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Corporate Tax and Structuring

Tax rules both at national and international level are becoming increasingly complex. The need for expert tax advice has never been greater in both domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions.

Our tax team provides strategic tax advice early on in the transactional process to ensure that efficient tax structures are in place and liabilities are minimised.

We work closely with our colleagues in the corporate and other departments to provide pragmatic high quality tax advice tailored to each client’s particular needs and circumstances.  Where necessary, we are happy to work alongside existing external or overseas advisors, and we have access to a wide international network should non-UK tax advice be required.

Our expertise

Clients seek our advice on:

  • public and private UK and cross border mergers and acquisitions;
  • domestic and international corporate re-organisations, restructurings and demergers;
  • inbound and outbound corporate expansion and investment;
  • public listings and equity fundraisings;
  • returning cash to shareholders;
  • private equity transactions, acting for private equity investors, management and companies receiving investment;
  • joint venture arrangements;
  • tax efficient forms of investment, including venture capital fundraising;
  • banking, insolvency and debt re-structuring, and property and other structured financings;
  • approved and unapproved employee share schemes (including EMI options) and other equity incentive/employee ownership structures, including growth
  • shares and joint share ownership arrangements;
  • employee remuneration (including benefits, bonuses and salary sacrifice schemes), and employee termination arrangements;
  • UK tax residency and domicile issues, including employee secondments;
  • intellectual property and intangibles planning;
  • real estate taxes and transactions, including SDLT advice and planning;
  • transfer pricing and thin capitalisation (including worldwide debt cap);
  • double taxation issues;
  • tax litigation and tax disputes; and
  • VAT issues.

For further details on our cross departmental equity incentives practice, see Equity Incentives and Investment.


Who should I contact?


Emma Bailey
Direct dial: +44 (0)7976 356 590


Joanne Varia
Tax Director
Direct dial: +44 (0)7736 621 180


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