The Spanish Fraud Act (Law 7/2012, of October 29) has amended the Securities Exchange Act in order to exempt the acquisition of companies that hold real estate from property transfer tax. However, such exemption is only applicable when the company's real estate is allocated to its business e.g., hotel or mining activities, hospitals, solar or wind farms... This would represent savings of 7%-10% in any acquisition as per above. On the other hand, any purely speculative operations would be subject to property transfer tax.
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