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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

The 'well-established' team at Norton Rose Fulbright  offers clients 'an excellent level of service' while demonstrating 'good industry knowledge'. Real estate tax specialist Angela Savin advised Deutsche Finance International and Yoo Capital on their acquisition of the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre from Capital & Countries Properties in a £296m deal and associated post-completion structuring. She continues to advise Civitas on a number of its high value property acquisitions and compliance with the UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime. Noted for his 'excellent international tax support', head of tax for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford focuses on M&A transactions and corporate re-organisations and has a developing practice in blockchain technology. Instructed on multiple cross-border transactions, Matthew (Matt) Hodkin advised Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao and his daughter Nelly Gao on the acquisition of a stake in Southampton Football Club, which involved the negotiation of the tax aspects of the sale and purchase documentation and jurisdiction-specific tax provisions.

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VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Norton Rose Fulbright's VAT team handles a mixture of standalone matters in addition to providing transactional advice. The group is led by Dominic Stuttaford who specialises in the tax aspects of corporate finance transactions and is representing BMW in a complex litigation regarding VAT grouping rules, a matter that will decide which entity is entitled to claim a refund of VAT where there have been changes to the composition of the group over time. Senior consultant Christopher (Chris) Bates heads the European VAT group and has extensive experience as an accredited mediator. Real estate and funds expert Angela Savin is 'a brilliant litigator' who is advising Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft on SDLT positions regarding the expansion of Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax litigation group provides 'a high level of service'; with 'strong team members' available to support lead partners. It handle a wide range of tax-related investigations and contentious matters, including major cases before UK tribunals and courts. Dominic Stuttaford is acting for BMW in a case against other corporates regarding which entity within a VAT grouping is entitled to claim a refund, where there have been changes to the composition of the group over time. He is also representing HSBC in a restitution claim in the Franked Investment Income Group Litigation Order, involving complex and evolving areas of domestic and EU laws, and the availability of compound interest in tax remedies. Angela Savin has substantial experience at all stages of contentious matters, while commercial litigation and investigations specialist Ruth Cowley is recommended for her work on group litigation orders.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†is praised for its ‚Äėfriendly and collaborative approach‚Äô and is best known for its experience in the financial services sector, advising on a range of high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers. Beazley, Brit, Hyperion, Liberty Specialty Markets and Lloyds Banking Group are clients. Ffion Flockhart¬†is defending Keoghs LLP¬†and its professional indemnity insurers against a ¬£127m fraud and conspiracy claim brought against it and two other solicitors' firms by Accident Exchange, a credit hire company. Liam O‚ÄôConnell¬†has a ‚Äėcalm but authoritative style of delivery‚Äô; Kirsty Hick¬†is ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô; and Susan Dingwall¬†stands out for her ‚Äėin-depth experience‚Äô. Corporate tax specialist Angela Savin; Lesley Browning, who handles pensions-related matters; head of tax for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford; property litigation head David Stevens; and Paul Morris, who focuses on banking and finance-related disputes, are also recommended, as are¬†Katie Stephen,¬†Michelle George, Jonathan Ogle¬†and Adrian Mecz,¬†who joined the team as a result of the merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and senior associates Simon Radcliffe¬†and Helen Fairhead. Deirdre Walker¬†is now based in the firm‚Äôs Dubai office.

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