Tom Rank Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2012 - Chartered Taxation Adviser

Qualified: 2009 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Tom Rank

Tom Rank is a principal associate in our UK Tax & Funds Team with eight years' post-qualification experience. He regularly advises clients acquiring and disposing of complex businesses and is highly accomplished at negotiating and drafting as well as identifying and advising on complex tax issues.

Tom has a broad experience with the tax issues faced by large businesses across many activities including employee incentive and termination arrangements, debt raising, and commercial contracts. He has recently advised a large manufacturer on a billion dollar reorganisation involving various non-UK entities and hybrid structures and a healthcare provider on the VAT aspects of cross border supplies through complex agency arrangements. He has also been closely monitoring and advising in respect of the new corporate interest deductibility rules.


  • Advising a large multinational on the tax consequences of an international reorganisation and repatriation of cash to the US
  • Advising a listed plc on the establishment of a new CSOP and unapproved option scheme and the establishment of a new employee benefit trust.
  • Advising a listed Canadian resources company on the impact of its existing incentive package on its domicile into the UK
  • Advising a prominent UK private equity house on the implementation of a new unapproved share option scheme as part of the £105 million management buyout of a UK technology company
  • Implementing a phantom plan for an investment manager to give a senior executive an equivalent return on an exit to the equity investors
  • Advising senior management in a buyout scenario across six separate equity arrangements to ensure a deferral of the tax charge under the restricted securities rules.
  • Advising a Swedish multinational on growth share arrangements for their UK based CEO
  • Advising numerous start-ups in respect of the grant of EMI options to senior manager

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      June 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      March 2015
      Shoosmiths, associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      November 2013
      Pinsent Masons, associate
  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Chartered Taxation Adviser
  • 2010

    • Career
      September 2010
      DLA Piper, associate
  • 2009

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2002

    • Education
      University of Sheffield, BA, history