Diversity & Inclusion
James Anderson has practised tax law for over 20 years and currently leads the firm’s European tax practice. Mr. Anderson’s particular client focus is on alternative asset managers, financial institutions and various diverse pools of private capital. He specialises in the establishment and ongoing operations of private equity funds and hedge funds, as well as advising on compensation and governance arrangements for fund principals. He also has experience in the full range of public capital markets transactions, including IPOs, equity-linked and hybrid issuances, securitisations, SIVs and other structured debt offerings.
Mr. Anderson is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) British Branch committee. He also previously served as U.K. branch reporter for the IFA Global Congress 2013, a member of the HMRC/HMT Consultation Group for the U.K. fund management industry and vice chair of the Tax Committee for AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association), lobbying for good practice in the taxation of U.K. and cross-border asset management activities. Mr. Anderson also has sat on various HMRC stakeholder committees, helping to frame relevant legislation in the spheres of derivatives, personal taxation, property taxation and funds.
Mr. Anderson has lectured at Columbia University in New York and presented an International Tax Masterclass at Utrecht in the Netherlands. He regularly presents seminars to HMRC on technical and policy matters.
Mr. Anderson is ranked in the first tier for tax by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global. He has been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the world’s leading 250 international tax advisers as well as a “leading individual” amongst the top 40 U.K. corporate tax advisers, stating he is “extremely smart and solutions-oriented.” Who’s Who Legal 2014 called him an “internationally renowned star” with a “world class” practice. In addition, Mr. Anderson is recognised in Legal Experts, PLC Cross-border Tax on Transactions Handbook, World Tax, Tax Directors Handbook, Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds and Best Lawyers under “Tax Law.” Mr. Anderson also is listed as a leader in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders Guide.
His transaction highlights include:
Mr. Anderson co-heads Skadden’s tax controversy practice, and has worked on enquiries by the U.K. revenue authorities, tax court cases, disclosure programmes and settlement negotiations. He also has experience in complex cross-border inter partes tax disputes.
M.A., (Hons.) Cantab., Law, Cambridge University, 1990
Diploma in Legal Practice, with Distinction, College of Law, London, 1994
IFA (British Branch) Committee
International Tax Planning Association