Deacons has appointed Travis Benjamin to lead its tax practice in Hong Kong and China. Benjamin, who has 12 years of experience in international tax planning and tax controversy work, will join the firm as a registered foreign lawyer at partner level. He was previously with Baker & McKenzie’s tax practice in Hong Kong for seven and half years and with KPMG’s tax departments in Hong Kong and Melbourne for four years. Benjamin has broad experience in tax and stamp duty planning work in the context of fund formation, public and private company M&A and restructuring, capital markets transactions, financing and services arrangements, intellectual property exploitation and employee remuneration planning in Hong Kong and across Asia. He also handles tax controversy matters and has instructed senior counsel in Hong Kong and London on a wide range of tax disputes.

Dorsey & Whitney has firmed up its Shanghai practice with the addtion of Frank S Hong. Hong joins as a partner in the corporate group. He advises multi-national corporations on China inbound direct investment as well as domestic Chinese companies on outbound investment. Hong has extensive experience in the intellectual property sphere as well as in cross-border M&A and private placements. He additionally handles commercial arbitration and litigation. Hong was previously a senior partner in the Shanghai office of Long An Law firm and prior to that he practiced in Miami, Florida.

Gadens in Melbourne has appointed Peter Poulos as a partner in its corporate advisory and tax group. He joins from KPMG where he has been for 25 years, including as an M&A tax partner since 1996 and, for a number of years, as chair of KPMG’s global M&A tax practice. Poulos has advised on the structuring and/or due diligence of more than 500 domestic and cross-border transactions across all industry sectors, as well as the structuring of public private partnerships for social and economic infrastructure projects. His clients have included Australian and international corporates, global and domestic private equity houses, and other sponsors of M&A and infrastructure transactions.

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