Brendan Kelly

Brendan Thomas Kelly

Registered Foreign Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction


Brendan is a partner of Baker McKenzie's Shanghai office and Head of the China Tax Practice as well as Chair of Asia Pacific Tax Practice. He has practiced tax with a China focus for about 25 years, with nearly two decades based in China. He has performed a wide range of analysis for various industries with regard to China tax implications, and specializes in advising cross-border clients on tax and legal implications of investment in China.

He also has a wealth of experience in working with multinationals in major mergers and acquisitions, to develop integrated and tax-efficient supply-chain structures and defend against tax and transfer pricing audits and assessments in China. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kelly was a Tax Partner with the Beijing office of a Big Four Accounting Firm, where he led their International Tax Planning group for Northern China.

Practice Focus

China Tax Effective Supply-Chain Structuring; Transfer Pricing Planning and Audits; Cross-Border M&A Tax

Professional Honors

  • Band 1 Lawyer (Tax: PRC Law (International Firms)) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2019-2020)
  • Leading Individual (Tax, China) - Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2007-2020)
  • Tax Controversy Leader in China - International Tax Review, Tax Controversy Leaders Guide (2013-2019)
  • Tax Lawyer of the Year - China Law & Practice Awards 2018
  • Leading Lawyer (Tax: PRC law (International Firms), China) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2011-2018)
  • Corporate Tax Lawyer of the Year (China) - International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards (2015-2017)
  • Indirect Tax Leader in China - International Tax Review, Indirect Tax Leaders Guide (2016-2017)
  • Client Choice Top 20 Lawyer - ALB China (2013)
  • Leading Lawyer (China) - Asialaw (2013)
  • International Law Firm of the Year: Tax - Chambers China Awards (2012)
  • Legal experts in Taxation in the Asia Pacific regional - Asialaw Leading Lawyers, (2012)
  • Endorsed Lawyer (Tax, China) - PLC Which Lawyer? (2011-2012)
  • Leading Lawyer (Tax, China) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2008-2019)
  • Recognised Lawyer (Tax, China) - PLC Which Lawyer? (2007-2010)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Chamber of Commerce


  • New York~United States (2001)


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) (1997)
  • Trinity University (B.A. Economics) (1994)


  • English
  • Mandarin