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Leisa Rafter joins BDO partnership in Australia

On July 12, 2014, in BDO, by Chris Bale

BDO Australia tax jobsBDO Australia has made up 3 new partners, including indirect tax specialist Leisa Rafter who is based in the Brisbane office.

Leisa has specialised in the field of indirect tax for over nine years, gaining extensive experience working in “big four” firms before joining BDO. Leisa has a particular focus on the financial services sector and regularly provides GST consulting and review services to a range of Managed Investment Schemes and funds.

Leisa is also a principal advisor on State duties and taxes.

Key assignments

  • Preparation of advice in relation to the GST implications of various government grants received and levies, charges and fees imposed by a government department.
  • Transaction support and GST compliance review services for various government related entities.
  • Provision of stamp duty advice in relation to internal restructures.

Qualifications & memberships

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, QUT
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
  • Lecturer, Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Member, Queensland Law Society Inc.


DLA Piper yesterday announced that Matthew Cridland has joined the firm’s Tax practice as a partner in Sydney.

Matthew joins from KPMG, where he was a Director, providing advice to clients on a wide range of Goods and Services Tax (GST) related issues including Real Property, Energy and Resources, Public Private Partnerships and Telecommunications.

Matthew brings with him an impressive track record of advising global Financial Services companies, particularly on securitisation transactions, funds management, superannuation, life insurance, securities lending, cross-border finance, syndicated finance transactions, credit card arrangements, equipment leases and hire purchase arrangements.

Matthew also has significant experience and expertise on major infrastructure projects and has acted for government agencies, structuring transactions, and evaluating bids for the sale of infrastructure or other assets. He also has a strong relationship with the Australia Taxation Office and Treasury, engaging with them on a number of industry related issues.

Roderik Bouwman, International Group Head for Tax said: “With the expansion of the Australian tax group under the leadership of Jock McCormack, DLA Piper’s uncompromising commitment to build a leading tax platform for its clients, whether national or international, has taken another step forward. Matthew’s recognised expertise in the GST area is a clear testimony to this commitment.”

Jock McCormack, Head of the Tax Group for DLA Piper in Australia added: “Matthew’s appointment is reflective of the increasing importance of GST/VAT to tax planning and tax risk management issues and considerably strengthens our broad and full tax service offering in Australia and globally. With the proposed reform of Australia’s International GST regime and the on-going modernisation of various GST regimes, including in China and India, we expect that Matthew’s joining is timely and that he will be very active across our global GST/VAT practice.”

Prior to his role at KPMG, Matthew worked for King & Wood Mallesons, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Ernst & Young. Matthew also has a Masters of Laws from the University of Sydney, where he graduated from in 2003.

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Tony Windle has resigned from PwC Brisbane where he lead a team of 8 GST specialists, to join Grant Thornton.

Tony was a Director with PwC but is joining Grant Thornton as a partner. He has specialist in GST advice since 1999.

The Minter Ellison Legal Group has announced the appointment of five partners, sixteen special counsel and twenty-eight senior associates effective 1 July 2012.

This list included Bastian Gasser in the Melbourne office.

He is a specialist GST advisor with almost a decade in dedicated practice. His expert advisory spans transaction structuring, GST compliance reviews, input tax credit recovery, GST audits, investigations and objections, and cross-border transactions.

Bastian’s clients include Australian and foreign corporates, government departments, statutory authorities, charitable entities and superannuation and infrastructure funds.

Recent matters include advising the Victorian Department of Justice on its Ararat Prison expansion, Places Victoria on the Docklands development, Singapore Power International’s acquisition and restructuring of Alinta, and Bank of Kuweit and Middle East on Federal Court GST proceedings.

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