HopgoodGanim Lawyers has secured the services of a partner from accounting firm EY to head up its national tax practice.
Michael Patane has been welcomed as a partner to HopgoodGanim, coming over from EY where he was a tax and commercial lawyer.
“With Michael’s appointment, HopgoodGanim will continue to deliver on its promise of providing industry-leading commercial legal advice to clients across the country,” the firm said in a statement.
“His specific tax experience includes due diligence, negotiating issues associated with sales and acquisitions, share sales and purchase agreements, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, property developments and funding agreements.”
HopgoodGanim managing partner Bruce Humphrys said he was excited about the “unique blend” of legal and accounting firm experience that Mr Patane would bring to the national law firm.
“Michael’s experience is impressive,” says Mr Humphrys.
“I know our clients will benefit greatly from Michael’s appointment and I’m looking forward to introducing him to them.”
Prior to his stint at EY, Mr Patane was a partner at Clayton Utz, Deloitte and Deloitte Lawyers, and deputy chief tax counsel (indirect taxes) at the Australian Taxation Office.