All German companies will soon have to report on their ownership structures to the German Transparency Register as a new law has abolished simplifications that previously applied to the majority of companies.
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Following recent EU and German court decisions, the German tax authorities have advised that lump-sum remunerations for supervisory activities will generally not be subject to VAT; though exceptions may apply for remuneration schemes comprising of fixed and variable payments.
This article explores the increasing trend for private equity investments in the shipping sector to take the form of preferred stock in either publicly listed or private companies, rather than through establishing a joint venture with an established shipowner.