Baker McKenzie Grows Tax Practice with Stephanie Pantelidaki Hire

A tax is a compulsory financial charge or some other type of levy imposed on a taxpayer by a governmental organisation in order to fund government spending and various public expenditures, and tax compliance refers to policy actions and individual behaviour aimed at ensuring that taxpayers are paying the right amount of tax at the right time and securing the correct tax allowances and tax reliefs.

Baker McKenzie has hired Stephanie Pantelidaki as Head of Financial Services Transfer Pricing in the firm’s tax practice. Stephanie joins from PwC, where she has worked in both the firm’s United Kingdom and Switzerland offices.

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1949 as Baker & McKenzie, it has 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6000 lawyers worldwide. It is one of the largest law firms in the world by headcount and revenue.

Stephanie has over twenty years’ experience advising on transfer pricing and international corporate tax issues with a particular focus on financial services – having worked with leading institutions in banking and capital markets, investment management, and the insurance sectors.

She started her career in academia as an economic adviser and research fellow at London Business School, and went on to work for organisations including Andersen, KPMG and Baker McKenzie where she helped establish the Transfer Pricing team in the London office.

Alex Chadwick, head of Baker McKenzie’s tax practice in London, said: “Stephanie is a truly exciting hire for Baker McKenzie. We’re seeing increased demands from financial institutions for transfer pricing works and her skills and expertise will enable us to deliver an even better service for our clients.”

Alex Chadwick, Baker McKenzie’s London Managing Partner, said: “We’re welcoming Stephanie back to Baker McKenzie at a great time, with opportunities in abundance for continued growth across the tax practice. Her experience, crossing academia and finance, mean she will bring a lateral-minded point of view to the team. She’s going to be a fantastic asset to us.”

Stephanie’s hire follows a number of recent significant lateral appointments including Leveraged Finance partner Ben Wilkinson, who joined Baker McKenzie from White & Case, M&A partner Nick Rainsford, who joined from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter & May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.

Hogan Lovells Brussels Strengthens Finance Capabilities

Hogan Lovells Brussels offers a friendly and multi-cultural working environment, where our trainees are a true member of the legal team.

Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Ivan Peeters and Philip Van Steenwinkel are joining the firm in Brussels with a focus on expanding the firm’s finance, capital markets and financial regulatory offering. They join with three associates.

Ivan is a leading practitioner with international recognition in Europe, with a broad practice in advising on financial transactions, structured financing, capital markets and securities regulations, restructurings, and financial sector regulations.

He combines long and deep experience of financial institutions and markets with regular contributions to the development of Belgian legislation, including in relation to covered bonds, securitisation, collateral arrangements and securities.

His time as inhouse counsel at KBC and as a partner with reputed firms like Freshfields, Stibbe and PwC Legal provide him with a special background to help assist clients handle the major current market developments.

Philip Van Steenwinkel is a leading practitioner in banking and financial law, capital market transactions, structured finance and derivatives as well as other financial products. He acts for a wide range of leading financial institutions and corporates in Belgium and across the globe.

Hogan Lovells is an American-British law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington, D.C. It was formed in 2010 by the merger of the American law firm Hogan & Hartson and the British law firm Lovells.

Baker McKenzie Boosts Leveraged Finance Division

Leveraged finance is the use of an above-normal amount of debt, as opposed to equity or cash, to finance the purchase of investment assets. Leveraged finance is done with the goal of increasing an investment’s potential returns, assuming the investment increases in value. Private equity firms and leveraged buyout.

Baker McKenzie has hired Ben Wilkinson from White & Case where he was a partner in the Debt Finance practice. Ben will join the banking and finance practice in London on May 3rd, to help build out the Leveraged Finance team.

With over 16 years in the legal industry, Ben’s experience includes advising investment banks and private credit funds in relation to cross-border acquisition finance transactions, in particular those with complex capital structures.

He regularly advises lenders, borrowers and financial advisors in connection with the bank financing of acquisitions of public companies, and also acts for a variety of lender syndicates, steering committees, sponsors and companies in relation to various restructuring matters.

Ben is an important strategic hire with a focus and strong experience in cross-border leveraged / acquisition financing transactions, particularly on the lender-side, which will significantly expand our capabilities in the leveraged finance space.

London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick added: “We are very excited about Ben joining our Banking & Finance group in London. His practice is firmly aligned with our strong industry focus and his hiring represents our ambitions to become one of the leading transactional Firms globally.

Ben has a long track record of doing deals in the financial sector which supports our ambitions to strengthen our relationships with sponsors.”

We will continue to grow our transactional partnership in London and other key markets, both laterally and organically.”

Ben Wilkinson’s hire comes after a number of recent lateral appointments including mergers and acquisitions partner Nick Rainsford who joined from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson who joined from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter & May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. We excel in cross-border deals – over 60% of our deals are multi-jurisdictional. We are global and local, combining money market sophistication with local excellence.

Pinsent Masons Hires New Partner in Johannesburg

Pinsent Masons law firm has boosted its corporate capabilities by recruiting Johannesburg-based partner Chris Green.

Chris advises domestic and multinational clients in various sectors, including infrastructure and energy, on matters in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Head of Pinsent Masons Johannesburg, Apicksha Patel, said “Chris brings invaluable transactional experience across Sub-Saharan Africa and his skillset is well aligned to our sector focus. Chris’ appointment compliments our commitment to growing our transactional practice in South Africa, providing invaluable support to investors, funders and developers alike across the continent.”

Chris has advised a number of high-profile clients during his career including AB InBev, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, CDC Group Plc, BASF Group, Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and Brambles Limited. Recently, Chris has advised BASF Group in relation to various corporate and competition aspects of the separation and sale of its Construction Chemicals business to Lone Star Funds.

Chris has also recently advised Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in relation to its acquisition of a majority interest in Kenyan Coca-Cola bottler, Almasi Beverages Limited.

Commenting on this move Chris said, “I’m extremely pleased to join the team at Pinsent Masons and look forward to working alongside a global team advising on high profile matters including significant global energy and infrastructure projects.”

Chris joins from African firm Bowmans, where he had been a partner since 2014.

New Law Firm Partner Hire for Dubai Corporate Division

Norton Rose Fulbright law firm has strengthened its corporate offering in the Middle East with the hire of new partner Kayaan Unwalla.

The Middle East is a geopolitical term that commonly refers to the region spanning the Levant, Arabian Peninsula, Anatolia, Egypt, Iran and Iraq. The term came into widespread usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century.

Kayaan joins from DWF, where he was partner and head of corporate. He advises clients on matters including cross-border transactional mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, government contracts, commercial agreements and regulatory advice within the technology, defence, security, and industrial sectors.

Kayaan will join existing corporate partner Adjou Ait Ben Idir, who heads up Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate/ mergers and acquisitions practice in Dubai, and is recognised for her experience in advising on complex local and international mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, private placement and joint ventures in various sectors including energy, financial institutions and real estate.

She also heads up the firm’s Cyber Response Team in the Middle East and has a wealth of experience in cybersecurity related crisis management and corporate governance matters.

Deirdre Walker, head of Middle East at Norton Rose Fulbright, comments: “We welcome Kayaan to the team. Recent changes to legislation and regulation across the United Arab Emirates – including the overhaul of the foreign direct investment regime in the country – make going into business in the United Arab Emirates much easier for international investors who were previously excluded from the region.

This shift is likely to increase confidence in the business environment and we may consequently see an uptick in corporate and mergers and acquisitions activity in the region. As such, Kayaan, Adjou and their teams of associates are well-placed to advise clients that are looking to capitalise on new opportunities that have arisen.”

Norton Rose Fulbright is an international law firm. It is the second largest law firm in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world, by both lawyers and revenue. In 2017/18, Norton Rose Fulbright had total revenue of US$2.1 billion.

Dentons Appoints Shane O’Donnell in Dublin

Dentons law firm is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane O’Donnell as partner at its new Dublin office. Shane joins from William Fry, where he served as Head of Corporate, running some of the most complex and big-ticket mandates in the market.

With an economy powered by both foreign investment and entrepreneurial Irish companies with ambitions beyond Ireland’s shores, truly international global legal advisors are a priority for Irish-based businesses, providing a worldwide gateway for national and global clients.

Shane also served as Head of William Fry’s Food, Beverage and Agribusiness department and brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings and take-private transactions on behalf of Irish and international clients.

Central Dublin 2 includes upscale shopping on Grafton Street and buzzing pubs with live Irish music in Temple Bar. The Creative Quarter is a hub of hip art spaces, boutiques, and bistros, while corporate Grand Canal Dock has high-end roof bars.

Leafy paths cross St Stephen’s Green, and elegant Georgian houses line Merrion and Fitzwilliam squares. The ancient, illustrated Book of Kells draws crowds to Trinity College.

Dentons Dublin office has built a best-in-class team, bringing with them highly-regarded reputations and a proven track record of excellence.

ith an in-depth knowledge of the Irish market, having advised blue-chip domestic and international clients on some of their most important transactions in recent years, our lawyers combine local sector expertise with access to global best practice and innovation of the world’s largest law firm.

Dentons provides clients with access to more than 10000 lawyers in 181 locations across 73 countries around the globe. In 2019 the firm won 270 awards – more than any other law firm.