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Kate Alexander

Principal Tax Advisor
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction

Biography

Kate is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate Tax Department in London and co-leads our Global Technology, Media & Telecoms Industry Group. Kate is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with over 20 years' experience advising clients on their tax matters. Prior to joining the Firm, she spent seven years as a partner at a Big Four accounting firm.

Practice Focus

Kate has particular expertise in advising technology companies in relation to all aspects of their cross-border tax structuring. She has a particular focus on the UK DPT provisions, taxation of offshore IP receipts tax, and hybrid legislation and regularly assists multinational companies with the design of their global holding, financing, intellectual property and supply chain structures. She has worked closely with many clients on strategic projects in this space.

Kate has been heavily involved in the OECD Base Erosion Profit Shifting initiative and the proposals for Taxation of the Digital Economy, assisting clients to determine the potential implications for their businesses. She has also been at the forefront of the development of the UK's digital service tax, helping clients lobby HM Treasury and HMRC. She has helped many clients determine the practical implications of the new law across its different businesses, helping them navigate the complexity of applying different tax regimes across the EU.

Kate frequently helps clients to resolve on-going controversies with HM Revenue and Customs and has acted on some of the largest settlement negotiations in recent years. She is experienced with both Alternative Dispute Resolution and the High Risk Corporates Programme. Kate has also appeared as an expert witness in an arbitration matter heard by the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

She is a regular speaker on international tax issues and co-author of the Controlled Foreign Companies Handbook: A Practical Guide to Part 9A TIOPA 2010.

Professional Honors

  • Ranked, ITR's Women in Tax Leaders, 2020
  • Ranked, Tax Journal 40 under 40, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) - Fellow
  • Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors (CTA) - Member (John Wood Medal Winner for Company Tax)

Education

  • University of Cambridge (Master of Arts Geography) (2000)

Languages

  • English