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Kirkland & Ellis Appoints Head of International Tax in London

International law firm Kirkland & Ellis has appointed Ian Taplin Head of International Tax in its London office.

Ian, currently a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is qualified as a chartered accountant and also a barrister.  He will be responsible for providing UK and international tax advice as well as coordinating the overall non-US tax structuring advice on corporate transactions.

As one of the senior tax practitioners in PWC’s UK M&A tax group, Ian was responsible for providing UK and international tax advice to transactional clients.  He joined PWC in 1978 since when he has worked in both the Brussels and Houston offices.  He has been in the tax group since 1980 and became partner in 1988.

Ian has particular experience advising on private equity, public to private, corporate and IPO transactions.

Kirkland & Ellis London Office Partner, James Learner commented:

“We are delighted Ian will be joining us in this new role and believe our corporate practice in Europe will gain significant benefit from his experience and knowledge.  Ian’s arrival will also enable us to expand our tax service offerings to our US based clients, many of whom have significant foreign operations and transactions.”

Ian Taplin said:

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Kirkland & Ellis.  There is great potential to develop and expand the tax group and I am looking forward to being able to encourage this growth.  The new environment is also going to offer me interesting new challenges and opportunities.”

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is a 900-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate and tax, workout, insolvency and bankruptcy, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters.  The Firm has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, San Francisco and Washington.

In London, the firm has 36 lawyers (14 partners plus 22 associates) and provides advice on US, UK, German and pan-European issues to international clients. The London office has a reputation as a leading European private equity practice together with special experience in Insolvency and Restructuring, M&A and Capital Markets, Intellectual Property and Technology, Banking and Finance, International Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

In May 2003, Kirkland & Ellis won the Chambers and Partners Global ‘US Private Equity - Law Firm of the Year’ award.

About Ian Taplin

Ian has an MA and LLB from Downing College Cambridge University. He went on to the Inns of Court Law School and qualified as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1978 and became partner in 1988. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in 1982.