Austria: Corporate Tax Analysis 2015

Tax law in Austria underwent several changes in 2014, including the abolishment of the 75 per cent loss utilisation threshold whereby losses carried forward could only be offset with 75 per cent of the profit of the current year. Furthermore, salaries paid after 28 February 2014 to employees and exceeding €500,000 per recipient and per fiscal year are no longer deductible for tax purposes. We identify 16 lawyers who are assisting clients in this transitional period as well as three expert witnesses. 

LeitnerLeitner achieves three listings. Gerald Gahleitner advises on Austrian, international and European tax law and is “without doubt a top player” in the field. The “talented” Markus Achatz advises on value added tax and EU tax law as well as corporate tax matters. He is “highly regarded” by peers. Sabine Kirchmayr-Schliesselberger is a “consummate professional” with experience advising on the tax aspects of funds and structured investments.

At Wolf Theiss, two individuals garner recognition. Head of the tax practice Niklas Schmidt is “technically brilliant” and is considered a “leading authority” on international tax matters. Benjamin Twardosz concentrates on international tax law and tax planning as well as tax litigation. Clients praise his “professional manner” and “intricate knowledge”.

Two lawyers at bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte stand out in the research. Gerald Schachner is a “frontrunner” in the market, who is noted for his “solutions-oriented approach” and “bespoke solutions”. Hanns F Hügel is also recommended for his tax expertise, garnering recognition for his “unsurpassed experience”.

Two lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are highly recommended. Michael Sedlaczek advises on corporate tax planning, group reorganisations and structured finance. He is “extremely able” and “user-friendly”. Claus Staringer is “at ease with complex matters” assisting with transactions and disputes.

At CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Attorneys at Law, Johannes Prinz advises on the taxation of groups and corporate reorganisations as well as international tax matters. He approaches matters with a “diligent manner” and is a “pleasure to work with”.

Christian Wimpissinger at Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte  has experience advising on the tax aspects of restructurings and transactions, and is “among the top players” in the sector.

Head of the tax practice at DLA Piper’s Vienna office Franz Althuber advises companies on the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, spin-offs and cross-border mergers, as well as criminal tax law matters including disputes. 

Paul Doralt at Dorda Brugger Jordis is renowned for his tax practice. He possesses a “sharp intellect” and impresses with his “commercial acumen”.

Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte’s Herbert Buzanich advises on domestic and international tax issues and is a “renowned” practitioner.

Head of tax at TJP Andreas Baumann has an “impressive record” in the field and is a “great problem-solver”.

Schindler and Partners’ Clemens Philipp Schindler concentrates on tax law, advising on corporate transactions and reorganisations as well as private equity matters.

On the experts side we single out three highly recommended expert witnesses. At Johannes Kepler University Linz, Dietmar Aigner is “technically great” and “knows his stuff inside out”. Andreas Scheil at Universität Innsbruck has an “international reputation” for his work in this field. At the University of Vienna, Eduard Lechner is a “key figure” in the market.

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