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James Newnham

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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James is a tax specialist with nearly 13 years experience consulting to leading Australian companies and foreign owned corporations operating in Australia. Previously a Partner at BDO, he has also worked at Minter Ellison and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. James' tax structuring experience stems from advising on various transactions including mergers, demergers, capital restructures, IPOs, private equity acquisitions and sales, share buy-backs, employee share schemes, stapling, international restructures and cross-border acquisitions. His areas of expertise include drafting the tax aspects of legal documents, tax consolidation, capital gains tax, the debt/equity rules, debt forgiveness rules, international tax, employee share schemes, company and trust loss rules, trusts (including Division 6C and Managed Investment Trust rules) and TOFA. James also assists clients by managing interactions with the ATO, including by seeking private and public rulings, making voluntary disclosures and settling disputes. He also assists clients by lodging submissions with Treasury in relation to tax law design. James acts for all types of entities from large listed corporate entities to private companies. James regularly deals with the Department of Treasury in relation to tax law design issues and with the ATO in relation to tax law interpretation and practical implementation issues (e.g. private and public rulings). Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2002; Supreme Court of Victoria, 2002.


Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia.


Graduate Diploma of Commerce, University of New South Wales, 1999; Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, 1997; Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1997.



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DLA Piper's 'excellent' practice is led by Jock McCormack, who possesses ‘commercial acumen combined with industry knowledge’. The team handles the full spectrum of tax issues, with particular expertise in transfer pricing and international tax. Newly promoted partner Eddie Ahn is ‘very practical, responsive and knows his area very well’. James Newnham rounds off the three-partner team and assist clients with international expansion projects and is experienced in capital gains tax, tax consolidation and trusts. McCormack and Ahn advised a Korean asset management company on its acquisition of an equity interest in Endeavour Energy Australia. Senior associate Kenny Mui joined from Deloitte Lawyers.

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