Mark Linington

Mark Linington

Director, Sector Head

Mark Linington is a Director in our Tax and Exchange Control practice and has over 22 years' experience in tax. He specialises in corporate tax services, particularly in relation to M&A activity such as private equity fund formation and portfolio movements, business restructurings, acquisitions, disposals and BEE structuring.

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Prior to joining Webber Wentzel in June 2006, Mark was a tax partner at Deloitte, having been with Deloitte for 17 years. Mark has specialised in mergers and acquisition tax services since 1998. His earlier experience includes advising listed and unlisted groups on corporate tax matters. Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1991 and obtained a Higher Diploma in Tax in 1994.

  • Mark's recent experience includes tax structuring for the largest buyout transactions in South Africa's history. He also has significant experience in corporate tax advisory services such as tax opinions and dispute resolution. His expertise includes:
    • Design private equity buyouts, including debt pushdown, management participation structures and BEE equity;
    • Design or appraisal of acquisition and disposal transactions;
    • Group rationalisations, unbundlings, BEE structuring and liquidations;
    • Tax due diligence reviews; and
    • Corporate tax advisory services, including tax opinions, tax planning, tax disputes, objections and appeals.
  • Chambers Global 2018-2020 ranked Mark Linington in Band 1 for tax: consultants. Chambers Global 2007–2016 ranked him in Band 2 for tax: consultants.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 recommended Mark in investment funds. In 2016-2018 recommended Mark for tax.
  • Mark Linington has been named a leading lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Advisory for 2017 and 2018.

Education

  • B Compt, University of South Africa
  • H Dip Acc and H Dip Tax, University of Durban Westville

Memberships

  • SAICA