Baker Mckenzie, part of the global law firm, has more than 40 tax professionals working in France and more than 950 tax practitioners globally. Veronique Milischer, specialising in corporate tax, heads the tax department. Milischer’s team has comprehensive experience for negotiations with the French competent authority. Its has reached numerous APAs and mutual agreement procedures for various clients.
Milischer led the advisory team assisting Casino Guichard-Perrachon Group in its joint venture CD Supply Innovation by Casino and DIA. The new entity will combine the two partner firms’ resources in logistics and supply-to-purchase retail brands and low-price goods for them.
Denton’s French tax team offers full tax advisory with a team of 12 lawyers, of which five are partners. The Paris team is the largest tax team in the Dentons global tax group. It offers advice in transactional tax, real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, TP compliance, banking and finance, individual tax and more. The Dentons tax team is highly engaged in cross-border cases, comprising 80% of the work. Dentons Paris has in depth experience advising in real estate, luxury retail sectors and in tax controversy. The law firm is recognised for the insurance (W&L insurance policies), health care and pharmaceutical sectors
The firm advised OFO Bike, a large Chinese bike sharing company, in planning its European market penetration in France, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Greece. Its role was to give advice on structured finance schemes, VAT, the customs and duty environment and regulations related to importing bikes and their rental services and on the location and contract remuneration for their IP rights and more.
The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.
Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.
Philippe Derouin is a boutique tax advisor focusing on taxation in transactional and litigation matters. Founded by Philippe Derouin, an experience lawyer with more than 40 years’ experience in the French market, he is regarded as an expert litigator. His key strengths are in representing clients before the French courts, the European Court of Justice, The European Court of Human Rights and Courts in Monaco, as well as providing tax and corporate law advice concerning M&A, corporate finance and reorganisations in domestic and cross-border aspects.
Derouin represented Layher, the French wholly owned subsidiary of a German group, in appealing the 3% corporate tax surcharge it paid on the amount shared to its German parent company. Derouin worked closely with Frenkel & Associes in the initial challenge before the French courts. He presented the initial article opposing the surcharge based on the parent-subsidiary directive and the French Constitution in October 2012, which was approved.
The independent law firm Racine has a tax practice providing corporate tax, individual tax, litigation services, restructuring, re-organisation transactions and, in particular, real estate tax, divestment and acquisition transactions. The team consists of nine lawyers, (two partners, two counsels and five associates). Fabrice Rymarz is the partner leading the tax law practice.
Racine advised Mediawan on its acquisition of EuropaCorp’s French TV business. The client is aiming to be the number one prime time producer, in volume, in the genre of fiction.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher &Flom has an experienced tax team specialising in M&A, advising on some of the largest deals by value of transaction. It advised on more than one trillion dollars of transactions in FY 2015. This is through a method of focusing on fewer deals, but with large value and complexity. Thomas Perrot is the leader of the tax practice. Its Paris attorneys have worked on some of the biggest cases in France, for example advising on the Unibail-Rodamco/Westfield transaction and Nokia and Alcatel Lucent’s merger, among many others. The team has increased its capacity with new elected partner Arash Attar-Rezvani.
Perrot led the tax team advising Eurazeo in its acquisition of a 30% share of the Rhône Capital group, a private equity group based in the US and in the UK. The transaction was valued at $100 million. The complex transaction involved numerous hybrid entities and partnerships established abroad.
Taj has recruited five partners from the likes of PwC and European Commission. The five new partners’ expertise cover tax areas such as VAT, tax audit, litigation and international mobility. Partner Grégoire de Vogü leads the tax practice. Taj has one of the largest tax practice in France, consisting of 500 professional and 54 partners. The firm has access to the Deloitte international network of 40,000 tax professionals in 150 countries. The big four accounting firm combines its accountants, IT engineers, strategy consultants and more to solve complex cases. The firm offers computerised audits for large projects, tax lawyers working closely with Deloitte, tax controversy and resolution, and more. The indirect tax team has developed expertise around VAT for insurance, bank and holding companies, salary tax ratio, VAT of universities, litigation on electricity and oil tax, e-commerce and more. Taj has strengthened its tax practice with the recruitment of five partners: Donato Raponi, Thierry Morgant, Alice de Massiac, Marine Gadonneix and Julie Reynier.
The team assisted Oaktree with tax due diligence service for the client’s $700 million transaction. The structure of the vendors required an internal integrated due diligence team from countries such as the US and China.
Valoris Avocats is a law firm providing full tax legal advice from its offices in Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris (newly opened in 2018). It has 19 employees; however, its tax practice contributes 50% to its revenue and the tax team has eight lawyers (four partners). It is well experienced in advising on Franco-German transactions, and is experienced in the real estate, investment funds and industrial sector.
The firm represented a client in a matter that saw the French authorities recognise that a German pension fund holding units in a German investment fund – but which had invested in French real estate – should be treated as a tax-free entity.
WTS Seral, a member of WTS Global, offers full tax legal services with 22 fee earners in France. Some of its tax services include tax auditing, litigation, compliance, tax modelling, and more. Its focus sectors include automotive, aeronautics, consumer goods, utilities, services and funds management. Arnaud Roiron is the managing partner in the tax practice. It recently added Anglade Jean-Laurent as a partner.
The team recently advised a French subsidiary firm in a one-stop-shop tax compliance service. This involved preparing and filing the client’s tax returns, preparing transfer pricing local files and assisting in tax audits.
The firm strengthened its tax team with the appointment of Seseke Christoph as partner.