Adam Blakemore is a Tax partner in Cadwalader’s London office. He advises on the taxation aspects of structuring domestic and cross-border corporate and financing transactions. He has advised on a wide range of financing transactions, including securitisations, hybrid capital issuances, repackagings, credit linked instruments, stock lending arrangements and a variety of financial products.
Adam’s practice includes acting on restructurings in solvent and distressed debt situations, corporate reorganisations and reconstructions. He has a particular interest in the structuring and restructuring of regulated and unregulated investment funds and private equity financings and investments. He also provides advice on corporate acquisitions, demergers and joint ventures, both within the UK and internationally, and provides counsel on disputes with revenue authorities and has acted in domestic tax litigation, representing clients before the Appeal Courts.
The 2016 edition of Legal 500 UK recently ranked Adam’s team among the preeminent Corporate Tax practices in London. Additionally, Adam has been recognised as a ‘Leader in their Field’ by Chambers’ UK, European and Global guides for the past eight years running. One of the guides noted that Adam "understands the technical aspects of a deal in great detail" and "is one of those lawyers who knows what the answer will be, then does the work to get the deal over the line." Turnarounds & Workouts also previously named Adam in its annual list of Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in recognition of his work in the bankruptcy and restructuring field.
He is a co-author of the CCH British Tax Reporter volumes on loan relationships and derivative contracts and is a co-author of the "Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities" (2009, Wiley Publishing and London School of Economics). Adam has published extensively in taxation periodicals, including Tax Advisor, The Tax Journal, Tax Notes International, BNA's European Tax Service, BNA’s Tax Planning International Review, Practical European Tax Strategies and Financial Instruments Tax and Accounting Review. His most recent article, "Counteracting Treaty Abuse: BEPS Action 6 and the balance between flexibility and predictability", was published in the January 2016 edition of Financial Instruments, Tax and Accounting Review.
Adam graduated with first class honours from the University of Leeds and studied at The College of Law in York, joining Cadwalader as a partner in 2006. He is admitted to the roll of Solicitors in England and Wales and is a keen advocate of pro bono legal work, serving both as the London office's pro bono partner and an Honorary Legal Adviser at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau.