An expert tax practitioner, Hayden acts for corporate groups, both listed and privately held, and high net worth individuals on a range of structuring and taxation issues. With over 20 years experience both as a lawyer and previously as a partner in a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm, Hayden brings practical solutions to clients’ often complex problems.
Hayden has advised on complex tax audits and disputes with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on issues such as division 7A and private company loans, tax consolidation, hybrid financial instruments, value shifting and cross-border restructures. He has appeared on behalf of clients at the ATO’s General Anti Avoidance Rule Panel and has successfully defended actual and threatened assessments on behalf of various clients totaling in excess of $500 million.
He offers tailored structuring, asset protection and commercial advice in conjunction with advising on taxation aspects of structures. His expertise also includes specialist advice on employee share schemes and incentive arrangements for key employees for both listed and private companies.
Focusing on the mining, energy and resources sectors, he regularly advises on inbound and outbound international tax structures and corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and disposals.
He is experienced in obtaining rulings and favourable exercises of discretions from the ATO on a timely basis for both public corporate transactions as well as for privately held groups.
He regularly lectures for a number of industry and professional bodies.
Mulitnational Private Group
Successfully advised a multinational resources group in a taxation audit involving structuring and sale of Australian entities, including appearing for the client at the ATO’s General Anti Avoidance Rule Panel and successfully objecting to an assessment of approximately $200 million.
Nutrano Produce Group Limited
Assisted with a range of tax and duty advice, including providing complex tax structuring and duty advice in relation to Nutrano’s acquisition of Seven Fields Pty Ltd.
Large Accounting Firm
Provided assistance to a large accounting firm for a threatened ATO dispute in respect of ‘dividend stripping’ for one of its key clients.
MSL Solutions Limited
Assisted in restructuring and implementing incentive arrangements as well as implementing amendments to prior arrangements ahead of the company’s Initial Public Offering.
Velocity Property Group Limited
Involved in implementing the initial restructure of the Velocity Group and provided tax advice ahead of Velocity Property Group Limited’s listing on the ASX.