You can reorganise or separate company activities and different subsidiaries using a variety of different methods.

This series of super practical tax guides provide an outline of the tax treatment together with step guides and tax clearance templates.

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Topic/Case study

1. Trading company with two trading activities:

  • Separate its two trades into different companies.
  • With same owners or split between existing owners.


  • Potential sale of one trade.
  • Separation/fallout of business partners.

See Case Study 1: Tradeco: demerger of two trades

2. Trading company with an investment property or investment business:

  • Separate out activities into separate companies


  • Potential sale of trade or investment business or investment asset
  • To preserve Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) or Inheritance Tax (IHT) Business Property Relief (BPR).

See Case Study 2: Tradeco: Demerger of its investment business

3. Trading company with investment subsidiary

  • Break up the group and create two stand-alone companies


  • Potential sale of trade, trading company or investment business.
  • To preserve CGT BADR or IHT BPR.

See Case Study 3: Tradeco demerger of investment subsidiary

4. Investment company with trading subsidiary:

  • Break up the group and create two stand-alone companies


  • Potential sale of trading company or investment business.
  • To preserve BADR or BPR.

See Case Study 4: Investco demerger of trading subsidiary

5. Management buyout

  • Form new holding company to buy out existing shareholders


  • Buyout by existing shareholders or by a combination of existing shareholders and employees 


  • Borrow against assets of new subsidiary
  • Share for share exchange for existing shareholders

See Case Study 5: Management buyout: via new holdco

6. Purchase of own shares

  • A purchase, by a company of its own shares from a retiring shareholder.


  • Buyout retiring or dissenting shareholder 


  • Use company funds to buy shares
  • Borrow against company assets to buy shares

See Case Study 6: POS: Buyout retiring shareholder

7. Creating a group

  • Adding a new holding company, or
  • Creating new subsidiaries


  • To separate new or different activities
  • To create a holding company for a share scheme or investment relief
  • Asset protection

See Case study 7: Creating a group

7. Stamp Duty: Share for Share exchange

  • What relief is there on a share for share exchange?
  • What are disqualifying events?
  • Examples of cases where relief applies and does not.

See Stamp Duty: Share for Share exchanges

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