Corporate structures

A proactive approach to complex international tax topics

Developing international corporate structures that have an efficient but appropriate tax treatment is becoming increasingly complex. Worldwide changes are being triggered by the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.  

As the finance director of a major Chinese manufacturer, you might want to create the first overseas office. Your Italian research group might want to set up its global R&D activities in another jurisdiction. Or perhaps you want to advise an international luxury goods manufacturer who is seeking a location to benefit its portfolio of patents. In all of these cases Mazars’ Corporate Structures group can help.  

Our approach 

In this fast-changing environment, we believe in a risk-averse, long-term and sustainable approach to developing corporate structures, rather than being forced to respond to each new piece of legislation or tax court ruling. 

Our tax experts combine a sound understanding of cross-border tax with a detailed knowledge of tax structures and products in each country. We always take into account our clients' needs, circumstances and budget. 

Our group is made up of tax experts from Mazars core countries, who can call on tax specialists from all of our global offices. Our global team is tracking local tax issues in advance, including disruptive tax events such as Brexit. This international presence makes Mazars ideally placed to serve both larger corporations and mid-sized firms undergoing their first international expansion. In addition, Mazars supports international groups to resolve their tax issues triggered by the OECD BEPS initiative and the EU-Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD). 

We offer a wealth of project management experience and a high level of partner involvement. We always deliver the most practical and cost perspective solutions which take into account all types of tax from VAT to social security, from income to corporation tax. 

We also offer advice on tax-efficient structures during cross-border acquisitions and disposals, and strategic assistance during international tax field audits. 

Our services: 

  • Strategic advice on tax-efficient yet appropriate and sustainable corporate structures 
  • Advice tailored to sectors with specific topics 
  • Tax risk assessment and mitigation 
  • Outsourced assistance on filing 
  • Tax advice in tax field audits including joint tax audits and the OECD’s International Compliance Assurance Program (ICAP) 
  • Assistance at tax courts