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Arsene Taxand

Dedicated tax firm Arsene covers all tax practices such as compliance and contentious, with dedicated partners specialising in various tax areas. With more than 20 partners and more than 120 lawyers, the team has partners leading each tax area and sectors such as real estate. It is a member of the Taxand network with firms in more than 50 locations worldwide.

Baker McKenzie

International law firm Baker McKenzie has a large tax practice of 40 tax professionals with six tax partners providing full tax services. The team is experienced in advising private clients, MNEs, and institutional clients on domestic and international tax issues. It is also skilled in advising on the tax implications of compensation packages for employees and executives. Véronique Millischer is the partner focusing on corporate tax matters. 

Case studies show that the tax team represented Société Générale in a tax litigation procedure before the French Supreme Administrative Court in case related to the method off setting off foreign tax credits and its compliance with the EU regulations. 

Client feedback 

The Paris team has deep and wide experience navigating the substantive law as well as the dynamics of the various divisions of the relevant tax authorities. They are able to leverage prior experience in negotiations as well as litigation to navigate to a workable result. Given the intricacies and peculiarities of the process, clients would benefit from greater explanation of those peculiarities in advance, to build confidence in the process.

Bredin Prat

Full-service law firm Bredin Prat represents clients on tax compliance and tax disputes before the tax authorities and up to the Supreme Court. The firm specialises on all tax aspects of M&A, including litigation. It has more than 20 lawyers, including six partners, assisting on tax transactions and disputes in France and in cross-border cases. Partner Yves Rutschmann leads the tax team.  

Case studies show the tax team is assisting PSA Group on the transactional tax aspect for its potential merger with global company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This case was valued at €50 billion.

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats has an established tax department and one of the largest in the jurisdiction comprising more than 150 lawyers. The firm offers a one-stop-shop tax service for contentious and non-contentious tax issues. The team advises private clients, large domestic companies, MNEs, state-owned companies and more. Firm partner Daniel Gutman heads the practice with the support of firm partners Elisabeth Ashworth and Stéphane Austry. 

Case studies show the firm represented Crédit Agricole in a tax litigation procedure claiming the deduction of a loss on the sale of securities valued at €2.9 billion.

Dechert

Global law firm Dechert’s tax practice specialises in complex tax structuring, LBO deals and cross-border transactions. The team is experienced in advising asset managers and private equity clients on all tax matters. Partner Sabina Comis leads the practice and highly recommended for tax controversy work.

Dentons

International law firm Dentons provides full tax services including compliance and dispute matters with 12 full-time lawyers. The practice has four dedicated tax partners lead each complex case providing innovative solutions on tax matters. The firm’s broad range of tax advisory includes transaction, real estate, tax controversy, banking, individual clients, charities and more. The standalone practice is experienced with handling tax work for CAC 40-listed clients and MNEs. The team is also recommended for its special tax insurance policies work. Sandra Hazan leads the practice. 

During the research period, the firm was consulted by Enbridge, a Canadian energy delivery company, on the French tax implications regarding its joint venture project. This was valued at €1.2 billion. 

Client feedback 

Very strong in interpreting local tax standards.” 

Professional, knowledgeable, practical.” 

Excellent service at a very reasonable price with an excellent result. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for tax advice and representation in tax disputes.

DLA Piper

Global law firm DLA Piper is recommended for its contentious and non-contentious tax services. With more than 370 lawyers in 31 countries, the firm assists MNEs in complex cross-border matters in all tax areas. The firm has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three tax partners: Fanny Combourieu, Raphaël Béra and Sylvie Vansteenskiste.

DS Avocats

The established French law firm has a vast international network across Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America, comprising 22 offices. The firm offers a full tax legal, compliance and advisory service. However, the French tax team has four dedicated tax partners led by Christophe Billet. The team is strengthened with the addition of two tax partners Cyril Maucour and Sophie Dumon Kappe, who joined in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

LPA-CGR

International, full-service law firm LPA-CGR provides tax compliance and dispute services. The Paris office has active German, China, Japan and Africa Desks and it has offices in Asia. The team covers all tax work and has a dedicated real estate and private client team with a partner focusing on each area. It also includes litigators who are partners. Sandra Fernandes heads the tax practice of nine partners. The tax team was strengthened with the promotion of Mathieu Selva-Roudon firm partner in July 2019. However, former firm partner Jacques-Henry de Bourmont left the firm in March 2020.  

Case studies shows the team provided real estate tax and transactional tax advice to Barings Real Estate for the sale of premium logistics platform to Savills IM, a real estate investment manager. 

Client feedback 

The technical knowledge of the French team is very high and extremely in their assessment of the risks to be considered.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown’s tax practice specialises in multi-sponsor and cross-border transactional tax work. It is experienced advising on M&A, restructuring, legal reorganisation and operational work. The international law firm has a vast network with more than 100 tax lawyers worldwide. It provides full tax services, both contentious and non-contentious tax aspects. Laurent Borey co-heads the tax practice consisting of five partners.

McDermott Will & Emery

The law firm will be celebrating 10 years presence in the tax legal market next year. The firm has experience advising in various transactional tax issues, and almost 50% of its practice involves cross-border tax work. The tax team has in-depth experience advising investment funds and management teams on tax aspects of private equity transactions. Antoine Vergnat is the tax practitioner leading the practice.

Racine

Independent French law firm Racine’s tax team consists of 10 lawyers with two partners, three counsels and five associates. The firm advises corporate and private clients on tax compliance and contentious issues. It has a focus on the real estate tax work and transactional tax. The firm is experienced in advising on shareholders’ and executives’ compensation, employee packages and profit sharing. 

Case studies show that the tax team assisted Endel Engie with transactional tax advice for its acquisition of Pierre Guérin, a specialist in the industrial process.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

The law firm has extensive experience advising corporations, private equity firms and banks on complex transactional matters and standalone tax matters. Some of its expertise includes various fund structuring and sovereign wealth funds. The tax team assists on disputes, litigation and compliance tax work. Thomas Perrot is the partner leading the Paris team. 

During the research period, the firm advised LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on transactional tax matters regarding the client’s potential acquisition of luxury jewellery company Tiffany & Co for $16.2 million.

Taj

Law firm Taj, the legal arm of Deloitte in France, has one of the largest tax practices in the country with more than 63 partners and has offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Marseille. It has experience advising large clients listed on the Fortune 500 and CAC 40 indices, family-owned enterprises on tax planning and executing tax strategy. The firm has introduced a tax management consulting service led by three partners. Grégoire de Vogüé leads the tax practice.

Valoris Avocats

Independent law firm Valoris Avocats provides all tax services with a focus on international tax matters. The team consists of four partners and two counsels. The firm has experience advising on tax issues concerning investment funds, business structuring, global mobility, real estates, VAT and M&A. The firm also has offices in Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris. Former tax partner Glebocki Patrick left the firm in April 2019.