Legal 500 - Tax - Tier 3
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of corporate tax mandates including the tax-optimised structuring of transactions, international reorganisations and holding structures; however, the group is also well versed in assisting with the taxation of funds and financial instruments as well as representing clients in tax disputes. ‘Highly motivated and very knowledgable’ team head Johannes Prinz advised IT services provider Datagroup on tax planning and compliance issues pertaining to the merger of its Austrian subsidiary into the German company. On the finance side, Peter Knobl assisted Raiffeisenlandesbank NiederÖsterreich-Wien with the taxation of financial instruments. Benjamin Twardosz joined from Wolf Theiss.
Chambers & Partners - Tax (Band 3)
What the team is known for Strong tax division integrated into the firm's wider legal advisory practice of transactional deals, restructurings and financing. Client roster includes major financial institutions, noteworthy investment funds and big-name retailers, with a number of clients from Brazil. Also covers tax litigation, complementing advice on both domestic and international corporate reorganisations. Assists clients with tax planning, withholding tax, audits and compliance mandates. Strengthened the tax department with the arrival of Benjamin Twardosz in early 2018.
Strengths One client is pleased with the overall package offered by the team, saying: "The lawyers are responsive and nice guys to work with."
Work highlights Advised Fibria Celulose and its Austrian subsidiaries on the tax aspects of the payment and classification of a dividend.
Assisted TOM TAILOR with tax planning and tax compliance issues relating to merging its Austrian subsidiary into the German parent company.
Benjamin Twardosz joined the team in January 2018. He is highly regarded for his pre-eminent tax litigation work. Market commentators describe him as being a "real tax litigation expert; he is very focused on this specialisation." Another source highlights his practicality. He is also known for assisting clients with corporate tax issues as well as advising on issues arising from M&A transactions.
Head of department Johannes Prinz often deals with matters relating to taxation of M&A transactions, restructurings and tax planning. A client says he "gives to-the-point tax advice," and also highlights Prinz's "up-to-date knowledge."
- The Legal 500 2018: Europe, Middle East & Africa
- IFLR 1000 2018 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
- Chambers & Partners 2018, Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business