Ashurst boosts Sydney tax team with PwC specialist

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    Costa is an indirect tax specialist. He is highly experienced in advising on the stamp duty, GST and land tax implications of complex transactions as well as engaging with revenue authorities. His experience stretches across a variety of transactions and industries including domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, privatisations, restructures and property investment transactions. Costa joins from PwC where he was a partner for more than 10 years and the head of its national stamp duty practice. Prior to joining PwC, Costa was a partner at Baker & McKenzie.

    Vivian Chang, head of tax, APAC, said:

    "Costa is a terrific addition to our market leading tax practice. His strong reputation reinforces our tax team's standing and will continue to accelerate the growth strategy of the practice. He is commercially minded and client focused, and will bolster our renowned indirect tax team led by Barbara Phair, Geoff Mann and Bill Cannon. We are delighted that he is joining our team."

    Global head of strategic advisory, Lea Constantine commented:

    "We are delighted to be welcoming Costa. His excellent breadth of experience complements our existing capability and we are confident that he will help us continue to build on our leading position."

    Costa Koutsis added:

    "The firm's international platform and the strong reputation of the tax practice present a great opportunity and I am excited to join the team."