PwC Tax & Legal

Tax Department

Spain
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What the team is known for Vast team that leverages an extensive network across Spain and globally to attract complex international taxation and transfer pricing mandates. Handles advisory mandates relating to the calculation of existing tax liabilities or the design and implementation of corporate restructurings. Advises on the design of tax-efficient remuneration plans for managers or expatriate employees. Highly regarded indirect tax practice represents major clients in tax inspections and in high-profile litigation challenging the interpretation of Spanish VAT rules. Wins instructions on the tax due diligence and structuring of M&A transactions, often in tandem with corporate lawyers from other Spanish firms. Also handles contentious and non-contentious Spanish customs matters.

Strengths One client appreciates the lawyers' "close attention and immediate responses," adding: "The firm covers a wide spectrum of issues that can affect our business."

"The firm has a very wide network of offices in all of the countries in which we have subsidiaries, and the lawyers co-ordinate matters perfectly from Spain," reports one client. Another source praises the firm's ability to "give a global overview in a consistent way."

Work highlights Advised Corporación RTVE on proceedings referred up to the ECJ relating to public broadcasters' VAT liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that
Alberto Monreal
has a "deep knowledge of indirect tax matters." He has a strong reputation among market commentators as a skilled litigator.

One client appreciates that
Javier González Carcedo
is "easily accessible" and notes that his former experience working in the tax authority means he "knows perfectly how to deal with the people in the tax administration." He heads the firm's transfer pricing group and often assists with the negotiation of advance pricing agreements.