Michael Jaffe has joined Baker McKenzie as Counsel in New York, bringing more than 30 years of experience advising on compensation and benefits, individual tax and estate planning, human resources and taxation of international executives.

Michael spent more than 30 years at PwC France Tax and Legal, serving as a tax, compensation and benefits advisor to C-suite executives and Human Resources leaders at CAC 40/Fortune 100  companies. In addition, he advised on tax issues for over 35 international law firms and their partners, as well as numerous artists and public figures. A dual French-US national, Michael practiced in various leadership roles at the firm.

Michael will be a member of Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice as well as its North America Employment and Compensation Practice.

"Michael is a sought after tax and benefits adviser for some of the largest companies in the world," said Melinda Phelan, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice. "Having worked extensively with major multinationals throughout his career, Michael can anticipate cross-border challenges early on, providing our clients with pragmatic, industry-specific guidance on their tax and employment needs."

Added Scott Brandman, Managing Partner of the Firm's New York Office, "The breadth and depth of Michael's practice will perfectly complement the offerings we bring to our clients. We are very pleased to add him to our team as we continue to enhance our capabilities in New York and throughout North America."

In 2016, Michael retired from PwC France Tax and Legal, spending a year opening a New York representative office for Taylor Wessing France.

"I am excited to join Baker McKenzie and work with its highly regarded tax and employment teams," said Michael. "I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues across markets, practice areas and industries to provide my clients with an even higher level of service."

Baker McKenzie's Global Employment & Compensation group is one of the world's largest and most recognized employment practices, with more than 700 lawyers globally and more than 130 attorneys in North America focused on employment law.

In addition, Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly-rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. With more 300 practitioners in North America and more than 1,000 globally, the Firm’s Tax group is known for the quality of its tax advice in transactions worldwide, as well as in global tax policy, transfer pricing, indirect taxes, dispute resolution and wealth management matters. 

Baker McKenzie has added more than 45 partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets. In New York specifically, the Firm has added 14 partners and counsel in a range of practices. Recent additions include investigations practitioner Terry Gilroy, tax controversy partner Erin Gladney, project finance lawyer Emeka Chinwuba, bankruptcy attorney Blaire Cahn and funds lawyer Karl Egbert. 

Michael received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. He received his Diplôme Doctorat from the Université de Paris II in 1981.

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