Overview:

Tax law is ever changing and becoming more complex and sophisticated with regular amendments and adjustments.  Our specialist lawyers have many years of experience and expertise in advising corporate clients and high net worth individuals on a wide range of local, regional and international tax issues.  Services include:

  • advising on commercial activities such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate reorganisations
  • estate planning
  • intragroup corporate restructuring
  • tax rules affecting financial instruments
  • double tax treaties and tax structuring
  • tax structuring of cross border transactions
  • interacting with the tax authorities including seeking rulings or other dispensations for our clients
  • dealing with disputes with the tax authorities including alternative dispute resolution processes, objections to assessments, settlement negotiations and court appeals.

Recent Matters:

Ghana: We advised Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Ltd on the applicable Ghanaian tax laws in respect of an assessment by the Ghana Revenue Authority on its sale of shares in En terprise Group to Black Star Holdings Limited

Kenya: Defending a VAT tribunal’s decision on exported services.

Lesotho: Our tax practitioners assist many local and international clients on tax issues.

Mozambique: Tax advice on direct and indirect transfer of shares of a oil company.

South Africa: Tax and exchange control assistance to shareholders of SMD Technologies regarding their sale of 50% shareholding to the Carlyle Group.

Tanzania: Represented a leading aviation company on VAT applicability on services rendered across different jurisdictions.

Uganda: Advised on the draft of Uganda’s basic tax legislation.

Zambia: Advisor to Enel Green Power RSA (Proprietary) Limited with tax advice for its 34-megawatt solar PV project in Zambia, one of two of the first utility scale solar projects in Zambia and one of the lowest electricity tariffs on the continent, at 7.84c/kWh.

Zimbabwe: Advising and representing a corporate on tax matters, objections against assessments and rulings and appeals against determinations by the Revenue Authority with respect to VAT and Income Tax.