Pomy Ketema

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Pomy Ketema is counsel in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group. She brings to the practice two decades of experience as a tax practitioner working with businesses of all sizes operating in diverse industries. She advises sophisticated clients on complex domestic and cross-border tax matters.

Practice Focus

Pomy's practice focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, with an emphasis on deal structuring, due diligence, contract drafting and negotiations. She also assists clients with general U.S. corporate and partnership tax planning and controversies.

As a member of the Firm's Africa Tax Group, Pomy assists clients with Ethiopian tax matters, working closely with local tax specialists at independent firms to provide clients with the legal support that they need in the region. In 2018, Pomy volunteered her time to review Ethiopian tax laws and serve as an informal advisor to various Ethiopian agencies with her efforts culminating into a proposal to amend the income tax code to provide clearer rules for taxation of capital gains.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Institute Planning Committee (2005-2009)

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2019)
  • U.S. Tax Court~United States (2005)
  • Minnesota~United States (2001)

Education

  • University of Minnesota (MBT) (2001)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (JD cum laude) (1999)
  • University of St. Thomas (BA cum laude) (1994)

Languages

  • English
  • Amharic
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota Law School, Practice and Professionalism (Track 2), Spring Semester 2010

  • Adjunct Faculty, William Mitchell College of Law, The Legal Practicum: Business Practice course, Business Planning Seminar I – Organization & Tax, Winter and Fall Semesters 2008, 2009

Publications

  • Overview of Tax and Legal Considerations When Doing Business in Foreign Jurisdictions and/or with Foreign Nationals, ADMAS, vol. 1, no. 3, p. 13, 2008

  • Accounting Methods for Construction Companies: What Works for Your Business?, Minn. Real Estate Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 17, 2005

  • Co-author, Sword or Shield? The U.S. Supreme Court Examines the Parameters of State Sovereignty in Franchise Tax Board v. Eighth Judicial District of Nevada, Minn. State Bar Ass’n, Tax Section News, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 19, 2003