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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. 

The firm assisted multinational bank BNP Parisbas Cardif on indirect tax matters concerning its plan to expand abroad. The tax teams presented all disclosure obligations related to the process.

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.

The firm represented media company TF1 on tax refunds regarding televised advertisements before the Constitutional Court.

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. 

Partners Yves Rutschmann and Anna Roberts assisted French insurance company AXA on a €12.4 billion acquisition of US insurance firm XL Group. The tax team advised on the French tax aspects of the transaction and integrating the target company within the AXA group.

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. 

The firm represented Crown Holdings as its lead counsel during its acquisition if Signode Industrial Group Holdings, valued at $3.91 billion.

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.

The firm assisted an international insurance company on its €1.8 billion acquisition of Altice’s fibre network business. It was solicited by the underwriters to insure a substantial tax risk depending on the factual nature of public delegation service contracts / fibre contracts.

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. 

The team advised PAI Partners with the tax structuring of PAI VII. The complex structure included investment vehicles and, in particular, team members across France, Luxembourg, the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. The value of the structure is estimated at €5 billion.

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 an 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 firm assisted Eternam on the tax aspects of its acquisition of 30 assets amounting to 86,000m² comprising offices and telephone centres.

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. 

The firm advised the Altice group on the tax implications of refinancing part of the existing debt of its Altice France credit pool.

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. It is also experienced advising on shareholders’ and executives’ compensation, employee packages and profit sharing. 

The tax team assisted media company Mediawan on its acquisition of a majority stake in On Entertainment.

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. 

The firm advised Westfield Corporation on its merger with Unibail-Rodamco SE valued at $24.7 billion. The team advised the client on French tax compliance of the deal.  

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. 

Lead partner Arnaud Mourier assisted Archer Daniels Midland on a large transaction valued at $1.8 billion of a multinational group Neovia. The tax team prepared the innovative tax structuring of the acquisition. It has recruited four new partners in June 2018: Sylvain Gagneux, Magda Yasumoto, Marie-Charlotte Mahieu and Jean-Charles Reny.

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. Some of the tax areas it is experienced in include investment funds, business structuring, global mobility, real estates, VAT and M&A. The firm also has offices in Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris. Counsel Laurence Berrutto joined the firm from EY Switzerland in March 2018.

The tax team assisted a holding company regarding the tax compliance of setting up an international real estate fund valued at €700m.