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HNW Guide

Private Wealth Law — France

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From the HNW guide

Dedicated private client boutique Arkwood is highly regarded by peers and clients for its offering. One source highlights that "they offer the right of level of expertise to deal with highly technical matters, which they combine with the flexibility of a boutique. They stand out because they are commercially-minded lawyers. They invest a lot upfront to fully understand the client's needs and devise a solution that takes into account individual, family and business considerations."

An interviewee notes: "They provide solid and robust solutions for their clients, particularly for complex multi-jurisdictional matters." The team regularly handles cross-border tax planning for clients with business and property interests in France. "They are one of the best in Paris, for sure," says one source, with another reporting that "they are excellent at what they do and their growing reputation speaks for itself."

Notable practitioners

Stéphanie Auferil is held in high esteem by peers and market commentators for her capabilities in tax and trusts matters, working regularly with high net worth clients, with particular expertise in cross-border structuring. "She is one of the outstanding lawyers in France," says a source; "she is very approachable and easy to deal with. She is straightforward with clients and sympathetic, and of course she is technically very strong." Sources highlight her notable success in the French Constitutional Court, challenging the public registry of trusts on the basis of its interference with the right to privacy.

Sources note that Marine Dupas "is very good, technically very strong and adds valuable input." She is a trusted adviser to affluent individuals and families, advising on wealth and estate planning. "She is excellent on fiscal treaties between the Middle East and Europe," says a source; "she is very proactive and super professional." A market commentator enthuses: "It is a pleasure to work with her. She is extremely clever, practical and takes a commercial approach in the advice given."

Commentators appreciate that Michael Khayat, "in addition to having a very high level of technical expertise, has strong commercial acumen. He proposes smart and very practical advice to complex business and family matters. He takes ownership of the clients' most technical issues, and relentlessly works on them until he has found the right solution." He specialises in wealth planning and has a strong client base of entrepreneurs and business owners in the technology sector. Sources regard him as "an expert in his field."

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From the HNW guide

Franklin is highly regarded in France for its "good private client department with strong individuals." The team is described as "really top-notch" by a market source, who describes its lawyers as "extremely professional, very nice and providing very well-documented prudent advice. I have been recommending them very regularly, which is the biggest tribute to them."

The department is noted for its "very good knowledge of cross-border transactions and how the law is applicable to clients. They are proactive and efficient in the way they work." The team has strong international capabilities and assists with business succession and inheritance planning. Multiple interviewees praise the lawyers "for both their personal knowledge and client-handling skills."

Notable practitioners

Jérome Barré "is a leading lawyer in this area," notes a client; "he has an incredible knowledge of tax and is very available, responsive and creative. We are very happy with him." He regularly handles high-value tax planning for families with personal and business assets in multiple jurisdictions. He is regarded as "straightforward, very business-minded and precise," with one source saying: "He is dedicated to his clients and always at their service." Another sums up that "he is very good; as the French say - he is épique."

Sources report that Julia Novak "is very responsive, a good technician and knows all the specific intricacies of French tax law." She is noted for handling domestic tax compliance within international wealth structuring, including work with trusts, for high net worth clients and their advisers. One interviewee describes Novak as "very efficient and proactive; she just gets things done. She is extremely knowledgeable on cross-border transactions." Another says: "She is someone who is committed, works hard and has great capacity."

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From the HNW guide

This boutique firm is held in high esteem by its peers, with one interviewee reporting that "if I have a private client file, I would go to them without hesitation." The team represents clients in estate and tax planning, with particular focus on international matters.

The team is particularly noted for its strength in the use of common law structures. An interviewee says: "They are excellent and they have a deep understanding of trusts." Tirard Naudin also represents clients in trust, tax and succession disputes, with expertise in issues such as forced heirship.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Marc Tirard is a leading figure in the French private market, described by sources as "a strong practitioner, very present on the market and a technical lawyer." He is highlighted by multiple sources for his expertise in trusts, with interviewees noting that "he was one the first to practice trusts in France. He is really good with clients. He is very professional and has huge experience." Sources describe him as a "very strong tax lawyer" working with high net worth clients, and note that "he is an expert in the field. He can go to the stars, he is creative and imaginative."

Sources describe Maryse Naudin as "energetic, very close to her clients and very good with trusts. She is brilliant." Her practice is especially focused on international tax planning, with expertise in real estate taxation. she also advises clients on wealth structuring, including the use of trusts, and interviewees highlight her "excellent broad knowledge of tax and civil law."

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From the HNW guide

CMS has offices in Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg and possesses deep expertise in international private wealth matters. "For sure they have strong practice in this area," acknowledges a peer, continuing: "We have always seen them in significant transactions and in high net worth estate planning."

The private clients team advises the firm's clientele of prominent business owners with wealth planning and corporate governance. Described as "definitely one of the main players" in the French market, the firm is noted by multiple interviewees for its "excellent tax practice."

Notable practitioners

Bruno Gouthière is a long-standing practitioner noted for his contribution to international wealth planning; a peer notes that "he is very good and published a book which is a bible for many lawyers." He is known for his experience within the French tax administration and his expertise in dual taxation, with sources reporting that "he is a strong reference for practitioners." One peer says: "He is very good for international tax planning. I trust him and he is very experienced."

Luc Jaillais is noted by peers for his "strong litigation expertise," and for his handling of high-profile matters concerning wealth taxation. Multiple sources highlight Jaillais's technical ability, with one stating: "Luc is extremely good technically. He is surgical in his approach and is very good in dealing with tax litigation." Another interviewee remarks that "he is very creative with his solutions and is a strong technician." He also advises business owners on capital gains tax, with a peer dubbing him "a real expert" in this area.

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Stéphanie Auferil

Arkwood

From the Chambers HNW guide

Stéphanie Auferil is held in high esteem by peers and market commentators for her capabilities in tax and trusts matters, working regularly with high net worth clients, with particular expertise in cross-border structuring. "She is one of the outstanding lawyers in France," says a source; "she is very approachable and easy to deal with. She is straightforward with clients and sympathetic, and of course she is technically very strong." Sources highlight her notable success in the French Constitutional Court, challenging the public registry of trusts on the basis of its interference with the right to privacy.

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Franklin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jérome Barré"is a leading lawyer in this area," notes a client; "he has an incredible knowledge of tax and is very available, responsive and creative. We are very happy with him." He regularly handles high-value tax planning for families with personal and business assets in multiple jurisdictions.He is regarded as "straightforward, very business-minded and precise," with one source saying: "He is dedicated to his clients and always at their service." Another sums up that "he is very good; as the French say - he is épique."

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Arkwood

From the Chambers HNW guide

Sources note that Marine Dupas"is very good, technically very strong and adds valuable input." She is a trusted adviser to affluent individuals and families, advising on wealth and estate planning. "She is excellent on fiscal treaties between the Middle East and Europe," says a source; "she is very proactive and super professional."A market commentator enthuses: "It is a pleasure to work with her. She is extremely clever, practical and takes a commercial approach in the advice given."

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Altitude Avocats

From the Chambers HNW guide

Eric Ginter of Altitude Avocats "is considered as one of the top tax lawyers," says a market commentator; "he is definitely somebody who knows what he is talking about." Ginter assists high net worth clients with tax planning and associated litigation, and is especially known for his "strong international practice." He is also well-regarded for his experience in national government, and sources enthuse that they "have maximum confidence in his technical ability. He is a very strong lawyer."

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Tirard Naudin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jean-Marc Tirard is a leading figure in the French private market, described by sources as "a strong practitioner, very present on the market and a technical lawyer." He is highlighted by multiple sources for his expertise in trusts, with interviewees noting that "he was one the first to practice trusts in France. He is really good with clients. He is very professional and has huge experience." Sources describe him as a "very strong tax lawyer" working with high net worth clients, and note that "he is an expert in the field. He can go to the stars, he is creative and imaginative."

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Jérôme Assouline

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jérôme Assouline leads the Sekri Valentin Zerrouk tax practice and has extensive experience advising business owners and other individuals on tax planning. One source states: "I like him, he is a technical lawyer but he is also a friendly man. It is agreeable to work with him." Assouline has a noted reputation among peers for handling US-France wealth structuring, particularly trusts and corporate and personal tax matters.

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Cabinet Bornhauser

From the Chambers HNW guide

Marc Bornhauser of Cabinet Bornhauser "is really good in tax litigation," says a source. "He is a very good technician, he has an acute view of legislation and regulation and he is very bright." He is best known for his skill in contentious matters against national tax authorities; a peer notes that "he is a very good litigator and doesn't shy from his opinion. I see him in court often, and he presents his case strongly." Also highlighting his skill at trial, a source reports that "he is very proactive in terms of creative new case law at the Supreme Court. He is great; he's technically excellent and has a broad knowledge of tax law."

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Line-Alexa Glotin

UGGC Avocats

From the Chambers HNW guide

Line-Alexa Glotin of UGGC Avocats is a well-regarded private wealth practitioner, who is noted for her international capabilities. One source in particular reports that "she is well-regarded by plenty of US lawyers. She is very personable, and knowledgeable about the French tax system." Her clients include high net worth families and foundations, whom she advises on tax compliance related to wealth planning and real estate purchases. "She is very detail-oriented and doesn't miss anything," says one source, while another reports:"She is well-balanced, technically she is very good. She has a strong background."

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CMS

From the Chambers HNW guide

Bruno Gouthière is a long-standing practitioner noted for his contribution to international wealth planning; a peer notes that "he is very good and published a book which is a bible for many lawyers." He is known for his experience within the French tax administration and his expertise in dual taxation, with sources reporting that "he is a strong reference for practitioners." One peer says: "He is very good for international tax planning. I trust him and he is very experienced."

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CMS

From the Chambers HNW guide

Luc Jaillais is noted by peers for his "strong litigation expertise," and for his handling of high-profile matters concerning wealth taxation. Multiple sources highlight Jaillais's technical ability, with one stating: "Luc is extremely good technically. He is surgical in his approach and is very good in dealing with tax litigation." Another interviewee remarks that "he is very creative with his solutions and is a strong technician." He also advises business owners on capital gains tax, with a peer dubbing him "a real expert" in this area.

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Arkwood

From the Chambers HNW guide

Commentators appreciate that Michael Khayat, "in addition to having a very high level of technical expertise,has strong commercial acumen. He proposes smart and very practical advice to complex business and family matters. He takes ownership of the clients' most technical issues, and relentlessly works on them until he has found the right solution." He specialises in wealth planning and has a strong client base of entrepreneurs and business owners in the technology sector. Sources regard him as "an expert in his field."

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Tirard Naudin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Sources describe Maryse Naudin as "energetic, very close to her clients and very good with trusts. She is brilliant." Her practice is especially focused on international tax planning, with expertise in real estate taxation. she also advises clients on wealth structuring, including the use of trusts, and interviewees highlight her "excellent broad knowledge of tax and civil law."

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Franklin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Sources report that Julia Novak"is very responsive, a good technician and knows all the specific intricacies of French tax law." She is noted for handling domestic tax compliance within international wealth structuring, including work with trusts, for high net worth clients and their advisers. One interviewee describes Novak as "very efficient and proactive; she just gets things done. She is extremely knowledgeable on cross-border transactions." Another says: "She is someone who is committed, works hard and has great capacity."

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Vaslin Associés

From the Chambers HNW guide

Marc Vaslin of Vaslin Associés is described by sources as an "excellent lawyer" and is a trusted adviser to wealthy clients, including entrepreneurs. "He has a very good reputation and good contact with clients," observes a source, adding that "I refer clients to him and his firm." He regularly handles family governance and the tax aspects of wealth planning. He is qualified in France, Switzerland and Belgium, and sources praise his "strong international capacity."

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