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Taxand Extends Reach in Asia Pacific

Taxand Extends Reach in Asia Pacific
16 Feb 2012

Taxand, the world's largest global organisation of tax advisors to multinational businesses, today welcomes Taxand Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers to its fold.

The addition of Taxand Australia means that Taxand is now represented in 49 countries globally, enhancing Taxand's delivery of quality cross border tax advice, worldwide.

Australia is a regional hub for a large number of global companies operating within Australasia and South-East Asia, meaning that the need for multi-disciplinary and international tax advice is high. The Australian tax system is complex and constantly being reformed so multinationals investing into Australia need high quality tax advice that takes away the complexity.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a major Australian law firm, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The tax practice, headed by Jonathon Leek, provides market leading expertise and has particular experience in the energy, resources, real estate and infrastructure sectors as well as having a leading tax disputes division.

Fr?d?ric Donnedieu de Vabres, Chairman of Taxand, said:

"We are delighted to welcome Taxand Australia to our global organisation of quality tax advisors. More and more of our clients are investing in their operations in Australia due to its growing national economy and strong trade links with emerging markets in Asia and the rest of the world. The Australian team is well-placed to combine specialist local tax advice with an international perspective."

Jonathon Leek, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Taxand Australia, said:

"Joining Taxand means we can be part of a highly regarded international tax advisory service. We have witnessed an increasing need for international tax advice over the last few years and being a part of Taxand will help us coordinate seamless delivery of tax services to our global clients. We are very pleased to become the exclusive Taxand advisory team in Australia and look forward to working with Taxanders worldwide to meet our multinational clients' needs."

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Taxand Australia is Corrs Chambers Westgarth. With 5 tax partners and 10 tax practitioners, Corrs is a world class law firm committed to driving Australia's competiveness and its economic engagement with Asia, dedicated to offering clients a choice in tax advisors free from audit-based conflicts of interest. Clients trust our expert professionals to work with them to help solve their most important business challenges.

We advise major organisations on the matters most important to them, bridging the gap between business issues and legal practice. Our lawyers are world class in their fields and work across geographic boundaries and practice areas to help our clients achieve their strategic goals. We have the resources necessary to serve our client's needs, no matter how large the transaction or complex the issue. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as strong relationships globally and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, we are ideally placed to support clients whose businesses extend nationally and internationally.

We deliver a wide range of tax advisory and Australian and multinational corporations on the federal and state tax consequences of a broad range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, demergers, initial public offerings, capital markets transactions, private equity and cross-border investment, and major projects. Our clients operate in all industries with a particular focus on energy, resources, real estate, infrastructure, fast moving consumer goods, and financial services. We also act on tax disputes ranging from managing tax audits through objecting against assessments and appealing to courts and tribunals to negotiating settlements, including by mediation.

For further information please contact:
Abigail Tarren, COO
T. +44 (0)207715 5243

Jonathon Leek
T. +61 8 9460 1616

Barnaby Fry
Simon Hockridge
Jade Neal
T. +44 (0)207357 9477

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