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Jeremy Smith leads the department at Bond Dickinson LLP, which is noted for its handling of tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, and tax-efficient restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Hydro International on the tax issues surrounding its Ā£28m takeover by Ely Acquisition, acting for Polyframe Group on its acquisition of The Window Bureau, and assisting with the internal restructuring of REG Power Management. Associate Lee Parbery focuses on property transactions and was recently part of the team that handled the tax aspects of Noble Organisationā€™s Ā£18m sale of Brighton Pier to Eclectic Bar Group. Other key strengths for the group include banking and employment related tax issues. Old Mutual Wealth, Esh Group and Hertshten Group are also clients.

At Ward Hadaway, practice head Paul Christian handles tax structurings, transactional tax matters, advice on VAT, income tax and stamp duty. It also has expertise in employee share incentives and property tax. The practice regularly advises entrepreneurial hi-tech companies on structuring, investment and exit planning, and handling innovative employee share incentive arrangements. Clients include The Bannatyne Group and NEL Fund Managers; Christian advised the latter on the establishment of an employee ownership trust. He also acted for the selling shareholders on the tax elements of the sale of Business Travel to Hays Travel, assisted various fund managers with the tax aspects of investment structures, and advised Frank Recruitment Group on the tax elements of its sale to TPG Group.

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