Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Tax Practice was once again recognized for its first-rate tax advice, winning six awards at the International Tax Review Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2021, including the coveted "International Tax Law Firm of the Year" award. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Firm has won this regional award.
The Firm also took home the national award "Thailand Tax Firm of the Year." Meanwhile, member firms HHP Law Firm and Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow were named "Indonesia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year" and "Singapore Tax Firm of the Year," respectively.
In addition, the Firm was recognized for its role in advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on its AUD 3 billion acquisition of an 88% stake in AirTrunk, a hyperscale data center platform provider across Asia Pacific, which was named "Impact Deal of the Year."
Moreover, Simone Bridges, a partner in Baker McKenzie's Sydney office, has been named "Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year."
Elsewhere, the Singapore team also won three awards at the WealthBriefingAsia Awards 2021. The Firm won the "Best Legal Team" and "Best Estate Planning" awards in the Private Client categories (Southeast Asia), while Principal Dawn Quek was "Leading Women in Wealth Management."
Commenting on these awards, Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Asia Pacific Chair Brendan Kelly said: "The past year has been challenging and we have focused all of our efforts on supporting our clients across the region without the benefit of being able to meet our clients. That is a challenge for us as it is such a large part of the equation and how we work. Mindful of these challenges, we are thrilled to be named 'International Tax Law Firm of the Year,' which is an endorsement of the breadth and quality of our Tax Practice in Asia Pacific."
Brendan continued: "It is also particularly pleasing to see our female lawyers being recognized as leading practitioners in their respective fields. These awards reflect the strength and quality of our female lawyers who not only do great work, but help set a great example for our next generation of lawyers. I am honored to call them friends and colleagues, and I would like to congratulate Simone and Dawn on their personal achievements and also our teams in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand on their wins."
The International Tax Review Asia-Pacific Tax Awards recognizes leading law firms and professional service firms for their excellence in providing tax advice to businesses in the region. Nominees are carefully selected based on the complexity and overall quality of their tax, transfer pricing and dispute resolution practices, as well as on market research and feedback.
The WealthBriefingAsia Awards recognizes the excellence and outstanding achievements of wealth management professional firms and individuals as well as technology providers across Asia.
Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly regarded and largest tax groups in the world. Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for its work in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the group is recognized by clients and industry peers for the premium-quality tax advice it provides worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice deftly covers all aspects of tax planning and transactions, global tax policy, transfer pricing, indirect and state and local taxes, dispute resolution (both administrative and litigation), and wealth management matters.
The Firm's Wealth Management Group regularly advises high net worth individuals and families, trust companies, private banks and other financial institutions, on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues. The teams in Singapore and Hong Kong have been consistently ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as top-tier private client practices.