Tax

William Fry Tax Advisors brings together tax lawyers, accountants and consultants in one highly innovative team. We work with domestic and international corporations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, trusts and high net worth individuals.

We provide the following tax services:

  • Using Ireland as part of a group business strategy
  • Tax due diligence reports
  • Mergers and acquisitions - tax structuring and negotiation
  • Corporate reorganisations
  • Revenue Audit health checks and advice on audits and settlements
  • Transfer pricing reviews and mutual assistance procedures
  • Structured finance including securitisations & financial engineering
  • Indirect Taxation planning and compliance
  • Private client including asset protection & personal tax planning
  • Tax litigation including negotiation, arbitration & settlements
  • Employee benefits and remuneration
  • IP structuring
  • Annual Corporate and Personal Tax Compliance

William Fry Tax Advisors was awarded Ireland Tax Firm of the Year and Impact Deal of the Year at the International Tax Review European Awards 2019 in London. 

We work with colleagues in other practice areas and industry sectors, forming multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement creative tax solutions, with particular experience in financial services, retail, technology, communications, construction, leisure & entertainment, personal and trust services.

 

William Fry Tax ComplianceWe work closely with clients to resolve contentious tax matters with tax authorities before any court proceedings commence. We provide reviews on tax filing positions taken by taxpayers and legacy tax matters. Please download our Contentious Tax brochure by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

William Fry Tax Advisors is, exclusively, Taxand Ireland. With more than 400 tax partners and over 2,000 advisors in over 40 countries, Taxand is the world’s largest organisation of tax advisors to multinational businesses.

 

Our experience includes advising:

  • Multinational corporations on using Ireland as part of their global supply chain;
  • Multinational corporations on all compliance aspects;
  • Government and public authorities on public/ private partnership arrangements;
  • Litigation support for both the public and private sector;
  • Multinational and domestic corporations on adopting suitable transfer pricing policies;
  • IPO's and public debt listings across many industry sectors. 

 

DAC 6 Update – European Implementation

While DAC 6 proposes a uniform mandatory disclosure rule framework, it can be expected that national implementation will result in a non-uniform set of rules, which calls for an adequate coordination amongst involved intermediaries.


Department of Finance Publishes Proposed Draft Transfer Pricing Legislation

Following on from "Ireland's Transfer Pricing Rules Public Consultation" launched in February 2019, the Department of Finance have issued a feedback statement which includes proposed draft transfer pricing legislation to take effect from 1 January 2020


EU Tax Dispute Resolution Directive Entered into Force on 1 July 2019

EU Tax Dispute Resolution Directive aims to streamline the dispute resolution process for double taxation issues between EU Member States.


Revenue Publishes New Manual on the Companies Act 2014 and Irish Mergers and Divisions

Revenue provides guidance on tax implications of domestic mergers and divisions


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  • There's a real broadness, a client states "You can talk to one person who has a legal, tax and international perspective all in one".  Other sources appreciate the client-centric service provided by team members: "We've got a great relationship with the team and we find them to be very effective. They really demonstrate their commitment to client service". ​Chamber Europe 2019  
  • "William Fry's commitment to client service is excellent", says one source, who also praises "their real breadth of knowledge and willingness to allocate the people required when there is a need for a quick turnaround." Another reports that the "technical depth, exposure and experience of the senior team set them apart." Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Sources assert that "from a technical perspective they are clear and direct." Interviewees also value the team's "responsiveness to client needs and commercial awareness." Chambers Europe 2017
  • William Fry’s practice includes Sonya Manzor, who ‘devises well-thought-out tax strategies’ for clients such as King Digital Entertainment. International tax specialist Shane Wallace recently handled various real estate tax structuring and transfer pricing issues. Legal 500 EMEA 2017
  • "The firm is very responsive and has great resources, including access to a global network of tax advisers, which benefits us internationally and is a fantastic asset. The firm's ability to provide both legal and tax advice really ensures everything fits together." Chambers Europe 2016
  • Martin Phelan leads a ‘highly professional’ team at William Fry. It advised the Department of Finance on the potential capital restructuring and sale of its 99% investment in Allied Irish Bank, and also assisted IAG and EirGen Pharma. The group also has a significant private client practice and notable property expertise. . Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • "The lawyers are technically and commercially the best I have dealt with. I have always been very impressed with their well-thought-out and thorough advice. You can always get through to the partners and their brilliant associates." "This team is fantastic – always available and really responsive." Chambers Europe, 2015
  • "Martin Phelan's controversy practice is at the forefront of domestic contentious tax work and boasts an enviable client list." Who's Who Legal - Corporate Tax 2015 
  • William Fry’s ‘hands-on, straight-talking and practical approach’ finds favour with clients. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 
  • "One of the most conscientious firms I have dealt with." "The team is knowledgeable and integrates well with other departments, which is very helpful."  Chambers Europe, 2014 

Team

  • Martin Phelan
    • Martin Phelan International tax specialist Martin Phelan is described as a "top guy" and "very switched-on." Chambers Europe 2017
    • Leading consultant Martin Phelan is praised for "cutting to the chase" and being "technically very good."  Chambers Global, 2015 
    • Martin Phelan is 'extremely efficient and effective'.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
    • Martin Phelan is widely agreed to be one of the leading tax practitioners in Ireland. Clients appreciate that "he has his eye on the ball. He works with you one-on-one and has an ability to react very quickly." Chambers Global, 2014 
  • Sonya Manzor 
    • "I really admire the way that Manzor is able to review advice and drill into the key technical points and make very sensible, constructive comments on the tax issues," enthuses one highly impressed interviewee. Chambers Europe 2019
    • The "outstanding" Sonya Manzor is a key name in the corporate tax space. Legal 500 2018 
    • Clients describe her as "a very talented individual and creative thinker." She assisted with the sale of Phillips 66's interests in the Whitegate Oil Refinery. Chambers Europe 2018
    • Sonya Manzor is "well renowned for her technical expertise in a broad spectrum of tax matters, including inward investment, corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions". Chambers Europe 2017
    • Sonya Manzor is the firm's most prominent corporate tax lawyer, coming recognised for her "tremendous knowledge and experience. She understands direct and indirect tax in Ireland, the EU and the US. She is instrumental in coming up with creative ideas to get around the problems we face."  Chambers Europe 2016
    • Sonya Manzor is "decisive and proficient, and knows about corporate issues. She also won't back down, but nor will she pick a fight for the sake of it." Chambers Global, 2015
    • Sonya Manzor "provides creative solutions". Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 
  • Ted McGrath
    • Ted McGrath debuts in the rankings this year on the back of strong client endorsements. "McGrath gives very pragmatic and direct advice," reports one pleased client, adding: "He can weigh up the commercial aspects of the deal." Chambers Europe 2019

Key Contacts

Martin Phelan Consultant

Sonya Manzor Partner

Brian Duffy Partner

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