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International - European Court of Justice Ruling in Wheels: The Exemption for Management of Special Investment Funds

J. Zutt; B. Breimer
Derivatives & Financial Instruments, 2013 (Volume 15), No 3
16 May 2013
In the Wheels case, the European Court of Justice held that the VAT exemption for the management of a special investment fund is not applicable to management services provided to a UK pension fund. The Court ruled that a UK-based defined benefit pension fund does not qualify as a special investment fund. In some EU countries this decision may have a significant impact for the asset management industry as management of a pension fund was regarded as a service which could benefit from the exemption. The Wheels case may also put application of the exemption under pressure for other funds.
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