Laura Hoyland

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Laura Hoyland 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 and restructuring including cross-border mergers, 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. 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 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

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, Israel's largest ever leveraged buy-out

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 

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 reorganisation

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

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

Advising a German headquartered asset manager on the UK tax implications and formalities of a holding company merger 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 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

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

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

Publications

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