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Clients rely on the recognized technical strength and commercial experience of Freshfields’ global tax team for advice on the most complex cross-border transactions, contentious tax matters and strategic tax advisory issues.

Fast-paced changes in tax policy and legislation and increasingly litigious tax authorities mean businesses need a global view of tax strategies.

The Freshfields global tax team is known for consistently excellent technical ability, market-leading international credentials and commercial judgement. Our ‘strength in depth’ is particularly important in the current climate, with our clients continuing to grapple with unprecedented challenges in the tax space – including the rapidly evolving international tax framework (with wide-reaching changes on the horizon at both an OECD and EU level) and increasingly litigious tax authorities.

We advise financial institutions, funds and corporate entities from all sectors on the tax issues arising on their most difficult, and high-value, transactions, disputes and risk-management issues. Our tax specialists collaborate with other Freshfields teams, including our corporate, disputes, antitrust, financing and IP lawyers, to provide robust commercial solutions across borders, working seamlessly with the firm’s StrongerTogether partner law firms.

Recent client successes

We advised throughout the entire administrative and judicial procedure. The case also established that the Spanish tax authorities carry the burden of proving that such holding companies are artificial and abusive in order to deny this tax exemption. Read more about the case in our blog post.

This deal was the largest private equity deal in Belgian history, one of the biggest European private deals of all time in terms of number of shareholders, and one of the biggest private equity deals of 2022 in terms of enterprise value. The deal gave rise to a highly complex, cross-border taxation issues, with our Belgian, French, German and Dutch teams heavily involved.

Drawing on our multi-practice expertise, we represented LSEG in its intervention in the lead taxpayer case at both the European General Court and the CJEU. We have also supported clients in successfully dealing with the related UK domestic recovery process.

We provided tax advice (with a particular focus on Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and US) on the tender offer itself, as well as the offer financing and complex integration measures post-delisting. Read more about the deal in our press announcement.

Working closely with our colleagues specializing in corporate, antitrust and employment law matters, we provided German, UK and US tax advice on this complex, large and strategically important life sciences deal. Read more about the deal in our press announcement

Awards & Recognitions

International Tax Review, EMEA Tax Awards 2022:

  • UK Tax Firm of the Year
  • Tax Litigation & Disputes Rising Star award – Daan van Schaik
  • Impact Deal of the Year: Cambridge Quantum Computing acquisition of Honeywell Quantum Solutions
  • Impact Deal of the Year: Euronext acquisition of Borsa Italiana

International Tax Review, European Tax Awards 2021:

  • Court of Justice of the EU Firm of the Year
  • UK Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
  • Impact Case of the Year for Ireland and Apple v European Commission
  • Impact Deal of the Year for our work on the Siemens Energy business spin off and listing

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