Tax

Our expertise includes:

  • Corporation tax
  • Business transfers 
  • International and EU tax matters 
  • Taxation with respect to financing and use of financial products 
  • Setting up or changing company structure 
  • Transfer pricing 
  • Tax litigation 
  • Pension taxation
  • Personal taxation
  • Trusts 
  • Carbon tax 
  • Direct and indirect tax due diligence
  • VAT 
  • Energy and waste charges.

How can we help?
Our tax lawyers have profound commercial understanding and render advice resulting in sustainable tax solutions. Due to our large international network of legal tax specialists, we resolve international tax issues quickly and effectively.

We have long-standing expertise in conducting tax matters before the Danish administrative authorities and courts.

Common challenges
Tax rules are becoming increasingly complex to navigate, especially international tax rules. Many companies see their tax base being broadened, and regulatory control is being intensified in a number of areas.

Business transfers and family business succession in particular raise a number of tax issues that require extensive insight into tax legislation.

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Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Tax

What the team is known for Market-leading practice working on both domestic and cross-border matters offering expertise in areas across the full scope of tax law. Areas of focus include VAT, transfer pricing and incentive schemes. Experienced in advising on family business succession and noted for handling strategic tax matters. Active in a variety of contentious matters and litigation, as well as advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Continues to bolster its team with taxation expertise as well as legal, recently expanding its team of transfer pricing economists.

Strengths One client praises the detail offered by the firm's service, pointing out that they "cover the 360-degree needs of a business," while another highlights the team's responsiveness, saying: "They are there when we need them," before adding that the lawyers can "think outside the box."

Another source explains how the firm's team "works effectively and with great flexibility to solve the issues while meeting important deadlines." Other interviewees express their satisfaction with the "very well-qualified team, which provides quality advice for a reasonable price."

Work highlights Advised Nokia on tax aspects of its cross-border merger with Alcatel-Lucent which included how the merger would affect agreements with the Danish tax authorities.

Assisted Integrity Bulk with corporate and tax aspects of establishing a cross-border incentive scheme, covering employees in both Denmark and Singapore.

Notable practitioners
Anders Oreby Hansen is an experienced tax lawyer, acting for a range of companies in Denmark and abroad. He advises on transfer pricing and frequently handles tax issues related to cross-border M&A, recently representing Bending Spoons on the tax aspects of its merger with an Italian company. Sources describe him as "practically oriented with a keen business focus," in addition to having a skill for "interpreting the market."

Thomas Frøbert specialises in VAT and indirect tax issues. One client describes him as "good at bringing legal issues into a commercial business context, making complicated issues simple," before adding that he is "proactive and handles cases quickly and effectively." He assisted the Danish Ministry of Tax with a review of procedures and an investigation into practices related to international dividend withholding tax repayments.

Michael Serup offers broad knowledge of tax related to shareholdings, corporate structures and family and owner-managed businesses. One source describes him as having "a good reputation" and "great knowledge of tax law." He advised the network of family-owned companies Vækst i Generationer on legislation concerning business succession taxation.

Kaspar Bastian is well known for his work on contentious matters related to tax and frequently represents clients before the National Tax Tribunal and the Danish courts. One client highlights his "very good field of advice during tax proceedings" while another describes him as "diligent, detailed and very efficient."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Tax

Chambers and partners

Chambers Global Rating 2015
-  Tax

Anders Oreby Hansen is noted for his abilities in handling international investment and M&A matters, and is described by clients as "intelligent, systematic and responsive." Other sources value his "ability to think outside the box and come up with solutions."

Michael Serup has focused expertise in tax restructuring and reorganisation matters. He is noted for his experience in succession planning and corporate-related tax issues.

Tax litigation head Kaspar Bastian focuses on cases concerning duty issues and criminal tax investigations. He also covers transfer pricing, international tax and M&A planning matters.

Thomas Frøbert has broad experience, including in transfer pricing, M&A planning and international tax issues. He also handles VAT disputes and is a well-regarded figure in the market: "Everyone who knows him speaks highly of him and the work he does."

Chambers and Partners Global, Tax

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Tax

One of the best’, Bech-Bruun fields a five-partner tax department with an excellent reputation in litigious matters, including transfer pricing disputes. It remains active in relation to M&A deals and corporate reorganisations. In one highlight Thomas Frøbert advised on the tax aspects of the merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Anders Oreby Hansen is a ‘first-class lawyer’. Carsten Pals stepped down as partner and is now a senior counsel.

Legal 500, Tax

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