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As local and international tax regulations become more prescriptive, dealing with them in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 350 tax lawyers are supported by strong technical tax intelligence teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multi-disciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, investor or high net worth individual, we understand your business and the tax pressures you face. Our teams work together across Europe and beyond in the key areas affecting your business including VAT, international taxation, transfer pricing, e-commerce, M&A and investment funds, tax planning and financing. Our experts can help you manage tax control cases and deal with tax authorities as well as manage tax litigation cases. The right tax advice can make a material difference to transaction costs and, in some cases, avert serious consequences.

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10/02/2016
CMS Guide - Trans­fer pri­cing: pro­ced­ures for the elim­in­a­tion...
Budget 2017 – new tax meas­ures an­nounced
On 15 Oc­to­ber 2016, the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment presen­ted its budget­ary agree­ment for 2017. In this con­text, sev­er­al tax meas­ures were an­nounced: With­hold­ing tax In prin­ciple, mov­able in­come (di­vidends, in­terest) is sub­ject to a fi­nal with­hold­ing tax at a rate of...
Trans­fer pri­cing doc­u­ment­a­tion – Im­ple­ment­a­tion of BEPS Ac­tion 13...
A new Act has been ad­op­ted by Bel­gian Par­lia­ment in­tro­du­cing a leg­al TP doc­u­ment­a­tion ob­lig­a­tion in ac­cord­ance with BEPS ac­tion 13, which will enter in­to force for fin­an­cial years as of 1 Janu­ary 2016. Leg­al ob­lig­a­tion to sub­mit TP doc­u­ment­a­tion Through co­ordin­ated...

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01/12/2016
BEPS Up­date: Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment Pub­lished
The OECD has now pub­lished the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­stru­ment (“MLI”) that will im­ple­ment cer­tain of the treaty-re­lated pro­pos­als from its pro­ject on tack­ling base erosion and profit shift­ing (“BEPS”).
23/11/2016
Au­tumn State­ment: Re­forms to the tax­a­tion of non-dom­i­ciled in­di­vidu­als
The UK’s Chan­cel­lor of Ex­chequer de­livered his an­nu­al Au­tumn State­ment today. As pre­vi­ously an­nounced at the 2015 Sum­mer Budget and fol­low­ing the HM Treas­ury con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016, the gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that from April 2017: .
18/10/2016
Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per Re­forms to the Tax­a­tion of Non-dom­i­ciles: fur­ther con­sulta­tion which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016.
31/08/2016
EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive: Im­pact on In­vest­ment Funds
EU Mem­ber States re­cently reached an agree­ment on the EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive 2016/0011 (the “Dir­ect­ive”). The Dir­ect­ive is aimed at tax plan­ning prac­tices cur­rently widely used by mul­tina­tion­al com­pan­ies and builds on the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit.