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About Sam Withnall

Sam is a counsel in our London tax team. He advises corporates, financial institutions and investment funds across a range of sectors and industries, including consumer goods, energy, financial institutions and insurance. His work encompasses public and private M&A, joint ventures, equity and debt issuances, IPOs, demergers and restructurings, in each case usually with an international component.  Sam also advises on tax disputes and litigation.

Recent work

  • The independent board of Haleon plc as part of its demerger from GSK plc;
  • Rentokil Initial on its $6.7 billion acquisition of Terminix;
  • Tesco on the successful $10 billion disposal of its Thai and Malaysian businesses;
  • CK Hutchison on the landmark $6 billion merger of its Indonesian telecommunications business, Hutchison 3 Indonesia with Indosat Tbk, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Group;
  • Sun Life on its sale of Sun Life of Canada UK to the Phoenix Group;
  • Warburg Pincus on its sale of a 25 per cent. stake in Reiss to Next plc;
  • Starbucks Corporation on its $7.15 billion global coffee alliance with Nestlé;
  • SSE on the proposed spin-off and merger of its retail business with nPower;
  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. and Petershill Partners plc on Petershill Partners’ IPO and London premium listing;
  • Pod Point and EDF Energy on Pod Point’s IPO and London premium listing;
  • Pearson on the sale of the Financial Times Group to Nikkei for £844 million and the sale of its 50 per cent. stake in The Economist Group for £469m;
  • London Stock Exchange Group plc on its £750m share buyback programme; and
  • a number of clients on the implications of the European Commission’s decision concluding that aspects of the UK’s CFC rules constituted illegal state aid.


  • New College, University of Oxford, UK (BA (Hons) Classics)
  • New College, University of Oxford, UK (MSt Ancient Philosophy)
  • BPP Law School, UK (Graduate Diploma In Law)
  • BPP Law School, UK (Legal Practice Course)