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28 - 30 Nov 2018International Tax, Legal and Commercial Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions

This course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth analysis of the tax consequences arising from cross-border M&A and corporate financing transactions. The course covers the full scope of M&A, focusing on various techniques that should be in place in order to successfully take over a business.


Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Course code:
EUR 2,230 / USD 2,676 (VAT excl.)
Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
International Tax, Legal and Commercial Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions

Overview and learning objectives

This course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth analysis of the legal, tax and commercial consequences arising from cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and transactions.

The course covers the full scope of M&A, focusing on various techniques that should be in place in order to successfully take over a business. Various (cross-border) aspects connected to an M&A deal, such as the tax due diligence, pricing, planning and negotiating the (tax) deal and acquisition tax planning will be explained and several examples will be presented. In addition, tax aspects of cross-border private equity acquisitions and fund structuring will be covered. Also, an in-house tax director of a multinational enterprise will give some insights from a strategic buyer’s perspective. The course content includes:

  • experiences shared by an in-house tax director;
  • tax due diligence: objectives, process, scope, disclosure and impact of findings;
  • pricing of the deal;
  • the business perspective, from planning to final implementation;
  • cross-border private equity transactions;
  • fund structuring;
  • acquisition tax planning; and
  • case studies and group discussions.

This is an interactive course with a maximum of 32 participants. The case studies and group discussions will enable participants to gain confidence in applying the skills acquired during the course. Participants will have access to relevant online collections on the IBFD Tax Research Platform for a period of two weeks.

Field of study

Tax, legal and finance.

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for practitioners in tax advisory firms, tax specialists in commerce and industry, finance professionals, accountants and government officials who wish to gain a complete understanding of the subject.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an advanced-level course. Participants should be familiar with the structure of tax systems and tax treaties, specifically with their allocation rules. In addition, they should have experience with and knowledge cross-border M&A transactions in general and in connection with the domestic rules and practice of at least one country in particular.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. 

Interactive course - "Group Live" 

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 32 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

We invite you to send us in advance any technical, content-related questions you may have. During the course we will try to address your specific questions, but please note that this will depend on the amount of time available, the relevance of the questions and the order in which the questions are received.

Should you have a question, please send it to

Disclaimer: The information provided during the course has been prepared solely for the instruction of course participants. This information is not intended to constitute advice on any particular matter.

Continuing Professional Education

Recommended NASBA CPE points for this course: 20.5 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.

Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.


  • A strategic buyer's perspective
  • Tax due diligence
  • Tax due diligence case study
  • Tax aspects of cross-border private equity acquisitions
  • From valuation to pricing: key concepts
  • The commercial perspective: planning and negotiation of the (tax) deal
  • Fund structuring
  • Acquisition tax planning: defining de boundaries, strategies and tools
  • Rens Bondrager is Tax Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP and specializes in domestic and international tax law. His practice is strongly transaction driven, with a mixture of joint ventures, mergers...
  • Femke van der Zeijden is specialized in the international tax aspects of M&A and private equity structures. She works as a tax manager in the M&A and Private Equity team of PwC ...
  • Frank de Beijer is Vice President International Taxation/Attorney at law at Liberty Global Plc Amsterdam HQ, where he is responsible for managing the tax strategy for Liberty Global’s...
  • Danyel Slabbers joined the PwC Corporate Finance practice in Amsterdam in December 1998 after graduating from university and since 2005 his focus has been solely on valuations.   Currently Mr...
  • Floris-Jan Drost
    Floris-Jan Drost is a tax adviser in the M&A practice of PwC Amsterdam. He is involved in (vendor) due diligence, tax structuring, share purchase agreement, and (re)refinancing transactions. He...
    Shee Boon Law is Head of Knowledge at DLA Piper’s International Tax Group, where he is responsible for promoting and representing the technical expertise of the International Tax Group to...
  • Carlos Rodriguez
    Carlos Rodríguez is Head of Tax for DLA Piper’s Madrid office, which has been voted Spain Tax Firm of the Year at ITR Awards (2018). He has over 20 years’ experience in the...
  • Rodrigo Gastalver Trujillo
    Rodrigo Gastalver Trujillo is legal director in the Madrid office of DLA Piper, where he started working in 2007 after joining this law firm from a Big Four company. From 2015 to 2018 he developed...