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Neil

Neil Wickenden is an experienced professional, having been admitted to the HLB Mann Judd partnership in 1982.

Since then, he has worked in a number of areas, including:

  • business and investment structures and restructuring for both publicly listed and privately owned organisations,  implementing structures that optimise commercial and taxation outcomes
  • business and investment transactions and agreements, such as mergers, acquisitions and divestments, meeting each party’s commercial and taxation objectives
  • advising on and managing transitional arrangements for corporations entering into and exiting from tax consolidation
  • assisting corporate groups and individuals with international tax compliance matters such as tax treaty interpretation, tax residency status, transfer pricing, thin capitalisation and expatriate tax compliance
  • advising high net worth individuals and family groups on the establishment and management of trusts as a tax effective means of asset protection and estate planning
  • authoring tax expert’s reports for prospectuses and other documents typically issued under the fundraising provisions of the Corporations Act (Commonwealth of Australia).

Neil has acted for clients in revenue authority tax reviews and audits, and has prepared successful tax objections and applications for Taxation Office private rulings. He has represented clients on revenue matters before the (federal) Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal. He has also prepared tax expert’s reports for prospectuses, acted as an expert witness on taxation issues for litigation purposes, acted as an executor to deceased estates, and has been appointed as a financial manager by the Office of the Protective Commissioner in New South Wales.

Neil is a former NSW State Chairman of The Tax Institute (Australia) and is currently deputy chairman of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ NSW branch committee. He has also represented The Tax Institute in discussions with The Treasury (Australia) to formulate Australian income tax laws.

Areas of expertise

  • Business and Investment Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments
  • Business and Investment Structures and Restructuring
  • International and Cross Border Taxation
  • Property Development, Investment and Transfers
  • Tax Consolidation
  • Tax Expert Reports and Expert Witness
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Architectural Services
  • Building, Property & Construction
  • Computer Software & other IP
  • Hospitality
  • Importing & Distribution
  • International Services
  • Legal Services
  • Manufacturing & Wholesale
  • Mining & Resources

Qualifications & memberships

  • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) - University of Sydney
  • Chartered Tax Advisor, The Tax Institute (Australia)
  • Master of Taxation, University of Sydney (Sydney Law School)
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Associate, CPA Australia
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners