Iain Wright LLB FCA CTA
Iain established Claritas in 2012. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Iain was formerly a Tax Director with both KPMG and RSM Tenon in Birmingham and he has more than 16 years’ experience in the tax and accountancy profession.
As a member of KPMG’s mergers and acquisitions tax team, Iain was involved in more than 200 international and domestic transactions involving public and private companies and private equity houses. He was also extensively involved in cross border investments by UK companies in Europe, North America and emerging markets and was the Tax Director responsible for cross border activity between the UK and India, in which capacity he visited India on numerous occasions to advise both Indian and UK companies.
Whilst Iain’s focus at KPMG was on privately owned companies and their shareholders and managers, he was also involved in a number of high profile transactions including Ford Motor Company’s sales of Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin and the acquisition by Icelandic investor, Baugur, of numerous UK retailers.
As a Tax Director at RSM Tenon, Iain provided tax advice to a wide range of privately owned companies from entrepreneurial start ups to UK and foreign multinational companies.
As a result of his work with KPMG and RSM Tenon, Iain is very experienced in advising companies, their managers and their shareholders on all aspects of their tax affairs. However, his philosophy as an adviser is that tax is only relevant within a commercial context- tax advice should support and enable a company or individual to achieve their commercial objectives but should not determine them. Furthermore, tax advice should be given in a way that is unambiguous, with clear recommendations which allow the client to make decisions. This philosophy is summed up in the single word, clarity, or, in Latin, Claritas.
Outside of work, Iain’s two young children take up the majority of his free time but he manages to pursue a number of interests including membership of the finance committee of a local charity, travelling and spending time with friends. Having grown up in Derby, he is a keen supporter of Derby County FC but is having to resist his 8 year old son’s attempts to convert him to Aston Villa!