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Baker McKenzie

100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 1000
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Fax 020 7919 1999
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233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.bakermckenzie.com

James Smith

Tel:
Work 020 7919 1546
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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Corporate tax.

Position

James Smith joined Baker McKenzie's London office in 1999. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2001, he has worked in the tax department and became a partner in July 2011. James was recently selected as one of Tax Journal's 40 under 40 leading UK tax professionals. James advises on all aspects of UK corporate tax with a particular focus on transactional work. He concentrates on tax issues on domestic and international corporate mergers and corporate restructurings. James also regularly advises on structured capital market transactions as well as often advising on UK property investment transactions and fund formations.

Career

Trained Baker McKenzie; qualified 2001; partner 2011.

Member

Law Society of England & Wales

Education

Oxford University (Jesus College) (B.A.) (1998); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Certificate Legal Practice) (1999)


London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Next generation lawyers

James Smith - Baker McKenzie

Within: Corporate tax

Baker McKenzie's sizeable tax practice is a core pillar of the firm's presence in London, offering transactional, tax advisory and planning support to the range of major corporates and other investors in the UK, with particular expertise in the technology and financial services spaces. James Smith is head of the transaction tax group and took the lead in advising Emerson Electric on its $3.2bn acquisition of Pentair's global valves and controls business, and separately in relation to a series of major complex carve-out transactions. Smith also led the team acting for Post Holdings on its £1.4bn acquisition of Weetabix from Baring Private Equity Asia and Shanghai-based Bright Foods. James Wilson managed a multi-jurisdictional team that provided post-acquisition tax advice to Tapestry following its $2.4bn acquisition of Kate Spade. Managing partner of the London office Alex Chadwick focuses on international tax planning and specialises in matters pertaining to corporate finance, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Richard Fletcher heads the UK transfer pricing group, which includes seasoned professional Jukka Karjalainen. Kate Alexander is recommended for her expertise in financing taxation law; Patrick O’Gara specialises in UK and international tax planning.

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