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David Thompson

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David Thompson is based in Manchester and leads a broad-based team in the North as part of the UK tax practice.  He advises on the tax aspects of a full range of UK and international corporate and commercial transactions.  His clients include listed companies, private equity funds and owner-managed businesses.  Employee share incentive planning, and the efficient structuring of fund costs, are particularly important part of his team’s private equity practice.  He also advises on financing, public/private partnerships, asset finance and real estate, including VAT and stamp taxes.  David’s range of clients gives him a balanced perspective and shrewd insight; this enables him to be pragmatic, pro-active and user-friendly.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

David Thompson - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate tax

DLA Piper UK LLP advises on private equity and real estate transactions and is noted for its specialist expertise in areas such as VAT for civil aircraft, outsourcing, and international commercial contracts. The team advised the management of ESG on the structure of its disposal to Socotec, advised Lloyds Development Capital on the sale of Nexinto Limited to The PlusServer Group, and acted for Puro Ventures on the acquisition by Eddie Stobart Logistics of a 50% shareholding in Speedy Freight, the trading name for Puro Ventures. SDL, Oakley Capital, Conviviality and Beech Tree Private Equity are also clients.  Team head David Thompson focuses on corporate tax, private equity tax and VAT, while legal director Stephen Jones is experienced across corporate tax, real estate tax and international tax matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

Lynda Finan is the key name in DLA Piper UK LLP’s Leeds office and was recently joined by new practice head David Smith  and senior associate Richard Johnson, who were recruited from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2018. Chartered tax adviser Finan specialises in equity incentives, share schemes and employment-related tax issues, Smith handles corporate and employment-related tax matters, and associate Sally Robertson is another key name to note; the team also works closely with Manchester-based David Thompson. Highlights included advising Clinigen Group on the share scheme elements of its acquisition of Quantum Pharma, assisting Proprium Real Estate Special Situations with the tax elements of its acquisition of Admiral Taverns, and handling Sytner Group’s acquisition of Car Shops. NCC Group, Renew Holdings and CVS Group are also clients.

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