William Thompson
|Partner

Managing Partner of the firm's Brisbane office, Bill is Minter Ellison's Regional Markets Leader, responsible for the management and strategy of the firm's regional offices.

He is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia's leading corporate tax advisors and tax disputes lawyers and heads the firm's Tax Division. In his broad tax practice, Bill works with publicly listed and unlisted corporations, industry associations, government departments and government owned corporations, large not for profit organisations including universities and scientific research organisations, and large industry and retail superannuation funds, as well as high-wealth private clients.

He primarily advises on the tax implications of business and corporate acquisitions, corporate structures and restructures, and financing arrangements and regularly advises on corporate taxation, international tax relating to inbound investments, capital gains tax, goods and services tax (GST), stamp duty, customs duty, land tax, and employment taxes.

Bill has extensive project experience in the Property, Infrastructure, Energy & Resources and Financial Services (Superannuation) industries Australia-wide. He advises peak bodies in the Australian Energy & Resources industries.

Bill is experienced in negotiating major disputes with Federal and State revenue authorities and handling audits by them. He has acted in many taxation disputes, including litigation to appellate level in a number of landmark tax cases.

In addition, Bill leads our Private Client Wealth practice. His clients have included some of Australia's wealthiest families.

Bill is a frequent speaker and author on taxation issues and has presented papers at conferences of the International Bar Association Taxation Committee, the American Bar Association Taxation Committee (foreign lawyers subcommittee), and the Taxation Academy of Singapore.

Updated 27 April 2015

Minter Ellison has created a simple resource to help organisations keep track of the major developments in the OECD's Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

24 April 2015

Yesterday, Treasury finally released long awaited Exposure Draft legislation to specifically address the taxation treatment of earnout arrangements. While in draft and still subject to consultation (open until 21 May 2015), we now have a clear idea on how a commonly adopted transaction structure will be taxed.

20 April 2015

The High Court has granted special leave to appeal the decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (in liq) [2014] FCAFC 133 which held that a liquidator is not required to retain funds from the proceeds of sale of an asset to pay tax before an assessment is issued.

iPad version launched December 2014

Minter Ellison's popular Guide to the fundamentals of doing business in Australia outlines Australia's business rules, from foreign investment guidelines to taxation, consumer protection, intellectual property and the employment law system. It is essential reading for anyone considering investing in Australia or starting up a business in this country.

11 November 2014

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting will be a key focus at the G20 Summit in Brisbane this weekend, with possible rapid changes to the global and local Australian tax regime to follow.

2015