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NGM Tax Law
NGM Tax Law has been established by three highly experienced City tax lawyers to provide high quality bespoke tax advice to businesses and professional services firms. In addition to the personal service of our partners, we have on our books experienced tax lawyers so that we can resource appropriately your transaction, whatever the size. We have also entered into strategic relationships with other specialist practitioners which enables us to provide the creative tax solutions your business requires, in the UK or internationally, as a one stop shop.
Our Team
Mark Nichols

Partner

Mark has expertise in all aspects of UK and international commercial tax matters, including tax planning, transactional and structuring advice. Prior to co-founding NGM Tax Law, Mark spent 17 years as an equity partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. He was for several years the firm's head of tax as well as a member of the management committee of the pan-European CMS tax group and a board member of CMS. Mark specialises in corporate work (such as M&A, private equity, principal finance and joint ventures) and is very active in the real estate, hotel and funds sectors.

"Mark's professional, client-orientated advice is much appreciated by clients" - Legal 500 (2012)
Keith Gregory

Partner

Keith qualified into the corporate tax department at Clifford Chance and spent several years there before being appointed in 1989 as a partner to head up the corporate tax practice of Cameron Markby, now CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and was an equity partner for 22 years before co-founding NGM Tax Law. Keith has advised on all aspects of corporate tax from buying, selling and merging UK banks to financing Hollywood movies (including James Bond and Harry Potter). Keith has also been at the forefront of developments in tax based financing, acting for a wide range of businesses from major financial institutions to promoters of independent films.

"We do not often get this kind of advice. It was great to see. If we had a problem, we would get on the phone to Keith and he would solve it" - Client feedback from a major UK bank
Simon Meredith

Partner

Simon has specialised in all areas of corporate taxation since 1990. From 1988 to 1996 Simon was at the magic circle firm Slaughter and May and from 1996 to 2006 was with CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was an equity partner from 2001. Prior to the establishment of NGM, Simon had his own successful tax law advisory practice, SMACC Ltd. Simon advises financial institutions, listed and privately owned companies, private equity houses, investment funds and owner-managers. His commercial experience includes 9 months in an investment banking team structuring tax-based structured finance products. He has recently been advising on a range of matters from multi jurisdictional private equity acquisitions to the structuring and establishment of inbound and outbound investment funds, most recently mezzanine loan and development funds for super prime and commercial property.

"We do work very regularly with Simon who we trust and know to be very good "- New York based tax partner in leading US law firm
Stephen Hoyle

Partner

Stephen advises in corporate and international tax including international private wealth. His recent experience covers the consortium sale of a UK ROSCo, the reorganisation of the European sub-group of a US financial services business involving the creation of a UK holding company, a corporate business migration and the establishment of a family office fund. From 1988-2006 Stephen was a tax partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Subsequently, he experienced the client's view of legal services as a managing director in origination and sales with Deutsche Bank's structured capital markets group before returning to the tax profession as a partner in EY's international tax services group.
Nigel Davies

Consultant

Nigel is a tax expert specialising in all UK and US aspects of remuneration delivery, including deferral and complex share-based incentive arrangements, partnership planning, pensions tax and expatriate tax matters.He has over 25 years experience in financial services gained from working in London and New York.

Nigel trained with Coopers & Lybrand before becoming a Partner at Andersen (Head of International Compensation Consulting) and then Ernst & Young (Head of Employment Tax), and left the Big 4 to establish ITEPAdvisors in May 2006.

Nigel's clients are primarily in the financial sector ranging from FTSE 100 companies to global mutual insurers and alternative asset managers. He has a Law Degree from the University of Manchester and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
David Hinds

Consultant

David has a wide range of experience in relation to the UK and international taxation of corporate entities, partnerships, investment funds, investment managers, individuals and trusts. His tax planningadvice focuses mainly on the structuring of transactions and investments, usually in a cross-border context.

Alongside his work for corporate and commercial clients, David has for many years advised non-UK domiciled individuals on the structuring of their affairs, and the affairs of their associated companies and trusts, from a UK and international tax perspective.

David is a solicitor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He was for many years an equity partner in SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin) but in more recent years up to 2013, he was an equity partner in the London office of the leading US firm, Sidley Austin.

He is a former chairman of the British branch of the International Fiscal Association and is still actively involved in that association in various senior capacities.
Peter Jenkins

Consultant

Peter is a specialist in VAT and other indirect taxes, with wide and varied experience of UK and international indirect tax issues. Peter was formerly head of the Ernst & Young UK indirect tax practice from 1989 - 2003 and the global practice from 2003- 2008, where he was involved in building the international indirect tax network and served a number of major multinational clients. He joined the predecessor firm as a partner in 1986 after 17 years in HM Customs and Excise, where he was involved in the introduction of VAT and in EU harmonisation issues affecting both VAT and customs duty. Since retiring from Ernst & Young in 2008, he has provided indirect tax services to a wide range of clients as Director of Peter Jenkins Associates, and acted for 18 months from 2010 as global head of VAT at Black Rock Investment Management.

Peter's clients have included BT, AT&T, Verizon, Ford, AMEX, First Data, Citigroup, Sprint and IBM. He also has experience of betting duty, providing advice to BACTA on gaming machine tax and advising the Spread Betting Association. Peter has had a long-standing consultancy relationship with the Charity Tax Group as their principal tax adviser, and has maintained good working contacts with HM Revenue and Customs, HM Treasury and the European Commission.
Nikhil Mehta

Consultant

Nikhil V. Mehta is a tax barrister and a member of Gray's Inn Tax Chambers, London which he joined at the beginning of 2010. He has practised tax for over 25 years. After being called to the Bar in London and completing pupillage, he practised as a tax advocate in Mumbai in the Chambers of the late Sanat P. Mehta. He then returned to London and joined the (then) Inland Revenue Solicitor's Office as an employed barrister. After that, he requalified as a solicitor and spent 18 years at Linklaters, 13 as a partner. Apart from his tax practice, he set up Linklaters' India Business Group and headed it for 10 years. He was also the co-head of their Contentious Tax Group.

Prior to his return to the Bar, he was the first UK tax partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in their London Office for over 7 years. His practice covers a broad spectrum of tax work including cross-border M&A, structured finance, derivatives, private equity, capital markets, investment funds, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, tax issues for entrepreneurs, disguised remuneration planning and tax litigation. His practice also contains an India-related content in relation to both inward and outward investment.
Elizabeth Middleton

Consultant

Elizabeth is a specialist tax lawyer with a broad-based practice encompassing both business tax and the taxation of individuals.

A former partner at West End firm Boodle Hatfield, Elizabeth has significant experience of providing UK and international businesses (including partnerships and LLPs) with mainstream transactional support, tax planning and re-structuring advice.

With a particular focus on the issues affecting SMEs and owner managed businesses Elizabeth provides comprehensive advice to business owners and management teams as well as entrepreneurs and fund managers on business vehicles, tax efficient fundraising, exits, and on making the most of available tax reliefs. She also advises on a range of employment tax issues including individual incentives and approved and non-approved share schemes.

In the international sphere, Elizabeth regularly advises non-resident commercial entities and individuals on structuring their UK investments to achieve tax efficiency. She is also well versed in steering resident non-domicilliaries through the complex remittance regime.
Gerald Montagu

Consultant

Gerald worked for eleven years at Clifford Chance and, prior to joining NGM was head of tax at the London office of Fasken Martineau.   

Gerald’s clients range from funds, financial institutions and charities, to companies involved in hospitality, life sciences, natural resources, real estate and shipping sectors, to professional practices and individuals (including their family offices).  Gerald’s practice spans transactional (M&A, capital markets, tax advantaged venture capital schemes, etc), advisory (including inbound and outbound investment, transfer pricing, reorganisations and insolvency) and contentious tax (including tax-related defamation), involving a broad range of direct and indirect taxes;  the vast majority of Gerald’s practice is international in nature.  Recent highlights include establishing a REIT and advising in relation to the structuring of investments into twelve different African jurisdictions.

Gerald is a member of the LMA’s Tax Committee, HMRC’s IFRS 9 Working Group, Lexis/Nexis’ PSL Tax Editorial Board and Law Society’s Corporation Tax Sub-Committee.    

Gerald has written and collaborated in relation to a number of books and he is General Editor of the leading practitioner work Norfolk and Montagu on the Taxation of Interest and Debt Finance (published by Bloomsbury Professional).

Steven Sieff

Consultant

Steve trained with and became a senior tax assistant with CMS Cameron McKenna before diversifying into professional practice management as well as tax law. Steve's background is in UK and cross border M+A as well as tax consultancy work. A Cambridge modern languages graduate, Steve, used his fluency in French and other language skills to establish himself as a go to point of contact for both direct clients and CMS colleagues across Europe in relation to international structuring work.

Steve also developed a real expertise in the fields of VAT and duties and of real estate taxation, particularly SDLT where he has established a reputation as both an inventive structurer and a good judge of what is acceptable planning. Steve has been a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners' Group for several years and is a regular commentator and article writer on SDLT.
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