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Tax - ranked: tier 2


Independent tax boutique Arsene¬†houses some 100 lawyers who have tax expertise in various tax areas. The firm stands out for its LBO tax expertise and is retained by leading private equity funds or the management to advise on LBO transactions. Highlights included assisting IK Investment Partners with the acquisition of a majority stake in Mademoiselle Desserts; Bridgepoint with the acquisition of a minority stake in Burger King; and managers with the sale of 40% of Sebia to Caisse de D√©p√īt et Placement du Quebec. The team also has strong property tax expertise and notably advised Ardian Real Estate on the acquisition of Europe 1's former headquarters. The practice also handles challenging litigation cases and was recently active in matters pertaining to horizontal tax group issues as well as representing Steria in a dispute dealing with the 5% share of costs and expenses exemption. Sanofi, Naxicap Partners, LVMH, Kering, Pernod Ricard and Casino are other clients.¬†Denis Andres¬†heads the M&A and private equity tax practice;¬†Marc Brocardi¬†is head of customs;¬†David Chaumontet¬†is in charge of the energy and environment tax practice;¬†Antoine Glaize¬†leads the transfer pricing team;¬†Fran√ßois Lugand¬†oversees the property tax practice;¬†Patrice Corbin de Granchamp¬†heads the social contributions (URSSAF) practice;¬†Laurent Partouche Sebban¬†is the key name for individual tax issues;¬†Roland Schneider¬† heads the litigation and tax investigation practice; and Olivier Vergniolle¬†is head of the corporate tax practice. Other names to note in the 22-partner team are co-founding partner Fr√©d√©ric Donnedieu de Vabres, Mirouna Verban, Franck Chaminade, Alexandre Rocchi, Vincent Desoubries, St√©phanie Hamis¬†and Benoit Bec.

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