Scott Heezen

Scott Heezen

Scott Heezen is a partner in the Sydney Office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in tax-efficient asset and structured finance transactions, including cross-border aircraft and ship leasing.

Scott also has extensive experience in Australian domestic, inbound and outbound M&A transactions, including the structuring of Chinese investment into Australia.

Scott is also an experienced UK tax practitioner, having advised on UK taxation for a major UK law firm, and he has extensive experience in Australian / European cross border leasing and investments.

Scott is both a qualified lawyer and a Chartered Accountant.

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Recent Matters

  • UK Banks Advising on various Australian / UK financing transactions
  • RBS Advising on various cross border lease transactions
  • Macquarie Bank Advising on UK lease transactions
  • Macquarie Bank Advising on refinancing of of various UK and European assets
  • Advising various German, UK and Irish lessors on leasing structures into Australia
  • CHAMP Advising on sale of United Malt Holdings to GrainCorp
  • Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco) Advising on proposed investment into Rio Tinto.


  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • Taxation Institute of Australia.


  • 2011: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2007: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2002: Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Securities Institute of Australia
  • 2008: Masters of Taxation, University of Sydney
  • 2004 - 2007: Senior Associate, taxation, Clifford Chance London
  • 1990 - 1995: Bachelor of Commerce and Laws (Honours) degrees, Monash University
  • 1997 - 2000: Taxation Consultant, Mergers and Acquisitions / International Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers Melbourne
  • 1999: Admitted as a Chartered Accountant
  • 2000 - 2004: Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne.


Legal insights

The Federal Court of Australia has recently considered whether the sale of shares in an Australian company by two Cayman Islands limited partnerships should be subject to tax in Australia.

13 February 2018

The Australian Taxation Office has finalised TD 2017/23 and TD 2017/24, reflecting an increasing trend by the ATO to disincentivise the use of foreign trust vehicles to invest in the Australian...

05 February 2018

The Australian Government has supported all of the Hammond Review's recommendations, potentially enabling thee mutuals sector should find the process of raising capital simpler.

13 November 2017

A number of tax concessions are available for Australian investment vehicles that qualify as managed investment trusts (MITs) for tax purposes. These were designed to encourage investment into...

15 September 2017