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Ashley Greenbank

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Tax and reward


Partner advising on the full range of corporate tax issues, but particular specialisations include the corporate tax aspects of UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions, group tax planning and dispute resolution.


Trained Freshfields; qualified 1988; partner Macfarlanes 1997


Chairman, Tax Law Committee of the Law Society; Corporation Tax Sub-Committee of Tax Law Committee of the Law Society.

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Ashley Greenbank - Macfarlanes LLP

Within: Corporate tax

Macfarlanes LLP's tax department is divided into teams handling investment management, M&A, real estate, remuneration and group tax. Particular specialisms for the firm include VAT, employment and mobility taxes, tax policy, operational tax, transfer pricing and share valuation. The group has a niche in advisory work for listed companes and financial services groups, particularly in relation to cross-border matters. Department head Damien Crossley focuses on alternative investment fund taxation, Ashley Greenbank is experienced in the corporate tax aspects of UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions and group tax planning. Ceinwen Rees, who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in May 2018, is an expert in funds taxation.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Gideon Sanitt leads the tax disputes team at Macfarlanes LLP, which handles direct and indirect tax disputes for a range of corporates, as well as contentious trusts and private client tax matters and transfer pricing issues. The group also works closely with the financial regulatory team on tax administration matters, cross-border arbitrage trades and advises on the role of financial advisers in marketed tax arrangements. The group includes qualified mediator and tax tribunal judge Ashley Greenbank, VAT expert Chris Mortimer and, in February 2019 added James Drake-Linney from KPMG United Kingdom . Drake-Linney is a barrister who specialises in investigations and tax disputes with HMRC.

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