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Tom Wilde

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate / Tax


Tom is a pattner in the tax department, advising clients nationally on areas such as structuring investments and exits for investors, management teams and investee companies, with a particular focus on EIS and VCT issues. Tom also has wide experience of advising companies, partnerships and individuals on both one-off business transactions and on-going compliance, including tax advice on corporate and property transactions, VAT and SDLT planning, corporation tax, income tax, capital gains tax, national insurance and the construction industry scheme. Tom regularly implements tax efficient employee remuneration and termination packages, including share option schemes and employee benefit trusts as well as negotiating with HMRC on both contentious and non-contentious matters. His recent project experience includes: advising a VCT on how to restructure an investment in a way which would ensure continued compliance with the VCT regime whilst securing the future of the investee company. This was a complex restructure involving negotiating with HMRC; advising on an EIS-qualifying investment into an overseas multi-national group of companies; advising the management team on the sale of a group of companies to private equity; obtaining a VAT clearance from HMRC for a large corporate client, thereby mitigating a large VAT liability; advising a charity on a tax efficient structure for purchasing and renovating a new building.


Trained Linklaters, qualified 2006; partner 2015. Tom trained at Linklaters and qualified into their tax department in 2006. Tom joined Shoosmiths in 2007 and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2009. Tom became an Associate in 2010, a senior associate in 2013 and was made partner in 2015.


Chartered Institute of Taxation.


Downing College, Cambridge; Nottingham Law School.


Member and trustee of Emmanuel Church, Oxford; music: playing piano and saxophone; watching (and playing poorly) sport.

London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Headed by the 'excellent' Alastair Peet from the firm's Birmingham office and also including support from across London, the Thames Valley and Leeds, Shoosmiths LLP's seven partner-team provides 'commercial and highly supportive' advice to an ever-expanding roster of investor clients, from early-stage investment through to late-stage funding. The firm remains one of Octopus Ventures' go-to teams, both on its new and follow-on investments, as well as exits. On early-stage matters clients also appreciate the firm's knowledge of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) process, where it is able to draw upon the expertise of EIS tax expert Tom Wilde. From the London office, Steve Barnett  acts for a growing roster of investee clients, including cloud-based software developer Matillion, which he recently advised on a $35m Series C fundraising.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

Shoosmiths LLP’s tax practice advises both investors and investee companies on enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The department has in-depth experience in all types of corporate tax issues and share scheme arrangements and has a thriving and dedicated real estate tax practice. The client base includes large multi-national corporates, serial investors, commercial property investors, high-growth companies and owner-managed businesses. Tom Wilde  heads the practice. Daniel Kennedy is another name to note.

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