Chris Agnoli

Counsel

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  • LPC, Distinction, BPP Law School, 2008
  • LLB (Laws with French Law), Upper second class with honours, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2010
  • French
  • The Law Society of England & Wales

Chris Agnoli

Counsel

Chris Agnoli is a London-based counsel in Ropes & Gray’s tax and benefits group. He has a wide range of experience working on complex U.K. and international tax issues. Chris provides tax advice on a broad spectrum of transactions involving all areas of corporate tax, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and hedge fund structuring, employment tax issues, financial markets transactions, and real estate matters. His clients have included institutional investors, investment managers, hedge funds, private equity funds, REITs and public companies. He regularly advises on cross-border and international tax matters, co-ordinating advice with counsel in a wide range of jurisdictions to provide fully joined-up advice on the tax effects of clients’ transactions.

Before joining the firm, Chris spent time on secondment at a leading commodities broker working as part of the internal tax team.

Experience

  • Advising Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Bracket on the acquisition of CRF Health, a leading provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry
  • Advising TPG Capital, and its portfolio company Beaver-Visitec, in connection with:
    • the acquisition of Malosa Medical, a UK-based medical devices company
    • the acquisition of PhysIOL Group SA 
  • Advising BidFair on its US$3.7 billion acquisition of Sotheby's, including a $600 million high yield bond, a $500 million Term Loan B and a $400 million revolving credit facility
  • Advising Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on its public to private acquisition of Abzena plc, a UK-based biopharmaceutical services company
  • Advising Duke Street Capital on the acquisition of Great Rail Journeys, the world’s leading provider of escorted rail journeys
  • Advising Ensono, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital, on its acquisition of the hosted data center services business from Wipro Limited, the IT consulting company in India
  • Advising Goldman Sachs with a €850 million equiva¬lent bridge to bond and super senior revolving facilities supporting the SEK13 billion public takeover offer by the founding family in respect of Oriflame Holding AG, a Swiss company listed in Sweden on Nasdaq Stockholm
  • Advising the underwriter in relation to the tax aspects of the initial public offering by Autolus Therapeutics (England and Wales)
  • Acting for Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of Riviera Travel, a leading specialist holiday operator of European escorted tours and cruises
  • Acting for Intermediate Capital Group on its US$5.3 billion consortium buyout of Visma, Europe's largest ever software buyout
  • Acting for Bain Capital in connection with:
    • the acquisition of NGA UK, a UK payroll and HR business from NGA Human Resources
    • the acquisition of Benefex, an HR technology business
    • its purchase of a controlling stake in MKM, the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, from 3i and Lloyds Development Capital
  • Acting for Baring Private Equity Asia on its and PAI Partners’ acquisition of World Freight Company International, the global leader in the General Sales and Service Agent market
  • A Family Office on the €500 million acquisition, development and financing of one of the World’s largest data centres and its associated letting to a major international tech company
  • Saïd Holdings on its real estate investments and financings, including on the acquisition and subsequent sale of 5 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London, to a Chinese investor for £270 million and the acquisition of Aldermary House in the City of London for £48 million
  • Advising Dutch pension fund APG on:
    • its acquisition of a 75 per cent. interest in a joint venture with TH Real Estate, with a combined equity commitment of c.£800 million, to develop the £1 billion 1.7 million sq.ft. St James Centre in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s largest private regeneration projects
    • a €400 million joint venture with Hines Ireland to develop four greenfield sites at Cherrywood, Dublin for PRS and associated retail and leisure purposes and on a wider €700 million PRS joint venture in the Dublin area
  • Advising TSG Consumer Partners on:
    • its acquisition of a minority stake in BrewDog, a Scottish craft beer company
    • its acquisition of a minority stake in Revolution Beauty
  • Advising Liberty Global on the establishment of a of a notes issuance programme by VM Receivables Financing, to fund the purchase of a consumer handset loan receivables from Virgin Media Mobile Finance 
  • Advising Virgin Media Group on the first ever issuance of receivables finance notes and the UK’s first ever handset securitisation 
  • Acting for UPC Holding B.V. and its subsidiaries in connection with high yield bond issuances including through special purpose vehicles, with the offering proceeds applied to fund term loans under credit facilities
  • Advising Cable & Wireless Communications and its subsidiaries in connec¬tion with Sable International Finance Limited's issuance of US$400 million of senior secured notes due 2027, adding secured bonds to the Cable & Wireless capital structure, and the issuance of US$300 million senior notes due 2027, issued as additional notes to the existing US$700 million senior notes originally issued in August 2017

Publications

  • Co-Author, “More permanent establishments,” Financial Instruments Tax and Accounting Review (December 2015)
  • Co-Author, “A practical approach to the DPT,” Financial Instruments Tax and Accounting Review (June 2015) 
  • Author, “Salaried members’ and LLPs,” Tax Journal as part of the ‘Draft Finance Bill 2014: points to watch’ feature (February 14, 2014)

Disclaimer

Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 52100).
  • LPC, Distinction, BPP Law School, 2008
  • LLB (Laws with French Law), Upper second class with honours, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007
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