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Our clients require a seamless, multi-jurisdictional tax advisory service, whether on a stand-alone basis or as an integral part of the full legal service offered by Allen & Overy.

That's why, with over 100 tax specialists across our international network, we are able to offer both domestic and cross-border advice wherever our clients need it, whether they are financial institutions, corporate entities, or funds.

The depth and breadth of our knowledge ensures that we are able to support our clients' business needs successfully and provide high quality, innovative tax solutions in the increasingly complex area of tax legislation and practice.

Our tax offering

Asset finance

We have experience in all areas of tax based asset finance, including aviation, shipping, rail and commercial property.
We advise many of the world’s leading financial institutions and corporations on domestic and crossborder transactions.

Banking & Finance

Many of the world’s leading banks and financial institutions turn to Allen & Overy for help with their most important and innovative deals. Our international Tax group has a great deal of expertise and advises on a range of products from bilateral and syndicated loans, to leveraged acquisition and project finance.


We advise on corporate reorganisations and restructurings as well as commercial transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, demergers, capital raising, joint ventures, tax efficient holding company and financing structures and permanent establishment issues.
Our client base includes corporations involved in banking and finance, energy, insurance, manufacturing, retail, technology, media, public utility, construction, shipping, aircraft, transport, property and engineering.

Indirect tax

We have indirect tax expertise, in particular value added taxes, across sectors – from the ever-changing financial sector, through asset finance and corporate, to not for profit and private client areas.

International Capital Markets

Allen & Overy is one of the world’s leading International Capital Markets practices and tax plays a key role in this work. Our international Tax team is involved in the full range of transactions including debt capital markets, derivatives, equity capital markets, Islamic finance, securitisations, structured finance and structured retail products.

Investment funds

We offer cross-border expertise on regulated funds, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and structured funds. Our work covers the structuring of new funds and reviewing fund structures for prospective investors. We also advise managers about ongoing tax issues.

Real Estate

Tax considerations are important in real estate transactions, particularly those that are complex and innovative. We work with our real estate colleagues, providing expert tax advice on every type of real estate transaction.

Restructurings and insolvencies

Our restructuring practice operates at the forefront of a changing market. We provide tax advice to distressed companies, insolvency practitioners, banks and funds.

Structured finance

Frequent changes of law make this a very innovative and challenging area and we are one of the few tax departments that are trusted by clients to advise on and implement their ideas.

Tax investigations

All of our major offices have experience advising clients on tax audits and their relationship with local tax authorities, national courts or European legislative bodies. We regularly deal with domestic and cross-border investigations.

Recognition for our work

  • The lawyers are very fast in dealing with the national and international angles. – Chambers Europe, Tax  2016
  • Experienced working on cross-border mandates from the UK and Europe, where the firm excels in a number of both Eastern and Western European jurisdictions. Strong track record advising on high-value tax mandates for clients in a range of sectors, with notable strength advising major multinational banks. – Chambers Global, Tax 2016
  • Provides seamless tax coverage across its multiple offices, with noteworthy strength in the UK, Germany, the Benelux region, Eastern Europe and Australia. Focuses on high-end transactional work, as well as tax planning and tax investigations. Real estate has been a booming area of activity of late.
  • Chambers Global 2015, Tax
  • “The lawyers have demonstrated 360-degree vision on a global scale and are more than capable of handling the international dimensions of a case.”
  • Chambers Global 2015, Tax

Dr Gottfried Breuninger

Partner, Global Head of Tax
Germany GottfriedBreuninger

Vimal Tilakapala

United Kingdom VimalTilakapala

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