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Aaron Fairhurst

Partner
Co-Head of Tax

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Aaron Fairhurst is the Co-Head of the Tax Team and has worked at CMS since 2002.

Aaron has worked in a wide range of transactional and advisory roles, both domestic and international, covering income tax and capital gains tax, corporation tax, VAT and stamp taxes.

He primarily advises corporate and individual clients on the tax implications of disposals and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations in the energy and infrastructure sectors, the corporate recovery sector and the private equity markets. Aaron is also well known and highly regarded in the W&I insurance market.

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"Aaron provides excellent, creative and very responsive tax advice and support"

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"Aaron is very client focused and has established a very strong reputation in the W&I insurance sector as a leading tax advisor"

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Aaron was named in the Tax Journal’s 40 under 40 tax professionals in 2015

Relevant experience

  • A consortium, led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure and Power Assets Holdings, on the acquisition of Wales & West Utilities, the UK gas distribution network, from a number of infrastructure and pension funds, with an enterprise value of GBP 2bn.
  • RWE on the sale of Horizon, its new nuclear power plant joint venture with E.ON, to Hitachi for GBP 696m.
  • Viridian on the sale of majority stakes in its onshore wind farm portfolios in Northern Ireland and the ROI to the Irish Infrastructure Fund, managed by AMP, including in relation to the resulting joint ventures.
  • BP on the disposal of oil and gas assets in Egypt and US to Apache as part of a package worth USD 7bn.
  • RWE on the disposal of various interests in fields in the North Sea.
  • The lenders on various pub-group restructurings, including the Barracuda and Laurel pub groups, with aggregate debt exceeding GBP 2bn.
  • Abbey Life on a GBP 2bn longevity insurance transaction with the Trustee of the Scottish Power Pension Scheme and on associated reinsurance arrangements with a number of reinsurers based around the globe.
  • The administrative receivers of the owners of the UK Marriott hotel portfolio with aggregate debt exceeding GBP 1bn.
  •  The vendors on the sale of Integrated Dental Holdings to the Carlyle Group for GBP 500m.
  • The institutional sellers and management team of the National Fostering Agency on secondary buyout by Graphite.
  • The individual shareholders of EAT, The Real Food Company on their personal tax issues and the subsequent sale to Lyceum Capital.
  • All of the vendors, including management, on the disposal of Nature Delivered Limited (trading as Graze.com) as part of an MBO backed by the Carlisle Group.
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Education

  • 2001 - BA Accounting and Law, University of Manchester, Manchester
  • 2002 - LLM Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham 
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25 September 2019
CMS ad­vises The Re­new­ables In­fra­struc­ture Group Lim­ited...
19 Aug 19
Tax cov­en­ant no­tice pro­vi­sions con­sidered in Court of Ap­peal
In Sto­bart Group Ltd & Sto­bart Rail Ltd v Sto­bart & Tink­ler [2019] EW­CA (Civ) 1376, the Court of Ap­peal con­sidered the ex­tent to which val­id no­tice had been giv­en of a tax cov­en­ant claim pri­or to the...
16 Nov 16
Private Equity Watch
14 Aug 19
Up­date: Tax in­dem­nit­ies in In­ter­na­tion­al M&A
Min­era Las Bam­bas SA & An­or v Glen­core Queens­land Ltd & Ors [2019] EW­CA Civ 972 was an ap­peal from a High Court judg­ment of 20 Septem­ber 2018. In that judg­ment, the High Court had held that the sellers...
08/02/2016
UK Private Equity
21 Jan 19
En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief: good news at last
In an at­tempt to con­tin­ue the sea­son­al spir­it, we have some good news in re­la­tion to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief (“ER”). There has been ma­jor con­cern that a lot of man­age­ment and em­ploy­ee share­hold­ers...
01/05/2015
CMS ad­vises LDC, For­ward Private Equity and the man­age­ment...
30 Oct 18
Budget 2018: Changes to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief
In yes­ter­day’s Budget, the Chan­cel­lor in­tro­duced a num­ber of changes to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief which may have im­me­di­ate, sig­ni­fic­ant and ex­pens­ive im­plic­a­tions for any­one who is hop­ing to qual­i­fy for...
09/03/2015
CMS Part­ner Aaron Fairhurst named in the Tax Journ­al’s...
19 Jul 18
Tax in­dem­nit­ies in in­ter­na­tion­al M&A: when does tax be­come pay­able?
In Min­era Las Bam­bas SA & An­or v Glen­core Queens­land Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 1658 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that VAT was not “pay­able” for the pur­poses of a tax in­dem­nity in a share pur­chase...
11/02/2015
CMS ad­vises on Ab­bey Life’s £2bn longev­ity in­sur­ance...
10 Mar 17
Budget 2017: Oil and Gas de­com­mis­sion­ing tax re­lief
Wed­nes­day’s Budget brought po­ten­tially wel­come news for those in­volved in the North Sea’s bur­geon­ing de­com­mis­sion­ing in­dustry. A re­view of de­com­mis­sion­ing tax re­lief was an­nounced, which may re­move...