London law firm, Howard Kennedy, is pleased to welcome James Meakin. James joins the firm as Partner and Head of Tax, effective 7 March 2022.
James focuses on the tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including M&A, group reorganisations, venture capital, joint ventures and private equity, from both a domestic and cross-border perspective.
James has advised private companies and their shareholders on tax issues arising on acquisitions and disposals as well as on demergers and reorganisations in addition to providing tax planning advice. His real estate tax practice includes advising companies, shareholders and funds on the tax issues relevant to structuring, financing or developing land. He also advises on the real estate transactional tax issues which can arise, including VAT and SDLT.
James joins from the Corporate Tax group at Dentons, where as a partner in the London office, he advised numerous public and private companies across a range of sectors including real estate, entertainment, finance, funds and insurance. James‘s recent work includes advising a leading music business on domestic and cross-border transactions and offering real estate tax advice to investors and developers.
Commenting on the appointment, Ashley Reeback, Partner and Head of the Corporate department at Howard Kennedy said: “I am delighted to welcome James to the Corporate department, and look forward to seeing our clients benefit from his depth and breadth of expertise in tax and structuring advice. I have no doubt that he will drive the firm’s tax function forward and complement our own strong offering in corporate and real estate to existing and future clients.”
James Meakin said: “Howard Kennedy’s offering aligns with my own interests and expertise in providing tax support to different practice groups. I am particularly keen to build the Tax practice from a support function to a sizeable practice. I was also attracted to the firm's entrepreneurial spirit and I am excited to collaborate with other practices in the firm to offer clients holistic legal counsel.”