Partner, PwC Tax Japan
Stuart is an international financial services tax professional with over 20 years of experience covering banking, capital markets, investment management, private equity, real estate and transfer pricing matters for fund and financial services clients.
Stuart leads our Asia Pacific private equity tax practice. Apart from advising many of the major US, European, Asian and Japanese funds on investment structures, transactions and fund raising, Stuart is also frequently advising investors, including international pension funds, fund of funds and sovereign wealth funds, in relation to their Japanese investments. Stuart advises regularly on in-bound M&A transactions across a wide variety of sectors, leading due diligence teams and advising acquisition strategies and designing and implementing Japan/regional re-organization plans.
Stuart is a lawyer qualified in England and Australia, with degrees in economics and law. Before moving to Tokyo in 2003, Stuart worked in London for 7 years, and earlier at PwC member firms’ offices in Hong Kong and Sydney.
Stuart has acted as an expert witness before the High Court of Hong Kong where his evidence was fully accepted in adversary proceedings on judgment and subsequently upheld on appeal, writes and speaks regularly on Japanese tax law developments, and has undertaken many projects for Japanese government bodies, including the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Services Agency of Japan.
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