John Balazs


John is the grey hair. He was a tax partner at Baker & McKenzie, Sydney for 10 years from 1998, and the senior tax partner for most of that time. John has established himself as a leading practitioner in income tax, with a particular emphasis on international tax.

A graduate of the University of Sydney, John has a Master of Laws (First Class Honours).

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, John was a partner of Ernst & Whinney and then Ernst & Young before joining Price Waterhouse Europe as a partner. Whilst with Price Waterhouse, John led the tax practice in Hungary in the period immediately following the end of communism.

John returned to Australia when his first wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with cancer. After a brief interlude following Kathy’s death in 1994, John resumed practice in Australia and joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in 1998.

John is married to Gabi Hollows, the widow of the Late Professor Fred Hollows