Matthew Birchall is an associate in Goodwin’s Tax practice. Mr. Birchall advises on a wide range of tax matters, with a focus on M&A, private investment funds (particularly real estate funds) and real estate tax. Mr. Birchall also has particular expertise in transactional risk insurance (both W&I/R&W and specific tax risk insurance).
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Mr. Birchall’s representative experience includes advising:

  • Creat-backed Tiancheng International
    • on its proposed €1.1 billion sale to Grifols of its indirect majority stake in Biotest, a specialist in innovative hematology and clinical immunology solutions.
    • on the disposal of its majority stake in Bio Products Laboratory, a specialist in the development of rare disease products using fractionated blood plasma, to Permira.
  • Graphite Capital on its £428 million sale of U-POL, an automotive repair and refinishing products provider, to Axalta Coating Systems.
  • GTT Communications, Inc. on its sale of its infrastructure business to I Squared Capital for US$2.15 billion. I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment management firm focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure.
  • Wavecrest Growth Partners, along with co-investor Abry Partners, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Pole Star Space Applications, a SaaS provider of regulatory and compliance maritime technology servicing a range of financial institutions, governments and shipping companies.
  • Shareholders of Receipt Bank / Dext on its majority sale to Hg Capital.
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners on its investment in Prime Global Medical Communications Ltd. in partnership with its founder and management team. 
  • Kymab on its agreement under which Sanofi will acquire Kymab for an upfront payment of approximately $1.1 billion and up to $350 million upon achievement of certain milestones.
  • Queens Park Equity on the leveraged acquisition of Sagacity Group, a London-based IT consultancy company.
  • A major global asset manager on the fund structuring for investments in UK real estate by one of its closed-ended pan-European real estate funds (with commitments of c. €1.5 billion).*
  • Investec Property Fund on its acquisition from Ares (and its co-investors) of a controlling stake in a pan-European logistics portfolio, valued at c. €1 billion.*
  • Several major W&I insurers in the London market on tax coverage aspects of 50+ W&I policies.*
  • A global investment bank on the lender-side tax structuring for a c. £875 million real estate development financing.
  • A South Korean asset manager on the availability of the qualifying private placement (QPP) exemption for one of its debt funds in relation to a real estate financing.*
  • Ashby Capital on the tax aspects and structuring of its corporate acquisition of 127 Kensington High Street and Kensington Arcade from Columbia Threadneedle for c. £185 million and associated acquisition finance.*
  • Capital & Counties Properties Plc on the sale of its interests in Earls Court, including a 63% interest in the Earls Court Partnership with Transport for London, to APG and Delancey (on behalf of its client fund) for £425 million.*
  • Tishman Speyer and PSP Investments on the corporate sale of Verde SW1, a mixed-use property in London's West End, to Deka Immobilien for c. £457 million.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.


Mr. Birchall was recognized by Chambers UK 2022 as an Associate to Watch in the Tax category. 

Mr. Birchall is recognized by Chambers UK 2021 as an “Associate to Watch.” Mr. Birchall is described as “an associate with a burgeoning reputation for his work on corporate and real estate tax … He is an exceptional tax lawyer who understands the issues, the risks and the client's requirements … His ability to translate technical tax issues into commercial issues is very good."

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LL.B., Law, 2013
University of Bristol



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