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Travers Smith LLP

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Senior Partner

Kathleen has occupied a strategic and leadership role in the firm helping shape and execute Travers Smith’s business strategy for a number of years, initially as a member of the firm’s Partnership Board, and currently as its Chair. In addition, she Chair’s the firm’s Audit committee as well as the Diversity and Inclusion and Environmental Boards, with those roles reflecting the importance that she ascribes to those issues.

As Head of Travers Smith’s Tax Department for almost ten years, Kathleen grew the department into one of the firm’s key business areas.

Kathleen specialises in private equity transactions and has experience acting for both institutional investors and management teams. She was a member of the BVCA Tax Committee from 2002 to 2017 where she was regularly involved in discussions with HMRC on the BVCA’s behalf. She sits on the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification as a Non-Executive Director, providing advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system.

Kathleen is a member of the CBI London Regional Council.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Hall of Fame)

Kathleen RussTravers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP fields a team experienced in asset management, tax disputes, corporate finance and M&A, with particular strength in private equity. The team acts across a broad range of sectors, including tourism, education, and real estate, both internationally and within the UK. Emily Clark, who has been with the firm since 1998, leads the department, and advises on all aspects of fund formation, while senior partner Kathleen Russ is highly experienced in private equity transactions. Simon Skinner‘s practice includes public and private M&A, as well as restructurings, disputes, and IPOs. Jessica Kemp and Hannah Manning advise clients on a wide range of transactional issues, such as sales, buyouts, and restructurings. Elena Rowlands is also noted.