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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of the UK's Most Talented Lawyers and Accountants
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Chaired by: Mahesh Varia of Travers Smith
Mahesh advised Nikkei on the incentive aspects of its £844m acquisition of The Financial Times Group. He is editor of the employment income chapter of "Revenue Law – Practice and Principles".
Answered by: John Dunlop of DAC Beachcroft
John specialises in advising on share schemes of all types, particularly Enterprise Management Incentives. He has "an excellent breadth of knowledge and understanding and strategic sense."
Answered by: Felicity Cullen QC of Devereux Chambers
Felicity is "exceptionally astute, vastly experienced, calm, quick and thorough, with great technical knowledge." She took silk in 2008, becoming the first woman Silk in specialist tax chambers.
Answered by: Fiona Bell of RSM
Fiona advised the Office of Tax Simplification on its two share schemes reports and chairs the Quoted Companies Alliance Share Scheme Experts Group. Her specialism is employee ownership.
Answered by: Hannah Tipper of Deloitte
Hannah's specific interest is the valuation of non-quoted shares for complex employee incentive arrangements and transactions. She is highly experienced at leading negotiations with HMRC.
Answered by: Francis Fitzpatrick QC of 11 New Square
Francis "exudes star quality." His advice is "exceptionally clear and reliable" and infused with "real commercial awareness." He has an impressive record of settling disputes with HMRC.
Answered by: Mark Ife of Herbert Smith Freehills
Mark assisted Sky on the competing takeover bids by Fox and Comcast. He is author of 'Employee Share Schemes' (7th Ed.).
Answered by: Philip Simpson QC
Philip is "incredibly bright," "a major tax specialist;" "his knowledge of tax law is encyclopaedic." He acted in the hotly contested Vermillion Holdings litigation on securities legislation.
Answered by: David Craddock
David is author of Tolley's Guide to Employee Share Schemes and ICSA’s Employee Share Schemes Handbook. He is “a problem solver – practical, and with ground-breaking knowledge.”
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