Former Chair of KPMG’s Global M&A Tax Practice, Peter Poulos, joins Gadens in Melbourne

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Gadens in Melbourne has announced the appointment of Peter Poulos within its Corporate Advisory & Tax Group. Peter joins Gadens as a partner from KPMG where he has been for 25 years, including as a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) tax partner since 1996, and for a number of years was the Chair of KPMG’s Global M&A Tax Practice.

“We are delighted with Peter’s decision to join Gadens. He is a highly accomplished and well respected practitioner who has lead numerous seminal transactions in Australia. His appointment strongly signals our strategic intent to continue enhancing and growing our Corporate Advisory & Tax specialisations”, says Grant Scott-Hayward, Gadens’ Chief Executive Officer in Melbourne. “Positioning Gadens as a premier commercially-minded provider of M&A and corporate legal services is a key objective, and securing someone of Peter’s calibre bodes extremely well for the future for this practice area and for the firm as a whole.”

Commenting on the move, Peter says “Gadens is not your usual law firm. They are creative, proactive and concise in their approach to providing clients with a tailored solution, and are committed to being a great place to work in. It is this business mantra and culture that attracted me to the role. There is a great opportunity for Gadens as a mid-size, yet top ten, legal firm to really stand out in the corporate space in Melbourne, and I am looking forward to the opportunities this move will create”.

Peter 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 (PPPs) 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 or infrastructure transactions.

Commenting further on Peter’s appointment, head of Gadens’ Corporate Advisory & Tax Group in Melbourne – Jeremy Smith – says, “Having someone of Peter’s stature and reputation in the marketplace is truly an asset to our firm and a very exciting appointment. He adds significantly to the growing profile and reputation of the Gadens tax practice, as well as our corporate M&A capability and coverage, particularly in the private equity space”.

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