Ian Taplin - Partner


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Fax: +44 20 7469 2001
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Professional Profile

Ian Taplin is Head of European Tax and is based in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. He has been a tax practitioner for more than 25 years and during that time he has gained experience of numerous industry sectors and in many of the major European tax jurisdictions. Ian's particular strengths lie in UK and international transactional tax planning, M&A, restructuring and fund formation. He has acted for many of the largest private equity funds and undertaken projects for major US and UK corporate groups.  As well as being an English solicitor, Ian is also a chartered accountant. 

Representative Matters


Represented CVC Capital Partners in their creation of CVC European Equity Partners IV and CVC European Equity Partners V.

La Salle Investment Management in connection with its sponsorship of a series of Asian and European real estate funds.

Represented Vestar in the creation of its fifth buyout fund, Vestar V, with an investment capacity of at least $3.7 billion.

Spin-out of TowerBrook Capital from Soros Fund Management.

Spin-out of Court Square Capital from Citigroup.

Represented MidEuropa on the creation of their third fund.


Altor Equity Partners and Bain Capital on their pending €1.35 billion sale of EWOS to Cargill.

Advising GTCR on its £462 million sale of Premium Credit Limited to Cinven Partners LLP. This transaction was named “Financial Services Deal of the Year” at The M&A Advisor 2016 International M&A Awards.

Advising City Index (Holdings) Limited on its pending $118 million sale to GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc.

Bain Capital and Advent International in the DKK17 billion acquisition of Nordic card-payment company Nets Holding AS.

Acquisition out of receivership of the business of Waterford Wedgewood by KPS.

Acquisition out of receivership of the business of Entertainment Rights Group by GTCR Golder Rauner.

Advising Madison Dearborn, TA Associates and Apax on their investment in Weather Investments Spa.

Advising HIG Capital on its acquisition of FNZ Group.

Advising Bain Capital on the acquisition of  Cerved.

MidEuropa's acquisition of Telemach d.d., the Slovenian cable company.

MidEuropa's acquisition of an interest in One GmbH, the Austrian telecommunications group.

Advising Francisco Partners on merging its investment in FX Group with Citi Index.

$3.5 billion take private of Edgars Consolidated Stores, a leading South African retail business, by Bain Capital.

Vestar Capital Partners in the leveraged buyout of AZ Electronic Materials, the US-based manufacturer of electronic materials.

TowerBrook Capital Partners' £185 million acquisition of Jimmy Choo Shoes from Lion Capital.

Sun Capital Partners' acquisition of Groupe Manoir Industries SA, the French manufacturer of engineered components.

Providence Equity Partners £1.46 billion acquisition of Caudwell Communications, the Phones 4U retailers.

£250m take private of Caffe Nero plc by its founder, Dr. G. Ford, and Paladin Partners.

Bain Capital and Apax Partners' €8.3 billion acquisition of NXP (Philips semiconductor business).

Vestar Capital Partners €375 million buyout of Seves, a leading Italian manufacturer of glass and composite insulators.

Solera, Inc.'s (a portfolio company of GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC) $975 million acquisition of Audatex (formerly ADP Claims Services Group), the listed US-based provider of outsourcing services.

OakTree Capital Management's €152.5 million acquisition of the gelato business of Roncadin SpA, the Italian ice cream division of the leading food manufacturer.

MidEuropa's €412 million acquisition of Aster City Cable, a Polish cable operation and one of the largest buyouts to date in Eastern Europe.

Sara Lee Corporation in the disposal of its €100 million European Branded Apparel Business.

Bain Capital's €1.067 billion acquisition of Framatome Connectors International (FCI), the French-based electronic connector maker.

Madison Dearborn Partners in the merger between Jefferson Smurfit Group plc and Kappa Packaging Group BV, Irish and Dutch leading paper and cardboard packaging producers.

American Capital Strategies' £91 million acquisition of Fosbel Group, the UK-based on-line furnace refractory repairs and maintenance group.

Bain Capital's $7.4 billion acquisition, together with KKR and Vornado Realty Trust, of Toys 'R' Us Inc., the international retail toy chain.

Madison Dearborn Partners' €800 million leveraged buyout of Sirona Dental Systems GmbH, a leading German dental products manufacturer, from EQT.

Vestar Capital Partners' €360 million buyout of Cesare Fiorucci Foods, a leading Italian manufacturer of cured meats.

CapVest Limited's  €250 million leveraged buy out of Vaasan & Vaasan in Finland and the Baltic States.

Change Capital's £115 million management buyout and subsequent sale of The Hillarys Group Limited, the leading UK residential window blinds specialist.

Bain Capital's  $1.8billion acquisition of the international bathrooms and kitchens business of American Standard.

Bain Capital's acquisition of Bavarian Yachtbau GmbH

Advising Bain Capital on its acquisition of Brakes Brothers.

Refinancings and Restructurings

Advising R&R Ice Cream on its €350 million high yield offering and €60 million super senior revolving credit facility.

Restructuring of Chesapeake Group and subsequent acquisition by Irving Place and Oaktree.

Restructuring of Monier Group by senior lenders and a group of private equity investors.

Advising Sun Capital on the restructuring of the Lee Cooper Group.

Advising Bain Capital on the senior credit refinancings of Novacap SAS and SigmaKalon SAS.

Advising Vestar Capital Partners on the refinancings of OGF SA.

Advising Bain Capital on the restructuring of Treofan GmbH.


Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst's £300 million IPO of Premier Foods, the UK makers of Typhoo tea, Branston pickle and other British household named brands.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of English Bar

Member of the Law Society of England and Wales

Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Other Distinctions

Ian is listed as a leading individual in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Chambers Global, the World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Prior Experience

PricewaterhouseCoopers, London, UK
Head of M&A Tax

Member of Lincoln’s Inn, London, UK

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