China M&A Tax Issues - Installment I: Changes in Tax Rules


China’s new tax law went into effect in January of 2008. This development has had important effects on tax structures used by foreign investors doing mergers and acquisitions in China. It has influenced the strategies firms employ in pursuing “enterprise reorganization” projects involving domestic Chinese enterprises, including mergers, share acquisitions, and asset acquisitions among other transaction types. In April of 2009, China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation ("SAT") issued Caishui [2009] No. 59 (the "M&A Rules"). Some of the most significant aspects of these new rules are described below.

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