Tax Lawyer Joins London Office Of Sidley Austin

LONDON– LAWFUEL –Sidley Austin LLP announced today that David Hinds will join the firm’s London office as a partner in the tax group. Mr. Hinds will focus on tax matters relating to fund formation and fund-related transactions and will be an essential part of the developing funds practice in the Sidley London office. Mr. Hinds will also focus on tax matters relating to corporate transactions.

“Tax is critical to every aspect of our transactional practice here in London, which increasingly includes funds related work, encompassing both hedge funds and private equity. We are delighted that David has agreed to join us,” said Drew Scott, managing partner of Sidley’s London office and the head of the London tax group.

Michael Schmidtberger, co-head of Sidley’s global funds practice added, “David’s background and experience in funds related tax complement the other tax services provided out of London, including corporate, capital markets, finance and insolvency matters, and will enable us to provide a more comprehensive service to our global client base. Our global funds practice is recognized as a leading practice in the U.S. and Asia and we hope to expand that reputation by, in addition to hiring David, significantly enhancing our London funds depth over the coming months.”

Mr. Hinds is chairman of the British branch of the International Fiscal Association. With almost 30 years of experience in tax law, his practice includes advising on the tax aspects of fund formation and transactions, cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, international corporate joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and group restructurings, employee share incentives and general corporate, commercial and employment related matters.

Mr. Hinds holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and an LL.M. in tax law, with distinction, from King’s College, London University. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

For the second consecutive year, Institutional Investor’s Alpha Magazine has ranked Sidley as the number one legal adviser to the hedge fund industry among U.S. based law firms based on categories such as document preparation and fund documentation, business planning, client service, hedge fund expertise and regulatory and compliance. The Alpha Awards™ are tabulated from the responses of nearly 1,000 hedge fund firms, representing roughly $1.4 trillion in assets under management.

Sidley’s tax practice includes more than 50 tax lawyers providing U.S., UK and German tax advice across a wide range of international and domestic business transactions.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1800 lawyers practicing in 16 US and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Every year since 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for “the 15 finest law firms in the world.” BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, has named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for seven years in a row.

Sidley Austin LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership which operates at the firm’s offices other than Chicago, London, Hong Kong, and Sydney, is affiliated with other partnerships, including Sidley Austin LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership (Chicago); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (London); Sidley Austin, a New York general partnership (Hong Kong); Sidley Austin, a Delaware general partnership of registered foreign lawyers restricted to practicing foreign law (Sydney); and Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Tokyo). The affiliated partnerships are referred to herein collectively as Sidley Austin, Sidley, or the firm.

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