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HNW Guide

Private Wealth Law — France

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From the HNW guide

Franklin is recognised widely as a leader in the French private wealth industry. "They're good people, good fellows," observes one local source. The firm's broad-based practice includes advising affluent individuals on complex international and domestic tax and estate planning. Members of the team also provide advice on family business and tax residency matters and represent clients in tax litigation.

Sources praise the team's approach and pragmatic advice. "They're quite proactive - as soon as some legislation changes, they'll proactively inform those involved," says a commentator, adding: "Instead of 30 pages of technical analysis, they come to you with an answer, which is something that clients appreciate." Another interviewee values the firm's international capabilities: "The lawyers are very knowledgeable in the area of trusts and estate planning, and not only with respect to France - they have a very good worldwide knowledge."

Notable practitioners

Jérome Barré "is excellent. He's been doing this for a long time - he was one of the first movers in this area," says one peer, while other interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable" and "a deep thinker." Barré is head of the firm's wealth management and corporate tax practice and regularly advises high net worth individuals on complex tax planning arrangements. He handles domestic and international work and is praised by sources for his "very good understanding of common law trusts." Commentators highlight his ability to tackle contentious tax matters and also note his client relationship skills. "He's polite and efficient," reports an observer. "I think Jérome is very good at establishing personal relationships and building trust with clients, says another, adding: "He's also very good at being available."

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From the HNW guide

"Many high net worth individuals work with CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre - that's the first name to cross my mind," says one interviewee. The private clients team at this well-known full-service firm includes expert corporate, family, real estate, tax and inheritance lawyers.

Members of the the CMS team advise wealthy clients on a range of civil law matters, including those concerning life insurance, donations and bare title issues, while they are especially notable for their tax work. "Obviously they are a key player in the tax field in Paris, including in wealth management," observes one commentator. The firm also helps clients with inter-generational family business transfers and cross-border tax and estate planning.

Notable practitioners

Sylvie Lerond is a key contact.

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Taj - Société d'avocats | Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

From the HNW guide

As part of Deloitte's global network, Taj is able to provide both international and domestic tax and wealth planning advice to a range of affluent individuals and their families, especially those with significant closely held businesses.

The firm advises clients on tax issues arising from trust and estate, inheritance and gift planning, and is able to assist with the creation of charitable giving strategies. Members of the team also handle compliance matters and regularly guide wealthy clients through voluntary disclosure procedures.

Notable practitioners

Christina Melady is a key contact.

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Franklin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jérome Barré "is excellent. He's been doing this for a long time - he was one of the first movers in this area," says one peer, while other interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable" and "a deep thinker." Barré is head of the firm's wealth management and corporate tax practice and regularly advises high net worth individuals on complex tax planning arrangements. He handles domestic and international work and is praised by sources for his "very good understanding of common law trusts." Commentators highlight his ability to tackle contentious tax matters and also note his client relationship skills. "He's polite and efficient," reports an observer. "I think Jérome is very good at establishing personal relationships and building trust with clients, says another, adding: "He's also very good at being available."

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Altitude Avocats

From the Chambers HNW guide

Eric Ginter of Hoche Société d'Avocats is "very well-recognised" by sources for both his wealth structuring and litigation expertise. His work includes tax and business succession matters for wealthy families with considerable corporate interests, while he also represents clients in litigation before French and European courts. One peer identifies Ginter as "a very good competitor - very clever and very good," and another market commentator describes him as "a very good lawyer and a very good estate planner."

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Tirard Naudin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jean-Marc Tirard is a French avocat with extensive experience of advising wealthy individuals and families. He helps clients with a wide range of complex matters, including asset structuring, migration planning and onshore and offshore tax and trust issues. "He's really very knowledgeable about trust taxation," remarks a fellow lawyer, adding: "He takes the best position he can towards the tax administration." Previously based in London, since publication of Chambers HNW 2017 Tirard has moved back to Paris to rejoin Tirard Naudin.

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Cabinet Bornhauser

From the Chambers HNW guide

A source says that Marc Bornhauser of Cabinet Bornhauser is "very well known in the tax field and in particular for wealth management." He handles a wide range of estate planning matters, including inter-generational family business transfers. "He's very well known for splitting ownership between usufruct and bare ownership - he knows this area of law very well," says a market insider. His cross-border work includes advising individuals on international tax treaties and expatriation from France.

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Line-Alexa Glotin

UGGC Avocats

From the Chambers HNW guide

Line-Alexa Glotin of UGGC Avocats "combines tax expertise with a very good understanding of private international law issues for international families," says one commentator. Another source adds: "She's a very good professional. Her speciality is really in the field of international wealth management. She's focused on international taxation.Glotin advises high net worth individuals and families on inheritance and tax plannning, including matters involving trusts, lifetime gifts, charitable giving and art collections. "She's a really good lawyer and nice person," says a peer, while another interviewee says: "She's very committed to her work - it's good to work with her."

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