SCHOENHERR & ASSOCIATES strengthens tax focus by launching Schoenherr Tax Bucharest SRL

Law firm Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA expands its current practice to include tax advisory services by launching Schoenherr Tax Bucharest, which shall operate as a separate legal entity affiliated with the law firm.

“Following the integration of our tax practice, we have now the tools to offer more comprehensive solutions to our clients ensuring the right mix of legal and tax expertise. Our aim is to provide our clients with integrated services covering both legal and tax aspects, as well as with specialised high-end tax advisory services in a variety of fields including: business restructuring (M&A); international tax structuring; supply chain optimization; transfer pricing; reviews of tax codings and tax processes; tax reviews and transaction due diligence projects; planning and managing international assignments of employees; assistance in securing tax rulings; as well as assistance during tax audits and tax dispute resolution,” stated Sebastian Gutiu, Managing Partner of Schoenherr si Asociatii..

The coordinators of the practice are Sebastian Gutiu as Managing Partner, as well as Theodor Artenie, Oana Manuceanu and Mihaela Cristiana Popescu as Managing Directors.

Theodor Artenie has 9 years experience in professional business services, out of which 8 have been spent as part of the tax advisory practice of a Big4 firm in Romania. His main area of expertise is value-added tax (VAT),  in which he has extensive knowledge and experience with regard to the relevant Romanian and EU VAT legislation. Theodor has extensive experience in managing complex cross-border tax projects after spending a year in the Big4’s VAT practice in London. Over the years, Theodor has played an instrumental role in several initiatives to amend and modernise the Romanian VAT legislation in accordance with the requirements of the Romanian business environment and EU best practices. Theodor’s client portfolio includes multinational companies in the technology, real estate, defence, energy, industrial products, services and automotive sectors.

Oana Manuceanu has over 11 years experience at a Big4 firm in Romania. Her experience includes complex advisory work related to structuring international assignments: salary tax, social security, immigration, recharge of costs, permanent establishment exposure, labour law requirements, application of double taxation treaties and social security agreements. Oana has experience in working with major multinational companies present in Romania. Besides her expertise in cross-border assignments, she specializes in the tax treatment of various types of income derived by individuals (salary, investment, freelance activities, etc),the  assessment and optimisation of the tax residency position, tax analysis of contractual relationships with individuals, as well as salary tax reviews.

Mihaela Cristiana Popescu  also previously worked in the Bucharest tax practice of a Big4 firm, where over the past 7 years she serviced a wide portfolio of clients, primarily in the financial services industry, real estate, IT, telecom and energy sectors. She has extensive experience in advising clients in domestic and international corporate income tax matters, withholding taxes and local taxes. Mihaela’s expertise relates in particular to tax reviews, taxation of financial instruments, international tax structuring, M&A, deal structuring, tax due diligence, and transfer pricing. She also has significant experience in assisting resident and non-resident clients in successfully complying with their tax obligations in Romania or dealing with the Romanian tax authorities on various tax matters.

Schoenherr has also strengthened its tax offering in Austria. Michaela Petritz-Klar, a tax lawyer with over 10 years of experience, joined the firm’s Vienna office as a partner at the start of April. In further developing Schoenherr’s tax practice in Austria, Michaela focuses on providing comprehensive tax advice in the area of corporate tax law, including any kind of transaction-related tax advice. Her further fields of focus include international tax planning and tax litigation, as well as the tax aspects associated with corporate restructurings; financing transactions, capital markets and structured products; investment funds; and succession and estate planning for high net worth individuals.

„One of Schoenherr’s most important goals is to cover the full range of commercial legal services. First class, sophisticated tax advisory services make us better equipped to handle all aspects of even the most complex mandate,” stated Sebastian Gutiu.

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