James Newnham is a tax professional with over 20 years' experience consulting to leading Australian companies and foreign owned corporations operating in Australia.

His tax structuring experience stems from advising on various transactions including mergers, demergers, capital restructures, IPOs, private equity acquisitions and sales, share buy-backs, employee share schemes, stapling, international restructures and cross-border acquisitions.

His areas of focus include drafting the tax aspects of legal documents, tax consolidation, capital gains tax, the debt/equity rules, debt forgiveness rules, international tax, employee share schemes, company and trust loss rules, and trusts.

James also assists clients by managing interactions with the ATO, including by seeking private and public rulings, making voluntary disclosures and settling disputes. He also lodges submissions with Treasury in relation to tax law design.

James regularly deals with the Department of Treasury in relation to tax law design issues and with the ATO in relation to tax law interpretation and practical implementation issues (eg private and public rulings).