Investing into Infrastructure Holding Companies: What if you become a core investment company?

Investing into Infrastructure Holding Companies: What if you become a core investment company?

  • Infrastructure companies are mandated to execute concessions through SPVs, which often results in qualification of the holding company as a core investment company (CIC)
  • CIC risk is often avoided by structuring EPC and O&M revenues through the hol- ding company and swelling …
Ambiguity with thin cap norms: Private credit players risk significant tax leakage

Ambiguity with thin cap norms: Private credit players risk significant tax leakage

  • Accurate reading of thin capitalization norms is highly relevant to maximize IRRs, especially in asset heavy sectors
  • Currently, norms interpreted such that sometimes the entire interest paid to foreign related parties is disallowed for the target (as expense)…
Private Credit: Interest on NCDs recharacterized as dividends 

Private Credit: Interest on NCDs recharacterized as dividends 

  • Tax authorities recharacterized interest income on NCDs as dividends
  • Interest recharacterization has not taken place under GAAR
  • Investors can prevent such mischaracterization by demonstrating the nature of the underlying instrument, periodicity of payments, maturity date, management rights,
    etc….
Denial of tax treaty benefits: Blueprinting defence strategies for PE funds – A tax litigation perspective

Denial of tax treaty benefits: Blueprinting defence strategies for PE funds – A tax litigation perspective

  • Revenue has issued reassessment orders to several global PE/VC funds denying
    tax treaty benefits to grandfathered investments alleging treaty shopping through Mauritius and Singapore between AY 2013-14 and 2015-16

  • Substantial tax, interest, and penalty has been levied invoking judicial anti-avoidance principles based on a supposed lack of commercial substance in these jurisdictions…
Top 5 Tax Considerations When Structuring Debt Investments in India

Top 5 Tax Considerations When Structuring Debt Investments in India

  • Recent developments in the Indian tax regime have brought India closer to global
    norms though hybrid instruments that have come under increased scrutiny

  • GAAR provisions have enabled tax authorities to examine the commercial substance of transactions, underscoring the importance of purpose, pooling, and people…

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