Ed Denny is head of Orrick’s London tax department. Ed supports domestic and cross-border corporate and finance practices. He focuses on the tax aspects of corporate finance transactions and structures, including mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies. Ed has a particular interest in international tax issues and the technology sector.

Ed was selected by Tax Journal as one of its "40 under 40" list of the UK’s leading young tax practitioners, and has undertaken secondments in the past with the international tax groups at HSBC and Vodafone.  Ed advised Canal+ on the sale of its interest in Poland's TVN group which was awarded 2016 European Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year at International Tax Review's European Tax Awards.

Clients say the following about Ed:

"Ed exerts a calming influence on those around him which inspires confidence in his ability to deliver - which he does"

"He puts his knowledge and skills to work for the client and is always thinking of possible solutions"

"His technical memoranda are usually full of different alternatives, but which differentiates him from most advisors, these are in every case feasible and realistic"

Representative transactions include:

  • Studio Canal's acquisition of Paddington Bear IP rights;
  • Canal+ Group's sale of its interest in Poland's TVN group;
  • BP's sale of its LPG bottling business in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Poland, Turkey, Austria and China;
  • HSBC’s £12.5 billion underwritten rights issue;
  • Iberia’s £4.4 billion merger with British Airways;
  • AXA’s £2.75 billion disposal of its UK life insurance business;
  • Delta’s acquisition of a £220 million stake in Virgin Atlantic;
  • BNP Paribas’ acquisition of the fund management arm of Credit Suisse creating a business with combined assets under administration of $231 billion.
  Ed publishes regularly in Tax Journal, PLC Magazine, BNA International and Financier Worldwide.