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Bredin Prat - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Advises a number of major clients and works with a network of law firms across Europe to provide seamless international assistance to clients. Often acts for international and domestic companies on the tax aspects of high-profile M&A transactions.

Strengths Interviewees report: "They are solution providers who are reactive, innovative and have the ability to understand the needs of the company."

One client describes the team as "dedicated, constructive, focused and flexible."

Work highlights Advised Carmila on the tax structuring of its EUR5 billion merger with Cardety.

Assisted Areva with the EUR2.5 billion sale of Areva NP to EDF.

Notable practitioners

Renaud Streichenberger stands out for "his expertise, refinement and the subtlety of his judgement," according to one source. He is an experienced lawyer in transactional tax law and tax litigation.

Yves Rutschmann is praised for his "expertise and strategic skills," as well as his ability to "deal with emergency situations calmly." He is particularly experienced in the tax aspects of complex M&A transactions and additionally adept at advising French and international clients on litigious matters.

Clients appreciate that Sébastien de Monès is "able to understand international investors and put himself into the client's shoes." His activity involves advising key corporates on the tax aspects of their M&A transactions.

Clients praise Pierre-Henri Durand's skills in the field, referring to him as "an excellent technician." He is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of their M&A activity.

Julien Gayral is well liked by interviewees. He often acts for domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A deals.

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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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Also able to advise clients on tax issues relating to emerging markets due to lawyers specialised in this area. Attracts clients from the private sector as well as state-owned companies, including major French corporates.

Strengths Impressed clients report that "CMS is a firm that distinguishes itself by its qualifications, products and approach to the topics."

Interviewees also suggest that "the technical skill is the reason why clients go to CMS."

Work highlights Advised numerous major French companies, including LVMH, Total and Danone, on the French 3% taxation on dividends rule.

Represented Vivendi in a EUR315 million dispute before the administrative court of Montreuil regarding a tax regime.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding"Stéphane Austry remains a market leader for tax litigation in France, often acting on high-profile tax disputes. He boasts additional experience in the application of tax treaties, as well as international taxation.

Sources regard Bruno Gibert as a "great practitioner" for tax matters, particularly transfer pricing. He has long-standing experience advising major French and foreign multinational corporations.

Bruno Gouthière is recognised for his lengthy activity in the French market. He focuses his practice on international taxation.

Lionel Lenczner specialises in direct taxation, often advising clients on cross-border M&A transactions and restructuring. Clients praise his efficiency, describing him as "someone who gets straight to the point."

François Rontani is praised for his "top quality" practice in international tax. He advises leading French and international corporations, including blue-chip companies.

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Arsene Taxand - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large team of lawyers 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 in addition to tax investigations. Skilled at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team provides "good technical expertise and client service."

Another client enthuses: "The team is available and the cases are well taken care of."

Work highlights Advised AltaFund on the tax aspects of the acquisition of the ERIA Project group.

Assisted IK Investment Partners with tax structuring.

Notable practitioners

New addition to the rankings Denis Andres enjoys "a very good reputation" in the French market. He advises on M&A transactions and represents both French and international companies, as well as investment funds.

Frederic Donnedieu regularly assists both domestic and international companies with the tax elements of their M&A operations. Clients appreciate that he is "very available."

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Baker McKenzie SCP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Regularly advises blue-chip clients listed on the CAC 40. Solid choice for cross-border matters owing to an extensive global network of offices. Advises clients from a broad range of sectors such as tourism, TMT and energy.

Strengths The team stands out for its "very global and broad practice."

One client also appreciates that lawyers are "highly technical."

Work highlights Assisted Club Med with the tax aspects of the creation of a new EUR100 million village in the French Alps.

Advised the founders of Sandaya on the EUR150 million acquisition of the group by Apax Partners.

Notable practitioners

Clients declare Eric Meier to be a "top-notch" lawyer in tax litigation. He assists major French and international companies with their tax audit and litigation processes, search and seizure follow-ups and negotiations with the authorities.

Véronique Millischer focuses on corporate tax management. She assists companies active in the tourism section with the tax aspects of their M&A deals.

Caroline Silberztein is specialised in transfer pricing issues, and her practice includes the design of relevant policies. Clients report: "She is very pragmatic and has outstanding technical skills."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned for its expert capacity to handle corporate tax. Regularly advises on M&A structurings, LBOs, joint ventures and restructurings. Also has experience in tax audits and the procuring of tax approvals. Clients include both French and multinational companies. Strong cross-border ability thanks to the firm's international network.

Strengths One client praises the team for having "deep knowledge of tax matters, both in French and international tax law."

Work highlights Advised GM on the tax aspects of the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial European Operations to PSA Group.

Assisted Safran with the tax aspects of the sale of Safran I&S to Advent International and Bpifrance.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant"Anne-Sophie Coustel leads the tax department at the firm. She has a wealth of experience in transactional taxation for M&A and capital markets operations. She acts for high-profile domestic and international clients.

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Attracts a diverse range of clients including French listed companies, financial institutions and investment funds.

Strengths The team is praised for being "strongly technical."

Clients recommend the team's approach and know-how.

Work highlights Acted for Ardian on the structuring of its first real estate fund, targeting assets in Germany, France and Italy.

Assisted AEW Europe with the EUR115 million acquisition of 102 Avenue des Champs Elysées from Thor Equities and Invesco Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Eric Davoudet focuses his practice on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, financings and real estate fund structuring. He has further expertise in the taxation of M&A transactions, as well as in tax litigation proceedings.

Alexandre Lagarrigue advises French and international clients on the tax aspects of M&A and LBO transactions. He is also experienced in real estate matters. Interviewees describe him as "a deal maker" and report: "He is hard-working, rigorous and aware of the clients' constraints."

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier - Tax Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, active in a variety of tax matters. Able to handle both national and international matters, regularly representing clients before the French tax administration. Significant skills in tax audits and tax litigation. Further experience in the tax aspects of transactional mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and restructuring matters.

Strengths One satisfied client reports: "The team is very proactive and hard-working."

The department is also known for being "extremely responsive."

Notable practitioners

Vincent Agulhon remains a leader in the French tax market. Sources say that he is "excellent in any situation" and highlight his ability to "think outside of the box." He is experienced in all aspects relating to the taxation of transactions, including M&A and real estate, in addition to assisting clients with tax audits.

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded tax practice covering a wide range of matters, including the tax aspects of real estate transactions and tax audits in both a contentious and non-contentious framework. Clients come from different industry sectors such as financial services, insurance, life sciences and retail.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the quality of the service, reporting the team to be "very good."

Work highlights Acted for Louis Delhaize Group on the tax aspects of the establishment of a real estate company focused on shopping centres.

Assisted Natixis Assurances with tax issues relating to acquisition of a 49.9% stake in the company responsible for building the Duo towers in Paris.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Chauve is highly regarded for his work in real estate tax, with notable activity in asset deals. He acts on behalf of French and international clients including corporate groups and financial institutions, particularly investment funds.

Alexandre Blestel boasts extensive experience in real estate finance and transactions, which he combines with activity in tax disputes. He is regularly instructed by both foreign and French entities.

Clients refer to Nadine Gelli as "really excellent." She offers expertise in corporate tax, particularly in LBOs, restructuring matters and financing transactions.

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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) 

         Investors (speculative funds and growth funds)

         French and foreign credit institutions

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 Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises clients on a variety of tax issues, both advisory and contentious. Significant skills in corporate and real estate transactions, on behalf of REITs, major French entities and private equity houses. Strong ability to act on cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients applaud the quality of the service offered by the team. One commentator reports: "You can reach the lawyers easily, and they take a lot of initiative."

Another interviewee praises the "very practical" approach of the department.

Work highlights Assisted Immochan with the tax aspects of establishing a joint venture with Wanda Group, for the EUR2.5 billion EuropaCity development in Paris.

Acted for The Carlyle Group on the tax aspects of its USD3.2 billion acquisition of Atotech from Total, via an LBO.

Notable practitioners

Cyril Valentin advises clients on the tax aspects of high-profile cross-border M&A and restructurings, acting across a range of industry sectors such as transportation, financial services and consumer goods. He is also experienced in tax litigation.

Vincent Daniel-Mayeur is described as a "very technical" lawyer by sources. He has a strong focus on taxation in the context of M&A deals, LBO transactions and restructurings.

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Linklaters - Tax Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm offering expertise in the tax aspects of private equity, capital markets, corporate matters and real estate. Combines strong domestic capabilities with cross-border expertise. Varied client base consisting of leading domestic and international corporations, investment banks and private equity houses. Active across a range of sectors, including media, energy and natural resources and financial services.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the efficiency of the team. One source praises: "The lawyers are reactive, proactive and offer solutions."

Another source highlights the team's provision of "really good, nuanced technical advice."

Work highlights Represented new client RTL Group in the proposed EUR216 million sale of its French radio division to M6 Group.

Assisted Apollo Global Management and Horizon Parent Holdings with the tax issues arising from the issuance of EUR350 million senior secured PIK notes, due 2022.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent"Edouard Chapellier remains highly visible in the French tax market. He stands out thanks to "his knowledge of market practice and his handling of tough negotiations in a commercial and thoughtful way," according to one client. He boasts strong expertise in transactional tax matters, as well as fund formation and structuring.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised team advising on a wide range of tax matters, such as restructurings and the tax elements of high-end corporate transactions. Combines its expertise in these matters with a strong standalone tax practice capable of advising on both non-contentious and litigious issues. Impressive list of clients including leading French and international companies, as well as financial institutions and private individuals.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team as "savvy, business-oriented and extremely reactive."

Work highlights Acted for EDF on the tax matters concerning its EUR8.2 billion sale of 49.9% of RTE's shares to Caisse des Dépôts and CNP Assurances.

Assisted Rhône Capital with the tax aspects of its USD1.2 billion acquisition of Zodiac Pool Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Gauthier Blanluet is singled out for his "strategic view." He has a wealth of experience advising clients on the tax side of their M&A activity, and is notably active on multi-jurisdictional mandates. One interviewee further recommends him as "excellent on innovative matters."

Nicolas de Boynes offers tax advice on M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as handling tax litigation. One client comments: "He knows how to communicate difficult topics and cut to the chase, cutting through the technical detail."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Solid practice specialising in the tax aspects of M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions. Active across various sectors, including construction, insurance, life sciences and energy. Advises a number of French and international banks and other financial institutions.

Strengths One client reports that the lawyers have both "a good understanding of the relevant tax and legal frameworks" and "a commercial approach."

Other sources similarly praise the "excellent" service provided by the team.

Work highlights Acted for BAWAG on several tax issues in the context of its purchase of a large portfolio of French residential mortgage loans from GE Money Bank.

Assisted BNP Paribas Asset Management with the setting up of its first pan-European long-term investment fund.

Notable practitioners

Mathieu Vignon has in-depth knowledge of the tax aspects relating to finance and capital markets operations, including derivatives transactions, refinancing and fund structuring. One interviewee comments: "His advice is practical - it's not just tax advice, he's able to look at the case from a broader perspective."

Guillaume Valois focuses his practice on the tax aspects of transactions, including LBOs and joint ventures. Clients praise him for being "reactive, intelligent, precise and very commercial."

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Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Attracts clients from a broad range of sectors, including energy, fashion and insurance.

Strengths Interviewees praise the department's "excellent focus on tax and structuring."

Sources highlight the "international network" of the firm as a key strength.

Notable practitioners

Claire Acard is a key contact for clients.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on a variety of matters, including tax litigation, VAT, real estate investments, M&A transactions, capital markets transactions and indirect tax. Frequently works on international matters. Clients come from different industry sectors such as financial services, real estate and retail. New additions to the team's client roster include Redevco.

Strengths Clients value the team's ability "to give perspective to our problems; they don't only focus on our immediate concerns, but always try to understand how the solution can be efficient over time."

Sources additionally report: "It is an excellent firm with up-to-date knowledge of the law."

Work highlights Acted for Amundi Immobilier on the acquisition of the four-star Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel from Jesta Group, via a share deal.

Represented Swiss Life REIM in the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of ten hotels located in Germany, from LFPI Hôtels FCPI.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Dauchez acts for domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, capital increases and the establishment of new entities. One client commends his "availability, reactivity and good customer contact."

Laurent Modave is described as "technically solid" by market commentators. He specialises in real estate transactions and often acts for asset managers on acquisitions and fund structuring.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Known for its expertise in the tax aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. Notable experience in advising French and international investment funds and financial institutions on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Further skills in profit-sharing and shareholding plans as well as in the capital markets arena, including in IPOs and high-yield bonds.

Strengths Clients commend the team for comprising "very good, dedicated people who have theability to quickly understand customers' needs."

Work highlights Acted for Imerys on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Kerneos from Astorg Partners, for EUR880 million.

Assisted Hypred, a portfolio company of Ardian, with the EUR100 million acquisition of Anti-Germ International.

Notable practitioners

Xavier Renard is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the tax elements of M&A and capital markets transactions. One source highlights "his depth of expertise" and recommends him as a practitioner who is "very knowledgeableandreactive."

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé assists clients with tax advice concerning their transactions, including IPOs and LBOs. One client values her "global understanding of what is at stake while still being technical, sharp and up to date when it comes to specific points."

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Mayer Brown LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Advises on a wide range of tax matters, which includes tax litigation, corporate taxation and most notably on the tax elements of private equity and capital markets 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 as well as listed French companies and international corporations.

Strengths Interviewees report: "Thewhole team is excellent and very homogeneous in terms of quality."

Another client praises the way the department handles relations with the authorities, explaining: "The team prepared a solid, comprehensive, technical and tactical argument."

Work highlights Acted for Altice on the tax structuring of Cablevision and Suddenlink's IPO.

Assisted Eurazeo with the EUR220 million acquisition of Carambar from Mondelēz International, including assistance with the design of a multi-country management package.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe practice head Laurent Borey as a "solution provider and an excellent technician," in addition to highlighting his "exceptional knowledge and ability to find solutions." He remains a market leader in tax law thanks to his expertise in M&A and private equity transactions taxation.

The "excellent and very pleasant"Benjamin Homo is widely acknowledged for his expertise in tax law. He advises on the tax aspects of M&A and private equity operations, also assisting with management packages.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Respected outfit with notable skills in private equity, fund structuring and estate planning. Also handles tax litigation matters. Represents mainly clients in the financial sector such as private equity funds and investment companies. Experience in advising clients on the tax aspects of high-profile M&A transactions and debt restructurings, working in close collaboration with the firm's corporate, finance and banking teams.

Work highlights Acted for Montagu Private Equity on the tax elements of its EUR250 million acquisition of Aqua Lung from Air Liquide.

Represented the shareholders of Groupe Balmain in its EUR485 million sale to Mayhoola.

Notable practitioners

Stéphane Chaouat co-heads the team and advises a broad range of clients, including corporates and managerial groups, on their general tax matters and M&A and finance operations. He is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates.

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White & Case LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, including restructuring mandates, and is also able to handle standalone tax issues. Represents a diverse client roster composed of asset management and insurance companies, as well as retail groups and banks. Leverages a strong international network to assist clients with cross-border issues.

Strengths Clients praise the "well-balanced advice that is adapted to the company's situation."

Further clients highlight the "strategic vision" of the lawyers.

Work highlights Acted for FRHI Holdings, Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company on the tax aspects of the stock-and-cash sale of FRHI Holdings to AccorHotels, for USD2.6 billion.

Advised Eurazeo on tax issues arising from its acquisition of confectionery assets, including brands and production plants, from Mondelēz International.

Notable practitioners

Clients value that Alexandre Ippolito"has good communication skills and is transparent." He is experienced in transactional tax law for domestic and cross-border matters, notably on acquisition structuring and restructuring mandates. He is frequently instructed by clients from the financial sector.

Norbert Majerholc regularly advises on the tax issues stemming from M&A and restructuring matters. He assists corporate clients, as well as private equity funds and financial institutions, and is active across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences and luxury goods.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Acts on the tax aspects of different types of transactions, which include LBOs, joint ventures, restructurings and M&A. Advises private equity funds and multinational entities, including CAC 40 companies. Also experienced in advising on employee and management compensation issues as well as real estate matters. Showcases cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Market commentators highlight the firm's "technical skills and availability."

Clients report that they are "extremely satisfied" with the service provided by the department.

Work highlights Assisted CMA CGM with its EUR4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines.

Acted for Henderson Park Capital Partners on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Le Méridien Etoile Hotel in Paris.

Notable practitioners

Marie-Hélène Raffin advises on the tax issues of corporate transactions, including joint ventures, spin-offs and M&A. Clients enthuse: "She's very creative and pragmatic and has excellent technical skills - she knows the topic very well." Other interviewees highlight her "precision, rigour and ability to produce high-quality documents."

Pierre Ullmann acts on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, M&A deals and debt financings. He advises French and foreign corporate clients, as well as investment funds.

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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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Dechert LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Handles both national and international work. Offers expert advice on a variety of matters such as the tax elements of M&A transactions, fund formation, transfer pricing and tax restructuring on behalf of domestic and multinational entities. Also experienced in management packages and auditing procedures. Represents clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and real estate sectors.

Strengths Sources admire the "innovative thinking" of the team.

Another satisfied client appreciates that the department consists of "very responsive and helpful" lawyers.

Work highlights Acted for the management and shareholders of Lafayette on the EUR200 million acquisition of the group by Rothschild.

Advised Baxter on the optimisation of R&D tax credits and on several tax audits.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees applaud Bruno Leroy as someone who is "clear and precise." He is experienced in corporate and transactional tax and often advises clients on the tax structuring of their R&D activities.

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Dentons - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Handles tax questions arising in different types of industries, such as life sciences, automotive and charity sectors. Also covers individual tax matters. Combines this expertise with skills in handling real estate and M&A transactions. Also advises on transfer pricing, international taxation and the tax aspects of employee benefit or retirement funds. Recommended team for multi-jurisdictional work.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to "work in an international environment."

Interviewees also describe the team as "super reactiveand proactive."

Work highlights Advised Solucom on the tax aspects of its EUR100 million acquisition of Kurt Salmon.

Acted for City Mall Group on the tax elements of its purchase of a hotel complex in Nice for EUR100 million.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Luc Calisti has a broad tax practice which includes advice on private equity transactions, real estate asset deals and litigation. He is primarily instructed by institutional investors and real estate developers.

Sandra Hazan is involved in the tax structuring of M&A transactions, including private equity. She is knowledgeable in issues of transfer pricing and additionally assists clients with tax audits.

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FIDAL - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Covers a wide range of tax matters, including fund creations, VAT, transfer pricing and real estate taxes. Combines strong domestic expertise with international capabilities. Assists clients from different sectors such as healthcare, technology and food and drink.

Strengths An interviewee highlights the team's "good client interaction" and the "comprehension of the client's overall tax position."

Sources further appreciate the team's "very good advice."

Work highlights Advised CeGeREAL on the tax aspects of its refinancing.

Acted for Capio Santé on the reorganisation of the activity of a number of the group's clinics, in the context of the EUR175 million construction of a new medical centre in Lyon.

Notable practitioners

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

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Jones Day - Tax Department

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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, in addition to providing advice on tax audits, litigation and fund formation. Represents clients coming from different industries such as the natural resources, finance and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths One source values team members' "client-driven" approach, in addition to their "good technical knowledge and precise feedback."

Work highlights Acted for Total on the tax aspects of the USD3.2 billion sale of Atotech to The Carlyle Group.

Assisted CBRE Global Investment Partners with the EUR160 million refinancing of a portfolio of logistics outlets in France.

Notable practitioners

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

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Lacourte Raquin Tatar - Tax Department

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What the team is known for New addition to the rankings, advising large corporations and investment funds on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Strong focus on real estate taxation matters. Often works in close collaboration with the firm's M&A and real estate practices.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "technically skilled, responsive and creative."

Another interviewee commends the "dynamic and enthusiastic team."

Work highlights Advised VINCI Immobilier on the tax issues arising from the EUR800 million Testimonio II real estate project in Monaco.

Acted for Erdec Finance on the tax aspects of its divestment of an entity which owns a retail portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Yves Charriau boasts strong expertise in advising clients on the tax aspects of real estate transactions. One client appreciates his approach and enthuses: "He knows everything that is going on, and he's both an excellent technician and a good negotiator."

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Orrick Rambaud Martel - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Advises on the tax aspects of restructuring, private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions. Also experienced in management packages and tax disputes. Notable strength in cross-border work thanks to its international network. Works closely with its other departments to offer comprehensive advice.

Work highlights Assisted Blue Mountain with the tax aspects of Vivarte's EUR1.5 billion debt restructuring.

Advised Caisse des Dépôts and Ostwind on the tax issues arising from their financing for the construction and operation of seven wind farms.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Anne-Sophie Kerfant has a wealth of experience in transactional law, including M&A, capital markets and private equity operations. Her experience extends to employee management incentive plans. Clients praise the quality of her advice.

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Covers both tax-related corporate work and standalone tax matters. Significant experience assisting private equity funds with tax issues. Clients come mainly from the financial sector. Strong ability to work on cross-border mandates.

Strengths The team is praised for being "very pragmatic and business-oriented."

Other sources value the "availability of the team and the firm's international reach."

Work highlights Acted for Eurazeo on the tax aspects of the spin-off of Fonroche Énergie.

Advised Goldman Sachs on the provision of a EUR40 million debt package in the context of the financing of Alliance Marine by Weinberg Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate the quality of the advice given by practice head Allard de Waal. One source highlights his provision of "good risk assessment" and states: "He is very pragmatic." He regularly advises on the tax structures of domestic and cross-border transactions.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Notable skills in the corporate and finance areas, handling the tax aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. Popular choice for clients with activity in the telecoms sector, the team additionally acts on behalf of private equity funds and financial institutions. Well versed in cross-border mandates.

Strengths Sources confirm the team's aptitude in a wide variety of tax issues, including employee schemes and M&A.

Work highlights Advised Japan Nuclear Fuel on the tax aspects of its investment in New Areva Holding.

Acted for Fondations Capital on the disposal of Alkern to Chequers Capital.

Notable practitioners

Niels Dejean is regarded to be a "technically solid" lawyer. Clients value his "extensive experience of structure and tax in France" and further highlight his negotiation abilities. He assists French and international companies with their corporate and transactional tax matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Renaud Streichenberger

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renaud Streichenberger stands out for "his expertise, refinement and the subtlety of his judgement," according to one source. He is an experienced lawyer in transactional tax law and tax litigation.

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Agulhon remains a leader in the French tax market. Sources say that he is "excellent in any situation" and highlight his ability to "think outside of the box." He is experienced in all aspects relating to the taxation of transactions, including M&A and real estate, in addition to assisting clients with tax audits.

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Gauthier Blanluet

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gauthier Blanluet is singled out for his "strategic view." He has a wealth of experience advising clients on the tax side of their M&A activity, and is notably active on multi-jurisdictional mandates. One interviewee further recommends him as "excellent on innovative matters."

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe practice head Laurent Borey as a "solution provider and an excellent technician," in addition to highlighting his "exceptional knowledge and ability to find solutions." He remains a market leader in tax law thanks to his expertise in M&A and private equity transactions taxation.

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Edouard Chapellier

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent"Edouard Chapellier remains highly visible in the French tax market. He stands out thanks to "his knowledge of market practice and his handling of tough negotiations in a commercial and thoughtful way," according to one client. He boasts strong expertise in transactional tax matters, as well as fund formation and structuring.

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Anne-Sophie Coustel

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "brilliant"Anne-Sophie Coustel leads the tax department at the firm. She has a wealth of experience in transactional taxation for M&A and capital markets operations. She acts for high-profile domestic and international clients.

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Philippe Derouin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Derouin runs his own tax boutique of the same name, and remains a highly regarded tax practitioner. He has noteworthy expertise in advising clients on corporate tax matters.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources regard Bruno Gibert as a "great practitioner" for tax matters, particularly transfer pricing. He has long-standing experience advising major French and foreign multinational corporations.

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Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves Rutschmann is praised for his "expertise and strategic skills," as well as his ability to "deal with emergency situations calmly." He is particularly experienced in the tax aspects of complex M&A transactions and additionally adept at advising French and international clients on litigious matters.

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Sébastien de Monès

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Sébastien de Monès is "able to understand international investors and put himself into the client's shoes." His activity involves advising key corporates on the tax aspects of their M&A transactions.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Niels Dejean is regarded to be a "technically solid" lawyer. Clients value his "extensive experience of structure and tax in France" and further highlight his negotiation abilities. He assists French and international companies with their corporate and transactional tax matters.

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Pierre-Henri Durand

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Pierre-Henri Durand's skills in the field, referring to him as "an excellent technician." He is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of their M&A activity.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Gouthière is recognised for his lengthy activity in the French market. He focuses his practice on international taxation.

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Alexandre Lagarrigue

Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandre Lagarrigue advises French and international clients on the tax aspects of M&A and LBO transactions. He is also experienced in real estate matters. Interviewees describe him as "a deal maker" and report: "He is hard-working, rigorous and aware of the clients' constraints."

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Marie-Hélène Raffin

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie-Hélène Raffin advises on the tax issues of corporate transactions, including joint ventures, spin-offs and M&A. Clients enthuse: "She's very creative and pragmatic and has excellent technical skills - she knows the topic very well." Other interviewees highlight her "precision, rigour and ability to produce high-quality documents."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Renard is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the tax elements of M&A and capital markets transactions. One source highlights "his depth of expertise" and recommends him as a practitioner who is "very knowledgeableandreactive."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cyril Valentin advises clients on the tax aspects of high-profile cross-border M&A and restructurings, acting across a range of industry sectors such as transportation, financial services and consumer goods. He is also experienced in tax litigation.

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Sylvie Vansteenkiste

DLA Piper France LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one client, Sylvie Vansteenkiste of DLA Piper France LLP "has great knowledge of private equity and always gives very good advice because she knows how the tax authorities think." This source goes on to add: "She always finds solutions to our problems." Her practice focuses on the tax aspects of private equity transactions, fund structuring and management incentive plans.

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DLA Piper France LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raphaël Béra of DLA Piper France LLP is recognised for his expertise in fund structuring, which he combines with additional skill in M&A, LBO and refinancing mandates. He acts for domestic and international private equity houses, asset managers and corporate clients.

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Stéphane Chaouat

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stéphane Chaouat co-heads the team and advises a broad range of clients, including corporates and managerial groups, on their general tax matters and M&A and finance operations. He is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates.

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Antoine Colonna d'Istria

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees appreciate that Antoine Colonna d'Istria"always explains tax law clearly and thoroughly." He leads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright and has considerable experience in real estate transactions and tax structurings.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Dauchez acts for domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, capital increases and the establishment of new entities. One client commends his "availability, reactivity and good customer contact."

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent" Eric Davoudet focuses his practice on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, financings and real estate fund structuring. He has further expertise in the taxation of M&A transactions, as well as in tax litigation proceedings.

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate the quality of the advice given by practice head Allard de Waal. One source highlights his provision of "good risk assessment" and states: "He is very pragmatic." He regularly advises on the tax structures of domestic and cross-border transactions.

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Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julien Gayral is well liked by interviewees. He often acts for domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A deals.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent and very pleasant"Benjamin Homo is widely acknowledged for his expertise in tax law. He advises on the tax aspects of M&A and private equity operations, also assisting with management packages.

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Alexandre Ippolito

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value that Alexandre Ippolito"has good communication skills and is transparent." He is experienced in transactional tax law for domestic and cross-border matters, notably on acquisition structuring and restructuring mandates. He is frequently instructed by clients from the financial sector.

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Anne-Sophie Kerfant

Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Anne-Sophie Kerfant has a wealth of experience in transactional law, including M&A, capital markets and private equity operations. Her experience extends to employee management incentive plans. Clients praise the quality of her advice.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lionel Lenczner specialises in direct taxation, often advising clients on cross-border M&A transactions and restructuring. Clients praise his efficiency, describing him as "someone who gets straight to the point."

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Norbert Majerholc

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Norbert Majerholc regularly advises on the tax issues stemming from M&A and restructuring matters. He assists corporate clients, as well as private equity funds and financial institutions, and is active across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences and luxury goods.

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Thomas Perrot of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates is a "brilliant lawyer and is very precise in his analysis." He mainly acts on the tax aspects cross-border M&A transactions.

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Olivia Rauch-Ravisé

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé assists clients with tax advice concerning their transactions, including IPOs and LBOs. One client values her "global understanding of what is at stake while still being technical, sharp and up to date when it comes to specific points."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Ullmann acts on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, M&A deals and debt financings. He advises French and foreign corporate clients, as well as investment funds.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mathieu Vignon has in-depth knowledge of the tax aspects relating to finance and capital markets operations, including derivatives transactions, refinancing and fund structuring. One interviewee comments: "His advice is practical - it's not just tax advice, he's able to look at the case from a broader perspective."

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Arsene Taxand

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition to the rankings Denis Andres enjoys "a very good reputation" in the French market. He advises on M&A transactions and represents both French and international companies, as well as investment funds.

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marco Blanco of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises on contentious and non-contentious tax issues. Sources recommend his "ability to mobilise cross-border teams to resolve complex, multifaceted issues spanning several tax jurisdictions."

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Luc Calisti has a broad tax practice which includes advice on private equity transactions, real estate asset deals and litigation. He is primarily instructed by institutional investors and real estate developers.

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DLA Piper France LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fanny Combourieu of DLA Piper France LLP acts on tax audits, tax litigation and real estate fund structuring. Her clients include private equity houses, real estate investors and insurance companies.

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Nicolas de Boynes

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicolas de Boynes offers tax advice on M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as handling tax litigation. One client comments: "He knows how to communicate difficult topics and cut to the chase, cutting through the technical detail."

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Jérôme Delaurière

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jérôme Delaurière of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP offers significant experience in transactional tax matters, including restructurings, M&A and structured finance deals. He also advises French and international clients on their dealings with the French tax authority.

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Frederic Donnedieu

Arsene Taxand

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederic Donnedieu regularly assists both domestic and international companies with the tax elements of their M&A operations. Clients appreciate that he is "very available."

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients refer to Nadine Gelli as "really excellent." She offers expertise in corporate tax, particularly in LBOs, restructuring matters and financing transactions.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandra Hazan is involved in the tax structuring of M&A transactions, including private equity. She is knowledgeable in issues of transfer pricing and additionally assists clients with tax audits.

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BDGS Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Jolly of BDGS Associés is experienced in domestic and international tax law. He often advises French and international clients on their M&A deals, real estate transactions and restructurings, as well as management packages.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees applaud Bruno Leroy as someone who is "clear and precise." He is experienced in corporate and transactional tax and often advises clients on the tax structuring of their R&D activities.

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Véronique Millischer

Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Véronique Millischer focuses on corporate tax management. She assists companies active in the tourism section with the tax aspects of their M&A deals.

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Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Romain Pichot of Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI is lauded by clients for being "knowledgeable, thorough, flexible and a problem solver." He focuses his tax practice on private equity transactions and reorganisations.

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François Rontani

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

François Rontani is praised for his "top quality" practice in international tax. He advises leading French and international corporations, including blue-chip companies.

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Caroline Silberztein

Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Caroline Silberztein is specialised in transfer pricing issues, and her practice includes the design of relevant policies. Clients report: "She is very pragmatic and has outstanding technical skills."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Valois focuses his practice on the tax aspects of transactions, including LBOs and joint ventures. Clients praise him for being "reactive, intelligent, precise and very commercial."

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Up and Coming

Vincent Daniel-Mayeur

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Daniel-Mayeur is described as a "very technical" lawyer by sources. He has a strong focus on taxation in the context of M&A deals, LBO transactions and restructurings.

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