Tag: Price adjustment clause

Norway vs. Exxonmobil Production Norway Inc., January 2018, Lagsmanret no LB-2016-160306

Norway vs. Exxonmobil Production Norway Inc., January 2018, Lagsmanret no LB-2016-160306

An assessment was issued by the Norwegian tax authorities for years 2009 2010 and 2011 concerning the interest on a loan between Exxonmobil Production Norway Inc. (EPNI) as the lender and Exxon Mobile Delaware Holdings Inc. (EMDHI) as the borrower. Both EPNI and EMDHI are subsidiaries in the Exxon Group, where the parent company is domiciled in the United States. The loan agreement between EPNI and EMDHI was entered into in 2009. The loan had a drawing facility of NOK 20 billion. The agreed maturity was 2019, and the interest rate was fixed at 3 months NIBOR plus a margin of 30 basis points. The agreement also contained provisions on quarterly interest rate regulation and a interest adjustment clause allowing the lender to adjust the interest rate on changes in the borrower’s creditworthiness. The dispute concerns the margin of 30 basis points and the importance of the adjustment clause, also referred to as the step-up clause. The Oil Tax office ... Continue to full case
Luxembourg vs SA, October 2007, Administrative court, Case No 23053

Luxembourg vs SA, October 2007, Administrative court, Case No 23053

The question in this case was if a loan had been granted in accordance with the arm’s length principle. In it’s judgament the court relied on the principles that should drive a prudent and diligent business manager. “.. its behavior is to be qualified by reference to the medium-prudent and diligent creditor acting on the market in that the latter would have undeniably sought to have a clause allowing a reduction in the cost of its financing.” The principle of qualifying dealings based on a “ordentlicher und gewissenhafter Geschäftsleiter” can be attributed to the German origins of the tax system in Luxembourg. Click here for translation 23053C ... Continue to full case