Laura Hoyland

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Laura Hoyland is a partner in our global Tax practice based in London.

Laura has a wide range of transactional and advisory experience advising corporate clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of financing and corporate transactions, including asset and share transfers, corporate structuring, accessing the capital markets, securitizations and the granting of alternative capital and bank finance. 

Her clients include financial institutions, multi-national companies, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds. 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.

Laura was seconded for 14 months to Standard Chartered Bank where she specialized in financial services VAT. As a junior lawyer, she spent six months in Moscow and, in summer 2018, was seconded to our Frankfurt office. She advises on UK criminal corporate tax offence prevention procedures, is co-devising policy and procedure to ensure White & Case's compliance with EU tax disclosure rules (DAC 6) and often responds to UK tax authority consultations.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LPC
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
LLB
University of Durham
Languages
English

Experience

Representation on the structuring of the multi-jurisdictional pre-sale reorganisation and group formation for the $1.6 billion disposal by the Sagol family of the Keter Group to BC Partners and PSP, Israel's largest ever leveraged buy-out

Representation of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC on its US$1.57 billion deal with Chevron to acquire a 9.57 percent stake in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) oil field in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan and an effective 8.90 percent interest in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline running across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to port facilities near Ceyhan, Turkey

Representation of Nestlé S.A. on the sale of its 60 percent stake in Herta to Casa Tarradellas and the creation of a joint venture for Herta with their respective stakes of 40 percent and 60 percent

Representation of Anchorage Capital Group LLC, GIC Private Limited and Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, in the sale of their interests in Eir, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecoms services in Ireland, to Toohil Telecom Holdings Limited

Representation of 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

Representation of Welcome Break group on the acquisition of 35 motorway and trunk road service areas in the UK and representation of Arjun Infrastructure Partners in increasing its investment in the Welcome Break group

Representation of Bridgepoint in its £1 billion bid for the Zenith Group, a leading vehicle leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing business, from Hg Capital

Representation of EPH, the Czech energy group, on numerous matters including its multi-billion Euro disposal of a 30 percent stake in its infrastructure arm to investors led by MEIF 5, the Macquarie infrastructure fund, and its acquisition from the Centrica group of two combined cycle gas turbine power stations for £318 million

Representation of IFM Investors, an Australian-headquartered global institutional investment manager, on its acquisition of a 40 percent stake in Mersin International Port, a Turkish commercial port, from the Akfen Group for US$869 million

Representation including structuring and obtaining final approval from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission for the regulation of two investment funds for multi-national cross-sector groups, including a capital reorganization

Representation on a cross-border merger of European packaging operations, back-to-back branch transfers and subsequent amalgamation of branch operations*

Representation as part of a multi-jurisdiction team on the pre-sale reorganisation and transfer of a Bulgarian and Macedonian telecommunications business*

Representation of a German headquartered asset manager on the UK tax implications and formalities of a holding company merger and subsequent shareholder debt restructure

Representation on the applicability and practical consequences of international information exchange regulations in relation to high net worth individual, corporate and trust global structures

Representation 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 Canadian limited partnerships and Cayman aggregating platforms

Representation of placement agents, underwriters and issuers in relation to debt and equity capital market transactions, including high-yield bond issues and consent solicitations

Representation and opining on the applicability of the UK securitization companies regime to the RMS 28 securitization by the Kensington Group of debt secured on UK real estate

Representation on the liability to UK taxation in relation to Dutch and Irish securitizations for European investment manager Tikehau and others

*Experience prior to joining White & Case

Publications

"The UK tax pitfalls of the foreign company" Tax Journal 29th May 2020

"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