Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills appointed three leading tax experts in Australia as partners to reflect the firm’s striving growth plans in commercial tax offering.
Toby Eggleston, Nick Heggart and Ryan Leslie were named the new partners, joining Freehills from tax firm Greenwoods. Their combined expertise spreads across many areas such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital, resources, energy, property and infrastructure.
Mr Eggleston’s experience spans over 20 years, specialising in general corporate, M&As and taxation matters, particularly in regards to private equity and venture capital. He is also a member of the legal and tax committee for the Australian Investment Council and Employee Ownership Australia. Mr Eggleston’s expertise allowed him to draft submissions to the Treasury on tax matters in relation to employee ownership schemes, private equity and venture capital.
Mr Heggart is a member of the Western Australia state revenue liaison committee and the energy and resources working group within the ATO. His proficiency stretches across most areas in taxation, such as stamp duty, income tax, resource rent tax and royalties, focusing on the property and energy and resources sectors.
Mr Leslie’s career has seen him advise on the income tax aspects of several corporate, international and trust matters, particularly with internal restructures and disputes and M&As within the infrastructure sector.
Executive partner for Australia and Asia Andrew Pike said that Freehills is determined to build a leading tax offering in Australia “with the depth and breadth of expertise that clients have to expect from a full-service firm”.
Freehills managing partner for corporate Carolyn Pugsley welcomed the trio into the partnership, referring to them as “exceptional lawyers and leading experts in their field” and that their clients and partners are excited to work with them.
“The new partners will work closely with our other tax experts in Australia, including partners Hugh Paynter and Jinny Chaimungkalanont, and tax specialists throughout our global network to meet our clients’ needs,” Ms Pugsley said.
Freehills has also appointed a special counsel, solicitor and three senior associates, all specialising in tax law. Tristan Boyd (special counsel) and Lousie Van Wyk (senior associate) will be based in Perth, while the other senior associates Alistair Haskett and Naison Seery based in Melbourne.