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Paul Sutton

The ‘Steve Jobs’ strategy for Transfer Pricing agreements

We recently hosted a private discussion group for heads of tax, heads of TP and CFOs of multinational groups. The focus was on intercompany agreements tor TP compliance. One view, which appeared to be shared by many, was that lawyers often get in the way of effective group structures and transfer pricing agreements. This was not due to any lack of diligence …
Paul Sutton

The shocking truth about buying property SPVs

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been supporting a client who is in the early stages of buying an SPV which holds a UK commercial property. We haven’t got stuck into the corporate due diligence yet, but it seems that the price has been agreed, subject to contract. On paper, property SPV purchases are very attractive – mainly because of the …
Paul Sutton

Maintaining intercompany agreements: If you rest too long …

To my shame, the grounds of Chateau Sutton are living proof of the Jim Rohn quote “If you rest too long, the weeds will take the garden.” We’ve been without a gardener for a while, and it seems that a mini forest of horse chestnut saplings has grown up in the front garden. Luckily we’ve lined up a new gardener, called Jake, who is ginger-haired …
Paul Sutton

Are Property Developers Greedy?

Property developers are often criticised for being greedy. They get a bad press for building rabbit hutch-sized houses on green fields, cutting corners on construction, buying up and demolishing well-loved local landmarks, sitting on land without using it, failing to provide affordable homes and generally for making huge profits. Of course, much of …
Paul Sutton

How to find your mission

I believe that a lot of people struggle with the idea of ‘mission’ – or lack of it – in their lives. It’s probably why corporate mission statements attract so much derision. We as human beings always bring the quickest and harshest criticism to those faults in others, that we’re most ashamed of in ourselves. I thought you would like these …
Paul Sutton

How to find your mission

I believe that a lot of people struggle with the idea of ‘mission’ – or lack of it – in their lives. It’s probably why corporate mission statements attract so much derision. We as human beings always bring the quickest and harshest criticism to those faults in others, that we’re most ashamed of in ourselves. I thought you would like these …