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Provided by James Anderson

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James Anderson is deeply experienced in private capital arrangements, with a particular focus on the establishment and ongoing operations of asset management structures; portfolio investments in liquid markets, infrastructure, real estate and technology; and compensation for fund principals.

Mr. Anderson also counsels on the full range of public capital markets transactions, including IPOs; issuances of equity-linked and other hybrid instruments; securitisations; structured investment vehicles; and other structured debt offerings. He has advised the governments of various international finance centres on new corporate and tax laws. Recently, his practice has focused on new intersections between private capital, impact capital and technology, particularly in the energy sector and the high-frequency, algorithmic and augmented intelligence trading sectors.

Mr. Anderson also presents seminars on the taxation of space and has been quoted in several publications on this growing area of law.

He leads Skadden's European tax practice, which was named Best International Tax Team of the Year at the 2019 Tolley’s Taxation Awards, as well as Transatlantic Tax Team of the Year by The American Lawyer and Legal Week at the 2018 Transatlantic Legal Awards.

Mr. Anderson handles a wide range of tax controversy matters and has worked on enquiries by the U.K. revenue authorities, tax court cases, disclosure programmes, transfer pricing disputes, APAs and MAPs, as well as various settlement negotiations. He also has experience in complex cross-border inter partes tax disputes.

Mr. Anderson supports numerous pro bono initiatives of the firm and in the community.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Anderson is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) British Branch committee. He also is a member of the HMRC/HMT Consultation Group for the U.K. fund management industry and vice chair of the Tax Committee for the Alternative Investment Management Association, lobbying for good practice in the taxation of U.K. and cross-border asset management activities. Mr. Anderson also sits on various HMRC stakeholder committees, helping to frame relevant legislation in the spheres of derivatives, personal taxation, property taxation and funds.

Work Highlights

His transaction highlights include representing:

- SDCL EDGE Acquisition Corporation in the tax aspects of its proposed $250 million IPO of units consisting of one Class A ordinary share and one-third of one redeemable warrant;

- Neuberger Berman Group LLC in the business combination, reported at $12.5 billion, of Owl Rock Capital Group and the Dyal Capital Partners division of Neuberger Berman to form Blue Owl Capital;

- Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) on the tax aspects of its $975 million business combination with FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV, a special purpose acquisition company, pursuant to which PWP will become a Nasdaq-listed public company with an Up-C structure;

- Jane Street Group LLC in connection with its U.K. and U.S. structure;

- Kismet Acquisition One, a special purpose acquisition company, in the tax aspects of its $1.9 billion initial merger with Nexters Global Limited, the first-ever de-SPAC transaction involving a Russian company;

- Citi in its platform fund formation and manager relationships;

- Pret A Manger Ltd, a portfolio company of JAB Holding Company LLC, in its acquisition of EAT Limited.

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Tax - UK
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James Anderson is a highly respected tax practitioner known for his deft advice on transactional tax issues. He is able to assist on cross-border matters, especially those involving US elements.
"He is excellent at coordinating and working with other teams and lawyers." "He has a commitment to giving the best advice he can offer us."

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