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Tax

Our tax lawyers provide a full range of business legal services to help clients address the challenges of international commerce and business operations, across Africa and globally. 

We are one of the most active law firms in Africa, with hundreds of tax advisors in offices throughout the continent and within our global tax group. We help African and multinational companies in the region to address the entire range of complex tax issues and help to resolve tax disputes in efficient and cost-effective ways.  

Our experience ranges from inward and outward investment, structuring for corporate/real estate acquisitions and disposals, domestic/international restructures and double taxation agreements to customs and excise, transfer pricing, tax audits and due diligence investigations, compensation packages, tax litigation and dispute resolution. 

Clients also benefit from our well-established relationships with local tax authorities, tribunals, boards and courts. 

Local insight, global reach: working in 20 African countries, we understand the political, financial, regulatory and economic issues active in the region. This on-the-ground presence is backed by a global Africa team comprising more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg and Casablanca and extending to other key financial centers, among them London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

In your home country and across multiple jurisdictions, we can provide fully coordinated cross-border services utilizing deep knowledge of national legislation including tax treaties while taking an appropriate international perspective. We can also draw on the multidisciplinary resources and experience of one of the world’s biggest business law firms, with colleagues in numerous related areas, including corporate, finance, real estate, employment, intellectual property and technology.  

Key capabilities include: 

  • global equity compensation
  • international tax counsel
  • tax controversy and disputes
  • transactional tax planning
  • transfer pricing
  • VAT and customs duties 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.

Immigration law and practice in the African oil and gas industry

A global economy requires multinationals to adopt a global business strategy, which invariably involves the need to transfer a firm’s most important asset – its people – in a fluid way across national borders. That is why managing the mobilization of expatriate employees in the most efficient way, including handling strategic immigration, labor and tax legal issues, is critical for the oil and gas industry.

The Kenyan tax landscape

When setting up an investment in a foreign country, an understanding of the tax landscape is often the difference between a profitable venture and one that is not. In Kenya, the tax regime is comprised of four main tax heads: income tax, value added tax (VAT), excise duty and customs duty.

Investing in Africa: The Big Five of tax structuring

What foreign investors in Africa need to know about capital gains tax, withholding tax, permanent establishment, corporate income tax, and investment protection planning via bilateral investment treaties.