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Mark Kingstone

Tax Partner, London

 “I have more than 30 years’ experience of advising on corporate taxation and assisting clients with the resolution of their tax disputes. I have a reputation for being thorough, analytical and solutions-focused, aiming to provide clients with clear, to-the-point and commercial tax advice.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Mark is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on tax. He advises UK and non-UK companies and funds on all aspects of corporate taxation, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reconstructions and investment funds. He also advises clients on their contentious tax issues, often in collaboration with the firm’s dispute resolution lawyers.

Work highlights

Mark has advised on many major transactions. These include advising:

  • Unilever on the proposal to unify the Unilever dual-headed company structure (Unilever NV in the Netherlands and Unilever PLC in the UK) under a single, new Dutch incorporated and tax resident holding company. Ultimately this did not proceed.
  • Mondi on the proposal to unify the Mondi dual-headed company structure (Mondi Limited in South Africa and Mondi PLC in the UK) by Mondi PLC acquiring Mondi Limited. The transaction has been announced and is due to complete later in 2019 once shareholder approval has been obtained. 
  • Aermont Capital, the European based real estate investment and asset manager, on its fourth European real estate fund which raised a total of €2bn of equity.
  • Lendlease on the £3.5bn Silvertown Quays development in London’s Docklands. This is a real-estate joint venture between Lendlease and US property giant Starwood.
  • BP on the cross-border mergers of Amoco and Arco into BP plc, on its joint venture with Rosneft and on the sale of its 50% stake in TNK-BP
  • AMEC on its US$3.3bn acquisition of Foster Wheeler 
  • GDF Suez on its US$25bn acquisition of International Power
  • Julius Baer Group on the acquisition of the non-U.S. global wealth and investment management business of Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Sainsbury’s on the sale of its in-store pharmacy business
  • Anglo American on the sale of its 50% stake in Lafarge-Tarmac
  • Visa Europe on its $20bn sale to Visa Inc
  • National Grid on the disposal of a 61% stake in its gas distribution business

Professional experience

Mark is a previous co-author of Taxation of Companies and Company Reconstructions, Sweet & Maxwell, with Richard Bramwell, Alun James and Michael Hardwick.

Education and qualifications

Mark studied jurisprudence at Keble College, University of Oxford.