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Baker McKenzie

Brendan Kelly is the head of tax department at Baker McKenzie. Other key practitioners are Nancy Lai and Amy Ling. It is comprised of more than 30 practitioners based in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. It provides services including tax controversy, international tax planning and M&A. In addition, the team also offers customs and individual income tax services based on the changing tax environment. It has been actively advising its multinational clients on the impact of the new individual income tax law on their compliance obligations and the impact to the employees. 

This year it established Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) Joint Operation office in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone. Jinghua Liu, Abe Zhao and Jason Wen lead tax practice at that office. It assists clients with various practices such as tax controversy, tax planning and PRC tax advisory matters. 

Deloitte

The team at Deloitte has launched its Digital Difference campaign and is focused on digital service capabilities to drive clients’ technological advancement. Its digital solutions include a wide range of content such as Business Digital Hub (BDH), Corporate Compliance System (CCS) and indirect tax data analytics. In 2019, the team was active in the immigration service market to provide optimal immigration services. In the last year, Deloitte China joined efforts with four other geographies to create Deloitte Asia Pacific.  

In 2018, it helped a client on a tax controversy issue by preparing a letter of explanation and applying for a tax refund officially at the in-charge tax bureau. In addition, it helped a client by analysing the feasibility of copying its China PPP model in overseas markets. 

DLA Piper

Windson Li is the head of tax department at DLA Piper China. Other key practitioners are Daniel Chan, Peng Tao and Doris Ho. It provides services including indirect tax, transactional tax and tax dispute. The team works closely with Hong Kong team to meet clients’ business needs. In the last year, its business line has been expanded by offering additional tax services such as executive compensation, private banking and personal tax planning. 

Emma Yang joined the firm as an associate in 2018. Cici Ouyang joined the firm as a registered foreign lawyer in 2019. 

Client feedback 

“Well organised team, quick response to client's questions and good project implementation management.” 

JunHe

Partner Cheng Hong and Zhao Tingting lead tax practice at firm. It has professionals based in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It has a strong capability in advising on the PRC tax implications of inbound and outbound M&A. In addition, its practice also covers indirect tax, disputes and litigation. The team has a good relationship with local tax authorities so as to understand the tax policies and the rationale behind them. It helps a wide range of clients, including ExxonMobil, NXP, Aramco, Everbright Investment, MFP, Bosch and Sa. 

KPMG

Lewis Lu leads the tax practice at firm. He helps clients on the Chinese tax and regulatory business implications of major structuring, restructuring and reorganisation projects. He is also a tax adviser to the China financial services industry in Shanghai, assisting clients in the banking and financial services sectors on new and complex products and transactions. Khoon Ming Ho is the head of KPMG in the Asia-Pacific region. He advises Chinese finance and tax authorities on tax reforms in different industries. The team’s practice covers various areas such as indirect tax, M&A and tax controversy.  

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Partner Peter Ni leads tax practice at firm. Another key practitioner is Mark Gao. The team provides tax services in transactions and investments, tax planning and dispute resolution. It has a strong capability in private client practice. It provides a comprehensive wealth planning for high net worth individuals and families, including Pre-IPO wealth planning for major shareholders, pre-immigration wealth planning for family members and estate planning by means of will, trust, insurance and other tools. 

The team assisted a European real estate fund with the investment structure in a tax efficient manner. It also helped a client negotiate with the counterparty and agree on a balanced withholding and reporting approach.