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Baker McKenzie

100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 1000
Fax:
Fax 020 7919 1999
DX:
233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Web:
www.bakermckenzie.com

Kate Alexander

Tel:
Work +44 20 7919 1908
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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Tax

Position

Kate handles all aspects of cross-border tax structuring for UK-headed and non-UK headed groups. She is particularly knowledgeable in UK DPT provisions, CFC regime, loan relationship anti-avoidance provisions and the new interest limitation rules. She regularly assists multinational companies with the design of their global holding and financing structures. Kate's work focuses on UK and international taxation, particularly the taxation of financing and intangible property. Kate frequently acts for companies that are under enquiry from HMRC. She has extensive experience in settling open enquiries in relation to highly complex matters that span multiple years, including through Alternative Dispute Resolution and the High Risk Corporates Programme. Kate has also appeared as an expert witness in an arbitration matter heard by the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Career

A chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser; Prior to joining the Firm, she spent seven years as a partner at a Big Four accounting firm; Heavily involved in the OECD Base Erosion Profit Shifting initiative, assisting clients in determining potential implications for their businesses; A regular speaker on international tax issues; Ranked by ITR's Women in Tax Leaders (2016); Ranked by Tax Journal 40 under 40 (2012)

Languages

English

Member

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA); Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors (CTA)

Education

University of Cambridge (2000)


London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

Baker McKenzie's sizeable tax practice is a core pillar of the firm's presence in London, offering transactional, tax advisory and planning support to the range of major corporates and other investors in the UK, with particular expertise in the technology and financial services spaces. James Smith is head of the transaction tax group and took the lead in advising Emerson Electric on its $3.2bn acquisition of Pentair's global valves and controls business, and separately in relation to a series of major complex carve-out transactions. Smith also led the team acting for Post Holdings on its £1.4bn acquisition of Weetabix from Baring Private Equity Asia and Shanghai-based Bright Foods. James Wilson managed a multi-jurisdictional team that provided post-acquisition tax advice to Tapestry following its $2.4bn acquisition of Kate Spade. Managing partner of the London office Alex Chadwick focuses on international tax planning and specialises in matters pertaining to corporate finance, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Richard Fletcher heads the UK transfer pricing group, which includes seasoned professional Jukka Karjalainen. Kate Alexander is recommended for her expertise in financing taxation law; Patrick O’Gara specialises in UK and international tax planning.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Baker McKenzie's multi-disciplinary team is noted for its depth of expertise, with specialist expertise covering the contentious aspects of corporate and indirect tax and transfer pricing. Drawing on the firm's global presence, it is particularly well placed to handle cross-border matters and disputes with multiple tax authorities, showcased by its involvement in major transfer pricing litigation involving Europe and the US, led on by Richard Fletcher and Kate Alexander. The group is jointly-led by Nigel Dolman and David Jamieson (who was made a partner in July 2018). Mark Delaney is singled out for work on global indirect tax projects and ability to coordinate with regulatory authorities. In a recent highlight, newly minted partner Jessica Eden acted for UK Power networks in a successful case before the First-Tier Tax Tribunal, defending claims for consortium relief made by a number of subsidiaries in the UKPN group.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit

Within: Brexit

Baker McKenzie’s cross-departmental Brexit team in London, which is jointly led by Samantha Mobley and Ross Denton, works closely with other practitioners located across the worldwide network to provide fully-coordinated, strategic advice to businesses on their most complex operational challenges. The firm’s depth and breadth of expertise makes it particularly well-placed to advise clients on global restructurings and trade-related issues; Denton, who heads up the London trade practice, is a seasoned expert in the public regulation of international trade, export controls and customs matters. In addition, other areas covered by the trade practice include sanctions and WTO law. Mobley has decades of experience advising clients on global competition issues. Clients also count on the expertise of practitioners with knowledge about other areas, such as employment and immigration, regulatory compliance and tax. Elsewhere, in addition to providing standalone advice to clients, another value-add is that the firm liaises with various authorities across the globe to stay up to speed on developments. It also has strong connections with a number of UK trade associations. Jennifer Revis, Emily Carlisle and Kate Alexander are among other individuals in the sizeable Brexit team.

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