Anthony Portas (pictured) has left Anglo American plc mining group, where he served as the Asia Pacific head of tax, to join MinterEllison’s leadership team in Brisbane.
Mr Portas has over 25 years in corporate and international tax. He brings to his new role expertise in M&A, international taxes and infrastructure, with a career focused on the mining and resources sector.
The new Minters partner was previously responsible for global tax affairs as tax manager at Shell Coal Group. He is a former tax committee chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia and was a member of the implementation group that worked with Federal Treasury to develop and draft the Mineral Resources Rent Tax.
Remarking on his move, Mr Portas highlighted an attractive firm culture at Minters, which he had come to know after many years of working with the firm’s lawyers over the course of his career.
“MinterEllison is committed to growing its team and its tax services and I'm excited to be part of that growth in Australia and internationally.
“The firm's tax practice is a highly regarded multi-disciplinary team of tax lawyers and accountants who are pursuing a unique value proposition for clients. Their full service offering across direct and indirect taxes, state taxes and in tax controversy and risk management is impressive,” Mr Portas said.
He joins the firm’s tax business unit, which Minters claims to be the largest tax advisory practice in Australia in terms of advisers and revenue. Minters’ tax business unit practice has over 60 tax lawyers and accountants.
Unit head Bill Thompson, welcomed Mr Portas to the multidisciplinary team, suggesting his unique experience would be a good fit.
“Anthony's previous responsibility for managing tax audits, reviews and disputes across the Asia Pacific and his close relationships with tax authorities across the region, notably with the ATO will add an important client-focused perspective to our firm's leading tax controversy team and enhance our ability to be our clients' best partner,” Mr Thompson said.
According to the firm, Mr Portas has also served as an executive committee member of the Corporate Tax Association and has been a member of a number of joint ATO liaison groups.