Matthew Poole

Partner, Corporate Tax

“Holds an excellent track record for its work in real estate matters both in the UK, and internationally.” Chambers UK, 2017
Advised on >£2bn of complex tax matters in the last 12 months
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Matthew advises on all aspects of property and corporate taxation including in relation to acquisitions, disposals, development, real estate finance, property funds, joint ventures and cross-border investment structures.

He has particular experience advising on structured real estate transactions, real estate funds (including REITs), joint-ventures and tax planning for property acquisitions and disposals, both in the UK and cross-border.

Matthew advises a wide range of clients including REITs, sovereign wealth funds, developers  and institutional investors.

  • 9 years’ experience in advising on tax matters, cooperate real estate and structured finance transactions.
  • Significant past projects include the purchase and sale of Nido student accommodation for £600m, sale of Brindley place for £260m and regeneration scheme for Birmingham town centre.
  • A member of the BPF working group regarding interest deductibility and consultation taxation of non-resident companies.



Examples of Work

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Land Securities

Advising on numerous office and residential developments with an aggregate construction spend in excess of £1billion including Wellington House, Kings Gate, the Zig Zag building 1&2 New Ludgate and the 897,000 square feet mixed used Nova development.


Sovereign Wealth Funds

Structuring investments for UK real estate acquisitions, disposals and developments.


Pension funds

Acting for a Canadian and a Dutch pension fund in respect of a new joint venture targeting the UK Logistics market. The strategy is to grow the fund to a value of £1.2bn.


Round Hill Capital

Advising on the acquisition and disposal of Nido London S.à r.l.’s luxury student housing portfolio to Greystar Real Estate Partners for £600m. The Nido portfolio comprises three student housing assets in London’s King’s Cross, Notting Hill and Spitalfields with a total of 2,375 beds.


Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank

Advising Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar on the development of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank. This will be one of the largest developments in London and will comprise up to 798 homes, 76,000 sq m of office floor space including a new headquarters building for Shell, up to 6,000 sq m of retail floor space and up to 2,500 sq m of community leisure space as well as associated basement, plant and infrastructure. Providing strategic construction procurement advice for residential led mixed use scheme.


Time Inc.

Advised on its sale of the company owning the Blue Fin Building in Southwark, London for £415 million to a joint venture between Oxford Properties and Temasek.