Gareth’s practice covers all direct taxes, stamp duties and value added tax with a strong focus on corporation tax. He has extensive experience of corporate transactions, including, in particular, mergers and acquisitions (public, private, domestic and cross-border) and group reconstructions.

Recent highlights include advising:

  • UKAR on:
    • its £15bn sale of Northern Rock to Cerberus and redemption of its Granite securitisations
    • its £13bn sale of assets from Bradford & Bingley and associated stapled financing
    • the disposal by NRAM of residential owner-occupied mortgages and unsecured loans to Citibank N.A. for a total consideration of £4.9bn
  • Standard Life Aberdeen on the £3.24 billion sale of its insurance business to Phoenix Group
  • Standard Life on:
    • its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management to create Standard Life Aberdeen plc
    • the disposal of its Canadian business for CAN$4 billion
    • the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management 
  • Ocado Group on its IPO, its partnership with Morrisons, and its online grocery retail joint venture with Marks and Spencer Group
  • Ørsted on the disposal of a 50% interest in the Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners for c.£4.46bn
  • Cineworld on its combination with the cinema operations of Cinema City International and its subsequent US$3.6 billion acquisition of Regal Entertainment

Gareth has significant expertise on private equity transactions, including advising:

  • Värde Partners, on its strategic £60 million equity investment in the UK specialist bank Masthaven
  • Infinis group of companies in connection with its IPO and exit of Terra Firma from the group
  • Blackstone on the investment by funds and accounts advised by its Tactical Opportunities business for a minority stake in Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited

Gareth is listed as a leading individual in Chambers UK, European and Global 2019. He is also recommended for Corporate Tax in the Legal 500, 2019 and is listed in Who's Who Legal, 2019. Gareth writes regularly for tax publications, is a member of the Tax Committee of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and is on the consultation board for LexisNexis Tax PSL.


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