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Saturday, 17 August 2019


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Head of Tax

Simon Skinner

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Simon became partner at Travers Smith in 2007 and Head of Tax in 2017. Simon specialises in corporate and individual taxation, regularly advising listed companies, institutional investors, founders and management teams. His practice includes public and private M&A, restructurings and reorganisations, domestic and international tax advisory projects, disputes, public-to-privates, demergers, IPOs and joint ventures. Simon is a member of the Law Society's Corporation Tax sub-committee and is ranked by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and the International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Advisors.

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With a peerless offering in UK private equity transactions, our tax team has extensive experience on the full range of private equity deals.

We regularly lead the Travers Smith team with a mandate from our clients to structure and implement the transactions.

We are also frequently first choice advisers for management teams when seeking independent counsel on buy-outs.

"The group is best known for its private equity practice, which entrepreneurs compliment on its 'innovation, great commerciality and premium quality'."

Chambers UK

We have recently advised:

  • Bridgepoint on its £955m sale of Pets at Home to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
  • the management of Marken on its new equity arrangements with Apax Partners LLP
  • Exponent on the £150m MBO of Ambassador Theatre Group and Live Nation Venues
  • Lyceum Capital Partners LLP on the £22.1m MBO of McKinnon & Clarke Limited
  • management on Advent International's £190m acquisition of pension trust Xafinity from Duke Street Capital
  • management on the sale of British Car Auctions to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice from Montagu Private Equity
  • 3i on the partition of the NCP parking business and sale of the off-street part of that business
  • Phoenix Equity Partners and management on the £73m sale of Nationwide Autos to Halfords

For more information on our Private Equity group, please click here.

"'Kathleen Russ always understands the business connotations of a deal and the wider commercial world clients operate in', according to the impressed interviewees."

Chambers UK