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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

James Carter

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Managing partner; financial services, private wealth, real estate and construction; corporate tax.


James specialises in a wide range of taxation matters. His principal emphasis lies in four main areas: corporate tax, including company acquisitions and disposals, corporate reconstructions and private equity transactions; financial services and funds taxation; property tax, specifically inward investment; and employee benefits, including work on ESOPs, EMI schemes and approved/unapproved share incentive schemes. Experience: advising a leading UK investment manager on its conversion to an LLP, and related staff incentive arrangements; handling the complex tax aspects of a major restructuring for a leading management, systems and technology consultancy operating worldwide, involving a court-approved scheme of arrangement and return of capital; advising on the introduction of a bespoke share incentive scheme for a private equity-backed trading group.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has particular expertise in the use of partnerships within fund structures, but also handles partnership work for LLPs and disputes across all partnership types. The group is often call upon to advise financial services LLPs on governance and transactional matters as well as structuring. On the contentious side, it is instructed on partner expulsions, retirements, exclusions and dismissals. The team is led by William Granger who is ‘excellent with clients’ and has ‘strengthened his partnership and LLP expertise’ in recent years. Highlights for the group included advising Crest Nicholson Operation on the establishment of a joint venture, structured as a partnership with A2 Dominion Developments in order to promote the development of the North West Bicester Eco-Town. Also recommended are David Hicks, for his expertise in partnership advisory work in the financial services sector, and James Carter, who has significant knowledge in partnership taxation.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes

Within: Employee share schemes

James Carter and Martin Griffiths jointly lead the department at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which excels in advising AIM listed clients and has notable expertise in advising on tax efficient schemes that are alternatives to EMI plans. Clients span the technology, energy, finance, retail, recruitment and finance sectors; examples include Pennant International, Prime People and Alpha FX Group. Highlights included acting for Centamin on the creation of its performance share plan, assisting Ivory Worldwide with the establishment of an EMI option scheme and handling Social Communications Group's implementation of an EMI share option scheme. Robert Birchall made partner in 2018.

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