Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Principal Corporate & Commercial | Brisbane
07 3014 6530 cdavis@mcw.com.au Download vCard Accredited Specialist | Taxation Law

Chris Davis has 20 years experience in the legal sphere. He is one of five Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in taxation law and is a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute.

Chris started out in Sydney working for Ernst & Young Tax within their International and Media Group. In 1998 he joined Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst), first in the Sydney office, and later as a member of the firm’s Brisbane corporate advisory group. Since that time he has also worked for two years in the London office of SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons) specialising in taxation matters affecting private equity funds and property funds.

Chris’ key focus is on transactions; he is a valued advisor in their understanding and characterisation. Once the intent of a transaction is understood, applying the law becomes more certain for the client and consistent with the commercial drivers.

Chris regularly seeks out opportunities to assist not-for-profit entities or non-governmental organisations as his way of giving back.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 for Corporate Law

Chris' Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce, Australian National University
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of England and Wales

Chris' Expertise

  • Investment holding structures
  • M&A transactions (assets and securities), share buy backs
  • Employee share plans and remuneration structures
  • Transactional tax advice in relation to income tax and  duties
  • Compliant taxation agreements, loans, tax sharing and tax funding agreements

Chris' Leadership

  • Accredited Specialist in Taxation with the Queensland  Law Society
  • Chartered Tax Adviser, The Tax Institute
  • Member, Queensland Law Society

Chris' Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Investment holding structures, including management of payroll tax, land tax, etc

Work Undertaken

Chris advises on tax effective asset and investment holding structures such as managed investment schemes, companies, and privately held trusts. In addition to the usual advice on the best structures or advice on in-bound or out-bound issues he seeks to minimise federal and state taxes such as income tax, payroll tax and land tax.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

M&A transactions (assets and securities), share buy backs and other capital transactions

Work Undertaken

Chris undertakes planning, advice and implementation of M&A transactions. He undertakes due diligence and advice on warranties and indemnities as well as assisting in designing effective reorganisations, restructures and sales of assets and securities.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Employee share plans and remuneration structures

Work Undertaken

Clients wanting to incentivise staff often need to work through a maze of regulatory and taxation issues. Chris manages risks of the ever changing landscape of employee share schemes, from both the employer and the employee’s perspective.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Tax appeals, objections, litigation and controversy

Work Undertaken

Chris acts for clients in private binding rulings for income tax, GST and duties. Often he is called in to assist on contentious matters and advising on tax risk, and tax risk management. In limited cases, he assist clients all the way through to appeals and settlements with revenue authorities.

Chris' recent publications

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  1. PAYROLL TAX ALERT FOR BUSINESSES USING SERVICE ENTITY ARRANGEMENTS

    02 Oct 2019

    PAYROLL TAX Alert for businesses using service entity arrangements Any business using service entity arrangements should be aware of a recent Victorian payroll tax case which changes the position on how those arrangements are treated. We had been put on...

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  2. Corporate and financial penalties update

    26 Aug 2019

    The Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019 (Cth) (Act) amends existing acts such as Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), ASIC Act 2001 (Cth) (ASIC Act), National Consumer Credit Protection Act...

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  3. Whistleblower laws update

    26 Aug 2019

    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) (Act) took effect from 1 July 2019. The Act applies to public and large proprietary companies (Companies). It provides a single, strengthened whistleblower protection regime...

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