Companies experience complex tax issues, both in their home county and in the jurisdictions in which they do business, that require a coordinated global delivery of services incorporating both knowledge of national legislation, including tax treaties, as well as the appropriate international perspective.
Our lawyers and tax advisory services help multinational companies address the complex challenges of international commerce and business operations as well as manage and resolve tax disputes. Our tax group also assists clients in structuring a wide range of transactions, from private equity deals to corporate acquisitions and disposals. We provide these tax services across our platform, while at the same time offering clients the benefits of the attorney-client and work-product privileges.
Our tax lawyers draw upon the experience of colleagues in numerous areas of law, including intellectual property and technology, corporate and finance, real estate, employment and employee benefits. In addition, our practice in such areas as public affairs and government affairs further strengthen the capabilities of our tax practitioners, resulting in fully integrated advice to our clients.
Tax Controversy and Disputes
Our Tax Controversy practice focuses on complex tax controversy matters, including tax audits, administrative appeals, claims for refund, voluntary disclosures and civil tax litigation.
Our tax controversy practice consists of experienced lawyers with excellent credentials in the area of tax law who are repeatedly recognized as leaders in the areas of tax disputes and tax litigation.
For many years we have represented multinational corporations, privately owned companies, partnerships, limited liability companies, high-net-worth individuals and trusts and estates in all aspects of sophisticated tax controversies.
Many of our Tax Controversy and Disputes lawyers have more than 10 years of experience in private practice and many have experience in government service.
VAT and Custom Duties
VAT affects all transactions involving the provision of goods or services in every EU jurisdiction and in many jurisdictions outside the EU. An understanding of how VAT operates is essential if businesses are to avoid failing to charge VAT when appropriate and unnecessary costs in terms of not being able to reclaim VAT charged to them. Penalties are increasingly stringent for non-compliance.
Our specialist VAT team advises clients on the incidence of VAT, how to structure commercial transactions in a VAT efficient way and registration and compliance generally.
We also advise on customs duties, including the procedures for importing and exporting goods to and from the country, the prohibitions and restrictions, the reliefs available (including temporary importation relief and inward and outward processing reliefs), the classification of goods for tariff purposes and valuation issues, so as to ensure that the correct amount of customs duties is paid at the right time.
We have contentious VAT lawyers within the team who can provide assistance in relation to VAT disputes and negotiating settlements.
Transactional Tax Planning
We offer our clients sophisticated, innovative and creative tax and business planning advice in connection with domestic transactions and investments.
The transactional tax practice works closely with clients including major multinational corporations, sovereigns and their controlled investment entities, large pension funds, private equity and hedge funds, investment and commercial banks, real estate funds and companies, sports and entertainment companies. Our accumulated knowledge of the latest developments enables us to efficiently serve our clients’ interests. We represent clients both on the investor and sponsor side and on the buy or sell side, bringing further value to deals.
The transactional tax team is committed to advancing transactions to meet the objectives of our clients. In doing so, we often collaborate with our clients’ internal tax and accounting departments, as well as outside accounting firms, to design the most advantageous structure yielding optimal after-tax results, lowering effective tax rates or otherwise achieving our clients’ commercial and tax specific goals. Because of our extensive experience, we can help build a consensus on the best approach, and we are prepared to support our conclusions with contemporaneous written advice that supports the anticipated tax treatment.