For large corporates or owner managed businesses, corporate rationalisation can enable organisations to reduce inefficiencies, manage risk and return surplus assets to shareholders, either via a Members Voluntary Liquidation, orderly wind downs followed by strike off or partnership dissolution.

Recognising potential risks

Size of organisation aside, planning for an orderly winding up is vitally important. Undertaking relevant due diligence to identify the risk of claims arising is key to a successful wind down. We understand that identifying hidden liabilities can be difficult, particularly for groups or companies with a history of acquisitions. 

Large corporates

Dormant entities incur ongoing maintenance costs to the business, including audits, annual returns and iXBRL compliant tax returns, which must be filed every year, even if no trading occurs. 

Simplification allows companies to justify or simplify a complex group structure and proactively manage their risk. This enables organisations to identify reasons to preserve entities or take action to safely streamline an organisation. 

Through assisting in a project management role, we have helped many clients to eliminate their unwanted dormant companies in a cost-effective and tax-efficient manner, saving internal costs and time of your in house staff.

For multinational groups, we work with our international partners to provide a seamless service. We have a proven track record in project management and implementation of complex group simplification offering a full conception to completion service.

Owner managed businesses

When a company comes to the end of its life or is entering a new phase, the shareholders may either wish to change the structure or wind down operations.

Working with our tax and accounts colleagues, we consider the best way to achieve the shareholders' objectives and implement the plan in the most efficient manner. Again, pre-planning is paramount and steps should be taken early particularly if considering a change of structure.

The key advantages for an owner of a business are:

  • any distributions are treated as a capital distribution;
  • all liabilities have been considered and dealt with correctly; and
  • Income Tax Office satisfaction.

Our corporate simplification team has extensive experience in many sectors and multiple jurisdictions. We work to find the best solution for our clients, empowering them to move forward with confidence.

How can we help you?

Contact us by phone +350 200 74854 or submit your questions, comments, or proposal requests.