Neil leads Buddle Findlay's tax practice. He specialises in corporate and international income tax issues, as well as structured transactions. Neil also has extensive experience in relation to GST matters. In addition to his tax expertise Neil has a multi-jurisdictional background in banking and capital markets transactions.
Neil is currently advising a number of New Zealand and offshore clients with the tax aspects of investment transactions and asset disposals. He advises a number of the firm’s clients, other law firms and accounting practices with the development of new business structures and products, and regularly assists clients with tax investigations, binding and non-binding ruling applications and tax risk reviews. Neil is involved in tax policy, and is frequently dealing with Inland Revenue and Treasury officials on proposed law changes.
Neil has also been a leading partner in the establishment of Buddle Findlay's anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) practice group.
When not in the office, Neil enjoys outdoor sports. He has twice competed at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, and is currently trying his hand at orienteering to try to keep fit with his family.
"Clients appreciate Neil for his pragmatism, noting that 'he's extremely easy to work with and very quick to understand what you're trying to do'."
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- Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society's Taxation Committee
- Council Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association
- Member of the International Fiscal Association, LawAsia and the Taxation Institute of Australia
Acting on large and innovative commercial transactions
including new business structures, acquisition structures, amalgamations and mergers
Dealing with the tax implications of industry and legislative reform
including clients in the banking, charity, co-operative, energy, film, local government and trustee company sectors
Advising banks, New Zealand corporates, foreign corporates, private equity funds
and foreign counsel in relation to cross-border structured financings (inbound and outbound), acquisitions and dispositions
Dealing with contentious and non-contentious dealings with revenue authorities
in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, England and other jurisdictions
Advising the Public Sector Pension Investment Board
on its acquisition of the Kaingaroa Forest