Tax is a driving force of our practice and the Luxembourg financial scene. Our tax lawyers are at the center of all the international transactions on which we advise. VANDENBULKE views tax as an integral part of our transactional work, and we ensure that our clients benefit from optimal tax efficiency in both direct and indirect taxation. In foreign jurisdictions, we handle tax compliance with regard to all tax aspects of the transaction, utilizing our privileged relationships with international top-tier and highly regarded law firms in other jurisdictions.
Our tax lawyers regularly advise clients on the tax aspects of corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other dispositions, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. These transactions frequently involve large multinational businesses and raise complex domestic and multinational tax issues. Tax considerations often determine the form and the viability of contemplated transactions. In the current distressed market conditions, our tax group, working together with our corporate and restructuring and finance groups, frequently is called upon to participate in the restructuring of existing financial arrangements, including those arising out of private equity and other leveraged transactions.
Our tax team is also involved in creating new financial products and in innovative real estate transactions and is considered preeminent in all of the areas in which it is involved. Members of our tax group regularly publish and lecture on emerging tax issues, and actively participate in the work of tax policy groups, such as the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association.
VANDENBULKE was named Luxembourg Tax Boutique of the Year in both 2010 and 2011 by Corporate International and is recognized as one of the leading tax firm by the World Tax Guide of leading advisers.
Advance Tax Agreements
A sizeable part of our practice involves the negotiation, on a case-by-case basis, of exclusive and formal advance tax agreements with the Inland Revenue Administration according to the particular requirements of our client’s investments and objectives. These tax agreements ensure predictability of the tax treatments of their investment through Luxembourg.
For our international clients, we design and implement tax-efficient financing, IP, royalties, and investment structures.
Estate and Wealth Planning
We represent successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, private corporations, and families in the protection of their assets and optimization of their wealth management. We advise them in estate planning by creating and endowing trusts, foundations, and fiduciary estates for the benefit of future generations. We cooperate closely with local and leading foreign financial institutions, whether active in the banking or insurance sector, to provide fully integrated finance and legal solutions. VANDENBULKE’s discretion, reliability, and expertise attract the trust of many private clients who have elected either to relocate in Luxembourg or to transfer their vital center of wealth planning to Luxembourg.