Lawyers in the GES practice assist clients in a wide range of domestic and international strategic tax planning related to equity compensation and benefit plans. Baker & McKenzie is at the forefront of developing tax-structuring strategies that minimize tax liability and enhance shareholder value. In addition to determining whether the benefits of equity-based plans are deductible, we consider international tax planning issues, non-US qualified plan arrangements, social security minimization, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit issues and cost sharing arrangements. We coordinate efforts with clients' tax and financial departments to provide tailored advice.
Our GES lawyers also help anticipate and minimize adverse accounting effects by assessing a client’s overall business plan in relation to its tax position. We examine equity compensation and other benefit plans to ensure a consistent and defensible approach that reduces worldwide tax burdens and helps achieve strategic business objectives.