Financial Services and Tax

The financial services industry has undergone major transformation in recent years. From the wave of bank consolidations in the 1990s to the spate of recent acquisitions and offshoring activities in emerging markets, the rise of new asset classes to the growth of private wealth management in Asia, the industry has seen tremendous structural changes. This opens up opportunities for and poses threats to services providers, while customers now enjoy a range of products and services not previously available.

Dealings in capital underpinned the business of financial services, and because capital is extremely mobile, taxation considerations take on a new dimension in this industry, perhaps more so than in other industries, for both providers and customers alike. In relation to the former, financial institutions leverage on the advancement of information technology to organise themselves across jurisdictions in a closely integrated fashion for risk management and transfer, operating through business models that stretch the application of traditional taxation concepts. With regard to the latter, tax risks to holders of financial products become far more acute with innovative instruments that slice or combine risks and rewards in a manner that challenge conventional analysis. With tax risks being magnified in financial services, the potential for it to add value with proper structuring is immense.

If this is your situation

  • You wish to undertake restructuring of business, make acquisitions or divestments in a tax efficient manner
  • You plan to enter new markets, or deliver new product/service offerings and need to understand the related tax implications
  • You need to implement global best practices in tax risk management

How PwC can help you

PricewaterhouseCoopers brings together industry thought leadership and a wealth of transaction experience as we help clients solve complex tax issues arising from a wide range of business transactions, including:
  • International tax structuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cash and treasury management
  • Financial derivatives
  • Transfer pricing
  • Operational tax risks
  • Investment management and hedge funds
  • Real estate finance
  • Structured finance arrangements, including asset securitisation, equity financing and leasing