Tax

Australian tax law

Technically quite outstanding and very strong - the lawyers are also extremely easy to deal with and very commercial.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

As one of the leading firms in Australia for complex tax advice and tax dispute resolution, our taxation team advises leading domestic and international corporations and financial intermediaries in all areas of revenue law.

We are known for our cutting edge corporate and international tax advice to Australian listed corporates and foreign multinationals, particularly for cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Our practice covers the entire range of tax law at a Federal, State and local level, and we often work together with leading independent firms in the US, Europe and Asia.

We have significant tax dispute expertise and capability which has included preparing a number of large multinationals in the pharmaceutical, technology, and fast moving consumable sectors in preparing for appearances before the Australian Senate Economic Committee’s Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance, and in representing those clients in their interactions with the Australian tax authorities.

Our client offering is distinguished with a low leverage model, which necessarily means a higher ratio of senior lawyers directly engaging with clients and their matters. This is all the more important in an area like tax – where experience, expertise, and judgment matter.

Expertise 

Our expertise covers both disputes and advisory matters for many major multinationals, including Microsoft Corporation, McDonald’s Australia, Treasury Wine Estates, SABMiller, Unilever, and Blackmores.

Often working collaboratively with the corporate and dispute resolution teams within the firm, our tax team provides expertise on corporate structuring, cross border investment, tax effective financing, and the myriad of tax rules affecting general business operations.

Our lawyers’ taxation experience includes advising on the direct and indirect tax consequences of

  • domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and capital raisings (both debt and equity)
  • corporate restructures, sale and leaseback transactions, and other capital management initiatives and related party cross-border transactions, including in relation to transfer pricing issues
  • privatisations, public private partnerships and secondary sales of public assets

Our tax disputes experience includes:

  • Federal and State/Territory taxation audits and reviews
  • Taxation and related litigation in tribunals and courts across Australia, including in relation to income tax, land tax, payroll tax and land valuations
  • Assisting clients with their preparations for public hearings such as the recent Australian Senate hearings into corporate tax avoidance.
  • Sentient Group: advising in relation to a major cross-border restructure.
  • Airport Link Holdings: representing the company in relation to an appeal regarding income tax deduction claims concerning the right to future income provisions within Australia’s corporate tax consolidation rules.
  • McDonald’s Australia: advising in relation to income tax and nationwide stamp duty issues relating to its Australian franchising options.
  • AirXpanders: Australian tax counsel in relation to the IPO of AirXpanders on the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • Spinifex Pharmaceuticals: advising on employee incentive tax issues associated with the sale of Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on the development of new drugs for the treatment of chronic pain, to Novartis International AG.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Australian tax counsel on acquisition of technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online.
  • "I rate Johnson Winter & Slattery most highly out of all the firms I use due to their highly skilled and commercial lawyers." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • "A very commercial and effective law firm." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Reynah Tang singled out by clients for his "highly personalised and well-considered tax advice." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Richard Gelski is able to "bring that senior partner authority and absolute assurance that you are in safe hands." – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Prashanth Kainthaje has a "highly innovative and very detailed approach" and ability to "keep all the various perspectives in mind." – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Richard Gelski is ranked as a leading Tax lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Richard Gelski is listed as a leading lawyer in the category of Taxation –  Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015
  • Richard Gelski is recognised as a leading lawyer in Tax Law – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Prashanth Kainthaje is ranked as a leading Tax lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Prashanth Kainthaje is recognised as a leading lawyer in Tax Law – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Reynah Tang is ranked as a leading Tax lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Rod Cox is ranked as a leading Tax lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015