Martin Shah



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M +44 7921 584 393

General Experience

Martin’s broad based practice encompasses financial markets, corporate, real estate (including structured real estate) and commercial work, with an emphasis on clients in the asset management and investment funds and financial institutions sectors. His focus includes advising on funds and other investment products, together with structural tax issues for banking, asset management and insurance clients. Martin also has wide ranging experience in structuring outsourcing arrangements in the financial sector.

Martin leads the financial services tax practice which won European Financial Services Tax Team of the Year at the International Tax Review European Awards in 2011 and 2013. He is rated in the latest Legal 500 and Chambers directories as a “financial services taxation expert” and someone who is “very thorough, practical and responsive” for both corporate and indirect taxes and recognised in International Tax Review’s World Tax handbook.

Martin is a member of the core team dedicated to start-up hedge fund work. The team is behind Simmons & Simmons LaunchPlus: US to UK - the firm’s online resource for US-based fund managers launching in the UK.

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Recent Work
  • advising British Land, the UK FTSE 100 listed real estate investment trust, on tax and structuring issues relating to a number of its joint ventures and securitisations, most recently in connection with the establishment and IPO of Broadgate REIT Limited, itself a Channel Islands listed UK REIT with an enterprise value of over £4.5 billion and held as a joint venture between British Land and GIC, and the related restructuring of the £2.1 billion (at launch) Broadgate securitisation
  • advising BlueCrest on a number of significant corporate and finance transactions, most recently the spin out and sale of the majority of its interest in Systematica Investments LP to AMG, including negotiation of the tax aspects of relevant transaction, shareholder and partnership documentation
  • advising Insight Investment on the establishment, structuring and ongoing operation of a closed ended fund investing in global agribusinesses and related assets, currently in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Poland and Romania
  • advising a major alternative investment firm with approximately USD8bn assets under management on the minority investment by certain third party funds and co investors in this US headquartered investment management business with operations in the UK and Australia, including a related restructuring of its partnership arrangements
  • advising Allianz Global Investors on UK tax issues relating to their streamlining of their management entities through the creation of a single SuperManCo structure by way of EU cross border merger
  • advising a number of clients on tax efficient structures for investment in illiquid asset classes such as hard and soft commodities, real estate and infrastructure equity and debt, including the use of indirect holding and financing structures and the potential impact of the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan on such arrangements. 

Martin qualified as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons in 2000 and became a partner in 2008.

Martin is a regular participant at the Investment Association and Alternative Investment Management Association, and a member of AIMA’s Tax Committee. He led the AIMA working group on the European Savings Directive and is a member of a number of current working groups, including in relation to FATCA and CRS, financial transaction taxes and the OECD BEPS project.

Martin is a member of the Tax Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales and chairs its VAT and Duties Sub Committee, regularly participating on behalf of the Law Society and clients in discussions with HM Revenue & Customs on a range of matters including asset manager taxation and VAT on real estate and financial services. He was also invited to participate in the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee’s Financial Transaction Tax working group and the HM Treasury Alternative Finance Technical Working Group.