Sylvanus BASSOUNDA

Sylvanus BASSOUNDA is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Chad on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sylvanus directly using the contact details listed above.

Tax is an important ingredient of literally every commercial, corporate or personal transaction. Every facet of life today involves tax in some respect. It’s a big source of revenue for authorities and its subject-matter is voluminous and complex.

There are lots of stereotypes surrounding tax. It sounds very boring, but then again so are lots of things that are difficult to understand. To be clear, this area of law is often reserved for the most analytical of aspiring lawyers.

What does tax involve?

Tax involves contentious and non-contentious work and is a crossover service, which is associated with almost all other areas of law practice. Much of a tax solicitor’s work today covers what used to be the domain of accounting firms. More and more clients are looking for professionals who combine legal and accounting expertise to ensure the uniformity and quality of advice that they receive.

Tax lawyers are required in both private and public domains. A private sector tax practitioner’s workload will cover various core areas; normally this involves focusing on the best way to structure assets, assisting with documentation, negotiating transactions and jockeying the deal to completion. They will advise clients on the implications of tax during transactions, especially when structuring financial and administrative frameworks in different markets.

Tax lawyers in the public sector will work for governmental tax and revenue departments, tax statutory bodies and panels. Their work will include investigating tax evasions, auditing the tax accounts of companies, prosecuting tax offenders, assisting in the interpretation of tax rules and regulations and defending public authorities against private sector claims.

Tax is a particularly lucrative area for solicitors, as good advice can often result in clients saving literally millions of pounds.

What makes a good tax lawyer?

Clients now often expect their law firms to act as their accountants too. As such, many departments at law firms are now looking to bolster their accounting credentials by way of boosting their client rosters.

Tax can be very complex and confusing; hence a strong background in academic excellence is a must. Tax solicitors require exceptional skills in analysis, communication and negotiation. They scrutinise and study business structures and constitutions to provide clients with the best possible advice. Furthermore, the job involves plenty of study and research and tax solicitors need to have a close eye for detail.

Extra qualifications in accounting will be an added advantage. Clients will be very interested in getting all their business advice in one shop. Tax is an integral part of every business transaction and therefore, it makes sense to have a good, solid all-around knowledge.

John Neocleous

John Neocleous is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Switzerland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details above.

John is the Founder and Managing Partner of NCI Law Group. He holds an “LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Sussex, and a Diploma in European Law from the European University Institute. Mr. Neocleous has lectured and published extensively in the areas of human rights, international tax and commercial law, and international criminal law. He has practiced internationally for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on solutions to complex international legal problems, including taxation, collection, contract and business law for high net worth clients. He is an active member of several professional organisations, including the International Bar Association, the Washington State, Cyprus, and American bar associations, the Bar Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales, and the Ordre des Avocats Vaudois in Switzerland.

Firm Overview:

Welcome to the NCI Law Group. With offices in the US, UK, Switzerland, and Cyprus, our team of lawyers is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive legal solutions to our clients. A multinational law practice with a proven track record of success, our philosophy is simple – quality, practical, cost-effective legal solutions, delivered in a timely manner. Simply put, we get things done.

The firm has received numerous awards for its practice of tax law, commercial law, corporate law, immigration, and innovation excellence. We handle transactions of all sizes and complexity and offer a full spectrum of international legal services. Our client base covers over 40 countries and ranges from private investors, to single owner start ups, governments, leading investment banks and financial institutions. We have built a reputation for quality, experience, and with our business acumen, for helping our clients move from strategy to strength.

Mag. Andreas Valsky, LL.M.

Mag. Andreas Valsky has worked as a self-employed tax consultant for more than ten years together with his team. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), he worked at KPMG Plantreuhand and completed his postgraduate studies in International Tax Law (LL.M.) at the WU Wien. In 1997 he founded the CTS Tax Consulting Office in Stockerau and in 2001 expanded his business to Vienna where he caters to clients from around the world. We consider ourselves as full-service consultants. Your success is our common goal. We provide the services you need to achieve sustained success. These services range from consultation during the formative stage to legal advice on employment and social security matters, payroll and accounting as well as preparation of annual financial statements and tax returns. CTS services also include expert advice on reorganization, support in company tax audits and representation in tax litigations. To get a better idea about us, please contact Mag. Andreas Valsky for a free initial consultation.

Firm Overview:

CTS consults businesses of all sizes and sectors. We focus on international clients advising them on tax and trust-related matters.

Our team is made up of highly specialized consultants who have a clear customer focus and offer excellent quality of support. We offer a wide range of services in the areas of tax and business consulting, accounting and payroll and can provide professional advice through years of experience.

We are a full-service provider, all our consulting services come from a single source.

Our expertise:

  • Business consultancy
  • Trust services
  • Annual tax accounting
  • Accounting

Dr. Alexandros Karakitis

Alexandros Karakitis is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alexandros directly using the contact details above.

Alexandros is the lawyer in charge of the firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in tax and business law matters. In particular, he has vast experience in transfer pricing, including transfer pricing policy design, documentation, preventive dispute elimination mechanisms, i.e. APA (Advance Pricing Arrangements) and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, i.e. MAP (Mutual Agreement Procedure), in permanent establishment taxation, in business acquisition structuring and due diligence, in tax controversy support and in tax litigation. Since the establishment of the firm in 2018, he has successfully completed tax litigation projects, relating to transfer pricing, out-of-books reassessment and taxation of business profits and to withholding taxes, and advised companies regarding the expansion of their activities outside Greece and foreign investors regarding the optimal implementation of their investments in Greece. His services have also included corporate law and immigration law advice and coordination of the procedure for the acquisition of permanent residency and of the residence permit procedures for executives.

Firm Overview:

We help clients anticipate the relevant issues and respond appropriately, aiming to be recognised as their trusted advisor and advocate.

In the last few years and following a radical tax reform, many rules in Greece have changed to better reflect international patterns, whilst tax and criminal tax litigation increased exponentially. Our services reflect the new reality and include, apart from tax advisory and litigation, alternative tax dispute resolution support (i.e. initiating of a competent authority procedure for the elimination of double taxation), criminal tax proceedings and remedy proceedings against the enforced collection of tax assessments. At the same time we monitor the international developments so that we anticipate what’s next in risks and opportunities for our clients.

We have extensive experience in advising clients in relation to business reorganisations and supply chain restructurings, domestic and cross-border M&As (corporate reorganisations, acquisition and financing structuring as well as tax and legal due diligence), transfer pricing compliance reviews and controversy management.

We have dealt in several occasions with legal and tax issues pertaining to prominent market participants of the oil & gas, pharma, consumer products and real estate sectors.

Cephas Birungyi

Cephas Birungyi is an advocate licensed to practise in all courts of judicature in Uganda. He is a distinguished legal and tax consultant and has carried out a number of consultancy assignments within Uganda for various ministries and government bodies and outside Uganda for the EAC, GIZ, IFC and the World Bank. Cephas is the managing partner of Birungyi, Barata & Associates and has previously worked in various capacities with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), representing the URA in the Parliamentary Committee of Finance and advising on the drafting of the Income Tax Act 1997 of Uganda. He also represented the URA in drafting the Tax Appeals Tribunal Act and represented the Authority on various matters before the Tribunal. He headed the Quality Assurance Section of the Income Tax Department for six years and was the chair of the Quality Assurance Committee of the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee. He is currently retained by International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank group) as a consultant in taxation. Cephas is also an approved tax agent.

Firm Overview:

Birungyi, Barata & Associates is a Legal and Tax consultancy firm with its offices at plot 3 Portal Avenue, Crusader House, 3rd Floor, Annex in Kampala. Birungyi, Barata & Associates presently has five partners/consultants with excellent academic and professional qualifications.

Ernst Ravnaas

Ernst Ravnaas is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Norway on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ernst directly using the contact details above.

Ernst is Managing Partner at SANDS. Ravnaas has through 30 years worked with tax issues, in particular in relation to group company structuring, international structuring and purchase and sale of businesses. He has also extensive experience as adviser for the large business organisations in fiscal policy questions, and was a member of the tax committee which prepared the tax reform of 1992.

Ravnaas has with his Master in Business and Economics also worked extensively with accounting questions of legal character and issues in the borderland between law and finance. He has considerable experience as arbitrator.

Ravnaas is author of a number of books within tax law and accounting law and is frequently used as lecturer. Chambers Global characterise Ravnaas as a person celebrated as one of the best lawyers in tax – he looks for new opportunities and new ways to approach issues. Clients find him creative, knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Ravnaas has previously been a partner in BA-HR and Wikborg Rein.