Our tax team advise clients on all kinds of corporate and group matters including business sales and acquisitions, management buy-outs, investments, reorganisations and joint ventures, with an emphasis on clear advice.
We can help you structure your transactions, and also negotiate the commercial terms around tax (such as tax indemnities on M&A). We work closely with our corporate lawyers to help you find tax solutions which are right for you and your business and then ensure that your decisions are implemented as smoothly as possible.
We advise corporate groups and their shareholders on how best to structure their business, ensuring (for example) that where possible share buybacks qualify for capital rather than income treatment and sales by individuals qualify for CGT entrepreneurs’ relief (giving an effective tax rate of 10% on the first £10,000,000 of lifetime gains).
We also regularly work with companies at all stages seeking to raise additional funds through tax-efficient investment schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme, venture capital trust investment, and the new investors’ relief introduced in Budget 2016.
Budget 2018. What a wonderful surprise! No really, you shouldn’t have!30 October 2018
It was my birthday recently, so I was delighted when the Chancellor told me he had got me a present. A Budget! It was a little late, distinctly homemade, and wrapped in a spreadsheet (natch) - but I was fascinated to find out what was inside. In other words, here is a selection of key tax changes for business that were announced in the Budget.
Lewis Silkin advises Next Fifteen Communications Group plc on its acquisition of The Brandwidth Group Limited08 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client Next 15, the digital communications group, on its 100% acquisition of The Brandwidth Group, a UK based digital innovation agency on 6 February 2018.
The Damp Squid Budget?22 November 2017
Yes, yes, I know the phrase is “damp squib”. Call it pedant bait if you like. And the Chancellor (like everyone else) seems to be Blue Planet crazy, so you may detect a salty theme in this Budget update. Anyway, let’s dive into the icy waters of the latest Budget and see what monsters lurk beneath.
Sleight of Ha(mmo)nd: Autumn Statement 201624 November 2016
I was all ready to write about how the Autumn Statement was an audacious piece of misdirection, using a flashy reduction of corporation tax (to the much-rumoured rate of 15%, or maybe lower) to detract from less welcome announcements.