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Tax — France


Bredin Prat - Tax

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yves Rutschmann
- 6 partners
- 1 counsel
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier firm combining its transactional and litigation practices to advise on all aspects of tax law. Significant experience in litigating before the French tax authorities. Well known on the market for its M&A work. Advises a number of major clients and works with a network of law firms across Europe to provide seamless international assistance to clients.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' skills, saying: "Very strong expertise in litigation and outstanding skills in drafting long and complex documents."

Market sources appreciate the practice's high quality of work, saying: "The whole team is strong, competitive, very responsive and has demonstrated an ability to handle very complex litigation work under a very tight timeline and a lot of pressure."

Further interviewees report: "The team's strengths are its business approach, as well as the quick, clear and precise answers."

Work highlights Represented Norbert Dentressangle in the process of its acquisition by XPO group for a value of USD3.5 billion. The work included, among other things, advising on the French and international tax consequences associated with the change of control within the company.

Advised the company Air Liquide on the acquisition of the American gas provider Airgas.

Assisted General Electric with the tax aspects of the sale of its equipment and receivables finance business to Banque BFCM.

Significant clients Eurazeo, Saint-Gobain, LVMH, Klépierre, KKR.

Notable practitioners

Renaud Streichenberger is widely known in the French tax law market. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including estate planning and tax reassessment. Clients highlight his expertise and the quality of his advice.

Yves Rutschmann is a leading lawyer in tax law. He handles complex tax issues arising in various industry sectors, especially in M&A and private equity. He has further expertise in tax audits, litigation and restructurings. Clients are impressed by his leadership and his talent.

According to interviewees, Pierre-Henri Durand is "very reliable and has a good network." He has extensive experience handling tax-related questions arising from management incentive plans as well as M&A transactions. He also represents clients in litigation.

Sébastien de Monès acts mainly on M&A, private equity and real estate transactions, advising on all tax aspects. Clients praise his pragmatism, describing him as "smart, precise, quick to react and able to put forward conclusions and solutions."

Julien Gayral focuses on real estate and private equity transactions and their associated tax aspects. In clients' words, he is "highly responsive, available and knowledgeable."

Department profile by Bredin Prat

The firm has a renowned tax practice in the areas of M&A, private equity, corporate restructurings, innovative financial products and real estate transactions. Bredin Prat advises major French and foreign clients, including public companies, banks and private equity firms, on all French and international tax issues and has also developed renowned expertise in high-level tax investigations and disputes.


A significant part of the tax team’s activity consists in working with the firm’s M&A lawyers on domestic and cross-border transactions for a diverse range of clients. The result is a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional practice that capitalizes on the talents of our teams of lawyers with expertise in tax, public and private M&A and other disciplines.

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CMS - Tax

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 62 partners
- 135 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional tax practice capable of handling every aspect of tax law, including transfer pricing, VAT issues and real estate tax, as well as the tax aspects of M&A transactions and litigation. The team is on top of all the latest developments in the area thanks to its department constantly monitoring the market. Also able to advise clients on tax issues relating to emerging markets due to lawyers specialised in this area.

Strengths CMS attracts praise thanks to its impressive expertise in tax law, as clients report: "They are specialists. Very good knowledge of tax mechanisms and good relations with the administrations."

Further sources highlight the team's "professionalism, reliability, availability and reputation."

Other clients praise the lawyers' technical expertise.

Work highlights Represented Air France in a case before the French courts and the ECJ in relation to the issue of determining whether VAT is a consumption tax or a sales tax.

Successfully assisted Ginger Groupe before the French administrative supreme court, the Conseil d'État, with the process of the re-examination of a decision concerning VAT linked to overhead costs.

Represented Kilian Hennessy in the process of Estée Lauder Companies' acquisition of the brand.

Significant clients Orange, Dalkia, Captain Train, Biogroup, Air Liquide.

Notable practitioners

Stéphane Austry specialises in tax litigation, particularly in complex and high-value cases. He recently assisted several French companies with the application for a preliminary ruling on the constitutionality of the 3% taxation applied to shareholders' dividends.

Bruno Gibert focuses on tax questions arising from transfer pricing transactions. His recent work includes representing various multinationals in the context of a tax audit, as well as criminal proceedings related to taxation.

Bruno Gouthière is recognised for his work in international taxation and litigation.

Lionel Lenczner centres his practice on direct tax, including transactional taxation. He is well regarded in the French market and clients say: "He has deep knowledge of tax laws and gives great advice."

François Rontani has particular expertise in the sector of financial services. He advises on international taxation.

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Arsene Taxand - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 76 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice covering the full range of tax law. Expertise spans private equity and corporate transactions, transfer pricing, VAT, customs duties and personal tax issues. Able to handle litigious mandates.

Strengths Market commentators commend the firm's expertise, saying: "They are very good."

Work highlights Advised Sogaris on the tax aspects of the company's ownership reorganisation, in order to reach a neutral tax regime regarding registration tax and VAT.

Assisted Carlyle with the acquisition of the Saverglass group, which involved the structuring of the transaction and of the financing.

Significant clients Accenture, Groupe Auchan, Horometrie, LVMH, Systra.

Notable practitioners

Frederic Donnedieu enjoys a good reputation in the French tax market. His practice covers multiple areas such as M&A, reorganisations and tax strategy. His clients include mainly multinational companies.

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Baker McKenzie SCP - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Véronique Millischer
- 11 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tax law experts, covering the full spectrum of tax matters, including transfer pricing, corporate tax, tax audits and VAT. Also experienced in advising on employee benefits and wealth management. Regularly advises blue-chip clients listed on the CAC 40.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' skills, saying: "Strong expertise in international taxation and transfer pricing, as well as tax litigation. Very good knowledge of the industry."

Other interviewees highlight the team's reactivity and its availability.

Work highlights Advised Platinum Equity on a cross-border transaction regarding the acquisition of WorldWide Flight Services.

Advised Accenture on its acquisition of Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications.

Significant clients Danone, Johnson Controls, Ardian, Renault, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Eric Meier is extremely well known for his thorough knowledge of the tax administration mechanisms and his litigation skills. He assists clients before civil and administrative courts, handling matters such as tax evasion, seizure procedures and disputes. He is also experienced in negotiating with the tax authorities.

Véronique Millischer is very knowledgeable in corporate tax law. She advises mainly international companies in the context of restructurings, especially in the tourism sector.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its expert capacity to handle M&A structurings, LBOs, joint ventures and restructurings. Also has experience in litigations, tax audits and the procuring of tax approvals. Clients include both French and multinational companies.

Strengths Clients acknowledge the team's specific expertise, saying: "They are very good on restructurings, that's what they are known for."

Further interviewees commend the high quality of service, reporting: "They are technical experts and they have great reactivity."

Work highlights Represented De Agostini in the context of the merger between Zodiak and Banijay.

Advised Arcelor Mittal on its capital increase of USD3 billion, which involved the offering of rights to shareholders.

Significant clients Artemis, Crédit Agricole, Edenred, Investindustrial, Lafarge.

Notable practitioners

Anne-Sophie Coustel is highly regarded in the market. Sources describe her as an "excellent tax lawyer with great reactivity." She specialises in employee benefit plans, management incentive packages and M&A transactions.

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Eric Davoudet and Alexandre Lagarrigue
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected outfit in the tax law market. Focuses on both domestic and cross-border transactions. Advises clients on debt and corporate structuring, OPCIs and the acquisition of both shares and assets in the real estate industry.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's international resources, saying: "Good network, valuable for the structuring of international transactions."

Further interviewees appreciate the team's expertise in tax law.

Work highlights Acted on a joint venture project, advising Airbus Group on the creation of Airbus Safran Launchers in partnership with Safran.

Mandated by UEFA and the Euro 2016 SAS to provide advice on the tax aspects of the Euro 2016 tournament organisation.

Significant clients AEW Europe, Wendel, Rexel, Carlyle European Real Estate, AXA.

Notable practitioners

Eric Davoudet has a wealth of expertise in tax-related M&A issues and structured finance transactions. He has further skills in the area of real estate and all associated tax issues. He is praised for his good understanding of matters, as well as his reactivity.

Alexandre Lagarrigue is recommended for his work on restructuring matters. He specialises in the areas of M&A, LBO and real estate. He is also noted for his expertise in real estate fund formation. Sources describe him as "innovative and responsive."

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded tax practice covering a wide range of matters, including tax due diligence, the tax aspects of real estate transactions and tax credit monetisation. Also advises on tax audits in both a non-contentious and a contentious framework. Clients come from different industry sectors such as financial services, insurance and retail.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the quality of service delivered, saying: "We are very satisfied. They do the work that is required, timely and effectively. They have matched all our expectations. They are reliable and responsive and close to their clients. They also make sure not to add stress or tension for the clients."

Work highlights Advised the French real estate company Eurosic on its public tender offer with Foncière de Paris. The team handled both the corporate and tax aspects.

Assisted the real estate company Gecina with the sale of its healthcare portfolio to Primonial Reim.

Significant clients Tishman Speyer, Altarea Cogedim, Emerige, Rothschild, 21 Centrale Partners.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Chauve focuses on tax issues arising in the corporate and property sectors. He has further skills in real estate tax and real estate investment funds. He is active at both national and international levels.

Alexandre Blestel is noted for his knowledge of real estate finance. He also works on structuring and financing transactions. He regularly advises OPCIs and real estate investment companies.

New addition to the team Nadine Gelli has extensive experience advising corporate clients during transactions. Clients say: "She is strong in managing large transactions and negotiating with counterparties. She communicates clearly and directly with the clients. She is good for corporate and tax matters."

Department profile by De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Our Tax team assists clients with corporate, real estate and financial transactions, working closely with the firm’s other specialty practice groups. We provide concrete and pragmatic advice and day-to-day support to optimize the tax consequences of transactions carried out in the ordinary course of business.

Proven expertise in real estate taxation

In recent years, our team has participated in the largest French real estate transactions. These transactions gave us an opportunity to demonstrate our ability to understand and anticipate the needs of real estate professionals and to meet those needs through innovative or tried-and-tested solutions. Our expertise is widely recognized throughout the market and we are regularly consulted by:

         Major property owners and users (insurance companies, property companies, industrial groups and property developers) 

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A benchmark advisor on the taxation of corporate and private equity transactions

The Tax team works alongside our Corporate teams to assist clients in structuring all types of corporate and private equity transactions. It advises funds and investment banks, as well as listed and non-listed companies and/or their founders and managers. We offer practical assistance and pragmatic advice that clients highly appreciate.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vincent Daniel-Mayeur
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on a variety of tax issues, both advisory and contentious. Significant skills in corporate and capital markets transactions. Further notable experience in advising on dawn raids and criminal investigations. Significant experience in assisting clients with real estate tax issues.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its knowledge of tax audit procedures, saying: "Particular expertise in the French market and tax audit defence."

Other clients say: "I was satisfied with the work provided, they delivered what we needed and expected from them. The team is knowledgeable and provides effective advice."

Work highlights Advised EDF on the proposed EUR2.5 billion cross-border acquisition of Areva's nuclear reactor business.

Assisted the global building materials and aggregates company, Holcim, with the disposal of its EUR6.5 billion assets to CRH.

Significant clients Ardian, BNPP, Apollo, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

Notable practitioners

Cyril Valentin has a wealth of expertise in non-contentious and transactional matters such as M&A, restructurings and LBOs. Clients say: "He is very rigorous and technical" in his approach.

Department profile by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Linklaters - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Edouard Chapellier and Cyril Boussion
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm offering expertise in the tax aspects of private equity, corporate matters and real estate. Combines strong domestic capabilities with cross-border expertise. Varied client base coming from different areas, such as finance and energy.

Strengths Clients commend the firm for the quality of its service, saying: "They are reliable, business-oriented and they provide concise and clear advice."

Work highlights Advised Innergex Renewable Energy on the purchase of a wind power project portfolio for a total value of EUR93 billion.

Assisted Eurazeo with the EUR585 million acquisition of Fintrax Group from the business management company Exponent Private Equity.

Significant clients Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Nestlé, OC2V, The Gores Group, Alliance Automotive Group.

Notable practitioners

Edouard Chapellier's practice covers a variety of tax-related matters, including real estate transactions, LBOs and private equity investment funds. Clients say: "In addition to very deep knowledge of French tax law, he has above average analytical skills and is comfortable with numbers."

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gauthier Blanluet and Nicolas de Boynes
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised team advising on a wide range of tax matters, such as restructurings and the tax elements of corporate transactions. Combines its expertise in these matters with a strong standalone tax practice capable of advising on both non-contentious and litigious issues.

Work highlights Assisted Euro Disney with its recapitalisation plan, as well as with the reduction of its debt worth EUR1 billion.

Represented Technicolor in a tax-related case before the French Supreme Court in relation to the parent-subsidiary tax regime.

Significant clients Air Liquide, BPCE, Crédit Agricole, Natixis, Eurazeo.

Notable practitioners

Gauthier Blanluet is well regarded in the French tax market and sources describe him as "very good." He focuses on tax issues arising from corporate and capital markets transactions. He has further skills in litigation.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Tax

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stéphane Chaouat and Edouard de Lamy
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected outfit with notable skills in private equity, debt restructurings and estate planning. Also handles tax litigation matters. Represents mainly clients in the financial sector such as private equity funds and investment companies.

Work highlights Advised Montagu Private Equity on the sale of one division of the Nemera Group to Gerresheimer, for a total of EUR650 million.

Assisted General Electric with the tax aspects of the sale of the GE Fleet to Arval.

Significant clients Ardian, Towerbrook, Chequers Capital, Sagard, Paprec.

Notable practitioners

Stéphane Chaouat advises on various types of matters such as estate planning, tax litigation and M&A transactions. He demonstrates additional experience in tax structurings in relation to private equity funds.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mathieu Vignon
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid tax practice specialising in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity and capital markets transactions. Clients come from various sectors, including construction, insurance and energy.

Strengths Interviewees are pleased with the quality of service, reporting: "The quality of work is high. Lawyers are very thorough and thoughtful."

Work highlights Assisted GE Capital with the sale of the company's EUR1.8 billion French real estate portfolio to Blackstone.

Regularly advises Unibail-Rodamco on all tax aspects of the company's M&A transactions.

Significant clients ADIA, Aviva Investors, Barclays, Cale Street Partners, Crédit Mutuel.

Notable practitioners

Mathieu Vignon specialises in the financial and corporate sectors, advising on M&A and capital markets transactions. Impressed clients say: "His expertise was clearly on point and his analysis was deep but also well explained. He was responsive. I would not hesitate to engage him again."

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Recognised practice, active in various types of cases. Able to handle both national and international matters. Significant skills in tax audits and tax litigation. Further experience in tax-related M&A issues.

Strengths The practice is well regarded in the market and sources say: "The team is very good."

Notable practitioners

Vincent Agulhon is described as a "complete and excellent lawyer" by market commentators. Further sources say: "He is one of the best tax lawyers. He also has very good knowledge of corporate law." His practice covers tax litigation, real estate investments, M&A transactions and private client work.

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Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Well-reputed practice, strong for multi-jurisdictional tax matters thanks to a remarkable international network. Offers expertise in a broad range of areas including transfer pricing, compliance and corporate tax.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its international resources, as well as for its industry knowledge, saying: "Their strengths are their network and their knowledge of banking activity."

Notable practitioners

Claire Acard is a key contact for clients.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - Tax

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olivier Dauchez, Laurent Modave and Christian Nouel
- 3 partners
- 1 counsel
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a variety of matters, including tax litigation, VAT, real estate investments, M&A transactions and indirect tax. Frequently works on international matters. Clients come from different industry sectors such as financial services, real estate and insurance.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's network, saying they possess "a good international practice too."

Work highlights Advised Crédit Suisse on the tax consequences of the merger between its parent company in Luxembourg and its French branch.

Assisted Debiopharm Investment with its investment in the real estate company Eurosic, in the context of the latter's share capital increase.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Société Foncière Lyonnaise, Cofinimmo, Amundi.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Dauchez specialises in corporate tax and also advises on individual tax issues. He represents clients for both national and international matters. Interviewees say: "He has very strong knowledge of all tax issues and is well informed about trends and evolutions" in the market.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Olivia Rauch-Ravisé
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for its expertise in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Notable experience in advising investment funds and financial institutions on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Further remarkable skills in profit-sharing and shareholding plans as well as in the capital markets arena.

Strengths Clients commend the team for its dynamism and its skills: "They are reactive and extremely bright people: very technical, very focused and client-oriented."

The practice also attracts praise for its experience in the financial sector: "We chose them mostly because of their strong private equity expertise and their reputation as a brand name."

Work highlights Assisted Intermediate Capital Group with the financial and tax structuring related to the acquisition of the majority stake in Stella Group.

Advised Ardian on the tax and financial structuring of the company's acquisition of the insurance broker Siaci Saint Honoré.

Significant clients Ares, BNP Paribas, Bridgepoint, Crédit Agricole, Crédit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Xavier Renard specialises in M&A and private equity transactions, and he advises on every tax issue arising in these contexts. Clients are impressed by his work and report: "He is competent and efficient."

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé has a wealth of expertise in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. In the words of clients, "she is always up to date with tax matters, results-oriented and focused on client service."

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Mayer Brown LLP - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Laurent Borey
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a wide range of tax matters, which includes transfer pricing, tax litigation and the tax elements of M&A transactions. Forms part of a large international network and is therefore well placed to advise on matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Notably represents market-leading clients in the financial sector.

Work highlights Advised Charterhouse Capital Partners on the tax structuring of its majority stake acquisition in the event organising company Comexposium.

Acted on an M&A transaction, advising Altice on the tax structuring of its USD17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation.

Significant clients Eurazeo, Oaktree Capital Management, LBO France, BC Partners, Vivarte.

Notable practitioners

Laurent Borey focuses mostly on private equity transactions. Clients report: "He is a very good technician and facilitator. He will understand the main points and has a holistic view on the deal. He is very good to have around on the deal. He is very creative and can think outside of the box. He understands the market trends before everyone else."

Benjamin Homo is well regarded for his expertise in M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. He has further experience in assisting clients with audits and litigation matters.

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White & Case LLP - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Norbert Majerholc
- 2 partners
- 1 counsel
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad expertise in tax law advising on both transactional and litigation matters. Regularly provides tax advice on capital markets and corporate transactions and is also able to handle standalone tax issues. Represents asset management and insurance companies, retail groups and banks.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the quality of the service, reporting: "They are competent and very responsive."

Work highlights Advised the investment company Cobepa on the tax aspects of various transactions, including the acquisitions of Socotec, Babilou and SGG.

Assisted BNP Paribas' subsidiary, Arval, with the EUR2.4 billion acquisition of GE Capital's European fleet management activity.

Significant clients Boussard & Gavaudan, Bourbon, Casino Group, Citi, CNP Assurances.

Notable practitioners

Norbert Majerholc's practice spans a wide range of industry sectors such as luxury goods, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He advises on the tax elements of mergers and acquisitions and reorganisations, both at national and international levels.

Alexandre Ippolito is described as "a very good and experienced tax lawyer, bringing good judgement and ideas." He acts on contentious and non-contentious matters with great experience in reorganisations and M&A deals.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marie-Hélène Raffin and Pierre Ullmann
- 2 partners
- 1 counsel
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active on the tax aspects of different types of transactions, which include leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, restructurings and M&A. Advises private equity and multinational companies. Also experienced in advising on employee and management compensation issues as well as real estate matters.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its combined expertise in tax law and M&A.

Work highlights Advised Latour Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Syclef, through its fund Latour Capital II.

Assisted IK investment partners with the sale of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics to International Flavors & Fragrances, for a total of EUR283 million.

Significant clients PAI Partners, Apsys, Elior, Ekkio, CMA CGM.

Notable practitioners

Marie-Hélène Raffin advises on the tax-related aspects of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and debt restructurings. Her client list comprises major corporations and multinationals. According to clients, her strengths are "her technical skills and her availability; communication with her is easy."

Pierre Ullmann has extensive experience in the area of tax and he handles both national and international work. He focuses on restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and debt financing. He demonstrates further notable skills in the fields of construction and real estate.

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The Tax group at Willkie is an international, multi-disciplinary leader in the field, providing sophisticated tax planning and structuring advice in a practical, timely and efficient manner.  Our tax lawyers work closely with our M&A, private equity, insurance transactional, real estate, asset management and business reorganization and restructuring colleagues on complex transactions, both domestic and cross-border, to provide a single package of seamless advice. In addition to our US tax group, Willkie has tax experience in France, Germany, the UK and Italy.

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Ashurst - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Handles the tax issues arising from leveraged buyouts, restructurings, private equity deals and mergers and acquisitions. Further expertise in tax litigation. Clients come mostly from the financial sector.

Strengths Clients commend Ashurst's expertise in the tax arena, coupled with its international capabilities, saying: "Strong international network and highly experienced lawyers, able to anticipate issues with a problem-solving state of mind. There is also good communication between team members."

Other clients note: "They have great business acumen, lawyers are very specialised but yet very grounded and accessible. They truly take on the issues, prevent problems and coordinate, including beyond their initial mandate if needed."

Work highlights Advised Ethypharm group on the refinancing of its unitranche debt, which required co-ordinating with the London office in order to structure the transaction.

Assisted Financière Holding with the acquisition of Empruntis, in the context of the group's diversification of activity.

Significant clients Chequers Capital, Astorg Partners, Santander, Berlin Hyp, ICG.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuelle Pontnau-Faure is a key contact for clients.

Since publication, Nadine Gelli has joined De Pardieu Brocas Maffei.

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Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant expertise in transactional work such as M&A and private equity. Further skills in the structuring of real estate transactions. Also assists with individual taxation issues. Advises a number of prominent companies and clients in the financial, insurance and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the lawyers' knowledge and report: "They are extremely knowledgeable in their field."

Work highlights Assisted the owners of the company Sylvia Terrade with the tax structuring of the company's sale.

Advised the seller of the company ESI digital on all tax aspects of the transaction, which included the structuring of the shareholding portions, as well as the reinvestment conditions of the sale proceeds.

Significant clients AXA, HSBC, First Stone, Octo Technology, IM Square.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Cazals provides tax support to investors and managers in various sectors. He specialises in private equity transactions and reorganisations. He also handles individual taxation matters.

Romain Pichot focuses on the tax elements of reorganisations and private equity. He also has notable skills in tax litigation.

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Dechert LLP - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bruno Leroy
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles both national and international work. Offers expert advice in a variety of matters such as the tax elements of mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing and tax restructuring. Also has experience in management packages. Represents clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and real estate sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team's skills, saying: "Their strengths are their high-level strategy development, the clarity and accuracy of the advice and explanations, their excellent responsiveness and the very good network."

Other clients report: "They give fast answers and smart advice."

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo on the tax aspects of the company's purchase agreement in connection to USD9 billion real estate loans.

Assisted Hiscox with its international structuring, as well as with its transfer pricing policy.

Significant clients Baxalta, Teknimed, Continental, Eurazeo, Lafayette.

Notable practitioners

Bruno Leroy specialises in a variety of work, including leveraged buyouts, M&A, restructurings and transfer pricing. Clients say: "Bruno is very smart, but also explains his subject so clearly! In addition, he is extremely responsive, answering all e-mails and phone calls within a few hours, even if he is currently dealing with another important issue. Bruno is rigorous and professional, but he also has a great sense of humour."

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Dentons - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Benoît Giraux
- 5 partners
- 2 counsel
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles tax questions arising in different types of sectors such as the entertainment industry and charities. Also covers individual tax matters. Combines this expertise with skills in handling real estate and M&A transactions. Also advises on transfer pricing and the tax aspects of employee benefit funds.

Strengths Clients commend the practice's high level of service, saying: "The strong points of Dentons are the direct and very personal contact with the lawyers, their availability, efficiency, ability and also their personal involvement which goes much further than you generally encounter. This is precious because it reassures and is comforting."

Further interviewees appreciate the skills of the lawyers, combined with their client-oriented approach, saying: "They are very technical at all levels of the organisation. They are respectful and lawyers are extremely pleasant. Deadlines are respected and well-managed."

Work highlights Assisted Kildare Group with tax structuring and due diligence in the context of the company's acquisition of the remaining asset portfolio from Invesco Property Income Trust.

Advised Alduwaliya on the purchase of a high rise office building in La Défense, which included structuring the financing of the transaction.

Significant clients SSP, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, GFI Group, STEF, Apricus Bioscience.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Luc Calisti's practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work. He specialises in private equity transactions, M&A and corporate tax. Clients describe him as "thorough, creative, reliable and client-oriented."

Sandra Hazan "has a deep sense of urgency. Always available, she is able, reliable and delivers beyond expectations. She always has a plan A, B and C," clients report. She focuses on litigation and restructurings.

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FIDAL - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Didier Laforge and Thierry Nicolas

What the team is known for Covers a wide range of tax matters, including fund creations, LBOs, VAT, customs, transfer pricing and real estate taxes. Combines strong domestic expertise with international capabilities.

Strengths Clients highlight the lawyers' responsiveness, coupled with the client-oriented service, saying: "Their main strength is that they are reactive and give quick answers to our questions. As it is fortunately the case, they are professional and well informed about developments in the area, and they do not hesitate to contact us to give updates about our tax matters that can be impacted by new items."

Work highlights Mandated by Primonial to perform the tax due diligence and tax structuring in relation to the purchase of the Gecina Clinics portfolio by several investors managed by Primonial.

Significant clients Commerce Real, Generali France, Bayer, Christian Dior Couture, Union Invivo.

Notable practitioners

The key contacts for the practice are Didier Laforge and Thierry Nicolas.

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GGV Avocats à la Cour - Rechtsanwälte - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pascal Schultze and Pascal Ngatsing
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Newly ranked in the tax practice area following impressive market feedback. The team specialises in the tax aspects of corporate and commercial transactions with strong capabilities for cross-border work, thanks to its offices in Frankfurt and Hamburg. Further notable experience in dealing with tax authorities and in advising on tax disputes.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the knowledge of the lawyers, their proximity to the client and the international capabilities of the firm, saying: "GGV are directly accessible to their clients. The partner is your main contact person and manages to make themselves available when needed. Although the structure is highly professional, it remains flexible and considers the individual client's needs. Their particular focus on cross-border business and on French-German relations is valuable."

Work highlights Represented the Freudenberg group in a tax dispute regarding the group's tax refund claim in relation to the French corporate income tax.

Regularly advises Helaba Paris on every tax aspect connected to the company's activity, including transfer pricing matters.

Significant clients Nomad Foods Europe, Cepheid Europe, IAV, Booking.com, Munich Re.

Notable practitioners

Pascal Schultze and Pascal Ngatsing are the key contacts for the practice.

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2 Partners; 3 lawyers 
The team advises businesses on reorganisations and M&A and real estate transactions, transfer pricing, value added tax on complex transactions, international assignments and employee equity incentive schemes. The team represents clients in tax audits, tax rulings and tax refund claims as well as before French and European courts. The team also assists high net worth individuals in their tax strategies including regular tax planning, estate planning, cross-border gift and inheritance tax issues. Recent assignments include:

.Representation in several pending tax audit and transfer pricing disputes. Partners: Pascal Ngatsing; Pascal Schultze
.Negotiation of a settlement in a €100 million tax dispute. Partner: Pascal Ngatsing
.Representation of several foreign banks in claiming the refund of unduly withheld French tax pursuant to the Santander decision of the European Court of Justice. Partner: Pascal Schultze

Key Clients: Nomad Foods, HELABA, Munich Re, Varo Energy BV, Freudenberg
Contacts:

Pascal Ngatsing 
Tel:  00 33 1 79 91 97 87
Email: [email protected]

Pascal Schultze
Tel:  00 33 1 44 51 05 74
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Tax

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jérôme Delaurière and Ariel Harroch
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Active in M&A, real estate and private equity transactions, advising on all tax-related issues. Also has expertise in tax litigation and frequently advises on multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Strengths Clients recommend the team's skills, commenting: "The team's strengths are its technical competence and its availability."

Significant clients Meadow Partners, Merck, BCBG Max Azria, BPI, Elliott Advisors.

Notable practitioners

Jérôme Delaurière advises on tax structurings, international mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and private equity transactions. His clients include European and US real estate investment funds. Interviewees say: "He is very talented, available and creative."

Ariel Harroch has great expertise in corporate transactions and private equity. He advises on all aspects of transactions including tax structurings. He represents major investment funds at both national and international levels.

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Jones Day - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Emmanuel de La Rochethulon
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its international capabilities thanks to a remarkable international network. Covers the tax aspects of M&A, private equity and real estate transactions. Represents clients coming from different industries such as the automotive, finance and pharma sectors.

Work highlights Represented Laboratoire HRA Pharma in the process of its sale to Astorg and Goldman Sachs.

Significant clients Renault, Blackstone, Safran, Stallergenes, Morgan Stanley.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel de La Rochethulon is a key contact for the practice.

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Orrick Rambaud Martel - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anne-Sophie Kerfant
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid tax practice advising on the tax aspects of restructuring, private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions. Also has experience in management packages, tax disputes and estate planning. Notable strength for cross-border work thanks to its international network.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the quality of the service and report: "Excellent knowledge of the area, competent lawyers and efficient team."

Further interviewees comment on the team's responsiveness, saying: "They are very reactive and very clear, with good coordination."

Work highlights Assisted Baja Ferries with the tax aspects associated with its takeover offer to purchase some assets of the SNCM.

Advised Apax Partners on the EUR300 million acquisition of InfoVista.

Significant clients Advanced Accelerator Applications, Bourbon, Edmond de Rotschild Partners, EOS Holding, Neoen.

Notable practitioners

In the words of clients, Anne-Sophie Kerfant is "a very strong tax professional with a lot of experience. From a client perspective, she is very clear and helps us to take the right decisions." She specialises in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, with additional expertise in employee shareholding plans and asset management for individuals.

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Allard de Waal
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Covers both tax-related corporate work and standalone tax matters. Has significant experience assisting private equity funds with tax issues. Clients come mainly from the financial sector.

Work highlights Represented Astorg Partners in the negotiations with the Carlyle Group, in order to acquire a majority controlling stake in the company Saverglass.

Assisted OpenGate Capital with the tax aspects of its acquisition of Kem One Innovate Vinyls.

Notable practitioners

Allard de Waal has a wealth of expertise handling multi-jurisdictional work. He specialises in the tax-related elements of transactions such as acquisitions. His clients include mostly investment and private equity funds.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Niels Dejean
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable skills in the corporate and financial areas, handling the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity transactions. Benefits from a versatile client list composed of private equity funds, industrial companies and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the lawyers' industry knowledge and their pragmatism, saying: "They're thorough, analytical and methodical. They take a subject in French and explain it in English to non-tax people; they take a complicated subject and present it in an effective, simple way. They are good at distilling things."

Work highlights Advised Alstom on the EUR13 billion sale of its non-transport business to GE.

Advised Nokia on the tax elements of its proposed acquisition of Withings.

Significant clients Bluebay Asset Management, Harmonic, Ormat Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Niels Dejean is described as "very good and technical. When he makes a statement it is always thought through and objective. It is comforting to rest on his advice, especially when the topic is of a difficult nature." He advises predominantly on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

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Senior Statesmen

Renaud Streichenberger

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renaud Streichenberger is widely known in the French tax law market. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including estate planning and tax reassessment. Clients highlight his expertise and the quality of his advice.

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Agulhon is described as a "complete and excellent lawyer" by market commentators. Further sources say: "He is one of the best tax lawyers. He also has very good knowledge of corporate law." His practice covers tax litigation, real estate investments, M&A transactions and private client work.

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Gauthier Blanluet

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gauthier Blanluet is well regarded in the French tax market and sources describe him as "very good." He focuses on tax issues arising from corporate and capital markets transactions. He has further skills in litigation.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Borey focuses mostly on private equity transactions. Clients report: "He is a very good technician and facilitator. He will understand the main points and has a holistic view on the deal. He is very good to have around on the deal. He is very creative and can think outside of the box. He understands the market trends before everyone else."

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Edouard Chapellier

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edouard Chapellier's practice covers a variety of tax-related matters, including real estate transactions, LBOs and private equity investment funds. Clients say: "In addition to very deep knowledge of French tax law, he has above average analytical skills and is comfortable with numbers."

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Anne-Sophie Coustel

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne-Sophie Coustel is highly regarded in the market. Sources describe her as an "excellent tax lawyer with great reactivity." She specialises in employee benefit plans, management incentive packages and M&A transactions.

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Philippe Derouin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Derouin runs his own tax boutique of the same name and maintains an impressive reputation in the French tax market. He advises on the tax aspects of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and reorganisations.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Gibert focuses on tax questions arising from transfer pricing transactions. His recent work includes representing various multinationals in the context of a tax audit, as well as criminal proceedings related to taxation.

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Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves Rutschmann is a leading lawyer in tax law. He handles complex tax issues arising in various industry sectors, especially in M&A and private equity. He has further expertise in tax audits, litigation and restructurings. Clients are impressed by his leadership and his talent.

Renaud Streichenberger is widely known in the French tax law market. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including estate planning and tax reassessment. Clients highlight his expertise and the quality of his advice.

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Stéphane Chaouat

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stéphane Chaouat advises on various types of matters such as estate planning, tax litigation and M&A transactions. He demonstrates additional experience in tax structurings in relation to private equity funds.

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Antoine Colonna d'Istria

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antoine Colonna d'Istria of Norton Rose Fulbright offers assistance in several tax areas, which include real estate and corporate tax. He is also experienced in representing clients in tax litigation.

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Davoudet has a wealth of expertise in tax-related M&A issues and structured finance transactions. He has further skills in the area of real estate and all associated tax issues. He is praised for his good understanding of matters, as well as his reactivity.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Niels Dejean is described as "very good and technical. When he makes a statement it is always thought through and objective. It is comforting to rest on his advice, especially when the topic is of a difficult nature." He advises predominantly on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

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Pierre-Henri Durand

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Pierre-Henri Durand is "very reliable and has a good network." He has extensive experience handling tax-related questions arising from management incentive plans as well as M&A transactions. He also represents clients in litigation.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Gouthière is recognised for his work in international taxation and litigation.

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Alexandre Lagarrigue

Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandre Lagarrigue is recommended for his work on restructuring matters. He specialises in the areas of M&A, LBO and real estate. He is also noted for his expertise in real estate fund formation. Sources describe him as "innovative and responsive."

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Norbert Majerholc

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Norbert Majerholc's practice spans a wide range of industry sectors such as luxury goods, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He advises on the tax elements of mergers and acquisitions and reorganisations, both at national and international levels.

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Marie-Hélène Raffin

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie-Hélène Raffin advises on the tax-related aspects of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and debt restructurings. Her client list comprises major corporations and multinationals. According to clients, her strengths are "her technical skills and her availability; communication with her is easy."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé has a wealth of expertise in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. In the words of clients, "she is always up to date with tax matters, results-oriented and focused on client service."

Xavier Renard specialises in M&A and private equity transactions, and he advises on every tax issue arising in these contexts. Clients are impressed by his work and report: "He is competent and efficient."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Ullmann has extensive experience in the area of tax and he handles both national and international work. He focuses on restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and debt financing. He demonstrates further notable skills in the fields of construction and real estate.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cyril Valentin has a wealth of expertise in non-contentious and transactional matters such as M&A, restructurings and LBOs. Clients say: "He is very rigorous and technical" in his approach.

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Sylvie Vansteenkiste

Reed Smith

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sylvie Vansteenkiste of Reed Smith LLP has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of high-end fund formation matters. She has further skills in tax audits and litigation matters.

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Reed Smith

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raphaël Béra of Reed Smith LLP specialises in corporate tax matters, tax audits, as well as tax-related matters arising from fund formation. Clients say: "He is very available at any time. He is technical and analytical. He understands your needs from a practical and commercial standpoint and he makes sure not to put too much risk on the client."

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marco Blanco of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is qualified in France and the USA. He advises on all tax aspects and has great expertise in cross-border matters. Clients say: "He has an amazing ability to combine commercial and pragmatic solutions with insight into the most complex tax matters."

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Luc Calisti's practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work. He specialises in private equity transactions, M&A and corporate tax. Clients describe him as "thorough, creative, reliable and client-oriented."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Dauchez specialises in corporate tax and also advises on individual tax issues. He represents clients for both national and international matters. Interviewees say: "He has very strong knowledge of all tax issues and is well informed about trends and evolutions" in the market.

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Sébastien de Monès

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sébastien de Monès acts mainly on M&A, private equity and real estate transactions, advising on all tax aspects. Clients praise his pragmatism, describing him as "smart, precise, quick to react and able to put forward conclusions and solutions."

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Allard de Waal has a wealth of expertise handling multi-jurisdictional work. He specialises in the tax-related elements of transactions such as acquisitions. His clients include mostly investment and private equity funds.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Benjamin Homo is well regarded for his expertise in M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. He has further experience in assisting clients with audits and litigation matters.

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Alexandre Ippolito

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandre Ippolito is described as "a very good and experienced tax lawyer, bringing good judgement and ideas." He acts on contentious and non-contentious matters with great experience in reorganisations and M&A deals.

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BDGS Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Jolly of BDGS Associés "knows tax law and comes up with practical answers. He is incredibly responsive; he'll return your e-mails on a Sunday night. He can focus on the core issues." He advises on corporate and M&A transactions.

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Anne-Sophie Kerfant

Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Europe guide

In the words of clients, Anne-Sophie Kerfant is "a very strong tax professional with a lot of experience. From a client perspective, she is very clear and helps us to take the right decisions." She specialises in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, with additional expertise in employee shareholding plans and asset management for individuals.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lionel Lenczner centres his practice on direct tax, including transactional taxation. He is well regarded in the French market and clients say: "He has deep knowledge of tax laws and gives great advice."

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Véronique Millischer

Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Véronique Millischer is very knowledgeable in corporate tax law. She advises mainly international companies in the context of restructurings, especially in the tourism sector.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Perrot of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates advises on the tax elements of M&A transactions. He has remarkable knowledge of the financial sector and also handles tax matters related to financial instruments. He represents both listed and non-listed companies.

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Olivia Rauch-Ravisé

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé has a wealth of expertise in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. In the words of clients, "she is always up to date with tax matters, results-oriented and focused on client service."

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Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Cazals provides tax support to investors and managers in various sectors. He specialises in private equity transactions and reorganisations. He also handles individual taxation matters.

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Reed Smith

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fanny Combourieu of Reed Smith LLP is an expert in corporate tax and tax questions related to real estate investments. According to clients, "she's very professional, with very deep knowledge of the market."

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Jérôme Delaurière

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jérôme Delaurière advises on tax structurings, international mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and private equity transactions. His clients include European and US real estate investment funds. Interviewees say: "He is very talented, available and creative."

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Frederic Donnedieu

Arsene Taxand

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederic Donnedieu enjoys a good reputation in the French tax market. His practice covers multiple areas such as M&A, reorganisations and tax strategy. His clients include mainly multinational companies.

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Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julien Gayral focuses on real estate and private equity transactions and their associated tax aspects. In clients' words, he is "highly responsive, available and knowledgeable."

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition to the team Nadine Gelli has extensive experience advising corporate clients during transactions. Clients say: "She is strong in managing large transactions and negotiating with counterparties. She communicates clearly and directly with the clients. She is good for corporate and tax matters."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ariel Harroch has great expertise in corporate transactions and private equity. He advises on all aspects of transactions including tax structurings. He represents major investment funds at both national and international levels.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandra Hazan "has a deep sense of urgency. Always available, she is able, reliable and delivers beyond expectations. She always has a plan A, B and C," clients report. She focuses on litigation and restructurings.

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Cabinet Bornhauser

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hervé Israël of Cabinet Bornhauser has a wide-ranging practice and significant knowledge in various sectors such as energy, shipping, insurance and real estate. He advises mainly on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, LBOs and securitisation transactions.

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Jérémie Jeausserand

Jeausserand Audouard

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jérémie Jeausserand of Jeausserand Audouard focuses on the corporate area, advising on all aspects related to tax law, which includes mergers and acquisitions, package management, LBOs, restructurings and securitisation transactions.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Leroy specialises in a variety of work, including leveraged buyouts, M&A, restructurings and transfer pricing. Clients say: "Bruno is very smart, but also explains his subject so clearly! In addition, he is extremely responsive, answering all e-mails and phone calls within a few hours, even if he is currently dealing with another important issue. Bruno is rigorous and professional, but he also has a great sense of humour."

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Gowling WLG (France) AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julien Monsenego of Gowling WLG (France) AARPI is praised for "his capacity to understand quickly, his professionalism, his dedication and the quality of his service." His practice covers tax structurings, transfer pricing and stock option plans.

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Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Romain Pichot focuses on the tax elements of reorganisations and private equity. He also has notable skills in tax litigation.

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François Rontani

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

François Rontani has particular expertise in the sector of financial services. He advises on international taxation.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mathieu Vignon specialises in the financial and corporate sectors, advising on M&A and capital markets transactions. Impressed clients say: "His expertise was clearly on point and his analysis was deep but also well explained. He was responsive. I would not hesitate to engage him again."

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