KPMG offers a range of tax services to corporate and private equity investors to help with local and cross-border transactions.
KPMG offers a range of tax services to help with local and cross-border transactions.
Business today is under more pressure than ever to deliver better, lasting results for stakeholders. At KPMG, we think like an investor, looking at how opportunities to buy, sell, partner, fund or fix a company can add and preserve value. Today’s deals do not happen in a vacuum. So from your business strategy to your acquisition strategy, your plans for divestments or for raising funds, or even your need to restructure, every decision must be made in light of your entire business, your sector, and the global economy.
We can help companies understand processes, avoid pitfalls and seize opportunities of deals. We understand the practical impact of tax developments and when we spot opportunities, we know how to act on them to benefit stakeholders.
Our Tax professionals are commercially minded and deal-hardened and understand the mechanics of acquisition and disposals in a competitive environment – they know how to identify and advise on the material tax exposures in a transaction and to develop deal structures that appropriately address the tax implications.
KPMG's Deal Advisory, Tax group offers a range of tax services to corporate and private equity investors to help with local and cross-border transactions. Our services include:
Why tax-efficient mergers and acquisitions matter
Companies with global ambitions cannot afford to ignore the opportunities for possible growth offered by mergers, acquisitions and disposals. But if these transactions are to create real value, it is important that the tax implications of each deal are dealt with from the onset. This is especially important in cross-border deals, where differing regulations and business cultures need to be reconciled in order to reveal the risks and opportunities of a transaction.
Similarly, private equity seeking to increase return on investment cannot afford to ignore tax. Recent trends show that M&A transactions have become more international and deal volumes have increased tremendously. Highly-leveraged transactions allow for big ticket deals, particularly within private equity market.
Understanding how a deal is done
In a highly professional and competitive deal environment, many transactions are organised as structure auctions. Only the strongest bidder will win. When strategic investors compete with private equity for a few attractive targets offered, understanding how a deal is done becomes critical. To assess the real value of a transaction you need to understand the historical tax risks associated with an enterprise for sale. To win an auction, you can also need to evaluate and quantify upside potential. In many cases, tax can make a difference.
Getting the timing right
Running an M&A process means coordinating many different work-streams within a very strict timeline. In the auction processes, there is little flexibility surrounding bid deadlines. Deadlines are short to keep management attention to an acceptable minimum. Valuable time can be lost just trying to organise your deal team. Tax due diligence, international acquisition structuring and modelling tax in the acquisition target's business forecast should be addressed immediately.
The ATO’s Australian tax framework outlines common infrastructure and privatisation transactions, and how the Australian tax system may apply them.
KPMG can help you navigate regulations governing foreign investment in Australia.