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John A. McLees
John A. McLees
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Senior Counsel
+ 1 312 861 7977

John A. McLees is trusted counsel to US and multinational clients on international tax issues, particularly in relation to business operations in Latin America. He is consistently ranked among “leading advisors” on Latin American tax matters by the International Tax Review, and is listed in Euromoney Publications of London’s Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisor 2000 and Euromoney’s Guide to the Leading US Tax Lawyers 1997. Mr. McLees has also written and spoken extensively on Latin American tax matters, and has organized conferences focusing on the tax aspects of doing business in Mexico.

Practice Focus

Mr. McLees assists industry clients in structuring corporate transactions in Mexico and other Latin American jurisdictions. This includes establishing operations, negotiating Latin American joint ventures, as well as implementing arrangements for providing services and know-how. For nearly two decades, Mr. McLees has counseled on Mexico’s implementation of tax and transfer pricing rules, and on satisfactory Mexican tax treatment of companies in the manufacturing sector. His extensive experience includes advising the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit on discussions with US tax authorities as well as implications of Mexican tax laws for US companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Chairman of the Board
  • International Fiscal Association
  • American Bar Association - Tax Section


Illinois~United States (1975)
District of Columbia~United States (1974)


University of Chicago Law School (1974)
University of Chicago (1973)
London School of Economics and Political Science (1971)
University of Chicago (1970)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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