Taxation | Europe

Most people think of tax lawyers as bright but awkward technicians who stiffly interpret the Inland Revenue codes and regulations.  Tax lawyers are often said to be nerdy and uncommunicative (except in their own unique tax language), invariably telling the client what he, she or it cannot do.  Most people, however, also understand that tax is an important (often critical) part of any transaction.  Thus tax lawyers are appreciated (or, less charitably, tolerated) simply as a necessary evil.  The tax lawyers at Morrison and Foerster, however, are different.  Our tax lawyers are experts in their chosen field and they use their significant tax expertise to develop and implement comprehensive and creative solutions for our clients.  They are not wild and crazy, but they know how and when to draw an informed line between “too conservative” and “too aggressive”.  Our tax lawyers have successfully drawn that line many times across thousands of transactions for decades.  And, if we may say so ourselves, our tax lawyers are also people with whom you’d want to work.  They listen to their clients and propose creative solutions to client problems based on the facts, business realities and the law.  They don’t say “no” except when that’s the right answer.  On the other hand they don’t say “yes” unless they are positive they are right.  We think all this makes our Tax Department unique.  Our clients look to us for advice on a wide range of issues in the following areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, in particular cross-border transactions

  • International corporate tax planning

  • Tax efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures

  • Capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings and derivatives transactions

  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances

  • Private equity and venture capital formation and investment transactions

  • Tax planning for IP intensive companies

  • Transfer pricing matters

  • Domestic and offshore outsourcing

  • Employee equity participation and executive compensation

  • We also have extensive experience advising our clients on matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.


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