Jennifer Molnar has returned to Baker McKenzie as a Partner in the North American Tax Practice, adding 16 years of experience providing tax planning and transactional advice to multinational corporations.
Ms. Molnar handles tax planning for international acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, joint ventures, Subpart F planning and restructurings. In addition, she counsels clients on the tax issues of structuring, negotiating, documenting and reporting complex transactions. Ms. Molnar was an associate at Baker McKenzie from 2001 to 2006.
"Jennifer’s extensive international tax planning expertise will augment our strong capabilities in this area," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North American Managing Partner. "Jennifer's decision to return to the Firm speaks to the strength of our Tax practice and its reputation as a global leader in tax planning."
Ms. Molnar has advised on the tax aspects of some of the largest cross-border mergers and spin-offs in recent years. Some of her recent representative matters include:
- Serving as tax counsel to a leading food & beverage company in its spinoff from a North American grocery business.
- Advising a cable telecommunications company on cost sharing and transfer pricing arrangements in connection with international operations.
- Serving as tax counsel for multinational European acquisition.
"Our multinational clients regularly engage in complex cross-border transactions that involve tax issues of great importance to their businesses," said Tom Linguanti, Chair of the North American Tax Practice. "Jennifer's experience advising on an array of international transactions will allow her to provide highly valuable counsel to our clients doing business around the world. We are thrilled to have her back, as I am sure our clients will be as well."
With 950 tax practitioners in more than 40 countries, Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly-rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. The practice provides a strong network of tax professionals offering domestic and multinational companies with a full complement of tax planning services, from analysis to implementation, as well as a full range of tax dispute resolution services in the US and abroad, including advice on US and global tax policy, transfer pricing, customs, local and indirect tax and employee benefits tax issues.
The US tax practice was recently recognized by Law360 in its 2015 "Tax Practice Groups of the Year" and by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a National Tier One firm for tax law. The Firm was also named Americas Tax Disputes Firm of the Year for 2015 by the International Tax Review.
Ms. Molnar is the latest in a series of seasoned tax practitioners to join Baker McKenzie in North America, including trusts and estates lawyer David Berek in Chicago, tax planning attorney Patrick Cox in New York and real estate and partnership taxation lawyers Dan Cullen in Chicago and Steven Schneider in Washington, DC. In addition, state and local tax practitioners Maria Eberle and Lindsay LaCava recently joined in New York.
"I'm very excited to return to Baker McKenzie and be part of a firm known for its integrated, collaborative global tax group," said Ms. Molnar. "I'm looking forward to utilizing the Firm's global platform and working with our skilled group of transfer pricing lawyers and economists to elevate the services I provide clients."
Ms. Molnar rejoins the Firm from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Ms. Molnar received her B.A. from the University of California at San Diego, her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and her LL.M. from New York University School of Law.