Yash Rupal

Yash Rupal

Partner, London


Yash is the head of the London Tax department and he represents a wide range of UK and international clients. Yash is widely known throughout the industry as one of the leading tax practitioners in the UK.

Yash specialises in highly complex, challenging and sensitive matters, drawing on his extensive experience to make difficult judgment calls and develop innovative solutions to critical tax issues faced by clients. He has a market-leading advisory practice and clients frequently turn to him when their existing advisers are unable to find a resolution to a particularly complex tax issue. 

Apart from his standalone advisory practice, Yash also has a transactional practice which is focused on complicated mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and tax planning, often with a cross-border element. He has a particular interest in the development of innovative financial instruments and structures designed to deal with bank regulatory capital and deferred tax assets. He also advises extensively on tax disputes and tax litigation and is experienced in dealing with HMRC enquiries.

Yash has been a Tax partner at Linklaters since 1996. During his career, he has worked in London and New York, and at a leading investment bank. Yash was absent from practice for a period of six months in early 2016 but since his return, in autumn 2016, he has been in full time practice, with a heavy case load of significant matters. 

Work Highlights

Recent work highlights include:

  • Advising Unilever in relation to its successful defence of Kraft Heinz’s $143bn takeover bid.
  • Advising the Delphi (now Aptiv) group in relation to a substantial restructuring and the spin-off of its powertrain systems business.
  • Advising on two complex and very significant tax disputes with HMRC (which are confidential at present).
  • Advising the Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration).
  • Advising a number of prominent financial institutions in relation to their Brexit planning.
  • Advising a number of major financial institutions on deferred tax asset planning structures to address regulatory capital and funding concerns.
  • Advising a significant client on the EU’s state aid challenge to the UK’s CFC group financing exemption.