Sarah Priestley is the Head of the European Tax practice at Goodwin. Ms. Priestley focuses on complex UK, multi-jurisdictional and pan-European M&A and private equity transactions. She advises on the UK corporation tax, VAT and stamp duty aspects of a wide range of commercial transactions, including take privates, private equity investments, private and public company takeovers, corporate restructurings and spinoffs. Ms. Priestley also advises on management packages, employment taxation and share incentive schemes.

Ms. Priestley has advised many leading European and international private equity houses and private capital investors including Apax,* Arle,* Bregal Sagemount, Bridgepoint, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,* CapitalD, Charlesbank, DLJ Merchant Banking,* ECI, Epiris,* GMT Communications, Graphite Capital, HgCapital,* Investcorp,* LeapFrog Investments, Morgan Stanley,* Partners Group, Peacock,* RBS Global Restructuring,* Silver Lake,* Spice Private Equity, Symphony Technology,* Triton,* Veronis Suhler,* VKR Holdings and Vitruvian.

She also advises portfolio companies backed by private equity houses and senior management teams when their businesses are being bought, sold or refinanced by private equity houses. Clients have included All3Media,* Amcor, Anemka Resources,* CAS Services,* Core Computers, DOCUgroup,* Dometic,* Duster Bidco Limited, EurotaxGlass’s,* Eva Automation, Get Norway,* Hastings Insurance,* HiT Entertainment,* Intelsat,* Land Securities Trillium,* MeetingZone,* Melita,* Memrise, Mergermarket, Mozart Bidco, Permira Debt Managers,* Pillarstone,* Primesight,* Qioptiq,* Quilter Cheviot,* So Television,* Thomson Directories,* Travelex,* Wisdom Tree Investments, Workfront and World Directories.*

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, she was the London Head of Tax at Shearman & Sterling, and was previously Head of the Corporate Tax Group at Weil Gotshal’s London office. Ms. Priestley is also a member of the BVCA Tax Committee. 

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

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CPE, 1992
University of the South West of England
Masters Degree, 1992
Newnham College
B.A., 1989
Newnham College



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