Alex Barnes Partner, Head of Tax

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    Alex Barnes leads Memery Crystal’s tax group.

    He advises on the tax implications of:

    • a wide range of real estate transactions for occupiers, investors and developers (UK and offshore);
    • a wide range of corporate transactions including M&A, reorganisations, tax reliefs and incentives for investors and tax efficient exit planning;
    • finance matters, including withholding tax, double tax treaties and FATCA.

    Alex’s role is to provide pragmatic, commercial solutions to client’s tax issues.

    Alex is a regular contributor to Estates Gazette and Property Week.

    Outside of work he likes a variety of sports, the theatre and reading.

    "The firm provides the very best advice."

    Legal 500, 2020

    In detail

    Recent experience

    • Advised on several corporate acquisitions and disposals for SIG plc, Jones Lang La Salle and Liverpool Victoria
    • Advice on investor reliefs including EIS, SEIS, VCTs and entrepreneurs relief for several individual clients
    • Advising HSBC, Chenavari and Deutsche/Hypo on finance transactions
    • Advising Caudwell Properties, Mercer Real Estate Partners, Redevco UK Limited on large investment property acquisitions and disposals
    • Advising on developments projects, collaboration agreements and property joint ventures for Henry Boot Developments plc, Hallam Land Management and Gazeley
    • Advising on conversions of residential property to commercial property
    • Advising offshore investors on tax structuring of inward investment into UK real estate

    Career history

    • Partner, Head of Tax, Memery Crystal
    • 2011 – 2016: Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP
    • 1997 – 2011: Trained and Qualified, Eversheds LLP

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