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Patrick J. O'Gara

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Patrick O'Gara is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate Tax department in London.

Practice Focus

Patrick focuses on UK and international corporation tax planning and defence for UK and overseas multinationals and private equity investors across a range of sectors. He has a particular focus on matters related to Intellectual Property, cross-border financing, and supply chain structuring.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising several US digital companies on the audit defence of their UK and European supply chains across a range of issues, including transfer pricing, permanent establishment, and diverted profits tax.
  • Advising a US oil and gas services company on the defence of its USD 1.8 billion UK financing structure following a post-merger restructuring against a HMRC audit based on thin cap, unallowable purpose test and anti-arbitrage grounds.
  • Acting for a globally leading professional services company on its USD 18 billion merger with a global advisory, broking, and solutions company with 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries.
  • Acting for a multinational conglomerate corporation in the consume electronics, gaming, and entertainment industry, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, and a consortium of other investors on their acquisition of the EMI music publishing business in the UK, the US, France,and 24 other jurisdictions from a multinational investement banking and financial services corporation for USD 2.2 billion.
  • Advising Ensco plc, the UK headquartered drilling services company, on its USD 7.1 billion acquisition of Pride International, Inc., a US specialist in deep-water projects, to create one of the world's largest offshore drillers.
  • Advising a leading US pharmaceutical group on its separation and a spin-off which lead to the creation two separately listed groups.

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2006)

Education

  • Nottingham Law School (Certificate Legal Practice) (2003)
  • University of London (King's College) (LL.B.) (2002)

Languages

  • English