We have a fully comprehensive tax practice which advises private and public companies, partnerships and individuals, both on a standalone basis and as part of an integrated service across our transactional and disputes teams.
in-depth knowledge of the issues ... agreeable, fast and always there to assist us whenever it is needed
Chambers Europe 2018
very prompt and thorough advice on a very complicated issue for which there was no previous jurisprudence to provide guidance
Chambers Europe 2017
prompt response times
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017
what is positive, in particular, is the fast reaction to our requests and the fact that there is always one specialised lawyer for the issue requested to help you out
Chambers Europe 2016
We identify, anticipate and deal with tax issues, risks and compliance arising in a business or private context. We have represented clients in relation to the amendment of adverse legislative provisions and submitted reports to the Ministry of Finance proposing legislative changes, with a focus on tax incentives for attracting foreign investors.
Due to the highly sensitive and confidential nature of the work we do in this area, we are able to disclose only a fraction of the matters we have advised on.
We advise a tobacco company on the tax and customs issues arising from their purchase of shares in a Greek company and the tax structuring of their transaction.
We advise a global leader in healthcare on the tax issues arising after their participation in a global joint venture.
We advise a major media company on tax issues relating to reality show contracts in Greece and Turkey.
We are representing a leading distributor of luxury cars in relation to a customs duties dispute before the administrative courts and on stamp duties on loans within the framework of a tax audit in progress.
We are advising a high value estate on the tax issues arising from the sale of shares of two Cypriot companies.
We are advising one of Greece’s largest automobile importers and distributors in relation to customs legislation.
We are advising a global hygiene and personal care corporation on the Greek tax law implications of the sale of one of their businesses.
We are advising a global real estate fund in relation to the documentation requirements for exemptions from special real estate taxes in the context of an investment in Greece and stamp duty applicable to cross border loans.
We are advising a leading European car manufacturer in their dispute arising from wholesale prices transfer pricing between a parent entity and subsidiary.
We advised an international healthcare company on issues arising from source of funds declarations.
We are representing a construction company in litigation arising from the imposition of corporate income tax on a special purpose tax reserve, involving an innovative method of calculation of the reserve.
We are advising a concessions company on the tax issues arising from the conversion of their Greek branch to another legal entity, the first conversion of its kind to take place in Greece.
We are advising a media company on the tax issues arising from commercial agreements including special taxes applicable to TV programming.
We successfully represented a company in litigation arising from the imposition of VAT on services involving a new interpretation of provisions of the tax procedure code which was accepted by the Ministry of Finance.
We are advising a leading international banking institution in relation to the taxation of banking services and products in Greece, the implications for Greek and non-Greek tax residents and the tax structuring of the entity through which the services and products will be offered. The client is planning to offer a combination of financial advisory and banking services, together with various financial products, under a format and structure not previously used in Greece.
We advised an energy company on the tax implications of its restructuring following the disinvestment by its joint venture partner in Greece and resulting issues arising, including on outstanding loans to the joint venture entity which needed to be restructured and on the complex tax issues arising and the structuring of the new entity.
We advised a natural cosmetics company on the tax and social security insurance liability of board members and shareholders, involving the implementation of new legislation which has not yet been tested.
We are advising a world leader in online betting systems on its consultation with the Ministry of Finance and the Gaming Committee regarding the interpretation of the tax provisions of the law regulating online betting, the direct and capital tax obligations arising, and the potential restructuring of the group’s operations to satisfy tax requirements and the regulatory framework for investing in the Greek market. Online betting is not yet a fully regulated market in Greece. EU operators were granted the right to lawfully operate in Greece under a transitional regime, provided they paid Greek taxes retrospectively.
We are representing a high value estate in relation to their petition lodged with the Council of State for annulment of the Ministry of Culture’s decision on the inheritance of antiquities pursuant to the legislation governing the protection of antiquities and in relation to a tax investigation regarding cash transfers outside Greece following sale of Greek real estate.
We advised a leading French multinational insurance group on the direct and indirect tax implications of restructuring its European activities, involving the registration of a branch in Greece and contributions to some local operations in accordance with EU tax incentive legislation on cross – border restructurings.
We acted with the UK legal advisors of Glaxo SmithKline, advising on the direct and indirect tax implications and implementation of their acquisition of Novartis’ vaccines business in Greece and the local consumer healthcare joint venture between the two companies.
We are advising a Swiss law firm on the Greek tax law issues affecting Greek HNWIs, specifically on income tax law obligations, statute of limitations and voluntary disclosure requirements, as well as on gift and inheritance tax issues in the case of domiciled and non-domiciled tax status and Greek and non-Greek assets.
We advise Cypriot and Greek insurance companies and Greek industrial companies on the recent developments regarding the source of funds declaration that must be submitted by board member to the Greek State.
We are advising a multinational insurance company on the corporate tax implications and Greek tax treatment of life insurance contracts offered under the freedom to provide services rules and applied for by Greek tax residents.
We advised Hewlett Packard on the direct and indirect tax implications and implementation of the separation in Greece of the Hewlett Packard infrastructure, software and services businesses from the printing and personal systems businesses.
We advised a high net worth individual with dual citizenship on the tax implications arising from re-domiciliation to Greece and the conduct of worldwide business activities from Greece.
We advised OTE on the tax implications of its bonds issue update scheme, following the implementation of the new income tax law which resulted in many interpretative matters regarding the taxation of the bond issue and treatment of the income arising from the holding and sale of the bonds.
We are advising an airline on tax compliance and reporting obligations arising from the liquidation of its Greek branch.
We advised a leading automobile manufacturer on the VAT implications arising from promotional activities relating to an energy company.
We advised the subsidiary of a global leader in energy power on the direct and indirect tax implications arising from its financing by the European Investment Bank.
We are advising an overseas investor in the context of an international technical project on the tax structure options available for the execution of the local leg of the transaction and the interpretation issues arising from the implementation of IFRS to the accounting treatment of the project.
We represented a high net worth individual in his dispute with the tax authorities regarding the assessment of additional income taxes and penalties of an amount equal to €1.3m, following an audit on funds transferred out of Greece. The out of court settlement petition was accepted and a decision issued in favour of our client.
We advised an overseas foundation in relation to its case before the tax authorities with respect to the retrospective application of special real estate taxes.
We advised the subsidiary of a global leader in retail on the change of its transfer pricing policy, related tax considerations and redrafting of agreements.
We advised a global ICT solutions provider on the tax and customs laws and regulations applicable to the operations of its Greek subsidiary and the penalties imposed for non-compliance.
We advised an Arab investment fund on the tax implications and implementation of a corporate structure for inward investment and the acquisition, holding, development and potential sale of real estate with a value of €110m.
We advised a global banking and finance group on the tax implications arising from the expansion of its lending activities in Greece, specifically on the conduct of lending activities via its US or EU based subsidiaries, guarantees on Greek assets and their forfeiture.