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Taxand expands global reach on its third birthday

Taxand expands global reach on its third birthday

Taxand CELEBRATES ITS THIRD BIRTHDAY BY WELCOMING JAPAN, SINGAPORE, THE UKRAINE AND PANAMA TO ITS FOLD

Only three years since its inception, Taxand is delighted to welcome three more members and another territory. Kojima Law Offices, KhattarWong and Magisters have been invited to join Taxand, representing Japan, Singapore and Ukraine respectively. In addition Candal Taxand has extended its reach from Venezuela to Panama in the Netherlands Antilles. The first global network of independent tax advisors now brings together firms in 42 countries across the world giving multinational clients access to over 2,000 tax professionals.

"Taxand's phenomenal growth is based on giving clients what they want - access to a truly global network of high quality tax advisory firms not compromised by audit-based conflicts of interest," said Fr?d?ric Donnedieu de Vabres, chairman of Taxand. "I am delighted to welcome our latest TaxandERS because of the calibre of people they bring to the Taxand table and their shared commitment to putting clients first."

"Kojima's ambitious growth plans for its tax practice and its acceptance into the prestigious Taxand network encouraged me to leave a big 4 firm. I am very excited by the move and looking forward to working with my new Taxand colleagues to deliver for Kojima's multinational client base" said Eiki Kawakami, head of tax and partner.

Leon Kwong Wing, head of tax and partner for KhattarWong confirmed, "We have developed a strong reputation in Singapore and internationally since KhattarWong was founded as a tax practice in 1974. Now a market leading law firm we are keen to refocus our energies on tax. Joining Taxand gives us the opportunity to share our strong technical knowledge to serve even more international clients".

"Magisters are proud to be joining the Taxand network as its member firm for the Ukraine. We are highly devoted to growing our tax practice and maintaining our market leadership. No doubt, becoming a member of Taxand will help us achieve these goals and further strengthen our ability to serve our clients on a global basis," said Oleh Marchenko, head of tax and partner.

"As well known multinationals are looking to do business in tax efficient jurisdictions, Candal Taxand is delighted to extend the reach of the Taxand network still further into Panama", said Manuel Candal, managing partner of Candal Taxand.

Notes to Editors

About Taxand
Formed in 2005 by a group of 9 premier tax firms from countries around the world, Taxand is the first global network of independent tax advisors. Since its launch, the network has expanded exponentially - underscoring the increasing demand among local and international companies for sophisticated tax advisory services that are free from audit-based conflicts of interest. Now operating in 43 countries, Taxand has more than 300 tax partners and more than 2,000 professionals serving the global marketplace. Moreover 78% of Taxand member firms are ranked in the top tiers of World Tax 2008, the International Tax Review's global guide to the world's leading tax firms.
Further information is available at www.Taxand.com.

About Kojima Law Offices, Japan
Kojima Law Offices provide comprehensive tax planning and solutions for multinational companies with business operations in Japan and Japanese companies doing business abroad. Kojima have recruited ex KPMG and Andersen tax advisor, Eiki Kawakami to lead their tax division and build a team of 12 to 14 tax professionals by the end of 2009. Kojima is the Japanese member firm of Taxand, the first global network of independent tax advisors.
Further information is available at www.kojimalaw.jp.

About KhattarWong, Singapore
KhattarWong was founded in 1974 and has grown into a regional practice providing
proactive services to a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 and Singapore listed companies as well as local and international, private and public entities. The firm's position as one of Singapore's largest premier law firms offers clients the advantage of being represented by internationally recognised lawyers at the top of their field. KhattarWong provides comprehensive advice in all tax and tax-related areas and is the Singaporean member of Taxand, the first global network of independent tax advisors.
Further information is available at www.khattarwong.com.

About Magisters, Ukraine
Magisters is an independent full service law firm advising global and domestic organisations throughout the CIS. Its leading Kyiv based tax practice is very different from what it was a few years ago due to the increasing complexity of tax laws and regulations and the improving efficiency of tax administration. A growing number of complex cross-border M&A transactions, investment and finance deals require sophisticated international and domestic tax advice. In ten years Magisters has been able to build a firm that provides the full range of tax services for big business and is the Ukrainian member of Taxand, the first global network of independent tax advisors.
Further information is available at http://epam.ru/eng/

About Candal Taxand, Venezuela and Panama
Candal Taxand, Taxand's Venezuelan member firm, was formed in August 2006 by a team of experienced professionals to provide independent and responsive tax and legal advisory services. As well as having 2 offices in Venezuela to meet the needs of its extensive client base, Candal Taxand is about to expand into Panama.
Further information is available at www.Taxand.com.ve

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