Frank Hinoporos

Partner & Head of Tax

Qualifications: LLB, BCom

Fluent in: Greek - conversational

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Frank heads up Hall & Wilcox’s Taxation practice.

Frank is a leading Australian tax expert with extensive experience advising clients on direct taxes, international structuring and taxation, business transactions, corporate restructuring and taxation disputes, from pre-audit stage to litigation. His clients include high-net worth individuals and families, family offices, privately owned businesses and a broad network of accounting and other professional referrers, in Australia and internationally.

Frank also leads Hall & Wilcox’s Charities, Not-for Profit & Philanthropy practice. He regularly advises high-wealth individuals and family groups on private philanthropy and is a leading expert in Australia’s Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) regime. Frank has established a large number of PAFs which have facilitated philanthropic giving of over $400m.

Frank is a director of two charities, the Findex Community Fund, a public ancillary fund, and Cool Australia Education, an education focused charity. He has previously been involved with other charities as a director and was a past Vice-President of European Business.

Frank is a State Councillor of the Tax Institute of Australia and the Chair of the Tax Institute of Australia’s Member Engagement Committee. Frank is an Associate member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), a Fellow of Governance Australia, a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and a Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute.

Frank is ranked in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2023 for Family Offices & Funds Restructuring in Australia. Frank has been recognised in Doyles’ Guide to the Legal Profession every year since 2016 and by Best Lawyers Australia since 2015.

Experience

  • Advised the Waldner group on its acquisition of the business of Laboratory Systems Group Pty Ltd.
  • Advised German-headquartered company Putzmeister on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Australian-based CPE Machinery Pty Ltd.
  • Advising on the restructuring of a publicly listed company, particularly on the ability of the company to use carried-forward taxation losses and the effect of a debt forgiveness.
  • Advising on the taxation implications of a substantial property development in Victoria.
  • Establishing private ancillary funds for a number of high-net-worth families and individuals, and providing advice regarding their ongoing operation.
  • Establishing a significant public charitable organisation (environmental).
  • Managing a complicated taxation dispute on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to a multi-million-dollar amended assessment.
  • Managing a long-running taxation audit for a high-net-worth family.

Frank will be presenting '“Fighting fit” – top five tax training tips for insurance industry SMEs and their owners to get ring ready' at the Underwriting Agencies Council | Business Law 101 webinar series 2024.

Awards and recognition

Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2023
Finalist, Taxation Partner of the Year
Best Lawyers in Australia 2021-2024
Recognised – Tax Law
Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2023
Family Offices & Funds Restructuring in Australia
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and 2023 - 2024
Recommended – Tax
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020-2023
Tax Law (Victoria)

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