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Ryan Killoran


Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8258

Fax: +27 11 535 8625



Ryan Killoran is a Director in the Tax practice area. He specialises in taxation of domestic and cross-border financial instruments and investment products; private equity fund formation and tax structuring for international investment funds; private equity deal structuring; and mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations of corporate entities. He also is deeply experienced in international tax planning for corporates (including controlled foreign companies; double tax agreements; financial services taxation; offshore acquisition financing structuring; foreign trusts; transfer pricing and thin capitalisation; taxation of local and offshore trusts); tax litigation; alternative dispute resolution; and settlements.

  • Private Equity
  • Tax
  • Taxation of domestic and cross border financial instruments and investment products 
  • Private equity fund formation and tax structuring for international investment funds
  • Private equity deal structuring
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations of corporate entities
  • Share scheme formation and tax advice
  • International tax planning for corporates including:
    • controlled foreign companies
    • double tax agreements
    • Financial services taxation
    • offshore acquisition financing structuring
    • foreign trusts
    • transfer pricing and thin capitalisation
  • Taxation of local and offshore trusts
  • Tax litigation, alternative dispute resolution and settlements


  • B Com LLB (University of Johannesburg)
  • Higher Diploma in Tax Law (Wits)
  • Higher Diploma in International Taxation (University of Johannesburg) 
  • 2015: Director, Werksmans 
  • Ryan is an admitted attorney and spent time at PwC and Webber Wentzel advising on financial services, mergers and acquisitions and international tax matters, prior to joining Werksmans.


  • Ranked lawyer (Up and Coming) by Chambers Global | 2022 | Tax
  • Recipient of best student award in the Higher Diploma in International Tax
  • Guest lecturer for the MCom Taxation and PG Dip International Tax courses at the University of Johannesburg
  • Guest lecturer on the South African aspects of various IBFD training courses