Transfer pricing and unallowable purpose: back to BlackRock

08 May 2024

In BlackRock Holdco LLC v HMRC, despite the Court of Appeal finding in favour of BlackRock Holdco 5 (LLC5) on the transfer pricing issue, its decision that the loan had an unallowable purpose means that LLC5 cannot claim deductions of £654m ([2024] EWCA Civ 330). The judgment serves as a warning about the extent of tax-advantaged structuring of otherwise genuine commercial acquisitions.

Sophie Rhind comments on the decision.

This article first appeared in the May 2024 issue of PLC Magazine

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