Bell Gully has been reaffirmed as the leader in New Zealand's taxation law following the release of the International Tax Review's specialist directories World Tax and World Transfer Pricing.
Bell Gully is the only New Zealand firm to receive Tier 1 status across both World Tax and World Transfer Pricing, with the tax team recognised strongly across general corporate tax, tax controversy and transfer pricing categories.
Each of Bell Gully's tax partners are highlighted for their continued high quality work in the tax field. Tax department lead and partner Mathew McKay, and partner Graham Murray, are recognised as “highly regarded" for transactional tax. Partner Willy Sussman is “highly regarded" in indirect tax.
Mathew McKay said these strong directory results are testament to the growing strength of the team as a whole.
“Across market leading corporate transactions, involvement in precedent setting tax litigation and strong activity in private client tax matters, our tax practice at Bell Gully continues to deepen and develop", said Mathew McKay.
Bell Gully's tax team is representing Frucor Suntory New Zealand Limited in rebutting the allegation that its use of convertible note financing to fund its New Zealand business was a tax avoidance arrangement.
The team also played key roles in a number of significant M&A transactions which the firm acted on this year. This includes Fletcher Building's sales of Formica Group and Roof Tile Group, the sale of Vodafone New Zealand for NZD$3.4 billion and Apax Partners LLP on their successful bid for New Zealand's largest e-commerce company, Trade Me, and many other significant transactions.