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Aurell advises on tax issues on a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and equity capital markets work.

Aurell has particular expertise in advising on investment funds taxation, regularly advising on the establishment of listed and private funds, as well as advising asset managers generally on a range of complex tax issues.  He also regularly advises on private equity transactions and on energy transactions, in particular oil and gas and renewables M&A.  Much of his work has an international focus.

Aurell is listed as a recommended tax practitioner by Legal 500 2016 and referred to as a key individual in Legal 500 2021, in which one client is quoted as describing him as "knowledgeable, approachable, available and engaged in our assignment".

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • bp in relation to its joint venture with Deep Wind Offshore for the development of four offshore wind projects in Korea, including the initial acquisition, joint venture arrangements and ongoing service arrangements
  • advising The Ardonagh Group on the proposed merger between Markerstudy Group and Atlanta Group, Ardonagh's personal lines insurance broking business, funded by new investment led by Pollen Street Capital and Bain Capital Special Situations and valuing Atlanta at £1.2 billion
  • acting for Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) on its re-domiciliation and US domestication by means of a UK Court approved scheme of arrangement, involving the UK incorporated holding company undergoing a capital reduction to cancel all shares in issue and issuing new shares to a new Delaware incorporated holding company, which issued equivalent shares in the new Delaware holding company to existing shareholders and maintained the NASDAQ listing
  • advising The Sustainable Farmland Trust PLC on its intention to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange, targeting gross proceeds of £200 million
  • advising Welkin China Private Equity Limited (WCPE) on its US$315 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange
  • advising Inchcape Plc on its agreement to implement a business combination to acquire Derco Holdings, the largest independent automotive distributor in Latin America, for a cash and share consideration valuing Derco at £1.3 billion
  • BioPharma Credit, a new investment fund managed by Pharmakon Advisors and investing in the life sciences industry, on its proposed IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange 
  • Atlassian Corporation on its $4.4 billion listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market
  • Healthcare Royalty Pharma on its proposed IPO on the London Stock Exchange
  • Man Group on its acquisition of Aalto Invest 
  • The Ping An Group on its acquisition of the Mayborn Group 
  • Altra Industrial Motion on its €198 million acquisition of the Stromag business from GKN 
  • AGCO Corporation on its $340 million acquisition of Cimbria Holdings from Silverfleet Capital
  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 49% of Talisman Energy's UK North Sea oil and gas business for $1.5 billion
  • BHP Billiton on its disposal of interests in oil and gas fields in Liverpool Bay to Eni ULX
  • Abbvie on its £32 billion recommended takeover offer for Shire
  • AO and Just Eat on their IPOs on the London Stock Exchange
  • BP on its disposal of its downstream businesses in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia
  • Cabot Square on a number of company acquisitions and disposals
  • Keith McDermott and a related family trust on the sale of their stake in Longview Asset Management to Northill Capital
  • Northern Foods on a proposed merger of equals with Greencore, which involved EU cross-border merger rules
  • Apache Corporation on its $1.75 billion acquisition of North Sea assets from Exxon Mobil
  • Ernst & Young as administrators to Nortel Networks' entities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and on the sale of Nortel's business for an aggregate of $7.5 billion