Allen & Overy LLP

Tax Department

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What the team is known for Strong reputation across a broad range of corporate tax work including matters relating to M&A, asset finance and structured finance. Renowned for its work with both banks and corporations on domestic and cross-border matters. Broad practice includes work for high-end private clients. Extensive cross-border capabilities through its large international network. Accomplished in handling matters for clients within the utilities, food and drink, financial and real estate sectors.

Strengths Commentators single out the firm for being "very strong on tax" and praise the lawyers as "very reliable" and "pragmatic."

Sources remark that it is "a very professional, top-class firm" and appreciate the team's particular expertise in "some of the more complex bespoke structured finance transactions."

Work highlights Advised Pentair on the tax aspects of its split into two publicly held entities and the spin-off of its electrical business into a separate company.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Harrison
is noted for his experience in M&A and finance matters including securitisation. Sources describe him as a "pragmatic" and "very effective" practitioner.

Lydia Challen
is experienced in advising clients on major reorganisations and M&A, as well as advising on tax structuring. Clients report that "she's extremely strong technically, and her way of making the complicated sound simple is just phenomenal."

Vimal Tilakapala
is highlighted by sources as "a great lawyer." He is recognised for his expertise in financial transactions generally and in particular for his work on hybrid bond issuances.