Robert Young is a partner in Goodwin’s Tax practice, specializing in the tax aspects of transactions. A solicitor and a Chartered Tax Adviser, Mr. Young provides tax planning and structuring advice on a variety of deals, fund-raisings, and projects, with particular expertise in venture capital taxation (including the enterprise and seed enterprise investment and venture capital trust schemes), M&A (particularly in the technology and life science industries), and both the direct and indirect tax aspects of real estate and corporate real estate investments and transactions.

Mr. Young is particularly active in advising start-up businesses and venture capital investors in such businesses and has spoken regularly on the tax advantages and structuring of investment in growth industries. He is also highly experienced in advising international investors on the tax aspects of UK real estate financing, investment, and development.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2019, Mr. Young headed the UK Tax & Incentives group at Taylor Wessing LLP.

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Mr. Young’s representative experience includes advising:

  • Raptor Technologies, a portfolio company of our client JMI Equity, on its acquisition of Oaktree Topco Limited, is a leading software solution for monitoring safeguarding, wellbeing and a range of child welfare issues.
  • ECI Partners acting through ECI 11 LP, on the acquisition of Avantia Insurance, a virtual home and property insurance provider trading as ‘HomeProtect’.
  • LDC on its acquisition of Wifinity, a Gigabit Internet Service Provider, with products and services connecting over 6 million people a year.
  • 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.
  • Shareholders of Receipt Bank / Dext on its majority sale to Hg Capital.  
  • Rare Whisky Holdings, a whisky investment group based in Hong, on its acquisition of a 49% stake in Whisky Hammer, provider of a whisky auction service.
  • Incopro, an online intellectual property and brand protection company, on its sale to Corsearch, a portfolio company of Astorg.
  • Queens Park Equity
    • and DCSL in connection with the acquisition and integration of Guidesmiths Limited to form DCSL Guidesmiths
    • on the leveraged acquisition of Sagacity Group, a London-based IT consultancy company 
  • Exclusive Networks in its acquisition of Ignition Technology Ltd, a leading distributor of SaaS security products in the UK, Nordics and Benelux regions. Exclusive Networks are ultimately owned by funds managed by Permira.
  • Clarion Partners Europe (European real estate investment fund manager) on the sale to Dream Industrial REIT (an open-ended real estate investment trust listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange) of a corporate structure holding a portfolio of 31 institutional quality logistics assets across Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for a consideration valuing the properties at over €880 million.
  • Quanta Dialysis Technologies on its completion of a $245 million oversubscribed Series D funding round, the largest private funding round for a dialysis device company in history. 
  • Centessa Pharmaceuticals plc, a next-generation biopharmaceutical company that aims to reshape the traditional drug development process, on its $379.5 million initial public offering
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners on its investment in Prime Global Medical Communications Ltd. in partnership with its founder and management team. 
  • The founders and shareholders of on the tax aspects of the company’s acquisition by Accor Hotels.*
  • Cambridge Enterprise on the structuring and launch of Cambridge Innovation Capital PLC and subsequent funding rounds and investments.*
  • TrueBlue, Inc. on the UK tax structuring and implications of its acquisition of a leading UK recruitment process outsourcing business.*
  • The founders and shareholders of WorkAngel Technology Ltd on the tax structuring and implications of a merger with the LifeWorks division of Ceridian HCM, Inc. *
  • A leading Southeast Asian conglomerate on the tax structuring of significant U.K. property developments.*
  • A leading international private bank and investment group on the tax structuring of a number of substantial U.K. property acquisitions.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. Young is a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax.


Mr. Young has been named one of Tax Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” tax practitioners in the UK. Mr. Young is recommended in the Corporate Tax Category by Legal 500 UK

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Chartered Tax Adviser, 2002
Chartered Institute of Taxation
M.A., 1997
Cambridge University



Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Chartered Tax Adviser (qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation)
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