Baker & McKenzie Boosts Corporate Tax with Big Four Tax Hire
Leading global law firm Baker & McKenzie has further strengthened its London Tax practice with the appointment of leading transfer pricing specialist Jukka Karjalainen as Tax Leader of the Firm’s UK Business Transformation practice. He joined the Firm last month.
Jukka, who was represented by Greg Dadson of search firm Nebula Partners, joins from Deloitte where he was tax leader of the UK Business Model Optimization practice and a partner in their London Transfer Pricing group. He has over 20 years experience dealing with transfer pricing and international corporate tax issues from both practice and industry and has practiced in a number of jurisdictions including Finland and Australia. Jukka advises multinational clients from across industries, in particular metals, mining, telecommunications and pharma.
As Tax Leader of the UK Business Transformation practice, he will be advising clients on the design, implementation and defence of complex cross-border restructurings, working closely with the Corporate Reorganisations practice group. His appointment is the latest Big Four hire for the Firm following the appointments of Kate Alexander and Mark Bevington from EY in July 2015 and May 2013 respectively.
Baker & McKenzie London Head of Tax, Alex Chadwick said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jukka to our growing tax practice. Clients are increasingly looking to their advisors for multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary business transformation expertise. Jukka’s unique skillset, which covers the full range of business transformation and transfer pricing services, provides this in abundance and will significantly enhance our offering to large UK and multinational clients. He will work closely with business transformation experts from across our tax, corporate, employment, IP and regulatory practices.”
Baker & McKenzie’s London Tax Group, which includes lawyers, full time economists, transfer pricing and VAT advisors advises on a wide range of cross-border matters, including transactions and the structuring of cross-border investments. As well as advising on the UK tax aspects of international projects, the London Tax Group has particular experience in the coordination of tax advice from many countries in multi-jurisdictional projects such as international group structuring and mergers and acquisitions. Jukka’s partner-equivalent appointment brings to over 50 the total number of professionals specialising in tax in London.