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Bell Gully

LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET, PO BOX 4199, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 916 8800
Fax:
Fax +64 9 916 8801
Email:
Web:
www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington
Bell Gully, Mathew McKay, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Mathew McKay

Tel:
Work +64 9 916 8329
Email:
Bell Gully

Work Department

Tax.

Position

Tax, Tax disputes and litigation

Career

​​Mathew has a well earned reputation for representing clients during the Inland Revenue audit and dispute resolution phases and in court proceedings to the highest level.

He advises on all aspects of New Zealand corporate tax law, including tax issues affecting mergers and acquisitions, capital restructuring and financing arrangements, cross border transactions, debt securitisations and employee remuneration arrangements. He also provides advice to clients on the establishment and operation of managed fund vehicles including portfolio investment entity (PIE) funds and limited partnerships.

Admitted 2001.

Member

Member of the Tax Committee of the New Zealand Law Society
Member of the International Fiscal Association

Education

LLB(Hons) University of Auckland.


New Zealand

Tax

Within: Tax

Bell Gully's dedicated tax practice in Auckland is 'the best in the market - highly technically proficient, timely and great value for money'. The firm handles the tax elements of large corporate transactions, precedent-setting tax disputes and a large volume of indirect tax and customs and excise matters. Practice head Mathew McKay is 'technically brilliant, the best in New Zealand - there is no one better to argue complex tax technical issues'. McKay and rising star senior associate Hayden Roberts assisted Vodafone with all tax aspects of its proposed NZ$3.4bn merger with Sky Network Television. McKay and Graham Murray advised HNA Group on its NZ$660m acquisition of asset finance business UDC Finance. Willy Sussman is New Zealand’s only specialist indirect tax lawyer, focusing on GST, VAT and customs and excise duty. He acted for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing in a dispute with the Inland Revenue. Jarrod Walker and senior associate Campbell Pentney are also recommended.

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