Clifford Chance LLP

Tax Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Prominent tax group that regularly advises on big-ticket work for a diverse client base. The team has a full-service tax offering and can assist with everything from corporate transactions to restructuring and fund-related tax issues. Works with a wide range of multinational clients from industries including banking and financial services, investment management and real estate.

Strengths Sources note: "They are very strong from a technical and from a practical perspective."

"The quality of the advice is excellent - it is well considered and really commercial," impressed sources report.

Clients say: "They are reliable and easy to get a hold of, which is important."

Work highlights Advised KIRKBI on the tax aspects of its £6 billion takeover of publicly listed Merlin Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Stewart
is recognised for his expertise in handling all manner of tax issues for investment funds. He advises clients on fund structuring for private equity and real estate funds, while also working with fund managers on carried interest concerns.
"He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced and is someone you can always rely on." "He does excellent quality work."

Chris Davies
advises clients in the banking sector on a broad range of financing-related issues. Capital markets forms a large part of his practice, with structured finance and securitisation being noted areas of strength.
"There are not many tax partners with his kind of knowledge."

Dan Neidle
has a broad client base in the financial services sector. He often advises on tax compliance matters, as well as tax issues emanating from corporate restructuring.
"He treats his clients as a partner as he is very accommodating and practical in his application." "He is very commercial and a creative problem solver."

David Harkness
advises on the tax implications of complex and large-scale corporate transactions. He is particularly prominent for his work on cross-border transactions.
"He is a very strong tax practitioner and is well regarded." "He is a trusted adviser who always tells it straight."

David Saleh
provides advice to investment managers and large pension funds on tax matters relating to real estate acquisitions and financing. He also stands out for his knowledge of VAT.
"He is really excellent; very experienced and commercial." "He is well known and well respected in the market."

Nick Mace
garners praise for dealing with the tax aspects of big-ticket M&A. His clients include large corporate groups, which he regularly advises on international transactions.
"He is a good practitioner who is good on deals."

Simon Corzberg
is a VAT specialist who is recommended for  his expertise on real estate transactions.