Senior / Principal Associate - Tax & Funds
About Gowling WLG
Gowling WLG is a new international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.
Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.
About the Team
Our Tax team is one of the most respected in the United Kingdom. We consistently receive No1/top tier status in Legal 500 and Chambers.
We have a reputation for technical excellence, delivered in a robust, pragmatic and friendly manner and in a commercially relevant context. We pride ourselves on our supportive and business-driven environment.
We provide tax advice and support across the full range of disciplines and sectors:
Our sector focus includes: real estate, and housing; banking and finance; corporate (M&A, joint ventures, share schemes, restructuring and reorganisations); funds – listed and private (including private equity and VCT/EIS/SEIS); energy and projects; pensions; employment and incentives; and international and cross-border.
Our disciplines include: corporation tax, income tax and capital gains tax; capital allowances; stamp taxes (stamp duty, SDRT and SDLT); VAT; NICs, PAYE and other employee related tax issues; and CIS.
Main Purpose of the Job
We are involved in transactional work, and we advise on tax-efficient structuring and set-up work. Many clients instruct us direct on tax matters.
Our clients include: UK institutional investors (including pension funds, life funds and private equity houses); major corporates (public and private); overseas investors (e.g., US, EU, Middle East and Far East); local authorities and other government/quasi-government bodies; not-for-profit organisations (e.g., housing associations); family offices; many well-known businesses (e.g., in the food, manufacturing, housing and energy sectors).
We work closely with many in-house tax teams, and we work collaboratively with other professionals (e.g., accountants, surveyors, actuaries, consultants and engineers).
Our team members belong to a host of business-relevant organisations, including: the Chartered Institute of Taxation; the British Property Federation (where we sit on the tax and VAT technical committees); SDLT and VAT Practitioners groups; the Investment Property Forum; the Institute for Fiscal Studies; the Urban Land Institute; the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; and the Federation of Corporate Real Estate.
Our business is growing: both top-line revenue and profits. We have a confident pipeline of activity.
Key skills and experience
We want to invest in a corporate tax lawyer with appropriate qualifications and relevant experience.
You will be a qualified solicitor, specialising in Corporate M&A tax. You will be able to demonstrate academic excellence and first-rate tax-technical skills. A CTA qualification is desirable, though not essential.
Your role will have a classical corporate tax focus (see the bullet points below) - principally to provide transactional tax support and structuring advice to our Corporate team (including banking and finance) and its clients. You must have share scheme and related experience, and a track-record of providing advice to owner-managed businesses. The role may be wider than that for the appropriate applicant.
You will have a reasonable working knowledge of VAT and SDLT; however expertise in these areas or real estate-focused tax is not required.
The appointment is Birmingham-based - but the role requires flexibility. Much of our work is for London-based clients and others whose business is London-centric. You need to be flexible enough to work out of our London office as required by the needs of the business.
Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture, your success will be integral to ensure the continuing success and growth of the team over the long term.
Areas where you will be required to advise:
- Structuring corporate acquisitions and disposals
- Documentation and advice on company and business sales and purchases
- Ensuring tax efficiency for reconstructions and reorganisations
- Joint ventures
- Partnership taxation
- Acting for lenders and borrowers (including withholding tax issues and passport scheme)
- Tax aspects of banking and insolvency transactions
- UK aspects of cross-border/international tax structuring, particularly around in-bound investment
- Employment and pensions related tax issues
- Share and other incentives
- “Schedule 22” advice
- Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner, Senior Manager or Group Support Manager of the firm
Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.
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