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Daniel Chan

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Daniel's practice focuses on providing advice to multinational clients on investment and taxation matters in the People's Republic of China (PRC). He focuses on the supply chain management, distribution and retail sectors in China. He has undertaken numerous transactions relating to direct investments, acquisitions, reorganisations and tax, customs and employment matters in the PRC. Daniel has also co-ordinated a number of large-scale multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions. He also represents a large number of major clients in the distribution, retail and hi-tech sectors on their investments in the PRC. He is a member of DLA Piper's China Practice Group and Head of Tax, Asia.


May 2005 - Present Partner, China Tax & Investment, Head of Tax Asia, DLA Piper, Hong Kong; May 1995 - 2005 Senior Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong China Practice Group; Feb 1994 Solicitor, Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo, Hong Kong; Sep 1990 Solicitor, Gowling, Strathy & Henderson, barr. and sol.


Chinese (Cantonese); Chinese (Mandarin); Chinese (Shanghai) English


Amitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong; Amitted as a solicitor in England & Wales; Amitted as a solicitor in Ontario, Canada

China: Tax

Tax: foreign firms

Within: Tax: foreign firms

DLA Piper specialises in assisting domestic companies and listed international corporates with transfer pricing arrangements and tax structuring across the various arms of their businesses in China. The Beijing group is led by Windson Li, who has experience representing clients in Chinese tax audits and regularly acts alongside his colleagues in Hong Kong in relation to cross-border investment transactions and offshore tax claims. In one matter, Li acted for a NYSE-listed client in relation to a substantial tax VAT and corporate income tax audit involving the client's Chinese subsidiary. Li also worked with the Hong Kong team to advise a Chinese growth company on its transfer pricing arrangements and pre-sale supply chain tax structuring. Contacts in the Hong Kong office include Doris Ho, Peng Tao and Daniel Chan, who heads the Asia-wide tax practice.

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Hong Kong

Tax and trusts

Within: Leading individuals

Daniel Chan - DLA Piper

Within: Tax and trusts

With four partners based in Hong Kong, and able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based in mainland China and across the firm's global offices, DLA Piper has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to handle the full spectrum of non-contentious and contentious tax matters affecting multinationals, including as it relates to M&A tax structuring and transfer pricing. It also provides private clients with estate planning and general tax and trust advice. The head of the Hong Kong tax team, Anderson Lam has extensive experience in advising local and international clients on structuring their business operations in a legally compliant and tax-efficient manner. Alongside Doris Ho, Lam recently provided regional tax structuring coordination across five Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and Japan, for a global financial services entity's global reorganisation. Daniel Chan is the overall head of the firm's Asia tax offering, and focuses on providing advice to multinationals on investment and taxation matters in Greater China. The team is rounded out by Patrice Marceau, who has a focus on private client and wealth management tax matters.

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Japan: Tax

Tax – International firms and joint ventures

Within: Tax – International firms and joint ventures

DLA Piper provides advice to high-profile clients including Avex Group Holdings, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and The Gemological Institute of America. Specialising in complex matters, the team works closely with the international tax group regularly advising on international and domestic tax restructuring issues and supply chain remodelling as well as disputes relating to customs duties and consumption tax for multinational clients. Daniel Chan and Makiko Kawamura jointly lead the practice; Kawamura focuses on international tax issues including tax structuring, advisory work, customs duties, complex consumption tax matters and tax disputes with the National Tax Agency.

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