Louise McBride

Louise McBride

With 30 years' experience in commercial law specialising in taxation, Louise has diverse financial and legal skills having been a partner in a major law firm, a partner in a major accounting firm, a director of a boutique merchant bank and a trustee of the Commonwealth of Australia's Superannuation Schemes, a member of the Takeover Panel and the Corporations Markets and Advisory Committee.

Since being admitted as a barrister, Louise's practice has focused on trust and estate matters, complex tax audits and settlements, cross boarder tax advice, Goods and Services Tax disputes, international tax issues, capital gains tax disputes, and fraud and evasion matters, and applications for judicial review under the Judiciary Act and the Administrative Decisions Judicial review Act. Prior to coming to the Bar, Louise specialised in infrastructure projects, hybrid instruments, leverage leases, capital raisings and cross-boarder taxation advice on financing arrangements.

In 2008, Louise appeared before the Australian Senate Economics Legislation Committee public hearing on the 'Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010' which concerned the reform of not for profit sector.

Louise led the team of Advisors to the Southern Cross Consortium (consisting of Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Hochtief Airport Gmbh) for the successful bid for the Sydney Airport Corporation. This transaction was the largest Government trade sale in Australian History and the world's largest airport privatisation. In the carriage of the matter Louise advised on the first arrangements under the newly enacted Debt /Equity and Thin Capitalisation rules as well as structured the listed securities ("FLIERS") that were part of the financing structure.

Prior to coming to the Bar in 2006, Louise was a Director of Grant Samuel where she led the Structured Finance Division. Before joining Grant Samuel, Louise was a Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Clayton Utz practising in commercial law and taxation.

Louise currently is a member of Taxation Advisory Panel, NSW Branch Committee of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section.

Louise has been a board member of the following Federal Government boards:

Export Finance Insurance Corporation
Public Sector Superannuation Scheme
Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
PSS/CSS Audit Committee
Takeovers Panel
Companies & Markets Advisor Committee
National Portrait Gallery
Chair of AusCID Taxation Committee


Select Cases

Kamal Jayasinghe v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2015] AATA 456

Adam Bennett, Molly Bennett and the Estate of Edward Bennett v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] AATA 455 AAT

In the matter of Angelidies Investments and GPJ investments

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