Mark Gearing, Partner, Tax and Structuring

Mark Gearing, Partner, Tax and Structuring, Fieldfisher

I advise on the design, implementation and operation of executive and all employee share and option plans including all forms of tax efficient plans approved by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), for a full range of private and quoted companies. A significant number of my clients are listed on the AIM market. I also negotiate share valuations with HMRC for share plan purposes.

My experience and expertise includes advising inward investment companies, particularly those from the US, on structuring their UK and European incentives. My clients are often US emerging growth companies that require EMI sub plans and HMRC approved election agreements and multinational corporations that need a full suite of incentive plans.

As well as providing legal and tax advice on an advisory basis, I also handle the incentives issues that arise on corporate transactions, including M&A deals and private equity backed buy outs.

I am a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group, the share schemes committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance, and sit on HMRC's employment related securities and valuations sub goup. I am the author of Tolley's CSR Company Service on Employee Share Plans and lecture on the University of Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course.

Legal 500 says I am "extremely knowledgeable"


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