White & Case Prabhu Narasimhan to expand the Firm's full range tax capabilities;
His appointment marks a period of high profile transactional hires for the Firm

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired White & Case partner Prabhu Narasimhan to join its growing tax and corporate practice in London. His hire plays a key role in both further developing the Firm's full service tax capabilities and forming a key part of the Firm's growth strategy to expand its transactional practices in key money centres.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Delaney Head of Tax London says: "Prabhu's tax expertise and unique mix of international structuring, planning and advisory work, particularly in the area of family offices, private equity and founder-backed businesses, will complement and boost our tax offering and transactional in London and across Europe. As a dynamic and entrepreneurial lawyer, known for his commercial acumen, creativity and client service, Prabhu is exactly the kind of hire we were looking for to join our strong and growing team and to meet the demands of our clients."

London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick said: "We've certainly made excellent progress already this year to increase our headcount in London. With his broad transactional experience, Prabhu is another stellar hire for us, as we continue to expand our tax and transactional capabilities. I look forward to welcoming him to the Firm."

Commenting on his appointment, Prabhu Narasimhan says: “I am delighted to join what I believe is the broadest and most uniquely positioned tax practice amongst law firms in London and Europe. High value corporates, funds and family offices expect global law firms to provide a holistic and joined up tax and transactional offering particularly in relation to the structuring and execution of their complex cross border transactions. Baker McKenzie, with its clear strategy and vision for tax is ideally placed to provide a seamless blend of tax and transactional advice to clients and I look forward to delivering the best of this firm to our clients”.

Prabhu is a pre-eminent tax lawyer with significant experience in advising and delivering top-quality complex cross-border mandates for his corporate, private equity and family office clients around the world. His specialism expands across family offices, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, funds and associated regulatory issues. He is qualified in both English and Indian law and has been profiled by the Financial Times as one of the 5 risings stars in law across Europe and across practice areas. Prabhu joined White & Case in 2008 from Mayer Brown and was made partner in 2015. Previously, he also practiced in the VAT advisory practice at Deloitte.

Prabhu's appointment follows a series of strategic hires this year in London, including:

  • Philip Thomson from Ashurst (Corporate EMI)
  • Philip Annett from Allen & Overy (Financial Services)
  • Caitlin McErlane from Sidley Austin (Financial Services)
  • Peter Lu from White & Case (Corporate M&A)
  • Rob Mathews from White & Case (Capital Markets)
  • David Becker from White & Case (Capital Markets)

Additional key hires were made across Baker McKenzie's other key money centres, including most recently Randy Sunberg and Denis Segota in New York and a team of eight lawyers, including two partners, Shirley Wang and Grace Chen in China.

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