 million investment in the funds management business Channel Capital.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Varrasso is based in Melbourne and is widely respected for the substantial expertise he applies in a variety of tax-related corporate transactional contexts. Interviewees variously characterise him as "very competent,""very solid and clever" and "a very good adviser."

Carmen McElwain focuses principally on contentious - or potentially contentious - taxation issues, bringing to her work the valuable advantage of having been regularly instructed by both the ATO and taxpayers on significant disputes, audits and regulatory arrangements. Based in Melbourne, she is identified by a interviewee as a consistently "good, professional and dedicated practitioner."She is based in Melbourne.

Nathan Deveson has a strong reputation in the market for his indirect tax knowledge, and a well-established practice advising clients on significant transactions. Based in Sydney, he is particularly "well known and respected" for his expertise concerning stamp duty and other state tax issues.

Paul King is a highly regarded Sydney-based senior figure in the Australian tax law space, with decades of experience advising clients, particularly in the property and finance sectors, on corporate tax issues. A client notes that he is both "very responsive" and a source of "well-considered advice."

Peter Poulos is a highly experienced Sydney-based lawyer in the tax controversy space, frequently acting for the Commissioner on a range of disputes, and for prominent taxpayers on audit-related issues. A client who emphasises his "decades of experience," "commercially astute and practical" approach, and ability to be "detail-oriented without getting caught up in the detail," adds: "We value the fact that he is not only a litigator, but a litigator who has a very strong background in tax law."

Rhys Guild maintains an active practice in indirect tax from the Sydney office, offering particular expertise in the GST sphere. He is regularly instructed by clients in a variety of sectors, including resources, property development and social housing. A market source calls him "a very good operator and a very good lawyer."

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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 Varrasso
Band 2
Carmen McElwain
Band 4
Nathan Deveson
Band 3
Paul King
Senior Statespeople
Peter Poulos
Band 4
Rhys Guild
Band 4