John Giannakopoulos is a Tax Partner in our Financial Services Industry Group. John has over twenty-eight years’ experience in advising clients in the financial services industry, and is based in Sydney, Australia.
His areas of primary practice are general and life insurance, banking, broking, funds management, friendly societies, superannuation and private equity.
John has broad tax advisory skills including assisting clients with acquisitions and divestments, internal reorganisations, privatisations, demutualisation and design of products. His financial services’ experience includes Division 320 and 321, portfolio transfers, tax consolidation provisions for life and general insurers, mutuality, securitisation and warehousing of mortgage books, finance and the debt/equity rules, leasing, securities lending, movement of swap and forward rate agreements, REPO’s, energy trading, infrastructure, project and structured finance, and Taxation of Financial Arrangements. John also acts as tax agent for a mix of financial and non-financial services providers as well as signing off tax accounts for statutory reporting purpose.
He has extensive international tax experience though his inbound and outbound clients including international fund managers, private equity funds and insurers.
John has assisted the financial services industry in their lobbying efforts in respect of securing tax law changes affecting tax losses, the rewrite of the tax law affecting life insurance companies, securing scrip for scrip capital gains tax rollover for members of medical defence organisations, and demutualisation provisions for health insurers.
Professional and academic qualifications
John has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow and Chartered Tax Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the ICAA, a Member of the Financial Services Accountants Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Partner – Financial Services Industry Group
Direct: +61 2 9322 7827
Location: 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000