For most regions of the world, tax uncertainty and complexity will continue to be a prominent feature of the deal landscape. Business leaders are faced with accelerated pace of change with greater government involvement and tax leaders need to adapt quickly to the changing tax environment. Some of the most important trends shaping current deal volumes and the future of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) tax globally involve technology and digitalisation which has made up deal volumes in this space. Also facilitating transactions is the greater comfort M&A players now have doing business virtually.
The comeback for special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) has played a larger role in certain regions and expected to continue in 2021. The need for specialty skills in technology, data and analytics are becoming an important part of the mix of capabilities that tax due diligence teams will need. There is the spurring movement toward greater environmental, social and governance (ESG) across global companies, with significant impacts on M&A markets. All these factors and more will need to be considered as M&A professionals navigate in the new reality of deals, transactions and restructuring ahead.
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Arco Verhulst is a tax partner in the Dutch tax firm and was appointed as KPMG's global lead for deal advisory, M&A tax in early 2014.
Arco is responsible for the strategic direction of KPMG's global deal advisory, M&A tax practice. He specialises in structuring cross-border M&A, post-merger integration and restructuring, international tax planning, and providing tax transaction services in cross-border transactions in various industries.
Arco has over 20 years of experience working on global and European M&A tax projects for corporate clients and private equity finds. For a number of large Netherlands headquartered multi-national companies, he has been serving as international lead tax partner, with responsibility for coordinating all international tax services.
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