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Aurell Taussig

Aurell Taussig

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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.

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Experience

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".  

Aurell's experience includes advising:
 

  • 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

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