Dave Ananth people

Special Counsel

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia, I have had over 30 years’ experience in legal practice in New Zealand and overseas jurisdictions.

My primary practice area is in tax. Before joining Stace Hammond, I was a Director of Ernst & Young, Malaysia. Before that, I worked as a prosecutor for the Inland Revenue Department. Due to my extensive experience and level of expertise, I am able to directly negotiate with the IRD, accountants and other professional colleagues in the tax and commercial arena. I also have the added benefit of having extensive networks in Asia and other overseas jurisdictions.

I am passionate about ensuring that tax law and its financial implications are accessible and understood by a wide audience. To help achieve this, I present seminars addressing GST and other tax related matters to local and international audiences. I have also published opinion pieces that address the impact of GST on the telecommunication industry, petroleum industry and other utility industries.

I also have experience in insurance and commercial law.

I consult extensively with fellow Malaysians in New Zealand, and am President of the New Zealand Malaysia Business Association.

I specialise in advising on:

  • General tax matters
  • Negotiations with IRD
  • Tax structures
  • International tax obligations
  • Double tax agreements
  • Student loan negotiations
  • Business advice