Elena RowlandsPartner at TRAVERS SMITH
Elena is a partner in Traver Smith's Tax Department, specialising in the taxation of asset managers and investment funds. Elena has a broad practice advising asset managers on the tax issues affecting their businesses and products and institutional investors on their participation in investment structures. She acts for asset managers on the structuring and formation of private and listed alternative investment funds with a focus on private equity, venture, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds. She also works on the tax aspects of GP and LP-led transactions and secondaries (both buy-side and sell-side), carried interest arrangements and co-investment schemes as well as advising asset managers on the complex tax issues affecting their businesses including restructurings, succession planning and management spin-outs. Elena is also a member of the firm's contentious tax group and advises clients on tax authority enquiries and investigations, whether they are informal enquiries, formal investigations or disputes in the tax tribunals and courts. She is a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s working groups on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and partnerships, a member of the Alternative Credit Council Tax Committee and a member of the Income Tax Sub-Committee of the Law Society. She regularly speaks at conferences and is the author of Tolley’s Tax Planning chapter on partnerships and the UK chapter of the Chambers and Partners Investment Funds 2022 Guide.