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Tax for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Business Owners

Tax is of crucial importance in the context of setting up, investing in and running a business, both for the business itself but also for those providing the intellectual or financial capital.  We advise a wide range of individual clients on the business tax issues arising as result of their involvement in an enterprise, either as angel investors, shareholders, partners, owner-managers, venture capital backed management teams, executive/non-executive directors and/or employees.

We work closely with our colleagues in other departments to provide pragmatic high quality tax advice tailored to each client’s particular needs and circumstances.  We are experienced in providing bespoke tax advice at all stages of the business life-cycle, from start up, to obtaining external funding, to bringing on board additional senior management, to ultimate exit through a sale or listing.

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:

  • choosing the most tax efficient vehicle for the business;
  • structuring founders’ equity for owner-managers on start up;
  • tax efficient forms of investment in new and growing businesses, including venture capital raising (in particular eligibility for, and implementation of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS));
  • remuneration arrangements for senior management and other employees, in particular appropriate share based structures including EMI Options, growth shares and other equity incentive arrangements;
  • consultancy arrangements, including the use of personal service companies and application of the IR 35 legislation;
  • appropriate structures for businesses backed by venture capital, business angels or other private investors;
  • management’s participation in private equity transactions/MBOs;
  • tax structuring of re-organisations, expansions and acquisitions;
  • eligibility for capital gains tax treatment and Entrepreneur’s Relief;
  • tax efficient consideration structures on sale of the business;
  • tax planning on IPO of the business;
  • use of offshore holding structures;
  • tax planning for non-UK domiciled individuals;
  • tax issues arising in relation to high value residential and commercial property;
  • and tax enquiries, investigations and disputes with HMRC.

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

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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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