Baker & McKenzie, leading global law firm, expands its tax offering in Africa with the appointment of two of the region's most profiled tax revenue officials.
Nishana Gosai and Sunita Manik join the Firm as Senior Executives, Transfer Pricing from the South Africa Revenue Services (SARS), where they both worked in the authority's Large Business Centre.
Ms. Gosai was the South African representative at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party 6 and a member of its Bureau. She was also a committee member of the African Tax Administration Forum’s Cross Border Taxation Technical Committee and is a current serving member of the United Nation’s Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing. Ms Gosai has also served on the Steering Committee of the UN's Forum on Capacity Building for Developing Countries and has participated in various intergovernment training programs. She has been closely involved in other intergovernmental initiatives such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project, collaborations with the World Bank and the IMF. Ms. Gosai has 15 years' work experience in the area of transfer pricing, including leading large complex audits to resolution, shaping strategy, policy and legislation and serving on various international platforms. She completed her Masters in Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax from the University of Witwatersrand, after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Durban Westville.
Ms. Manik has represented South Africa for the G20/ OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, focusing on renovating the architecture of international taxation, participated in African Tax Administration forum (ATAF) events and presented to commissioner generals, and was a keynote speaker at the 2015 USCIB/OECD BEPS Conference in Washington. She was the only African member of the BEPS Bureau and Committee on Fiscal Affairs that drove the BEPS project which has delivered the new international tax architecture. Sunita is a chartered accountant with over 25 years' experience in tax administration, strategy and planning, organisational transformation, governance and risk. She was a member of SARS executive committee for 5 years and Head of the SARS Large Business Centre which serviced and managed the compliance of SAs largest corporations and high net worth individuals. Ms. Manik completed her Bachelor of Accounting Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at the University of Durban Westville. She is a qualified chartered accountant.
"Nishana and Sunita bring unique insight into tax and transfer pricing complexities in South Africa," said Duane Webber, Global Chair of Baker & McKenzie's Tax Practice. "Their experience furthers the Firm’s position as a leading and trusted tax advisor to clients in Africa, and globally."
"We understand that strong competition is driving companies to penetrate new markets, and as products, services and intellectual assets cross more borders, tax obligations become more complex. The hire of Sunita and Nishana is just one of the ways we are gearing up to better serve our clients across Africa," said Morné van der Merwe, Co-managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie Johannesburg.
Globally, Baker & McKenzie has more than 950 tax practitioners, including lawyers, economists and advisors, in more than 40 countries. The practice is one of the most highly regarded tax groups in the world and is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for its work in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. As part of the Firm's global tax practice, Ms. Gosai and Ms. Manik will provide clients in Africa with an integrated service offering, supported by the Firm's global reach.
These appointments are the latest in a string of strategic new appointments by the Firm in Johannesburg. This year, Nick Altini joined the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group; Scott Nelson joined the Global Private Equity Practice group and more recently, Sonia de Vries and Adine Abro joined the Dispute Resolution Practice Group.
Recognized as the international law firm "most used for high-value work in Africa," according to Acritas, Baker & McKenzie has an extensive practice covering the African continent with three offices in Cairo, Casablanca and Johannesburg. Baker & McKenzie's Johannesburg office launched in May 2012 with 31 lawyers and staff and has since grown to more than 100 lawyers and staff.