Elissa Romanin
Partner, Melbourne
I specialise in providing tax structuring, tax due diligence, contract drafting and general income tax advice. Many of the matters I work on involve corporate income tax issues related to mergers and acquisitions, divestments and capital reorganisations.

In addition to large corporates, my clients include high net wealth individuals and privately owned groups in Australia and abroad. I work with these clients to help structure their wealth ownership in a way that tax-effectively achieves their succession planning and asset protection objectives.

I have obtained a number of favourable formal rulings from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), including in relation to large-scale corporate transactions.

Career highlights

  • 7-Eleven – worked on the acquisition of Mobil Australia’s fuel retail network.
  • EBOS Group Limited – advised on the tax issues associated with its acquisition of Life Healthcare.
  • Millennium Services Group – assisted with its internal restructure and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • Gloucester Coal – advised on the tax issues associated with its $8 billion merger with Yancoal Australia, which included returns of capital, payment of dividends, capital gains tax rollovers, issuing certain classes of securities, and negotiations with the ATO.
  • Davies Collison Cave and FPA Patent Attorneys – provided tax advice in the context of restructuring those firms.
  • QANTM Intellectual Property Limited – assisted with the initial public offering process.
  • Federation Centres – provided guidance in relation to its merger with Novion Property Group.
  • Private client groups – acted in relation to their broader group structure, in the context of governance and succession planning.
  • Acted as an Officer for the International Bar Association Taxes Committee since 2017.
  • Held several speaking roles at International Bar Association Annual and Specialist Conferences and Tax Institute Conferences, in addition to other speaking engagements.