Bakers boosts tax group with double hire from OECD

Baker & McKenzie has bulked up its global tax practice with the hire of two prominent tax lawyers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Mary Bennett
Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett, head of the tax treaty, transfer pricing and financial transactions division of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy & Administration (CTPA), will rejoin the firm as a partner in its Washington DC office, while Caroline Silberztein, head of the CTPA’s transfer pricing unit, will join as a partner in the firm’s Paris office.

The hires will add to Baker & McKenzie’s already formidable tax group, which includes 650 tax lawyers, economists and advisers worldwide.

Global tax practice group chair Richard Weisman said: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome lawyers of the global stature and deep experience of Mary and Caroline into our tax practice.

“Their technical skills and unparalleled policy insights will add a whole new dimension to the world-class tax services we provide to our clients.”

Bennett has more than 30 years of international tax experience and was a partner at Baker & McKenzie’s Washington DC office before taking up her current position at the Paris-based OECD in 2005.

At the OECD she has overseen the organisation’s work on its Model Tax Conventionand on its Transfer Pricing Guidelines. She has also been instrumental in expanding the OECD’s dialogue on tax treaty and transfer pricing matters with non-OECD countries.

Silberztein has led the OECD’s transfer pricing work for the past 10 years as secretariat to the working party responsible for the Transfer Pricing Guidelinesand is recognised as a global leader in the field of transfer pricing.