Jack Newlin, Deb Doyle bring experience in wealth management matters

John "Jack" Newlin and Debra "Deb" Doyle have joined Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice as partners, bringing extensive experience advising senior corporate executives, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and their families on wealth planning matters.

Based in Chicago, Jack and Deb counsel clients on complex trust and estate matters including designing estate plans structured to transfer wealth to subsequent generations in a tax-efficient manner, and planning for business succession. They also have experience forming and operating investment entities, charitable foundations and charitable trusts, as well as advising clients regarding estate administration, pre- and post-marital agreements and asset protection.

"We are focused on further enhancing our capabilities to better serve our clients' business interests, both in cross-border and US domestic planning," said Melinda Phelan, Chair of the Firm's North America Tax Practice. "Jack and Deb are highly regarded practitioners and are well-versed in the sophisticated structures involved within wealth management. Our clients will immediately benefit from their depth of experience in this area and we are pleased to add them our growing wealth management team."

Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly-rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. The Firm's wealth management group is a recognized leader in advising wealthy families, executives and the financial institutions that serve them. Practitioners advise clients on preserving, managing and transferring wealth in core investment centers and new wealth management jurisdictions around the world.

"Jack and Deb are a welcome addition to the North American wealth management team, currently based in New York, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong and Zurich," added Simon Beck, who leads that group. "Their expertise expands our US domestic capabilities in the wealth management area and deepens the team's existing bench strength."

The US Tax Practice was recently recognized by Law360 in its 2016 "Tax Practice Groups of the Year" and by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a National Tier One firm for tax law. In addition, the International Tax Review recently recognized the Firm's US and Canada Transfer Pricing practices as Tier One in its annual World Transfer Pricing rankings for 2017.

"Jack and Deb are two standout additions to our team as we continue to further strengthen our capabilities across North America, bringing on more top-tier talent," said Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America. "Their practices will nicely complement the offerings of our market-leading Tax Practice."

Jack and Deb are the latest in a series of prominent hires for the North America Tax Practice. Experienced trust and estates attorney David Berek and state and local tax attorney Adam Beckerink recently joined in Chicago, and tax planning attorneys Jennifer Molnar, Patrick Cox and Dan Cullen recently joined Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago, respectively.

Overall, Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as the Firm continues to expand its presence in key markets and practice areas.

"Baker McKenzie has an exceptional team of tax and wealth planning practitioners, and I look forward to utilizing the Firm's global platform to expand the breadth of services I offer my clients," Jack said.

"I'm excited to join Baker McKenzie's renowned tax team," Deb said. "The Firm's highly collaborative and team-orientated approach convinced me it is the best place to grow my practice."

Jack received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, and his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law.

Deb received her B.A. and B.S. from Southern Methodist University, and her J.D., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School.

The pair join Baker McKenzie from Greenberg Traurig, where they have practiced since 2014.

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