Miles Hurst is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax team in Sydney with a broad range of experience advising on direct taxes. Miles has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of major projects, funds, cross-border taxes, M&A and corporate and debt restructures. He has provided tax advice on many high profile electricity generation, infrastructure and property transactions, including advising on structuring, development, financing and exit.
Miles' practice focuses on the income tax aspects of investment funds, electricity generation, infrastructure and property transactions. He also has a number of clients in the technology and healthcare sectors. Miles has advised on the tax aspects of the acquisition, development, financing and/or sale of over forty renewable energy projects and joint ventures, fund investments in alternative infrastructure assets and consortium investments in large scale infrastructure. Miles also advises a number of REITs, property funds and Australian and foreign investors on the structuring and execution of property investments, divestments, restructures and development projects.
Representative Legal Matters
Miles' most relevant experience includes advising:
- Genex Power on the proposed 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project located in Northern Queensland.
- Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on Australian tax considerations.
- Northwest Real Estate Investment Trust on its acquisition of Generation Healthcare Management, a 19.9% interest in Generation Healthcare Real Estate Investment Trust (GHC), subsequent acquisition of the remainder of GHC and a number of tax issues.
- Magnetar Capital on its Lyon Solar deal and a number of potential acquisitions.
- Resonance Asset Management on the acquisition of Bio Energy assets and other investments.
- Symantec on the tax aspects of its acquisition and post-acquisition integrations of DigiCert, Blue Coat Systems and Elastica, and the sale of its Veritas information management business to the Carlyle Group.
- Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on taxation aspects of the consortium acquisition of a A$10.3 billion 99-year lease of the TransGrid NSW electricity network assets, including negotiation with the ATO and NSW Government to obtain certainty on tax outcomes.
- Keysight Technologies on the post-acquisition integration of Ixia and various tax issues.
- Lexmark on the post-acquisition integration of ReadSoft.
- F5 Networks on cross-border tax issues.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of New South Wales - Member
- Taxation Institute of Australia - Member
- New South Wales~Australia (2010)
- University of Sydney (LLM Tax) (2015)
- University of Sydney (LLB Hons) (2006)
- University of Sydney (BSc Adv. Physics) (2006)
Author, Thompson’s The Laws of Australia income tax service
Baker & McKenzie, an Australian Partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.