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Taxation aspects of mergers and acquisitions


Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has dominated Australian business headlines in recent times. While M&A deals are typically driven by strategic or commercial objectives, taxation matters are still an important consideration for the parties. This article examines some of the key taxation aspects of M&A deals involving Australian assets and shares from both the acquisition and disposal side.

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Andrew Rider CTA
Andrew is a leading Australian tax barrister specialising in land tax, payroll tax and stamp duty litigation and dispute resolution. Andrew also advises on Australia-wide stamp duties, land tax and payroll tax.Prior to coming to the Bar, Andrew was a solicitor and Associate to Justice Michael Kirby. Andrew lectures in taxation law at the University of Sydney Law School and previously lectured at the University of Technology, Sydney. Andrew edits the leading stamp duty publication “Australian Stamp Duties Law” and authors the national stamp duty section of the leading online service “Practical Guidance - Property Law”. Andrew is a Chartered Tax Adviser and examiner with The Tax Institute and member of The Tax Institute/Office of State Revenue Liaison Committee and Dispute Resolution Technical Committee. Andrew is recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading Australian tax barrister. - Current at 04 July 2017
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