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The Legal 500 UK (2013) praised us for our "proactive approach to deals" and we apply this philosophy across all international, structuring and tax advisory work we do. We cover the full range from business and company sales and restructurings, through to real estate and financing transactions, funds, private wealth and tax disputes. We work closely with our clients to achieve their goals, identifying the issues upfront, explaining tax risks clearly and finding solutions to push the deal through.

We offer market-leading experts in a number of fields, including:

  • M&A and corporate reconstructions
  • cross-border tax planning and VAT
  • shipping, tonnage tax, rail and aviation
  • asset finance and tax leasing
  • funds, partnerships and investment managers
  • real estate
  • tax disputes
  • personal tax and private wealth
  • employment tax and share schemes.

We are a very international tax practice and are used to coordinating tax advice in multiple jurisdictions.

"The tax team is absolutely top-notch. They are practical, knowledgeable and creative."
Chambers UK 2015

Various clients, various tax enquiries involving substantial amounts of tax

Over the last ​decade we have advised, and continue to advise, on numerous major HMRC interventions into tax leasing and structured finance transactions involving very significant amounts of tax. 

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, £132 million Acquisition of City Tower, Manchester

We advised three different types of fund on this very important strategic acquisition of a landmark property for the client which had to be completed within an extremely short timescale.

The Langham Estate, £540 million refinancing and group restructuring

We advised this long-standing client on the refinancing and more generally on group structuring matters.

SQN Asset Finance Income Fund, initial capital raise of circa £150 million

We advised on the launch of a new Guernsey-listed fund investing in US and UK equipment leasing and asset finance.

P2P Global Investments

Tax-efficient structuring and launch of P2P Global Investments, the first UK investment trust specialising in investments in the peer to peer market lending sector.

GDF Suez, acquisition of Lend Lease Group's UK facilities management business

This is a significant transaction making GDF Suez one of the leading UK facilities management operators. We advised in relation to all tax aspects of the deal.

Insurance company, preliminary financing and acquisition of subsidiary owning 6 rail depot finance leases

We advised on this complex cashflow based transaction in which any unexpected tax could significantly impact the economics.

Real estate group, tender offer for shares in UK REIT

We advised this long-standing client on REIT-related tax matters.


Hugo Jenney Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2186
M:  +44 7917 058 472 Email Hugo | Vcard Office:  London


Stéphane Salou Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 71
M:  +33 6 42 47 61 77 Email Stéphane | Vcard Office:  Paris

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