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Simmons & Simmons
CITYPOINT
ONE ROPEMAKER STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 9SS
England

Work Department

Corporate tax.

Position

Martin’s broad based practice encompasses corporate, financial markets, real estate (including structured real estate) and commercial work, with an emphasis on clients in the asset management and investment funds and financial institutions sectors. His focus includes advising on funds and other investment products, together with structural tax issues for banking, asset management and insurance clients. Martin also has wide-ranging experience in structuring outsourcing arrangements in the financial sector, advising both banks, insurers and asset managers on IT and business process outsourcing. Martin’s broad based practice encompasses corporate, financial markets, real estate (including structured real estate) and commercial work, with an emphasis on clients in the asset management & investment funds and financial institutions sectors. His focus includes advising on funds and other investment products, together with structural tax issues for banking, asset management and insurance clients.Martin also has wide ranging experience in structuring outsourcing arrangements in the financial sector, advising both banks, insurers and asset managers on IT and business process outsourcing. Martin leads the financial services tax practice which won European Financial Services Tax Team of the Year at the International Tax Review European Awards in 2011 and 2013.

Career

Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified 2000; partner 2008; regular participant at the Investment Management Association and Alternative Investment Management Association (participates in the Tax Committee); led the AIMA working group on the European Savings Directive; member of the Tax Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales, chairs VAT and Duties Sub-Committee, regularly participates on behalf of the Law Society and clients in discussions with HM Revenue and Customs on VAT matters.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Simmons & Simmons‘ tax group handles transactional, advisory and contentious matters, as well as transfer pricing for a broad client base of equity investors, asset managers and financial institutions. The London and international tax groups are led by Darren Oswick, who is supported by M&A tax expert Nick Cronkshaw and Martin Shah, who leads the financial services tax practice.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

Simmons & Simmons has a truly full-service VAT and indirect tax offering, which covers transactional, advisory and contentious matters, predominantly for asset managers and funds; a capability boosted by the arrival of Jo Crookshank and Bryn Reynolds from Ernst & Young Global Limited in 2018. The group is also noted for its expertise in issues traditionally handled by accountancy firms, such as VAT partial exemptions and capital goods scheme accounting. Other areas of expertise include minimising VAT costs in outsourcing transactions, stamp duty issues relating to equity and debt capital markets and handling the variety of real estate taxes. Darren Oswick leads the team, which includes Martin Shah and Hatice Ismail, while Nick Skerrett leads on contentious matters.