Dynamic companies are increasingly seizing cross-border opportunities to build their businesses. We have the insight and agility to create the strategies you need to respond quickly to ever-changing tax laws.

Our tax team at Grant Thornton Singapore can advise on tax matters at every stage of the business life cycle. If you’re starting up, our corporate tax team can help you structure your domestic and cross-border tax issues effectively. As your business grows, we can help you with general and transactional tax advice, including IRAS tax queries and audits. If you are looking to expand your business overseas, we can provide advice on the tax implications of mergers and acquisitions, international tax regimes and global mobility of your stakeholders. Our expert tax team can advise you on exit strategies, including guidance on restructuring or refinancing your business.

At Grant Thornton Singapore, we strive to provide domestic and international tax advice tailored to specifically to your business. We work closely with our clients to provide tax advice, which is comprehensive, relevant, and commercial focussed.

We have elaborated on some of our key areas of expertise as follows:

Deal advisory

At Grant Thornton Singapore, we have in-depth experience of both inbound and outbound transactions, including acquisitions and disposals spanning numerous countries across the region. We draw on our strong international network to provide you with multi-national tax advice in the context of your business transactions. Our services include:

  • Buy and sell side tax due diligence to identify and manage both historical and potential future tax exposures
  • Sale and purchase agreement and related documentation advisory
  • Transaction structuring advice, evaluating alternative structures and taking into account cross-border strategies to ensure a tax optimal acquisition and future exit
  • Tax modelling support – to help you understand and improve the tax efficiency and cash flows of your proposed structure
  • Post-deal services, advising on a variety of tax issues that arise post-transaction, including regulatory, tax strategy and compliance matters and operating model effectiveness

Restructuring and financing

Our team can advise you on your business restructuring transactions, including divestments, group reorganisations, the restructuring of third party and inter-company debt, or the refinancing of existing liabilities. In particular we have experience in: 

  • Group structure rationalisation and reorganising operating structures including managing taxes on exit or disposal
  • Analysing and structuring the tax aspects of new financings and refinancings
  • Developing appropriate structuring to effect debt push-down
  • Withholding tax considerations on repatriations
  • Local interest deductibility and anti-avoidance tax regimes
  • Funds Tax and Real Estate Investments Trusts Tax 

Tax planning

Careful tax planning is critical for businesses in the current global tax climate. We can assist you to build a robust tax strategy as your business expands globally. Our commercially driven approach helps our multinational clients to manage their tax affairs effectively, in a manner that aligns with current and future business model developments. Our experience covers:

  • Tax forecasting
  • Tax risk management including tax health checks and consideration of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting regime
  • Cross-border tax optimisation strategies including double tax relief measures and supply chain tax analysis
  • Digital tax considerations

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how we can help, contact David Sandison or Eng Min Lor, who lead this area of the business.

Tax Eng Min Lor

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