Sam Burford

Trainee Solicitor


Sam joined MJH as a Paralegal in September 2017 after interning with the firm in the summer. Since January 2018, Sam has been a Trainee Solicitor.


Experience

Hedge Funds
Sam has coordinated and assisted in advising on the successful launch of numerous hedge funds. He has recently worked on numerous large mandates involving traditional long/short strategies as well as innovative algorithmic investment strategies. He has experience of working with various types of fund vehicle and bespoke structures, and frequently assists with advising on the form of such structures. Sam also has particular expertise in advising on matters of data protection in the hedge fund sphere.

Sam has primarily worked with UK, US and Cayman Islands based fund establishments, though he does have experience of working with jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and the Channel Islands.

Tax
Further to the offshore nature of Sam’s work, he has developed an intimate knowledge of the Investment Manager’s Exemption, and works with foreign counsel to minimise tax leakage.

Most recently in the private equity sphere, he assisted with advising a large international fund manager on how to structure its latest fund in order to secure favourable carried interest tax treatment using a multi-jurisdiction structure. He also assisted with advising on subsequent disclosure obligations to HMRC, and on issues concerning tax treatment of profits made by the fund. On another mandate, Sam assisted with advising a large multi-jurisdiction fund manager on the carried interest implications arising from a ‘carry reset’ after the manager decided to extend the life of its fund.

Sam also has knowledge of tax in the M&A sphere. He recently assisted with advising on the tax implications of a medium sized share purchase transaction, which involved bespoke purchase terms requiring extensive tax analysis, in addition to highly bespoke debt financing arrangements requiring considerable tax analysis.

Before joining MJ Hudson, Sam worked at a large public regulatory body, where he advised on disciplinary procedures and drafted decisions of statutory panels. He has also undertaken numerous volunteer roles, ranging from co-founding a regional branch of a national group to co-ordinating social policy efforts at Citizens Advice.


Education

  • First class degree in Law from the University of Gloucestershire, having spent his first year at the University of Westminster on an academic excellence scholarship; and
  • Distinction in Legal Practice from BPP University in Holborn.

Interests

In his spare time Sam enjoys watching and playing football.  He is also a cricket fan and has recently started to learn French.