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Danny Blum, Partner

Danny Blum

Partner

Practice areas

  • Employee share schemes
  • Tax planning and consultancy

Practice notes

Danny is a Partner in our seven strong team dedicated to employee incentives/benefits and heads up the London team. He advises on all aspects of share/cash based employee incentives. He advises on the implementation of LTIPs, tax advantaged arrangements, SAYE Schemes, restricted stock awards, cash bonus plans and numerous bespoke arrangements designed to achieve tax efficiency. He advises listed companies, AIM companies, private companies, private equity houses and trust companies on issues relating to employee incentives generally, in takeover/MBO situations and on IPO. Danny also advises global corporations on extending their incentive plans into the UK, EMEA and beyond.

Experience includes advising on the employee share plan aspects of the £2bn acquisition of New Look Retail Group by Brait, on the acquisition of e2v plc by Teledyne Technologies Inc, on the acquisition of Cape plc by Altrad, and on the aborted acquisition by Capita Group plc of Xchanging plc. Danny has advised UK corporations such as AstraZeneca plc, Microgen plc, ARM, Ophir Energy plc, CPPGroup plc, Consort Medical Group plc and New Look Retail Group on extending stock awards across multiple jurisdictions. He has also advised US corporations such as Wolverine Worldwide Inc, Univar Inc, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. and Alix Partners on extending stock awards across the globe. Finally, Danny advised on incentive arrangements in connection with the admission of Charter Court Financial Services plc, Eurocell plc, Medica Group plc and NewRiver REIT plc to trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Legal 500 2018 comments: The "very responsive, proactive and commercial" Danny Blum chairs the London team at the firm. He is experienced across the suite of share scheme and cash incentive matters, advising both domestic and international clients”. Chambers UK comments: Danny "is adept at dealing with international advisory and transactional share scheme matters. He is very good at what he does, gives very detailed responses to questions and receives praise for his good commercial view on things.”

Danny is on the Training Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers Group, is on the Share Schemes Experts Committee of the Quoted Company Alliance and is on the Employment Taxes Committee of the CBI.

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