By any measure, LeitnerLeitner’s banking finance team is one of the most respected in Austria and has a long tradition and outstanding reputation in the industry and among other practitioners. The key strengths of the practice lie in our exceptional know-how, the close link between theory and practice, and our interdisciplinary approach.
The banking finance team covers a broad range of structuring and advisory matters, ranging from compliance issues related to traditional investment funds or deal-breaker studies for securitizations to the tax treatment of digital currencies or securities or structuring an ICO. Our practitioners consider private or business portfolios with respect to their regulatory or tax-optimized structure; have extensive experience in structuring investment banking products from the regulatory, accounting and tax perspective; and assist our clients on the way from product structuring or due diligence to legal and tax compliance. The top-quality advice on highly specialized matters characterizes the practice, as well as the general tax consultancy on corporate tax, international tax, VAT, transfer pricing, withholding taxes, and stamp duties.
The banking finance team excels at solving problems in a time- and cost-efficient manner and managing risks arising from complex rules, legal documents, and transactions.
The portfolio of the banking finance team includes
consultancy services for banks and insurance companies on special matters, e.g. the permanent establishment taxation, transfer pricing documentation, withholding tax system, innovative solutions for withholding tax refund or tax reporting systems, and VAT optimization;
regular assistance and updates for private banks and family offices in e.g. a tax hotline or workshops, on matters of relocation, taxation of specific products, or the automatic exchange of information;
general tax advice to and compliance for non-SIBs and non-SIFIs;
regulatory, accounting, and tax advice and structuring of capital market products, whether traditional or derivative, including deal-breaker studies, legal and tax documentation, and ruling procedures;
regulatory, accounting, and tax structuring and advice to traditional and alternative investment funds, e.g. real estate structures, private equity funds, hedge funds, private debt or infrastructure funds, including structuring, documentation package, as well as legal and tax compliance;
regulatory and tax advice in innovative matters, e.g. fintech, crowdfunding or crowdlending platforms, digital currencies or digital securities, robo asset management or initial coin offerings; and
traditional advice in complex tax audits, tax administrative, and court proceedings.
The banking finance team works seamlessly with the firm’s other practices – providing high-quality, cost-efficient tax advice to the client’s business and commercial strategy.