Michael Shaw Partner

Michael advises international individuals, trustees and family offices on tax, structuring and succession planning.

His clients include entrepreneurs, private equity executives, family offices and trustees. Almost all his work has a complex tax background and a strong cross-border element.

He has extensive experience advising international clients coming to the UK for the first time on pre-arrival planning and existing UK residents on navigating the UK’s complex tax rules – as well as clients elsewhere looking to invest in the UK or with only minimal links to the UK.  

He advises on establishing and running asset holding structures and family offices. He often works in tandem with advisers elsewhere to balance competing tax and practical demands in multiple jurisdictions, providing a consolidated cross-border service for clients.

Michael co-hosts Macfarlanes' long-running cross-border planning seminars in Geneva and Zurich three times a year and has a particular focus on the team's relationships with Swiss advisers, as well as broader emphasis on matters with a European nexus.

Michael is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Michael sits on the steering group for our Pride staff network, a forum for networking and peer support between LGBT+ staff and allies.

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