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Mergers & Acquisitions Tax

In addition to mergers and acquisitions and the formation of joint ventures, company reorganisation 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 we provide comprehensive support to our clients when undertaking such transactions, both in terms of the tax due diligence as well as when structuring the transaction. In doing so, we ensure the value-adding nature of the transaction, whilst also minimising tax risks.

Our clients in the M&A Tax area include in particular corporates, private equity firms and family offices.

Our M&A Tax team's wealth of experience covers all domestic and cross boarder transactional areas. Our specialists are experts in the fields of acquisition, divestiture, restructuring, acquisition financing and initial public offerings.

A combination of global transaction expertise within our premium tax network WTS Global and local tax expertise allows our M&A Tax specialists to provide high-quality, coordinated tax advice, regardless of the country in which our client's transaction is being completed.

Our M&A Tax team provides expert advice and first class solutions at every stage of a business transaction: starting with the due diligence, followed by the structuring and negotiations of the underlying legal agreements, right up to post deal implementation and integration.

Our M&A Tax experts provide the following range of services:

  • We advise our clients on the structuring of the sale of an asset or a company. Our goal is a mitigation of the tax liabilities arising from those transactions.
  • Our M&A Tax professionals structure acquisitions in a tax efficient manner. We place special emphasis on flexibility for a later exit and the financing of the transaction.
  • At WTS, we have comprehensive expertise in negotiating tax clauses in asset and share purchase agreements.
  • Our advice helps clients achieve the most tax efficient "return on exit".

Our M&A Tax team also provides tax modelling as well as tax due diligence services to both buy- and sell-side parties. This can be supplied either as a standalone deliverable or as part of our financial due diligence & valuation complete support to a transaction.

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Stefan Hölzemann
Partner, Head of Köln Office
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