Corporate Tax & Employee Incentives
Tax is a key consideration at every major stage of a company's life.
Clients may be starting off a new business venture, looking to raise finance or invest, incentivising management or other employees, dealing with the departure of key owner managers, bringing in new blood, moving on or selling up. We are expert in helping our clients to achieve their commercial objectives in a way which mitigates tax risk and maximises tax efficiency.
The key areas on which we advise include M&A, buy-outs, buybacks, reorganisations, investment, debt structuring, transfer pricing, capital gains tax planning, partnerships, VAT planning, stamp duty and employee incentive arrangements.
Our clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs to global listed groups, including large media, advertising and newspaper groups, house-hold brand names, venture capitalists and funds.
Update on the new tax rules for payments in lieu of notice16 February 2018
New tax rules will mean that income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.
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.
You will NOT believe what the Chancellor did next!09 March 2017
Except of course, you probably will believe it. It’s a Budget, not an M Night Shyamalan film. And even by the standards of Budgets, it’s rare for a Chancellor to do as much as Philip Hammond has to set expectations for surprise and drama this low. In fact, some were surprised about some of the things the Chancellor didn’t do on, for example, self-employment. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Lewis Silkin advises Be Heard Group Plc on its 75% acquisition of Freemavens Limited and £2.1 million cash placing09 February 2017
Lewis Silkin has advised Be Heard Group plc, a digital marketing services group, on its acquisition of 75% of the share capital of Freemavens Limited, a marketing analytics consultancy, and an associated cash placing raising gross proceeds of £2.1 million.
Lewis Silkin advises Valeo on its acquisition of CloudMade06 December 2016
Lewis Silkin has advised Valeo, a multinational automotive supplier headquartered in France, on its 50% acquisition in CloudMade, a developer of smart and innovative big data-driven automotive solutions.
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.