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What will be the likely tax treatment of your proposed transaction, and who bears the risk under the contract if things don’t go to plan? Are you sure the agreement avoids any tax pitfalls?

Our transactions and contracts services

Our team of corporate tax lawyers and specialist VAT lawyers have a wealth of experience in advising on the tax aspects of transactions. We can help with:

  • Structuring transactions
  • Advice on tax treatment
  • Negotiating tax clauses, tax deeds and tax warranties and knowing market practice
  • Obtaining clearances from HMRC (if required)
  • Avoiding tax pitfalls and ensuring the drafting of the agreement is appropriate for the desired tax treatment

Our experience: expert VAT and corporate tax lawyers

We have the experience and knowledge required having dealt with a broad spectrum of business transaction scenarios, including:

  • Advising a large property company as to the availability of transfer of a going concern VAT relief for a complex proposed transaction and securing its substantial SDLT saving as a result
  • Advising a large outsourcing company as to the availability of VAT exemption for its services, and providing drafting suggestions to ensure that commercial aspects of the contract were consistent with the desired tax treatment
  • Advising a leading property fund manager on options for the VAT-efficient structuring of a new residential property investment fund
  • Advising on the structuring of the disposal of real estate assets with an inherent chargeable gain and the sharing of tax costs between the parties as adjustments to the overall price paid
  • Advising on and negotiating the terms of a tax deed of covenant
  • Advising on the terms of an earn-out for selling shareholders
  • Advising management of a company on the terms and structure of an MBO