Chris Ardagna

Sydney

Partner - Tax Consulting

Tax Consulting

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Professional Background

Chris is a partner in the tax consulting group of Pitcher Partners Sydney and has been advising on tax issues affecting large privately-owned businesses and listed companies for over 15 years. Chris re-joined the firm in December 2018, having previously been a partner from 2007 – 2011. Prior to re-joining the firm, he was a tax partner at a boutique law firm for a number of years. 

Chris has experience in advising clients on a broad range of tax issues, including tax efficient structuring for investing in and out of Australia, corporate reorganisation strategies and cross-border employment issues. 

In addition, Chris has considerable experience dealing with disputes with the revenue authorities, including managing reviews and audits, seeking private rulings, objecting to assessments, appealing objection decisions and settling disputes with the revenue authorities. 

Recent examples of engagements include: 

  • Structuring of property development projects 
  • Structuring of a proposed merger between Australian and US businesses in the IT industry 
  • Capital gains tax and tax consolidations implications of corporate restructures 
  • Structuring of property financing arrangements 
  • Resolution of long-running dispute with the Commissioner of Taxation involving various international tax and administrative law issues 

Chris has also been working with high wealth families and privately held groups in relation to business succession and estate planning matters for almost 10 years. His problem-solving skills and practical approach, together with his tax knowledge, enable him to quickly understand the needs of his clients and provide them with commercially focused and tax efficient solutions. 

Having been involved in a number of family disputes arising from both a lack of planning for generational change and poorly drafted estate plans, Chris draws from that experience to ensure the appropriate estate and succession plans are in place for clients. This experience extends to: 

  • Structuring and managing inter-generational wealth transfer during the principal’s lifetime 
  • Structuring new and updating existing estate plans including the use of testamentary trusts 
  • Business succession planning including structuring buy-sell agreements, shareholder/unitholder agreements, and employee equity arrangements 
  • General asset protection strategies
  • Resolving disputes involving trust and estate assets and entitlements both through negotiation and litigation

Areas of expertise

  • Income Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • International Tax
  • Sale of Business, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Managing reviews, audits and disputes

Industry Experience

  • Property and construction
  • Property development
  • Corporate groups (private and public)
  • Hospitality
  • Professional practices
  • Information communications and technology

Memberships & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws - Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts - Macquarie University
  • Master of Laws - University of Sydney
  • Chartered Tax Adviser (the Tax Institute Australia)
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales

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Tax Consulting

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