International Tax & Global Expansion

International business is fraught with opportunity but not without risk of the unknown. If you have clients who are moving people, goods, services or information across borders we should explore the variety of structures available in order to lower your client’s global effective tax rate.

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Global Expansion Success Story

  • Global Student Accommodation Group

    United Kingdom

  • Portfolio Growth

    27 U.S. Properties with 8,000 beds

  • Project Type

    International Transaction

  • Project Objective

    Completed Transaction with Effective Treasury Management

Global Student Accommodation Group

Global Student Accommodation Group (“GSA”) is the international leader and pioneer in student accommodation. Established in 2013, the management team started with just over 100 beds in the UK and now operates in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and the United States. GSA’s vision is to expand and improve the scale, reach, and quality of student accommodations across the world.

The Challenge

Predominately working in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, GSA was presented with the opportunity to acquire 27 properties in the United States spanning across 18 states add nearly 8,000 beds. Considering this was GSA’s first expansion into the United States, the company assembled a team of advisors to assist with the legal and tax implications of the transaction.

McGuire Sponsel’s international transactions team was engaged to assist with the inbound tax and legal entity structuring portion of the project. Our team worked alongside GSA and other counsel to determine the most efficient corporate entity structure at the time of acquisition and on a going forward operational basis.


McGuire Sponsel’s international transactions team conducted analysis to develop an acquisition and going-forward operational structure that would not only allow the transaction to proceed but would also enable GSA to successfully and efficiently operate an 8,000-bed portfolio for many years to come. McGuire Sponsel was able to significantly reduce GSA’s effective global tax rate and allow for substantially more efficient treasury management throughout GSA’s group of legal entities.

We successfully completed this transaction with the expert advice of McGuire Sponsel and we are truly grateful for the support.

Management Team, GSA