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Paul Cooper

Partner, Head of Financial Services

Financial Services

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+44 (0)20 7544 8889

I have been a fund COO and a Partner leading private equity-focused teams in practice. I offer pragmatic real world solutions to complex fund and tax problems.

I am a chartered accountant and tax advisor. I started my career in international corporate tax before moving into a deals team. I have run deals tax teams at a number of the large accounting firms focusing on Venture Capital and Private Equity clients. I worked in the Private Equity industry, as a Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners and then as Chief Operating Officer for Lion Capital, where I ran the global back office for the fund. I give tax advice on fund structuring and all aspects of deals, including tax due diligence. Having worked in the industry, I believe the key to giving good advice is that it must be actionable in the real world!

In the fund structuring space I deal with the tax issues around setting up and running investment fund and carried interest structures. Having spent time in the industry, I am able to help with real world issues around how to operate the structures as well as advising on the various technical points which come up.

In the deal structuring space I am happy to advise financial and trade buyers, management teams and sellers on all aspects of tax due diligence and deal structuring. I have dealt with many UK and international acquisitions, disposals and restructurings, including issues such as management equity and deal fee recovery.

Specialist areas

  • Fund structuring
  • Deals support
  • Tax due diligence

Qualifications and positions of note

  • Chartered Accountant (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Tax Advisor (CIOT)

I am based at

Covent Garden

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