Tax Lawyer – Startups & VC

Job description

People of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and specifically women, people of colour and First Nations People.

You should keep reading if you:

  • Are based in Melbourne, Sydney or Byron Bay

  • Are admitted to practice law in Australia

  • Are eligible to work in Australia

  • Have at least 3+ years of post admission experience in tax law

  • Have experience in M&A, restructuring, rollovers, IP and advising on all kinds of employee incentives

  • Tax is your jam and you love the idea of rethinking how this could be delivered to startups, early-stage ventures, scaleups and the next generation of investment funds.

  • Are excited by the prospect of working at a fast pace and building out your own innovative tax advisory practice.

  • Believe that commercial realities must be balanced against tax, legal and accounting compliance complexities

  • Have the desire to work as part of a highly collaborative team (this is NOT your standard law firm structure!)

  • Crave connection with your teammates and are willing to foster that connection through team building, personal and professional development


It would be an added bonus if you have any of the following in your toolkit:

  • Experience advising high growth tech companies or VCs

  • Have started your own business or have experience working in a startup

  • Understanding or experience in:

    • international tax and transfer pricing mechanisms

    • NFP audit + reporting

    • structuring of investment funds

  •  Have a commerce degree

  • You have experience collaborating with accountants to deliver outcomes for clients

Your role at LUNA:

  • Service Delivery – providing tax advisory support to the most exciting startups and venture capital funds in Australia with a focus on:

    • Structuring and restructuring

    • M&A deals

    • Share issues, share transfers and buy backs

    • Employee Incentives (ESOPs, LFSPs, Phantom Share Schemes, Bonus structures)

    • IP Transfers

  • Build LUNA’s Tax Practice — we want you to play an integral role in building our tax advisory business. Alongside our Head of Legal, Emma Ferguson,  you will be helping us build LUNA’s tax advisory from the ground up (everything from system and process design to hiring and scaling).

  • BD – we don’t see rain making as something that is just for “Partners” — it’s a core skill for any entrepreneur and that’s exactly how we see all of our team: entrepreneurial in spirit and attitude. This might mean attending and representing LUNA at startup events or taking clients out for coffee but we will let you dictate how you approach BD. Building a BD strategy for the growing tax practice will be a key focus of this role.

  • Impact — we want you to have an impact beyond our tax and legal services. This means presenting to accelerator programs and founders, writing up helpful articles and blog posts and using tech to build out new accounting products.

How to apply
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  • Company: LUNA Startup Studio

  • Salary range: Competitive salary in line with experience

  • Job type: Full time

  • Location: Melbourne