Andrew is acknowledged as one of Australia's best tax lawyers. He is an expert in indirect taxation, with a particular specialty in complex GST issues.

He is called upon to advise on all aspects of the GST for any major projects or transaction. He advises clients on financial structuring (including securitisation), property dealings and commercial transactions. Andrew has particular experience in conducting and managing disputes with revenue authorities.

Although Andrew's practice is primarily focussed on GST, he is a notable expert on various tax issues including income tax, payroll tax, fringe benefits tax and R&D tax incentives. Before joining Clayton Utz, Andrew worked at a major accounting firm.

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Andrew has been involved in some of the most significant government, financing and corporate transactions in Australia. These include:


AMP Capital Investors Limited (AMP
): valued at over $1.75B, Andrew advised AMP on the restructuring of ownership and management of some of the best performing shopping centres in the country. It involved a number of joint venture assets co-owned by AMP Group managed funds with Westfield Group managed funds. The transaction was extremely complex, and required numerous internal and regulatory approvals


NSW Government
 - advising on the development of the new Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.


Virgin Australia
: Successfully overturned assessments and private rulings issued by the Commissioner of Taxation that had denied exemption for employee car parking at airports.


Origin Energy:
 Acted on the acquisition of the Eraring Energy assets by Origin Energy from the NSW Government and related transaction.


Macquarie Bank
: A pastoral fund was established by the bank, aimed at attracting over $200M from the wholesale superannuation industry. This fund will purchase large scale sheep and cattle properties. Andrew advised on the taxation aspects of the fund.


Australia Pacific LNG
: Strategic advice on development of CSG assets in Queensland on GST, Petroleum Royalties and Portable Long Service Leave issues.

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Taxation Disputes

Virgin Australia: Successfully overturned assessments and private rulings issued by the Commissioner of Taxation that had denied exemption for employee car parking at airports.

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Asset Finance

AMP Capital Investors Limited (AMP): valued at over $1.75B, Andrew advised AMP on the restructuring of ownership and management of some of the best performing shopping centres in the country. It involved a number of joint venture assets co-owned by AMP Group managed funds with Westfield Group managed funds. The transaction was extremely complex, and required numerous internal and regulatory approvals


Origin Energy:
 Acted on the acquisition of the Eraring Energy assets by Origin Energy from the NSW Government and related transaction.

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Energy and Resources

Origin Energy: Acted on the acquisition of the Eraring Energy assets by Origin Energy from the NSW Government and related transaction.

 

Australia Pacific LNG: Strategic advice on development of CSG assets in Queensland on GST, Petroleum Royalties and Portable Long Service Leave issues.

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Project Finance

NSW Government - advising on the development of the new Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.

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Property Finance

AMP Capital Investors Limited (AMP): valued at over $1.75B, Andrew advised AMP on the restructuring of ownership and management of some of the best performing shopping centres in the country. It involved a number of joint venture assets co-owned by AMP Group managed funds with Westfield Group managed funds. The transaction was extremely complex, and required numerous internal and regulatory approvals


Macquarie Bank
: A pastoral fund was established by the bank, aimed at attracting over $200M from the wholesale superannuation industry. This fund will purchase large scale sheep and cattle properties. Andrew advised on the taxation aspects of the fund.

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Securitisation

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Government Services

NSW Government - advising on the development of the new Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.

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