Chris Newman takes on a new role as Principal Economist of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Tax and Trade practice.

Joining from global financial service firm, VISA, and bringing more than 25 years of transfer pricing (TP) experience to the firm, Chris will lead and develop the TP practice in Asia, and train the next generation of specialists to strengthen the firm’s service offering.

“I’m very excited to be given this opportunity to deepen and grow Baker McKenzie’s TP practice in this region, having spent half of my career in Asia Pacific,” said Chris.

“This post-pandemic landscape presents a number of new challenges from when I started my TP career, but I am looking forward to working with our clients, who are facing increasingly sophisticated rules and controversies. This is indeed an exciting time for me to re-join private practice, especially in a Firm with a well-developed Asian Tax practice, such as Baker McKenzie,” he added.

Adeline Wong, practice leader for tax and trade in Asia said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Chris to the Firm and the practice. Chris will be returning to the Asia Pacific market, bringing with him substantive understanding of on-the-ground concerns, as he transitions from in-house to private practice.”

“His past experience of having worked closely with tax authorities from multiple Asian jurisdiction, which are as challenging as they are diverse, will make him a great addition to strengthen our bench of TP specialists,” Wong further said.

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