Cadwalader expands its London tax team

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Adam Blakemore has joined Cadwalader from A&O. He comes in as a partner and will advise financial institutions and corporations on tax issues in structuring complex domestic and cross-border transactions, particularly in the areas of securitisation and innovative structured finance, JVs, acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and real estate and private equity financings. He will also provide counsel on domestic tax litigation and disputes.

Mr Blakemore holds a Law Degree from Leeds University. His initial career was spent with the Inland Revenue before joining Hammond Suddards, where he qualified as a solicitor. He moved to Allen & Overy’s tax team in 2000.

David Burke
has been named Special Counsel in the Tax department of the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

David advises on UK and international corporate tax with a focus on the tax aspects of structured finance and restructuring transactions. He has handled tax issues arising from the origination and securitisation of loan and property portfolios for Deutsche Bank, UBS and Credit Suisse and advised issuers, arrangers and managers on CDO/CLO and cat bond transactions. David has worked on such major restructurings as Cenargo and British Energy as well as the on-going restructuring of Eurotunnel and has advised US and other investors on their UK operations and investments. Prior to joining Cadwalader, David worked in the Tax department of Denton Wilde Sapte where he gained extensive experience of tax-driven asset finance and leasing transactions and tax litigation arising therefrom.

David obtained his degree in Law from the University of Oxford (Keble College) and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of London (Birkbeck College). He was admitted to practice English law in 1999.

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