UNSW has announced the appointment of Professor Bob Deutsch to the first KPMG sponsored Professor of Taxation at the Australian School of Taxation (Atax) in the Faculty of Law.

Professor Deutsch has over 23 years of legal and tax experience. Immediately prior to his appointment with Atax, he was a tax partner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Professor Neil Warren, Head of Atax, welcomed the appointment. "Professor Deutsch brings with him a wealth of experience across the fields of company taxation, international tax and superannuation. His breadth and depth of knowledge on the topic of taxation law will further build on Atax's already very strong representation in the fields of international tax and superannuation, and we are very thankful to KPMG for making his appointment possible through their funding of the new Chair," he said.

Ross Doherty, National Managing Partner-Tax of KPMG, is also delighted with the appointment, which will see Professor Deutsch spend part of his time at KPMG.

"It is very important for KPMG to support academic endeavours in the area of taxation," he said. "This will benefit the tax industry by building bridges between academia and tax practitioners. As one of Australia's leading tax lawyers with extensive experience as a tax practitioner, both with professional bodies and tax authorities and some 14 years in academia, Professor Deutsch is uniquely positioned to contribute to KPMG and the wider discipline of tax in the coming years."