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. PPSA and PPSR – 7 years on and the regime is still causing headaches for business

    12 Mar 2019

    While it may have seemed like an ordinary day for most, 30 January 2019 marked a significant milestone for many commercial and insolvency lawyers, being 7 years since the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) went live. The 7th anniversary of the...

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  2. Combustible cladding – Risks for retirement village and aged care operators.

    30 Jan 2019

    In the wake of London’s fatal Grenfell fire in June 2017 and Melbourne’s own Lacrosse fire in November 2014, Australia is cracking down on unsafe cladding that poses risk to human life, whether domestically manufactured or imported. Queensland...

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  3. Bad news for Athletes and Social Media Influencers! New income tax measure affecting the use of an individual’s fame and image.

    23 Jan 2019

    In December last year, the Treasury released a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) that seeks to crack down on high profile individuals who license their fame or image to their related entities in order to take advantage of lower tax rates. The...

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