Our tax lawyers regularly advise clients on the Luxembourg 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.
Domestic and foreign clients regularly retain VANDENBULKE for tax-efficient structuring of their cross-border transactions and operations through Luxembourg. Our international tax work includes structuring cross-border migrations acquisitions, divestitures, hybrid and other financings, representing issuers and underwriters in Luxembourg and Euromarket offering.
We advise on international joint ventures and international project financings based or including a Luxembourg element.
We also have substantial experience in post-acquisition restructuring, frequently teaming with the Big Four accounting firms. Our representations include legislative, and administrative practices review, treaty interpretation, unilateral and bilateral advance pricing agreements, and private letter rulings relating to international aspects of major transactions.
Frequently, our work involves innovative types of transactions and new developments in changing areas of the law.
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.
Benefits, ESOPs and Executive compensation
We advise international clients in the design and implementation of their compensation plans and executives tax planning. We assist them in the translation of international incentive programs into the Luxembourg jurisdiction.
We review and advise about the compliance of International Stock Option plan and other Employee Ownership plans in respect of Luxembourg law and optimize their tax treatments.
VANDENBULKE is a member of NAPP and contributes the Luxembourg chapter for « International Stock Plans: The Practitioner’s Guide To Exporting Employee Equity » (published by Aspen / Wolters Kluwer annually), the world’s leading monograph for multinational corporations seeking to implement their stock option and compensation benefit plans within Luxembourg.
VAT and other indirect Taxes
Our VAT expertise includes advising in relation to the VAT aspects of transactions such as the acquisition and disposal of business assets, including real estate, and structuring investments as well as VAT aspects of fund structuring, fund management, advisory agreements and financial transactions.
We regularly advise our clients on the VAT treatment of supply of services in the financial sector, within the EU and beyond as well as on VAT and real estate transfer tax and real estate transactions.