David Wood

David Wood

David Wood is a tax partner in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. He has almost 30 years experience in providing tax advice and conducts a varied practice which covers all aspects of revenue law. David has particular experience with advising upon financial services and financial transactions; including innovative financial products, derivatives, securitisations, sale and leasebacks, structured finance and infrastructure projects.

David also advises upon mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, tax audits and conducts tax litigation.

David is also a regular speaker on taxation matters at conferences organised by professional associations.

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He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he lectures on International Taxation as part of the Masters of Law course and on Australian Tax Treaties since the inception of that course in 1992.

Recent matters

Finance matters

  • Advising upon the recent issue of subordinated retail bonds by ANZ
  • Advising upon the recent issue of subordinated retail bonds by NAB
  • Advising upon the acquisition and securitisation of GE's $5 billion loan portfolio by Pepper Australia (Australia's largest securitisation)
  • Advising upon the issue of covered bonds by ANZ (Australia's first covered bond issue)
  • Advising upon the $5 billion covered bond program by Suncorp
  • Advising upon the A$350 million issue of converting preference shares by IAG
  • Advising upon the first "kangaroo" securitisation
  • Advising the Commonwealth Bank upon the recent $500 million CommBank retails bonds
  • Advising the syndicate of financiers to the privitisation of the Port of Brisbane
  • Advising the syndicate of financiers to the Victorian desalinisation plant
  • Redevelopment of the Newcastle Mater Hospital PPP
  • Redevelopment of the Royal North Shore Hospital PPP
  • Bid for development of the Melbourne Convention Centre
  • Advising upon the extension of a major Sydney toll road
  • Conduct of litigation with respect to a major Melbourne toll road
  • Advising upon redevelopment of the port at Gladstone Queensland
  • Advising upon development of the Port of Portland, Victoria
  • Advising Sydney Airport Corporation with respect to its infrastructure
  • $1.2 billion structured RMBS programme for Commonwealth Bank
  • $1 billion structured RMBS programme for Westpac Banking Corporation
  • $1 billion structured RMBS programme for Bank West
  • Reset Preference Unit offering by Macquarie Part Street Unit Trust
  • A$140 million Reset Preference Unit offering by Macquarie Goodman Industrial Trust
  • Commonwealth Bank takeover of Colonial Limited.

Resource Matters

  • Advising upon the application of the State based royalty scheme to a CSG project
  • Advising upon the PRRT implications of the transfer of an interest in an offshore oil and gas joint venture
  • Advising upon the proposed extension of the PRRT regime to onshore projects including negotiations with Government and submissions on the Henry review proposal
  • Advising upon the legislative design in relation to the extension of the PRRT regime to onshore CSG projects
  • Advising on the PRRT consequences of leasing as FPSO for an offshore oil and gas joint venture
  • Advising upon the stamp duty consequences of the transfer of pipelines related to an onshore processing plant for an offshore oil and gas joint venture
  • Advising upon the capital allowances available for port and railway infrastructure for an iron ore joint venture and related cost sharing and access agreements
  • Advising upon and drafting terminal sharing agreements for oil processing interests.


  • Tax Institute of Australia
  • International Bar Association (Taxes Committee).


  • 1983: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • 1983 - 1985: Arthur Andersen & Co
  • 1985 - 1987: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1988 - 1989: Senior Associate, Feez Ruthning, Melbourne
  • 1989 - 1991: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • 1991 - 2012: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • David frequently speaks on income tax at seminars conducted by the Taxation Institute of Australia and the professional bodies representing the legal profession in the various states.


Legal insights

The Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) has released a highly anticipated draft practical compliance guideline (“PCG 2021/D3”).

23 April 2021

The Full Federal Court handed down its decision in Victoria Power Networks Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation on 21 October 2020, with a unanimous decision to partially overturn the first instance...

28 October 2020

This article was written by Sylvester Urban and Dean Paganis. On 25 August 2020, legislation to amend Australia’s hybrid mismatch rules (Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 2) Bill 2020)...

27 August 2020

Our experts share their insights on Australian Federal Budget: Projects and Infrastructure

02 April 2019

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