Christopher Townsend

Position: Consultant
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222387
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222221

What can I do for you?

I specialise in corporate tax and employee share schemes. On the tax side, my main focus is on corporate finance transactions: advising on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, business disposals, reconstructions, MBOs and investment rounds. Outside that arena, my role involves providing tax advice on property transactions and investment funds. Our employee share schemes practice offers quoted and unquoted companies advice on a wide range of employee share schemes designed to suit their business objectives.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

We assisted our client, a US company, to implement a £29 million acquisition from an AIM company. We worked closely with their in-house tax personnel to provide appropriate safeguards in the transaction documents against a range of potential tax risks that had been identified in the due diligence.

One of our clients, listed on the London Stock Exchange, wanted to incorporate a deferred share component into their annual bonus arrangements. We worked with their remuneration committee and their finance director to establish an employee benefit trust and design and implement suitable scheme rules to introduce the new arrangements.

What do others say?

Legal 500 refers to me as "prompt, thorough and highly knowledgeable" and Chambers UK comments that clients say I provide "the commercial opinion we seek".

What else should you know?

We are a member of ifs ProShare and I am a member of Share Plan Lawyers. These organisations have a focus on employee share schemes, are in regular dialogue with HM Revenue & Customs and help keep us up to speed with developments.