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Latham fields a “well-regarded tax group with an excellent reputation for tax controversy work” that “also offers expertise in international tax planning and structuring matters on behalf of an impressive list of multinational corporations, with particular strength in heavyweight cross-border transactional work, as well as fund formation.”

Chambers USA 2020

Internationales Steuerrecht

International Tax

Developing practical solutions to complex international tax problems is a recognized strength of the Tax Department at Latham & Watkins. Our attorneys regularly deal with international tax matters of all types, including planning for US and non-US based multinationals, structuring inbound and outbound business and real estate investments, handling international tax controversies before the US Internal Revenue Service and in the courts, and carrying out specialized planning involving transfer pricing and tax credits.

We offer integrated, multi-jurisdictional tax capabilities. With tax expertise in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, our practice covers a broad range of national and international tax issues. We have considerable expertise handling cross-border mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, combining our attorneys' familiarity with the tax systems of their respective countries with the group's experience in developing efficient international tax structures.

Practice Breadth

Our attorneys have handled the full spectrum of matters that involve international tax issues, including:

  • Group planning for multinational corporations
  • Inbound and outbound direct investment to the United States, Europe and Asia
  • International capital market transactions, such as Eurobond financings, equity offerings, ADS offerings and international offerings of other securities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border securitizations
  • Employment
  • Derivatives and other financial products
  • Tax controversies
  • Adecco Group in its US$212 million acquisition of Drake Beam Morin, Inc., a leading career transition and talent development services provider, from Compass Partners International Limited
  • AXA Private Equity and Permira, respective owners of the on-line travel agencies Go Voyages and eDreams, in the acquisition of the Opodo group, a UK headed group of online travel agencies 
  • Broadcom Corporation in its US$83 million acquisition of Gigle Networks Inc., a company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines
  • Acquisition of Brookfield Renewable Fund, a Québec-based open-ended income trust, by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. valued at US$13 billion
  • The Carlyle Group in its US$4.3 billion acquisition with Hellman & Friedman LLC of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and life-cycle management services
  • Citic Securities Company in its HK$14 billion initial public offering of approximately 1 billion H shares listed on HK Stock Exchange
  • Digital Generation, Inc. (formerly DG FastChannel, Inc.) in its US$66 million acquisition of the outstanding limited liability company interests of EyeWonder, LLC, and chors Gmbh, two providers of interactive digital advertising products and services
  • Sale by GE Capital of 49.77% of the equity of Banco Colpatria, a Columbian bank, to Mercantil Colpatria, with a transaction value of US$5.5 billion
  • Global World-Check, a provider of critical risk intelligence services, in its acquisition by Thomson Reuters from Spectrum Equity Investors
  • GTCR LLC in its US$275 million acquisition of Global Traffic Network, Inc., a provider of traffic and news information to radio and TV stations outside of the US
  • Hapag-Lloyd AG in its US$703 million offering of €330 million 9.00% senior notes due 2015; and US$250 million 9.75% senior notes due 2017
  • Imerys in Micral S.A’s $340 million acquisition of Luzenac Group's talc assets, a talc mining and processing company operating under Rio Tinto's Industrial Mineral segment
  • Mattel, Inc., in its $680 million acquisition of HIT Entertainment Limited, a UK-based children's entertainment producer and rights-owner    
  • Norsk Hydro ASA in its US$5.27 billion acquisition of Vale SA's aluminum business
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as agent in connection with the restructuring of Synventive Molding Solution, a designer and manufacturer of hot runner systems in the molding industry
  • SABMiller Plc on US and UK tax aspects in connection with its acquisition of Fosters Group Ltd., an Australian brewing and soft drink company. This deal is one of the largest announced M&A transactions worldwide in 2011 and one of the largest Australian-targeted M&A transactions on record.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo in its €379 billion initial global offering of 38,275,000 ordinary shares listed on the Mercato Telematico Azionario        
  • VAC Luxembourg S.a.r.l., a portfolio company of One Equity Partners LLC that produces magnetic materials and related products, in its US$1 billion sale to OM Group, Inc.
  • The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, in its acquisition of Soho House Limited, the UK-based private members club for those in film, media and creative industries 
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