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Slaughter and May

Living Wage
ONE BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7090 5000
DX:
11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Web:
www.slaughterandmay.com
Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Mike Lane

Tel:
Work 020 7090 5358
Email:
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Tax.

Position

Partner specialising in all direct taxes, stamp duties, VAT and, in particular, corporation tax. Mike has extensive experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, group reorganisations and structured finance.

Career

Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2002; partner 2009. Regular contributor to the Butterworth ‘Finance Act Handbook’ and the Tax Journal.

Languages

French, German.

Member

Law Society.

Education

Oxford University (BA); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC).

Leisure

Triathlon, skiing.


London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Mike Lane - Slaughter and May

Within: Corporate tax

Slaughter and May's 'high quality' team provides 'very commercial' advice to clients on the taxation aspects of large corporate and fund-related transactions. The firm also has a well-developed tax advisory practice which draws on the 'excellent technical and practical knowledge' within the group. Practice head Sara Luder advised Michael Kors Holdings in relation to its £896m recommended cash offer for Jimmy Choo, including the tax implications of its particular financial and FX structure. With 'an eye on the big picture', Gareth Miles assisted Standard life on the recommended all-share merger with Aberdeen Asset Management. William Watson is noted for his 'commitment to delivery' and recently advised Land Securities on the return to shareholders of proceeds from the £475m disposal of its 50% interest in the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London; a matter that involved an innovative share scheme. 'Fabulous technical specialist' Mike Lane is recommended for the 'great insight and superb advice' he provides on complex issues, whilst Steve Edge stands out for the breadth of his tax consultancy practice. Jeanette Zaman and Tony Beare retired at the end of 2017.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Slaughter and May's team, which sits in both the tax and dispute resolution departments, has 'a pre-eminent reputation across the spectrum of its practice', which encompasses investigations, pre-litigation settlements and litigation before courts at all levels. The group is co-led by Richard Jeens and intellectual property-related tax expert Dominic Robertson. Jeens is currently providing technical tax and strategic advice to Hays in relation to a dispute with HMRC over the correct VAT treatment of introductions of temporary workers; in claims for the repayment of over £1bn. Sarah Lee is currently assisting Mercuria Energy Europe Trading with the defence of a £73m High Court claim brought against it and its co-defendant RBS in relation to a missing trader VAT fraud in the carbon emissions market. Other key practitioners include Steve Edge and Mike Lane.

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