In addition to mergers and acquisitions, company reorganisations and restructuring are an integral part of strategic business development. Such transactions are often highly complex and may pose significant tax risks. This is why at WTS Austria we provide comprehensive support to our clients when undertaking such transactions, both in terms of the tax due diligence as well as with the structuring. In doing so, we ensure the value-adding nature of the transaction, whilst also minimising risks.
Our clients include companies, SMEs, start-ups, holding companies, private equity companies, private foundations and family offices.
The wealth of experience held by our M&A tax team covers all transaction areas in Austria and abroad. Our specialists are experts in the fields of acquisition, sales, financing, restructuring and the transfer of businesses and assets in both domestic and cross-border (exit tax) cases.
When selling a company, the pros and cons between an asset and a share deal must always be weighed up. A combination of global transaction expertise and local tax knowledge allows our M&A tax specialists to provide high-quality, coordinated tax advice, regardless of which country our client's transaction is being completed.
Our WTS team provides competent advice and first class solutions at every stage of a business transaction: starting with the due diligence, followed by the structuring and negotiations, through to the corporate sales contract, right up to post deal implementation. We manage and accompany the sales negotiations (from the viewpoint of both the seller and purchaser), review and formulate tax clauses, purchase price and accounting clauses and specifically address "red flag" topics (e.g. shell company purchase).
When we take over the controlling of the overall M&A or structuring project, we work with trusted partners from Corporate Finance, Legal and Financial. At WTS we offer a full service and prepare a complete offer that is tailored to the client's needs. After closing, we then take over the fiscal implementation, declaration of the transaction, representation of the individual interests vis-à-vis the financial administration as well as the ongoing tax compliance for our clients.