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 investment funds, asset management entities and private equity financings. He also provides advice on corporate acquisitions, demergers and joint ventures, both within the UK and internationally, and provides counsel on disputes and litigation with revenue authorities, representing clients before the Appeal Courts.
The 2021 edition of Legal 500 UK ranked Adam’s team among the preeminent Corporate Tax practices in London. Additionally, Adam has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers UK, Europe and Global guides for the past 12 years running. One of the legal directories noted that Adam is a “truly outstanding tax lawyer” who "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.” Adam is also recognised by Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Tax Law. 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, "UK Corporate Interest Restriction Rules – keeping pace with change," was published in the January 2018 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 practice in England and Wales and is a very 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. Adam’s recent pro bono work includes charity formation, charitable endowments, advice in disputes with HMRC, and community film related projects.