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Mark Baldwin

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Partner dealing with a broad range of corporate/business tax issues, but with particular specialisations in structuring domestic and cross-border private equity, and real estate funds (including associated carried interest and management company structures), VAT and other indirect taxes, as well as property investment, development and finance.


Articled Macfarlanes; qualified 1987; assistant solicitor Freshfields 1987-1995; partner Macfarlanes 1997; regular conference speaker and writer on a variety of tax topics.


VAT Practitioners Group; Law Society’s VAT and Duties Sub-Committee; BVCA Tax Committee; Association of Partnership Practitioners; Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.


Tadcaster Grammar School; Durham University (1984 BA Hons).

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

The 'excellent' team at Macfarlanes LLP¬†handles the breadth of corporate tax work, with the capability to deal with investment management, group tax, M&A, real estate, remuneration and finance. The group stands out for a particularly strong transfer pricing offering, which is led by¬†Batanayi Katongera¬†and includes¬†Rhiannon Kinghall Were¬†who joined as Head of Tax Policy from the CBI in December 2017. Highlights for group leader,¬†Damien Crossley, included advising Hayfin Capital Management on its special opportunities strategy and its latest successful ‚ā¨2.2bn fundraising process. 'Innovative and user-friendly'¬†Peter Abbott¬†was instructed by the incoming management team of Burger King on the tax structure of the company's equity incentive arrangements following Bridgepoint's acquisition of the master franchise of Burger King UK.¬†Mark Baldwin¬†is noted for his expertise and 'ability to provide pragmatic advice' in relation to corporation tax and real estate, recently advising Derwent London on the tax aspects of its ¬£165m sale of The Copyright Building in West London to Union Investment Real Estate.¬†Ashley Greenbank¬†specialises in the corporate tax aspects of UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions, which is complemented by his accreditation as a mediator and role as a part-time judge in the First-tier Tax Tribunal and deputy judge in the Upper Tribunal.

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Within: Partnership

Macfarlanes LLP's 'superb' practice has 'excellent knowledge of the area'. It handles the full range of matters for professional practices and LLPs, including major M&A transactions, tax issues, investment management, private client and partnership disputes. Highlights for practice head John Dodsworth included advising US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice on all UK aspects of its business combination with UK-based firm Bond Dickinson. Charles Meek advised New York-based Lexington Partners on the closing of a large-scale tender offer to investors in BC European Capital IX LP, which required multiple agreements with 39 sellers across jurisdictions. Hayley Robinson specialises in employment law and handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters primarily for clients in the financial services sector. Mark Baldwin is also recommended.

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