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Our Tax team specialise in providing tailored advice and practical assistance on all aspects of commercial tax, including all relevant tax aspects for UK property, in an easily understandable way. We provide companies and the entrepreneurs, directors and owner managers behind them with clear and practical business tax advice.
We are unashamedly besotted with corporate and commercial tax law, which may make us a little unpopular at parties, but does mean we are excellent advisors. 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.
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 in a company, rewarding or incentivising management or other employees, dealing with the departure of key owner managers, bringing in new blood, moving on or selling up. In each case, we are expert in helping our clients to achieve their commercial objectives in a way which mitigates tax risk and maximises tax efficiency.
Our favourites areas include M&A, buy-outs, buybacks, reorganisations, funds, investment, debt structuring, transfer pricing, capital gains tax planning, partnerships, VAT planning and international tax structures. Our expertise covers a range of sectors from sports and entertainment to media and advertising to technology and insurance. We can provide the tax planning and strategies required to help all our clients achieve their objectives and goals.
Tax legislation is often complex and changes can be fast moving. This is where we are able to help. Our clients range from entrepreneurs to large multinational PLCs. The types of property we advise on vary from development sites, high value residential to commercial premises. Our clients usually all have the same concern - to understand the specific tax treatment for a transaction. We have the expertise within the team to provide clients with clear, commercially sound tax advice. This is invaluable for getting the transaction moving in the right direction from the outset and ensuring matters progress smoothly.
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Dividend tax reform: are you better or worse off?By Jia Xie
In his Summer Budget last year, George Osborne announced big changes to the way in which company dividends are taxed. Those changes are due to take effect from April 2016, and will result in a lot of individuals (with high levels of dividend income) paying more income tax. The Government has also launched a consultation aiming to tackle tax advantages obtained from specific types of behaviour, for example shareholders receiving value from a company in a form that is subject to capital gains tax rather than income tax.
Establishing a business presence in the UKBy Nicola Mallett
Establishing an operating subsidiary, branch or other business presence in the UK is a straightforward process, and can be achieved very quickly and at minimal cost.
Lewis Silkin advises France-based Raja Group on acquisition of Morplan, mail order distributor to UK’s retail and fashion industryBy Marie-Caroline Frochot, Laura May, Matthew Rowbotham, Susie Jarrold, Lee Nair, Jonathan Ely
Lewis Silkin has advised France-based Raja Group, the leading European industrial packaging distributor, on its acquisition of Morplan, the number one B2B mail order distributor to UK’s retail and fashion industry.