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International cooperation dominating cross-border M&A tax landscape
First published in Private Equity Wire, 31 July 2017
Multilateralism has been a key trend in the global mergers and acquisitions space over the last year, borne out of wider changes in the international tax landscape, such as the implementation of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.
That’s according to Tax advisor Taxand’s new 2017 Global Guide to M&A Tax, which provides guidance on the M&A tax climate across 37 jurisdictions.
In addition, the guide shows the potential for US tax reform to provide a further shake-up to the global M&A landscape, not least in relation to corporate inversions.
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As dealmakers and tax planners around the world face an ever-tightening fiscal net around the structure and financing of cross-border acquisitions, the era in which each country’s tax authorities kept mostly to themselves is over. An unprecedented period of international cooperation is taking its place, fuelled by universal revenue needs and implemented through new information exchange protocols and stringent national and international substantive anti-avoidance rules.