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Shanwu Yuan leaves SAT to join Baker & McKenzie in New York

Shanwu Yuan, a former senior official in China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT), has joined Baker & McKenzie's global tax practice as a director in the New York office.

He has more 17 years of experience in international tax policy and administration, having been closely involved in the tax and transfer pricing work of international organisations such as the OECD, the UN, World Bank and IMF. He will advise clients on tax and transfer pricing matters, particularly in China.


While with the SAT, Yuan (pictured left) was a member of the UN Tax Committee’s subcommittee on transfer pricing – practical issues and helped draft the UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries. He was China's delegate to the OECD's Peer Review Group from 2009-2010 and to the OECD's Working Party 6 on the Taxation of Multinational Enterprises.

Yuan was a policy member of the drafting team for China’s corporate income tax law, which came into force in 2008, and as the assistant to the chief economist of the SAT. In 2009, he became deputy director of anti-avoidance, where he worked on transfer pricing policy, advance pricing agreements and policy matters related to China’s general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR).

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