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Bevan Miles

Bevan Miles

Special Counsel

M:+64 21 240 7387

T:+64 9 357 8986


F:+64 9 357 9099



BCom / LLB (Hons), University of Auckland




​Bevan specialises in taxation law.

He advises on a wide range of tax matters, including restructuring, international transactions and transfer pricing, significant mergers & acquisitions, financing and capital raising transactions, and tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD).  He has extensive financial services sector experience.

Bevan has joined Chapman Tripp in late 2015 from ASB Bank where he had overall responsibility for the tax affairs of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) New Zealand group, which includes ASB and Sovereign Life Assurance.  

Bevan is currently a member of the NZ Law Society’s tax committee, having joined that committee in 2010.  He was also a member of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association Tax Working Group (and previously chaired the Group) and has presented at a number of tax conferences in New Zealand.

Bevan is uniquely placed to understand clients’ tax requirements having worked in private practice, earlier in his career, and in-house at a major New Zealand bank. 


Bevan has:

  • advised on the tax aspects of significant M&A deals including Sumitomo Corporation's acquisition of forestry assets from Tasman Bay Forests Company for $370m, and Higgins Group Holdings on its sale to Fletcher Building for $315m
  • advised financial services businesses on the tax rules applicable to banking, insurance and investments/funds management (including PIE rules)
  • advised on the implementation of new income tax rules for life insurers including managing the commercial impact of the changes
  • advised on all aspects of significant tax disputes with the IRD, including preparation of relevant dispute documents, preparation and/or review of Court documents, managing discovery process, briefing witnesses, liaising with external counsel and appearing as counsel in High Court proceedings, and
  • obtained binding rulings from the IRD on complex commercial and funding transactions.