Michael Wistow

Partner, London

Biography

“‘Technical and very commercial’” / Sources say you “can always rely on his great depth of knowledge and commercial understanding.”
Legal 500 2016 / Chambers 2016

Overview

Based in London, Michael has more than 28 years tax experience and his practice is focused on corporate, finance and real estate industry-based transactions and clients, including real estate finance, property and debt funds, securitisation, leasing and structured financings, and corporate acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Michael joined White & Case from a substantial UK law firm, where he was Head of the Tax Department from 2007 and also a member of the board and executive committee.  Michael started his career at a magic circle law firm, and was there 20 years, 10 of which as a tax partner.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
University of Manchester
College of Law
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of Johnson Matthey on the sale of its UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, to Cummins Inc.

Representation of Bupa on its £825 million purchase of the Oasis dental business

Representation of a major financial institution on a bid for a global competitor

Representation of a purchaser of a € multi billion Pan European business

Representation of TPG on the acquisition of Kensington Mortgages and subsequent acquisitions of multi-billion pound portfolios and securitisations*

Representation of Canary Wharf for many years including development, leasing, financing, securitisation, disposals, acquisitions, IPO, takeover and the "Walkie Talkie" building joint venture with Land Securities*

Representation of Allied London on the complex, multi-phase financing/securitisation of the CJC in Spinningfields and property unit trust arrangements*

Representation of Citibank on the £4bn Land Securities securitisation and for RBS and Morgan Stanley on numerous real estate and whole business securitisations*

Representation of Blackstone on the joint venture and acquisition of 50% of the securitised Broadgate portfolio from British Land and subsequent disposal to a joint venture REIT between British Land and GIC*

Representation of Norges on the joint venture and acquisition of 50% of the securitised Meadowhall Shopping Centre*

Representation of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank on the Eurotunnel financing and securitisation*

*Experience prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual, Corporate Tax, London, Legal 500, 2016

Band 1, Tax, Chambers