NNDKP successfully assisted Hammerer Aluminium Industries Santana S.R.L. in a complex fiscal dispute concerning transfer pricing aspects

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) successfully represented Hammerer Aluminium Industries Santana S.R.L., a producer of semi-finished castings from aluminium recovered from recyclable materials for various uses, in a complex dispute related to transfer pricing aspects before the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ).

The ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice confirms the decision of the Timisoara Court of Appeal, which essentially condemned tax authorities’ failure to comply with the principles for determining comparable transactions, resulting in a difference in favour of the taxpayer of about half a million euros. With respect to loans, the court ruled that both the loan issue/renegotiation date and the existence/non-existence of collateral should be taken into consideration since unsecured loans cannot be compared with secured loans. Furthermore, the Timisoara Court of Appeal validated the distinction between the activity of obtaining semi-finished castings from aluminium recovered from recyclable materials and the metallurgical activity, in which castings are produced by processing the alumina obtained from bauxite and confirmed that companies in the latter category cannot be viewed as comparable to the former.

The NNDKP team who represented the client in this dispute included Partner Eva Forika, Head of NNDKP Timisoara Office, Senior Associate Ion Loga, NNDKP Timisoara Office, Partner Daniela Gramaticescu and Managing Associate Alexandru Lăcureanu, from our Dispute Resolution practice, as well as Tax Partner Marius Ionescu and Tax Director Sorin Mociofan, NNDKP Tax Advisory Services. The NNDKP team was supported by Daniel Sacal, Partner at Transfer Pricing Services SRL, who acted as expert adviser in the investigation.

This decision is the result of the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of tax litigation lawyers and tax consultants, which is of the essence, particularly for complex legal matters. Having an integrated approach allows us to combine different perspectives and skill sets that have contributed to a successful outcome. Congratulations to the entire team for this achievement”, declared Eva Forika, Partner and Head of NNDKP Timisoara Office.

NNDKP’s Center of Excellence in Fiscal Disputes (CELF) provides integrated services to the company’s clients from the initial stage of a fiscal dispute to the litigation stage before the Romanian courts, offering a seamless approach throughout the fiscal dispute. Clients benefit from the very first moment from complete professional services covering both technical aspects and specific legal issues, in the unwanted scenario of a fiscal dispute, thanks to the involvement of a mixed team of professionals in each project.

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