Our International Tax Practice has partners strategically placed throughout our offices to advise clients in virtually all areas of tax law on a global basis. Our practice encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs, and joint ventures. The practice also includes work on a variety of asset management tax issues, as well as the tax issues associated with financings, including borrower, lender and capital markets representations. The team participates in real estate transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, international tax planning matters, tax controversies and individual tax planning as well.
We regularly advise domestic and foreign multinational firms, including leading industrial companies and financial institutions, with regard to the Greek and EU tax aspects of significant transactions and the day-to-day conduct of their businesses. In recent years, we have advised a number of major foreign-based businesses with substantial EU interests on some of the decade's most complex demergers and spin-offs, as well as in and outbound investors in the wide Balkan’s region and Cyprus.
Our Law Firm frequently acts as counsel in major real estate transactions. We have advised domestic and foreign clients on the tax aspects of partnerships and real estate investment trusts, as well as on complex lending arrangements designed to attract both foreign investment in local real estate and real estate investments by joint ventures and other entities. Increasingly, real estate transactions involve sophisticated partnership agreements and complex equity participations, convertible or participating obligations and debt restructurings; our finance advisors actively participate in structuring and drafting these arrangements. In Greece, local taxes on real estate significantly affect the structure of transactions and we have extensive experience in this area.
We also advise individuals concerning a wide variety of personal and business planning matters, including matters concerning Greek and EU tax residency, wealth diversification, closely held businesses and income tax planning in conjunction with estate and gift tax planning. Because the tax aspects of these transactions are frequently of central importance and highly complex our team's intellectual acumen and depth of experience play a major role in the Firm's success in these areas.