Laura has a wide range of transactional and advisory experience advising corporate and individual clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of corporate and financing transactions, including asset and share transfers and corporate restructuring including cross border mergers, accessing the capital markets, securitizations and bank finance. Her clients include private equity houses, financial institutions, multi-national companies and sovereign wealth funds.
Laura was seconded for 14 months to Standard Chartered Bank where she specialized in financial services VAT. She has advised governments on the crafting of new legislation: in particular, the UK Government on the introduction of a UK withholding tax exemption for privately placed debt. She is an active member of the International Capital Markets Services Association and the White & Case Brexit taskforce and she regularly responds to UK tax authority consultations.
Structuring the multi-jurisdictional pre-sale reorganisation and group formation for the $1.6bn disposal by the Sagol family of the Keter Group to BC Partners and PSP (with retained debt and equity investments), Israel's largest ever leveraged buy-out, producing structure paper, advising on management incentive plan and review of all documentation to ensure delivery of tax planning benefits.
Representing PPF Group on its multi-billion Euro bid to purchase a group of eastern European beer brands, including Czech market leader Pilsner Urquell, from Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Representing Bridgepoint in its £1bn bid for the Zenith Group, a leading vehicle leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing business, from Hg Capital.
Advising EPH, the Czech energy group, in relation to its multi-billion Euro disposal of a 30% stake in its infrastructure arm to investors led by MEIF 5, the Macquarie infrastructure fund.
Advising on a cross border merger of European operations and back-to-back branch transfers, producing structure memorandum and tax deed and subsequent advice on the amalgamation of branch operations, with reference to the EU Mergers Directive, UK capital gains reliefs and unilateral credit for foreign tax paid.
Acting as part of a multi-jurisdiction team on the pre-sale reorganisation and transfer of a Bulgarian and Macedonian telecommunications business: treasury reporting, certificates of tax residence and various claims for relief.
Advising a German headquartered asset manager on the UK tax implications and formalities in relation to a merger of holding companies and subsequent shareholder debt restructure.
Advising on the applicability and practical consequences of international information exchange regulations in relation to high net worth individual, corporate and trust global structures.
Advising on the UK tax aspects of bank financing, refinancing, private placements and debt restructures (both pre and post IPO), with lending through fund structures such as tax transparent Canadian limited partnerships and Cayman aggregating platforms.
Advising placement agents, underwriters and issuers in relation to debt and equity capital market transactions, including high-yield bond issues and consent solicitations.
The Notion of Tax and the Elimination of International Double Taxation or Double Non-Taxation, International Fiscal Association 2016 Madrid Congress UK Branch Report
Privately placed debt: A new UK withholding tax exemption to stimulate a latent UK private placement market, Financial Instruments Tax and Accounting Review
Ocean Finance: The death knell for legal formalities in VAT?, Financial Instruments Tax and Accounting Review