Debevoise Adds New International Counsel to Tax Group

23 March 2020

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that Jenny Wheater is joining the firm’s London office as an international counsel and member of the Tax and Private Equity Groups.

Ms. Wheater advises clients on the tax aspects of establishing and operating various types of investment funds, including private equity, debt and real estate funds, and on a variety of private equity transactions such as secondaries.

A long-standing, prominent member of the London tax and investment management community, Ms. Wheater sits on the British Venture Capital Association BVCA Tax Committee and on the Association of Real Estate Funds AREF Brexit Working Group. She is also the lead editor of the book “Global Tax Aspects of Private Fund Formation” published in 2016, and is the editor of the IBA publication “Business Law International”.

Ms. Wheater is admitted to practice in both England and Wales and New York.

Ms. Wheater joins a preeminent tax team at Debevoise, further strengthening its recognized ability to provide market-leading US and UK tax advice to clients. The arrival of Ms. Wheater is the latest step in the growth of the team, which also promoted Cécile Beurrier to partner in the London office in 2019.

Richard Ward, Chair of Debevoise’s UK tax practice, comments: “Private equity funds and their transactions are an important part of our tax practice. Welcoming Jenny into the team reconfirms our commitment to offer those fund clients the very best advice in the market. She is an outstanding lawyer, with a proven commitment not only to technical excellence, but also to influencing tax policy through high-level involvement in bodies such as the BVCA. I look forward to welcoming her into the team.”

Jenny Wheater, international counsel at Debevoise, comments: “I am excited to be joining the team at Debevoise. The tax environment for private equity has changed at a daunting pace in recent years, and so it has rarely been more important for funds to plan carefully for the challenges and opportunities that brings. Debevoise has been at the forefront of that change for some time, and I am looking forward to playing my part in the firm’s ongoing success.”