Expertise

Michael covers a broad practice area including corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate structuring and advisory, VAT and indirect taxes, restructuring, funds establishment, tax disputes and acquisition finance.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and sits on its Property Taxes Sub-committee.  He is also a member of the Stamp Tax Practitioners Group.  Key clients include Aberdeen Standard Investments and Muse.

  • advising Moneysupermarket on acquiring 28% stake in CYTI, a life and travel insurance comparator and long-term partner of Moneysupermarket
  • advising institutional investor on £100m disposal of limited partner interest in retirement housing portfolio
  • advising Aberdeen Standard Investments on the forward fund of a proposed 4 star hotel in Bristol City Centre
  • advising LDC and management shareholders on the sale of Pacific Shelf 1809 (holding company of Seabrook Crisps) to UK subsidiary of Japanese snack company, Calbee Inc
  • advising institutional investor on investment structure for development of £200m ground breaking biomass project
Publications
  • "Group Relief: a Background", Tax Adviser, Dec 16 2013
  • "Back to Basics: Tax on Capital Contributions", Tax Journal, Oct 11 2013
  • "VAT and Student Accommodation", Oct 26 2011
  • "DV3 RS LP: Clarification of Complication?" Apr 14 Tax Journal 2011
Professional memberships
  • The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
  • The property taxes sub-committee of CIOT
  • The Stamp Taxes Practitioners' Group
Testimonials

Michael is described as "first-rate" in The Legal 500, where he is classed as a leading individual.