CERHA HEMPEL

Tax Department

Austria
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What the team is known for Strong tax division integrated into the firm's wider legal advisory practice of transactional deals, restructurings and financings. Client roster includes major financial institutions, investment funds and gaming companies, with a number of clients from Brazil. Also covers tax planning, withholding tax, audits and compliance mandates. Increased strength in tax crimes and litigation following a recent lateral hire.

Strengths One client hails the team's pragmatic approach to matters: "The lawyers are practical, responsive and of good quality. They are willing to think through the strategic side too, not just the legal side."

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse on tax-optimised transaction structures, including the use of double treaties.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Twardosz is "an absolute luminary" according to one client who further appreciates his ability to "break down complex matters into understandable parts." He is active in transactional tax mandates and also represents clients in tax litigation and audits. Additionally, he offers advice on employment-related tax matters, including wage tax and reimbursement issues.

Johannes Prinz is best known for his work on tax matters relating to M&A and corporate restructuring and primarily acts for banks, energy companies and non-profit organisations. One client states: "He is responsive and provides us with sound advice."