Baker & McKenzie has elected Sao-Paulo based Simone Musa Chair of the Firm's Global Tax Practice, the first woman to be appointed to this role. She succeeds Duane Webber, who has been appointed to the Firm's Executive Committee.
"Clients and peers alike recognize our tax practice globally as a leading and trusted advisor," said Simone. "It is an honor to lead our 950 practitioner-strong practice - the largest of any law firm in the world - as our clients continue to rely on us to deliver practical and commercially-oriented tax advice."
Simone's practice has spanned more than two decades, and has focused on corporate income tax matters, cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions and the taxation of reorganizations. She also advises on international tax treaties, transfer pricing and financing transactions. She was previously the head of the tax practice of Trench, Rossi e Watanabe** in Brazil, and regional chair of the Baker & McKenzie's Latin American Tax Practice.
Prior to joining Trench, Rossi e Watanabe in Brazil in 1999, Simone worked for two years as a tax lawyer in the Chicago Office of Baker & McKenzie. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association. She received her LL.M from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been recognized by the Chambers Global Guide, Latin Lawyer and IFLR as a leading tax lawyer in Brazil and in Latin America.
"I am delighted to welcome Simone to this important role as the head of our tax practice,” said Paul Rawlinson, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie. “Her extensive expertise in leading regional and global Baker & McKenzie teams will serve our Firm well in the coming years. I'd also like to thank Duane for helping to grow the practice during his time as tax practice leader supporting the needs of many of the world's most dynamic corporations."
** In cooperation agreement with Baker & McKenzie