Russell Jacobs


F +44 20.7615.3100


100 Liverpool Street

London, UK EC2M 2AT

T +44 20.7615.3009

F +44 20.7615.3100

Russell is an international corporate tax lawyer, with over 30 years' experience in the structuring of cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private joint ventures and partnerships, debt and equity capital markets and structured finance, securitisation and other tax-efficient transactions. Working with the best foreign tax lawyers around the world, Russell enjoys leading and project managing such transactions, whichever countries they touch. 

Primary Focus & Experience

Russell's practice covers all areas of domestic and international corporate taxation. He has developed significant expertise in the corporate finance sector where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and restructuring; and, in the financial services sector, on cross-border products and investment structures.

In the corporate finance area, in particular, Russell has wide experience in both the structuring of domestic and multinational consortia and joint ventures in private equity mergers, acquisitions and corporate reconstructions as well as the lease financing of high value assets, such as aircraft and other transportation assets, plant machinery and real estate. He has significant experience in the field of investment fund structures for a wide range of assets – debt and synthetic instruments, equities, real estate, infrastructure projects, litigation funding claims – across the international spectrum of debt and equity investors.

In the structured product market, Russell's experience includes tax-efficient preference share and hybrid instrument issuances, foreign and domestic tax credit utilization structures, tax-enhanced capital fundraising and investment products, portfolio and single asset financings (including real estate securitization, all forms of debt and security-based stocklending and repo transactions and real estate tax-effective financing) and partnership structures.

In the project and infrastructure finance area, Russell has developed particular expertise in the structuring of international consortium and partnership-based vehicles for the financing and development of major projects and assets, the acquisition of significant portfolios of assets especially recently in the arena of bank non-core asset disposals, and the construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure projects.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Russell read law at University College London and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1985.  He is recognised as a leading tax lawyer and ranked in a number of legal directories.  He is actively engaged in the Pro Bono and CSR arenas, serving as a board member of the Lawyers Steering Committee for LawWorks and as a trustee of Haifa University UK and Magan David Adam UK.


Additional Details
  • UCL, LL.B.
  • College of Law
  • England and Wales