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ADVANT Altana launched its tax practice in July 2021 following the hire of new practice head Philippe de Saint-Bauzel (ex Squire Patton Boggs) and counsel Stéphanie Nègre. The team provides tax support to the corporate practice and is also developing a standalone practice.
Allégorie Avocats, through Aurore Trouillet, has promising expertise in the field of wealth taxation, advising international private banks and major French notaries.
Piotraut Giné Avocats (PGA) hired Arnaud Viard in 2020 to head its practice. The team has a strong involvement alongside companies' management in private equity deals, while also advising on patrimonial tax.
Squire Patton Boggs hired the promising Charles Briand from Orrick in July 2021 to start its tax practice. Briand has strong expertise in the private equity field.
Winston & Strawn LLP relaunched its tax practice at the end of 2021 following the hire of Edouard de Rancher, who was previously with Baker McKenzie; he advises leading companies and private clients, as well as investment funds.

Firms in the Spotlight Tax

Tax in France

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has one of the largest international tax groups in France for a business law firm. The firm offers a whole range of top level expertise, embracing corporate and M&A tax, transfer pricing, litigation, real estate tax, VAT and patrimonial tax. Many leading French and foreign multinationals are clients, as well as digital companies, investment funds and wealthy individuals. In the field of corporate tax, the practice often advises on large transactions or complex tax reorganisation, areas where practice head Veronique Millischer, Guillaume Le Camus and Charles Baudoin, who was promoted partner in June 2022, are key names. The tax control and litigation practice also ranks among the very best in France through Eric Meier,  Ariane Calloud and  Régis Torlet,  who assist many leading French companies as well as top digital companies with high-stakes financial tax disputes, notably pertaining to permanent establishment, foreign tax credit and large tax readjustment issues. Also recommended are the excellent Caroline Silberztein   for transfer-pricing matters; senior counsel Thierry Vialaneix, who is knowledgeable in VAT issues, real estate tax expert Virginie Louvigné and Agnès Charpenet, who is skilled in wealth management matters. Charles Baudoin is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Millischer


Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Le Camus; Eric Meier; Caroline Silberztein; Ariane Calloud; Régis Torlet; Thierry Vialaneix; Agnès Charpenet; Charles Baudoin; Hanna El Rouah


Testimonials

‘The level of commitment is excellent.’

‘We can only emphasize the professionalism and availability of Véronique Millischer. We are very satisfied with the work accomplished.’

‘The tax litigation team, and in particular Ariane Calloud, offers very high quality support, combining availability and expertise.’

Key clients

Accenture


Accor


Air France KLM


Auchan


Bio-Rad


Bristol Myers Squibb


Carrefour


Casino


Catella


Club Med


Consortium Airbus/Safran/Ace Capital


Conversant


Cora / Match


Criteo


CryptoBlockchain Industries


Darty / Fnac


Decathlon


ECP Partners


Embraer Aviation


Etoile Properties / South Korean Investors


FEDEX


Google


Jardins d’Arcadie / Sandaya


Johnson Controls


Keys Asset Management


Leroy Merlin


LVMH


M6


Mediawan Group and ZAG


Monoprix


Pierre et Vacances Center Parcs


Société Générale


Sofidy


Swiss Life


TF1


Truffaut


Vacancesselect


WP Carey


Work highlights


  • Assisting the Pierre et Vacances-Center Parcs group in the process of strengthening its equity and of reducing its important debt in particular with the conversion of more than EUR 550 million of creditors’ debt into shares.
  • Assisting Air France-KLM with corporate income tax issues.
  • Advising on the tax issues linked to the listing of CryptoBlockchain Industries on the Paris stock exchange in October-December 2021.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat ’s tax team is a jewel in the field of corporate tax. The tax practice, which works in close collaboration with the firm’s M&A department, advises the largest corporations and investment funds on the largest M&A transactions. It is as strong in the public and private M&A fields and can handle large global deals as well as highly strategic public M&A ones. In addition, the tax team also has strong ability in the litigation arena. It assists many leading CAC 40 and US leading corporations in dealing with highly sensitive tax reassessment issues, while also challenging legal provisions before courts. The tax team recently advised McDonald’s on the signing of a landmark tax judiciary settlement with the authorities. The tax practice is supervised by Yves Rutschmann, and includes many of France’s best tax advisers in   Sébastien de MonèsPierre-Henri Durand and Julien Gayral, followed by a younger guard led by Anne Robert and Jean-Florent Mandelbaum. Counsels Franck Morhain and Victor Camatta provide support.

 

Practice head(s):

Yves Rutschmann


Other key lawyers:

Sébastien de Monès, Pierre-Henri Durand; Julien Gayral; Anne Robert; Jean-Florent Mandelbaum; Franck Morhain; Victor Camatta


Testimonials

‘The Bredin Prat tax team as a whole is at the forefront of the French private equity market. The cumulative experience of the team and the volume of transactions on which they work are a real added value for clients who can thus be informed in real time of the latest market practices.’

‘Jean-Florent Mandelbaum is probably one of the most advanced tax experts on the French Private Equity market, with extremely strong expertise in the aspects of structuring and in particular of those of the investment managers.’

‘Every team member is excellent – no weak point. Seamless combination of tax and M&A practices.’

‘Jean-Florent Mandelbaum stands out ; he quickly understands all the details of a complex case, immediately raises the relevant and difficult questions, and provides top notch, business-driven analysis and advice.’

‘The team is excellent, they are very professional and absolutely knowledgeable. Quality of their tax opinion is not behind anybody in France. Capacity of understanding business and client’s need are also key success factors.’

‘Yves Rutschmann and Sébastien de Monès are absolutely tier 1 tax lawyers.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management


Atos


Axa


BPCE


Casino


Covéa


Crédit Agricole


Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale


EDF


Danone


D’Ieteren


Eurazeo


ENGIE


Essilor


General Electric


iliad


KKR


LVMH


Mc Donald’s


Microsoft


Natixis


Saint Gobain


Sanofi


Stellantis (formerly Groupe PSA)


Téthys Invest


Vivendi


Wendel


Work highlights


  • Advising Covéa on its acquisition of PartnerRe for €7.9 billion.
  • Assisting McDonald’s with the conclusion of a major “public interest judicial agreement” (Convention Judiciaire d’Intérêt Public – “CJIP”).
  • Advising KKR on its friendly tender offer for Albioma’s shares and warrants for €2.7 billion

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s tax team is a reference for the market’s largest and most complex M&A and litigation matters. The client base is top-notch and includes many of France’s top companies. The tax team often acts alongside the M&A practice on the structuring of France’s top public and private M&A transactions, as well as advising on the tax aspects of global or outbound transactions. On the litigation front, the practice is involved in several of France’s outstanding tax evasion cases. It also assists companies, as well as some state entities, with large tax reassessment disputes, often dealing with quite complex legal issues. Highly regarded duo Gauthier Blanluet and Nicolas de Boynes are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Gauthier Blanluet; Nicolas de Boynes


Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s tax team has a wide-ranging transactional practice; spanning the structuring of financial, M&A, private equity, fund formation, property and infrastructure deals. The team regularly advises on large M&A and private equity deals, including recently handling a high-profile complex cross-border deal in the African logistics sector. It has a strong presence among leading banks and investment funds. The Paris tax team also increasingly advises on the creation of major debt and private equity funds, benefiting from the presence of a Luxembourg desk in Paris. Finally, its litigation activity is also growing, working notably in combination with the criminal law practice in tax evasion matters. The tax team is also increasingly instructed by banks to conduct internal investigations following the emergence of new tax litigation risks. Mathieu Vignon and Guillaume Valois co-head the practice, with counsel Charles del Valle being the third key member.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Vignon; Guillaume Valois


Other key lawyers:

Charles del Valle


Testimonials

‘The team is very available and knows how to adapt to the needs of its clients’.

Key clients

123 Management


Advent


Air Liquide


Alderan


Amundi


Andera


Apax


Ardian


Ares


AXA IM


AXA REIM


Banque de Luxembourg


BPCE


BPI


Biogroup


Bolloré


BRIDGEPOINT


Cathay


CDC


Compagnie des Alpes


Crédit Mutuel Arkéa


Credit Mutuel Equity


Cromwell EREIT


DTZ Investors


DWS


Engie


Epopée Gestion


Eurazeo


Extendam


General Electric


Groupama


Groupe Arnaud


HIG


Hivest


HOOPP


Icade


ICG


Ipsen


Kingstreet


Korian


LBO France


L’Oréal


Mubadala


Naxicap


Nuveen


OFI Pierre


Oman Investment Authority


Omnes


PAI


Pimpco


Quadreal


Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb LLP


Seagate


Sienna Capital


SCOR IP


Société Générale


Thalès


Tikehau


Waterland


Weinberg


Wren House


Work highlights


  • Advising the Bolloré Group on the sale of Bolloré Africa Logistics, which includes all the transport and logistics activities of the Bolloré Group in Africa, to the MSC Group.
  • Advised Société Générale on the sale to Interros Capital of Rosbanb and its insurance subsidiaries in connection with Société Générale’s decision to withdraw from the Russian market.
  • Advised Eurazeo on the sale of a majority interest in the Seqens Group to US private equity firm SK Capital.

Arsene

Arsene is a powerhouse on the French market with a team of more than 150 lawyers. The tax firm offers a broad range of expertise; from day-to-day management to strategic tax reorganisation, due diligence, transactional tax structuring, transfer pricing, international taxation and litigation. The firm is especially strong in the field of private equity and LBO, where it is retained by many leading French and international investment funds to assist with the due diligence and tax structuring. The firm also advises large corporations and fields an excellent transfer pricing practice. It also handles real estate tax. Managing partner Denis Andres is highly regarded, while other key members include: Mirouna Verban and Alexandre Rocchi for corporate tax advice; Roland Schneider for tax litigation; François Lugand and Franck Llinas for real estate tax, as well as Vincent Desoubries and Benoit Bec for international tax and transfer pricing. Yoann Chemana is also forging a reputation in this area.

Practice head(s):

Denis Andres


Other key lawyers:

Mirouna Verban; Alexandre Rocchi; Roland Schneider; François Lugand; Vincent Desoubries; Benoît Bec; Yoann Chemana; Franck Llinas; Fabien Billaert; Nathalie Habibou


Testimonials

‘Team dedicated to tax law with a 360° view on the subject. Great capacity for initiative and analyses on all tax issues ranging from operational taxation to structuring’.

‘François Lugand and his team, including Pierre Lucas, are clearly the best tax lawyers in Paris. they have a very strong ability to innovate, find solutions to problems, anticipate all needs. They are deal makers, know how to make you make the right decisions, and are decisive.’

‘The team is proactive.’

‘Fabien Billaert is generally very available to his clients and finds pragmatic solutions that can easily be implemented by companies. Nathalie Habibou assists us on VAT and provides very operational advice. She knows how to adapt to her interlocutor.’

‘Responsiveness and competence, and good listening to the customer’.

‘Denis Andres has considerable experience. Yoann Chemama shows great responsiveness and pragmatism’.

‘Arsene has a very competent, responsive and business oriented team. It always knows how to understand the needs of its clients, seeks out the best specialists according to the issues at stake and ultimately finds innovative and appropriate solutions.’

Key clients

ACCENTURE


ACCOR


APAX


ARDIAN


BRIDGEPOINT


CASINO


CMA-CGM


CAP GEMINI


CHOPARD


FIVE ARROWS PRINCIPAL INVESTMENTS (FAPI)


HLD


IK PARTNERS


INTERMARCHE


KERING


L’OREAL


LVMH GROUPE ARNAULT


M6


PERNOD RICARD


SAP FRANCE


SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC


Work highlights


  • Advised M6 within the merger with TF1 (leading French Media groups).
  • Advised Pernod Ricard Group worldwide on its Transform & Accelerate Plan.
  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI) on the acquisition of GEDH.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Led by Anne-Sophie Coustel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s tax practice is known to be among the best for tax transactional work. Combining forces with the corporate practice, the team advises on the structuring of the largest public and private M&A transactions. The practice is also well versed in assisting issuers and underwriters with equity and debt capital markets transactions. The practice also advises on tax finance work and handles litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Sophie Coustel


Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and very competent.’

‘Anne-Sophie Coustel has a high technical level in French and international taxation’.

Key clients

Sienna Capital


Solvay


OVHcloud


Veolia


NVHL/Novasep


Latour Capital


Worldline


Tikehau Capital


Crédit Agricole


Natixis


Work highlights


  • Advised Veolia Environnement in its successful €12.9bn acquisition of Suez and its €2.5bn rights offering
  • Advised Solvay on its project of separating into two independent companies
  • Advised Sienna Investment Managers on its acquisition of a majority share capital in Malakoff Humanis Asset Management

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a strong name for transactional tax issues, especially in the M&A, private equity and property fields. The team advises on the structuring and reorganisation of complex and large transactions. In the field of real estate tax, the team also has strong expertise and assists leading names in the field with the market’s largest investment and partnership transactions. The practice is co-headed by Eric Davoudet and Alexandre Lagarrigue, and also includes promising counsel Pierre Goyat. Former counsels Jitka Susankova and Omar El Arjoun left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eric Davoudet; Alexandre Lagarrigue


Testimonials

‘Small team, homogeneous but multidisciplinary which is both rare and very valuable from the customer’s point of view.’

‘Skills, multi-disciplinarity, availability and good quality of listening. Alexandre Lagarrigue and Pierre Goyat are remarkable’.

‘Very high technical expertise, very high availability.’

‘Excellent team.’

‘Alexandre Lagarrigue is an excellent lawyer, very educational. He always finds solutions and is very involved in the outcome.’

‘Very specialized and professional team which works in close collaboration with the M&A team which is very appreciable. Great skill in the structuring of French or foreign investment funds in particular.’

‘Quite responsive.’

Key clients

AEW


Atos SE


Rexel


RedTree Capital


AXA


Eurazeo


QIA


EDF


Amundi


Accor


Schroders


Ipsen


Primonial


L’Oréal


Engie


Amundi


Spie


Oreima


Axel Springer


DWS


IREIT Global


Pernod Ricard


BlackRock


TotalEnergies


Work highlights


  • Advising Atos on an ambitious group spin off into two publicly listed companies.
  • Advising Mannai Corporation on the disposal of Inetum to a group of investors led by Bain Capital Private Equity.
  • Advising the French Rugby Federation on the long-term strategic partnership between Six Nations Rugby and CVC.

CMS Francis Lefebvre

CMS Francis Lefebvre has one of the market's largest workforces with more than 200 tax lawyers; the vast majority are based in Paris with a small team also located in the Lyon office. The firm’s range of expertise is extensive and it covers a whole range of issues, from mainstream tax to more complex and niche areas. Its international tax, transfer pricing and litigation capabilities are among the best on the market. The team regularly handles high-stakes disputes where high financial amounts are at stake, acting for leading companies and banks. The team assists a prominent client base, made up of leading French and international corporations. It also advises on complex tax reorganisation work and provides tax advice on M&A transactions, including recently advising on some significant deals in the energy sector. The firm’s tax real estate expertise is also to be noted. Key names include the highly regarded Stéphane Austry, who coordinates the firm’s tax litigation and controversy group, Bruno Gibert, who specialises in international taxation and transfer pricing, and Edouard Milhac, whose main focus in on transactional tax issues. Also noted are Anne-Sophie RostaingFrédéric GernerJean-Charles Benois and Ludovic Duguet.

Other key lawyers:

Stéphane Austry; Bruno Gibert; Edouard Milhac; Anne-Sophie Rostaing; Jean-Charles Benois; Frédéric Gerner; Ludovic Duguet; Alexia Cayrel


Testimonials

‘Very professional team, extremely competent, available and benefiting from a very strong credibility with the administration.’

‘Jean-Charles Benois: knows perfectly the problems of our company. Excellent advice, always available, fast, knowledgeable. Alexia Cayrel: enormous capacity for work, precise, high quality work that gives confidence’.

‘A dynamic, responsive, involved and technically very high quality team’.

‘Availability. Responsiveness. Quality of advice. Ability to have a business vision. Ability to understand clients’ issues’.

‘CMS Francis Lefebvre’s response has always been of high quality and has very often enabled me to resolve disputes with the tax authorities.’

‘I mainly work with Anne-Sophie Rostaing. I appreciate her availability, knowledge of our group, responsiveness in handling my requests and the relevance of her analyzes on often very specific subjects.’

‘The firm does an exceptional job at making you feel like their most important client!’

‘Edouard Milhac is always available, responsive and provides advice in a cogent, clear manner.’

Key clients

Vivendi


BNP Paribas


EDF SA


Orange


Rubis Terminal Group


IDIA Capital Investment


ABC Artbitrage


Perial


Eurazeo


Egym


Work highlights


  • Assisting VIVENDI with tax litigation procedure claiming the reimbursement of corporate tax paid for fiscal years 2011 (€365 million), 2012 (€ 315 million), 2015 (€ 203 million), 2017 (€4.2 million) and 2018 (€1.3 million).
  • Assisting  DF SA with the signing of an exclusive agreement with GE for the acquisition of GE Steam Power’s nuclear activities relating to the conventional island of nuclear power plants.
  • Assisting RUBIS TERMINAL GROUP in connection with the structuring of the disposal of their Turkish subsidiary, Rubis Terminal Petrol, acquired by Transpet Petrolcülük ve Enerji A.Ş., a Turkish leading player in the energy sector.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s tax practice is a key component in the firm’s stellar M&A practice. Working alongside the corporate department, the tax team regularly advises on the market’s largest public and private M&A transactions. It was recently involved in strategic deals concerning various sectors including media, car leasing, energy, real estate, professional football, financial services and industrial. The tax team also runs a stand-alone activity, notably in tax real estate, where it assists leading Anglo-Saxon funds on large asset and portfolio transactions. The highly regarded Vincent Agulhon co-heads the practice alongside Loïc Védie.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Agulhon; Loïc Vedie


Key clients

Accor


Banijay Group


Banques des Territoires (Caisse des dépôts et consignations)


Batipart


Blackstone


Bouygues


BPCE


Brookfield


Carlyle


CCI de Nice


Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance (CACF)


Devoteam


Fimalac


Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)


HeidelbergCement


Inmobiliare Colonial


Kering


KKR


La Redoute 6 years


Les Petits Chaperons Rouges


LPCR


Ligue de Football


Professionnel (LFP)


LOV Group


Malakoff Mederic


Milleis


Northwood Investors


OVH Cloud


Pfizer


TF1


CNIM Groupe


Société Générale


Sodiaal


Lagardère SCA


Saint Gobain


Tikehau


Westbrook


Work highlights


  • Advising CACF on the reorganization of its partnership with Stellantis regarding car leasing.
  • Advised Inmobiliaria Colonial on the capital restructuring and asset exchange of Société Foncière Lyonnais with Predica involving a public offering.
  • Advised Bouygues in the context of the acquisition of Equans.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei combines outstanding real estate tax expertise and strong corporate and LBO tax know-how. The tax team works alongside the firm’s leading real estate practice to advise the market’s most prestigious investors on their largest corporate, fund and asset deals (spanning a range of property assets); practice head Emmanuel Chauve and  Alexandre Blestel have forged strong reputations in this area. Through Priscilla van den Perre and Anne-Laure Drouet, the tax team advises investment funds and companies on M&A and LBO transactions, often acting alongside the corporate department. The practice recently completed several notable transactions in the media and healthcare sectors. The tax team also advises on financing and infrastructure deals and in the context of debt restructuring and insolvency cases.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Chauve


Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Blestel; Priscilla van den Perre; Anne-Laure Drouet


Testimonials

‘Fast, efficient and relevant.’

Key clients

TISHMAN SPEYER


BATIPART


CARREFOUR


GECINA


ALTAREA


EMERIGE


COVIVIO


CREDIT AGRICOLE ASSURANCES


ROTHSCHILD


ERGON CAPITAL


EMZ PARTNERS


ITS GROUP SA


KARTESIA


FLORAC


PGIM REAL ESTATE


ALGONQUIN AND CARDIF


APOLLO


EDIFY


PIERRE ET VACANCES – CENTERS PARCS


MBWS


Work highlights


  • Advising Altarea on a long-term partnership with Crédit Agricole Assurances involving €1 billion in investments in assets held by Altarea.
  • Advising Exor N.V on the signing of a long-term partnership with Institut Mérieux under the terms of which Exor will acquire, through a capital increase, a 10% stake in Institut Mérieux for an investment of €833 million.
  • Advising the Altice Media group in connection with the acquisition from the M6 group of the TV channel “6ter” and with the acquisition from the TF1 group of TV channel “TFX”.

Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats

Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats has a considerable pool of resources in France, in addition to the firm’s global capabilities. The tax practice, which includes more than 300 tax experts, is able to offer a full range of services: transactional tax, international tax, business tax, transfer pricing, tax technology transformation and indirect tax. Its client base comprises many of France and the world’s largest companies and investment funds. The team is regularly appointed by large private equity funds in France to assist with the due diligence and tax structuring of their largest transactions. The practice also regularly advises corporations, notably in their cross-border deals. Key names in the practice include: managing partner Lionel BenantCédric DevougesMatthieu Autret and Benjamin Pique for transactional tax work; Eric Verron who heads the international tax services department; Xavier Dange, who is in charge of the business tax services practice; Philippe Vailhen, who manages the business tax practice in the regions; Benoit Gabelle, who heads the transfer pricing practice; Gwenaelle Bernier, who chairs the tax technology and transformation practice; Jean-David Vasseur, who manages the indirect tax practice; and  Alexandra Loran, who is in charge of the tax innovation offering. Nadia Sabin is noted for transfer pricing work.

Practice head(s):

Lionel Benant; Cédric Devouges; Philippe Vailhen; Matthieu Autret; Eric Verron; Xavier Dange; Benoit Gabelle; Gwenaelle Bernier; Jean-David Vasseur; Alexandra Loran


Other key lawyers:

Nadia Sabin; Amandine-Allix Cieutat


Testimonials

‘I work with the transfer pricing team led by Nadia Sabin. The team is capable to deliver a high quality product under pressure of time, and we have established an excellent way of working together as they adapted to our organization very well.’

‘Nadia Sabin is an absolutely outstanding individual, making the difference in finding the correct and pragmatic solutions of very complex and relevant international tax topics. Capable to collaborate with advisors all over the world, she delivers high value to our organization and she always understand, on top of the tax, the business perspectives.’

‘Amandine-Allix Cieutat is very available, responsive and digs into the files to the end and in detail. She fully understands the issues for an international case.’

Key clients

Axpo


Ball Beverage


Bacardi


Debiopharm


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP houses a high-level tax team which often supports the corporate and finance departments on their transactions. The tax team is able to assist with the tax structuring of large and complex M&A deals, spanning large global transactions, public and private M&A deals as well as prominent infrastructure deals. The practice has a strong presence among leading French and international banks. It recently advised on a high-profile M&A deal in the French banking sector, and regularly assists banks with large debt restructuring cases. The tax team also handles sensitive litigation, including representing a leading bank in a major tax reassessment case and handling a major dispute concerning withholding tax. The practice is headed by Cyril Valentin and includes managing partner Vincent Daniel-Mayeur.

Practice head(s):

Cyril Valentin


Other key lawyers:

Vincent Daniel-Mayeur


Testimonials

‘Cyril Valentin is a tax specialist with a particularly broad field of expertise and whose technical knowledge is highly reliable.’

‘Best in class tax practice. Leading expertise on financial services and dispute resolution. Excellent service levels with prompt turnaround when business demands require it.’

‘Cyril Valentin is an outstanding tax partner providing clear and informed advice. Juliette Brasart and Jean Benech provide strong support.’

Key clients

Bank of America


Barclays


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)


Citi


Engie


Getlink (formerly Eurotunnel)


Goldman Sachs


Holcim


HSBC


Icade


JP Morgan


Morgan Stanley


Natixis


PAI Partners


Phoenix Tower International


RWE


Sitel Group


Sofina


UBS


Work highlights


  • Advised HSBC Continental Europe on the sale of its French retail banking business to Cerberus.
  • Advised CMA CGM on a USD 2.2 bn freight receivables securitisation facility.
  • Advised Holcim Group Services Ltd on the €6.5 bn sale of its Indian business to Adani Group

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is able to provide a whole range of transactional tax expertise. The team has strong abilities in the M&A space, including advising on complex reorganisations, large transactions and publicly listed deals through Magali Buchert and Olivier Dauchez. Many leading French and international companies are clients. The practice also covers private equity work via Paul de France, who often assists the management on manager incentives package issues in the context of large transactions. Real estate tax remains a strong area of expertise and the practice is sought out for large office, hotel and other property asset investments. The team assists prominent property investors, including with real estate tax fund issues. Laurent Modave and Bertrand Jouanneau are two recognised names in that field. Of note, Alexandre Bochu was promoted to partner in 2022, adding further strength in transactional tax.

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Modave; Magali Buchert; Olivier Dauchez; Bertrand Jouanneau; Paul de France


Testimonials

‘The team is very familiar with indirect real estate investments and real estate joint-ventures. Ability to provide cross-border France-Germany advice in an integrated manner.’

‘Ability to review financial documents and BPs from a fiscal but also financial perspective. Provides decision-making support in a complex environment. The team is always very courteous and available.’

‘Extensive knowledge of corporate taxation and management issues. International approach which allowed us to understand taxation issues from a European point of view. Excellent knowledge of the taxation of the managers’.

‘Responsive, transparent, efficient, cost-conscious.’

‘Paul de France is an excellent professional, informative, inventive, daring and skilful.’

‘Confidence, technicality, constancy, responsiveness, proactivity, availability. Their memos are very concise and very clear, and they know how to take a stand.’

‘Olivier Dauchez is a reference and a gifted tax lawyer on the market. Beyond his indisputable technical skills, he has this ability to take a step back from issues at hand. He perfectly masters underlying financial and legal mechanisms, and understands the real issues facing companies. He is also a very friendly, responsive and available person.’

‘Bertrand Jouanneau is very responsive. In terms of invoicing, Bertrand is organized in such a way as to offer packages with caps, which are rather well calibrated from the start and on which we generally do not have to go back.’

Key clients

Saint-Gobain


Antin


Eiffage


Silver Lake


Wendel


Amundi Immobilier


Swiss Life Asset Managers


MSC


Foncière Atland


Renault


Fnac Darty


Five Arrows Principal Investment


Groupe Bruxelles Lambert


Centaurus


Eurazeo


Brookfield


Icamap


Nuveen


Redevco


CNP Assurances


Aviva


Casino


Naos Hotel


Tikehau


Ivanhoé Cambridge


Work highlights


  • Assisted MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company with all the tax aspects of the acquisition of 100% of Bolloré Africa Logistics.
  • Assisted Antin Infrastructure Partners with the tax structuring of its initial public offering (IPO) on the regulated market of Euronext Paris for a total offering amount of EUR 632.5 million.
  • Advised BNP Paribas on the acquisition of Club Med Alpe D’Huez from Lagune.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has outstanding private equity and LBO tax expertise. The tax practice, which often acts alongside the firm’s corporate department, advises many leading French and British investment funds on the structuring of large transactions, including jumbo and cross-border deals. The tax practice also advises companies on M&A deals, as well as on the tax aspects of debt capital issuances, including high-yield bonds. Practice head Xavier Renard and Olivia Rauch-Ravisé are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Renard


Other key lawyers:

Olivia Rauch-Ravisé


Testimonials

‘Excellent tax level, of very high added value in complex deals’.

‘Very high level of expertise. Xavier Renard has an excellent level of expertise in the LBO field. The team also takes into account concrete and structural aspects. Members are available’.

Key clients

Albéa


Ardian


Astorg Partners


Atos


Autodistribution


Babilou


Bank of Ireland


Barclays Bank Plc


BNP Paribas


Bridgepoint


Burger King


Carrefour


Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank


Crédit Industriel et Commercial


Crédit Mutuel Arkea


Eutelsat Communication /Eutelsat SA


Fortress Investment Group


Groupe Bertrand


Groupe Casino


HSBC France


Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)


ING Bank N.V.


iQera group


Kersia Group


L’Oréal


Mainstay Medical


Natixis


Pernod Ricard


Platinum Equity


PSP Investments


Rémy Cointreau


Sagard


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited


TA Associates


TechnipFMC


Total


Unicredit


Vivalto Partners


Vivalto Santé Group


Worldline


Linklaters

Linklaters' tax team has a strong repute when it comes to the structuring of large and complex private equity and M&A transactions. The tax team, which often combines forces with the firm’s corporate department, frequently acts for leading investment funds and companies on the structuring of their transactions, including public M&A deals. It is also regularly involved in large fundraising and global companies’ combinations and mergers. The team also has specific know-how in tax project finance, regularly advising on domestic brownfield and M&A renewables transactions. Finally, the practice has a strong presence among banks and financial institutions which it advises on strategic M&A work but also in the field of financing and capital markets deals. The team also has a stand-alone activity, notably in the litigation space. The highly regarded Edouard Chapellier heads the team. Cyril Boussion  is the other key member.

 

Practice head(s):

Edouard Chapellier


Other key lawyers:

Cyril Boussion


Testimonials

‘Perfectly masters the tax issues of its clients and other associated expertise (corporate, structuring, accounting, private equity). It is an extremely differentiating and unique feature on the market’.

‘They show great availability and precise knowledge of their client’s needs. The team always makes recommendations that are “business oriented”.’

‘High quality team.’

Key clients

ARDIAN


GIP


Lease Plan


Bel


Unibel


Mirova


Valeco


Webhelp


Meridiam


Nuveen Real Estate Management Limited


Marguerite Adviser S.A


Financière Agache


Electra SAS


Waterland Private Equity


Solvay


Omnes Capital


Caisse Fédérale du Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe CFCMNE


Macquarie – Green Investment Group Limited


Partech Partners


AXA Venture Partners


Antin Infrastructure Partners


LVMH


NW Storm


InfraVia Capital Partners


Work highlights


  • Advised ARDIAN and Global Infrastructure Partners on their contemplated takeover offer for Suez (waste and water management company) in the context of the hostile takeover battle between Suez and Veolia.
  • Advised the shareholders of LeasePlan on its contemplated combination with ALD, Société Générale’s car leasing division, for €4.9bn.
  • Advised Bel on the €700m sale of the iconic European cheese brand Leerdammer and related rights to Lactalis.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's tax practice is a popular choice for many of the market’s leading French and international private equity funds. The firm’s footprint among private equity funds is particularly impressive. It is retained to advise on the market’s largest LBO’s transactions, while also having equally recognised ability to assist companies' management in deals. Additionally, the team is also praised for its litigation and tax audit expertise. In that area, the team defends investment funds, as well as companies in various contentious matters such as management incentive package and withholding tax issues. Practice head Laurent BoreyBenjamin Homo, Christopher Lalloz, who focuses on litigation, Olivier Parawan, Elodie Deschamps and Nicolas Danan are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Borey


Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Homo ; Christopher Lalloz; Olivier Parawan; Elodie Deschamps; Nicolas Danan


Testimonials

‘Innovation. Responsiveness. Team spirit’.

‘Laurent Borey is an eminence in business taxation. Christopher Lalloz is a great tax technician who combines technical knowledge and commercial acumen’.

‘Best tax team for LBOs in Paris. Provides innovative solutions to ever changing landscape. Very strong on management incentive package, combining both tax and financial knowledge’.

Key clients

Abertis Infraestructuras


Altice


Antin Infrastructure Partners


Asmodee (Management)


Bridgepoint Development Capital


Charterhouse Capital Partners


Cooper Consumer Health


CVC Capital Partners


Digicel


Epsa


Eurazeo


Funecap


Groupe Burrus Courtage


Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)


Labelium


L Catterton


L-GAM


Magellan Partners


Marlin Equity Partners


Mediawan and founders


Montefiore Investment


Next Private B.V.


Oaktree Capital Partners


Ophiliam Management


Primonial (management)


Qualium Investissement


Quilvest Private Equity


RAISE


Sagard


SERB group


SIACI Saint-Honoré


Stirling Square Capital Partners


Ultra-Premium Direct (founder)


Union Bancaire Gestion Institutionnelle


UTAC CERAM


Verescence Luxembourg Perfumery Holdings Sàrl (VLPH)


Work highlights


  • Advised investment firm CVC Capital Partners on the investment commitment agreement with France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) in connection with the creation of the LFP’s commercial subsidiary and CVC’s minority investment in its capital.
  • Advised the French private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners on structuring its initial public offering (IPO) on Compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris.
  • Advised the management of Asmodee, leading board game publisher and distributor, on the sale of the group by PAI Partners to Embracer, a publicly traded Swedish video game publisher.

Pwc Société d'Avocats

Pwc Société d'Avocats stands out for its large resources comprising more than 400 lawyers and professionals, based in Paris and in the regions. The firm is able to offer the full spectrum of tax expertise, spanning corporate tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax, audit and litigation, and R&D among others. It acts for a large client base, which includes many leading French and international corporations and investment banks. The team has a strong transactional practice in the private equity field where it advises on many of the market’s largest deals. It is also called upon to assist with highly strategic and complex M&A deals, such as advising recently on landmark transactions in the energy sector, and also handles litigation. The practice is co-headed by managing partner Loic Le Claire, Guillaume Glon, Elisabeth Rivière and Jean-Philippe Brillet. Also noted are Anne-Valérie Attias-AssoulineMarc-Olivier Roux, Nicolas Arfel, and Katia Gruzdova on the transactional side, as well as Catherine Cassan for litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Loïc Le Claire; Guillaume Glon; Elisabeth Rivière; Jean-Philippe Brillet


Other key lawyers:

Anne-Valérie Attias-Assouline; Marc-Olivier Roux; Nicolas Arfel; Katia Gruzdova; Catherine Cassan


Testimonials

‘Robust team with a strong global and regional presence.’

‘The strength of the team is their availability, rapid response and clear/straight answers.’

‘Katia Gruzdova is very clear in her answers and takes a position.’

Key clients

McDonald’s


BC Partners


Worldline


Bonduelle


PAI Partners


Exclusive Networks


KKR


Bain Capital


Sodiaal


Générali


Vivendi


Eurazeo


3i


Groupe Vyv


Archimed


Groupe Avril


Credit Mutuel


Bridgepoint


L Cartterton


Permira


LafargeHolcim


Eutelsat


TowerBrook


Bouygues Telecom


Work highlights


  • Advised McDonald’s in respect of the signing of a French “public interest judicial agreement” (CJIP).
  • Advised on the tax structuring and modelling as well as the negotiation of the tax clauses of the contract on behalf of a consortium of investors bringing together Meridiam, GIP, Caisse des dépôts and CNP Assurances, as part of the acquisition of “new Suez”.
  • Advised Worldline in relation to the carve-out and disposal of its Terminals, Solutions & Services (TSS) business line to Apollo.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP  is a leading name in the field of asset management and private equity. The practice assists many leading international private equity funds and prestigious family funds with fund structuring, fundraising, regulatory and carried interest work. The practice also handles transactional M&A and private equity tax, and also advises on real estate tax matters. Practice head Sabina Comis is highly regarded. Senior associate Etienne Bimbeau is also a key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis


Other key lawyers:

Etienne Bimbeau


Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and responsive, with in-depth knowledge of both tax and regulatory aspects applicable to the private equity and asset management sector. Able to model their tax advice on excel and offer effective and innovative solutions. Undoubtedly one of the best private equity teams on the market.’

‘A great technician, Sabina Comis also has in-depth knowledge of the asset management market in France and abroad. She is able to anticipate problems specific to funds with European and American strategies. Her knowledge, her experience and her qualities as a negotiator make her a real deal-maker. This is the person you want to have by your side when entering a meeting or negotiation.’

‘The tax team, of limited size, operates in “task force” mode with high added value for its clients.’

‘At ease with numbers, Sabina Comis is a pragmatic lawyer who provides concrete and easily workable solutions. Endowed with a great situational intelligence, she knows how to defuse a conflict and refocus the debate. Talented, “hardworking” and creative, Etienne Bimbeau is a lawyer who brings added value around a table. His unfeigned humility echoes his sympathetic character.’

‘Very competent and innovative tax team. They have a very sharp knowledge of the market. A team with which it is very pleasant to work and to establish a great relationship of trust’.

‘Sabina Comis is very competent, knows the market perfectly, and constantly seeks the right solution adapted to the client’s needs. Sabina is very dynamic and cheerful.’

Key clients

17 Capital


ArchiMed


Arev Capital


Blisce/


CACIB


Caravelle


Cathay Capital


Certares


Edmond de Rothschild REIM


Elyan Partners (ex- Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity France)


Groupe Artemis – Financière Pinault


ING Bank N.V.


KKR


Lauxera Capital


LVMH Investissements


Natixis


Rothschild Martin Maurel


Sofinnova Partners


Supernova Invest


Téthys Invest


Work highlights


  • Advised Crown Holdings on the French tax aspects of the partial sale of its European Tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners.
  • Advised Five T Hydrogen on the tax structuring on a joint venture between Five T Hydrogen and Ardian.
  • Advised ArchiMed on the tax structuring of the purchase of a majority stake in CARSO group.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has key strengths in the private equity sphere. The tax team is a leading name in the field of private equity tax fund structuring, where it assists many prestigious asset management firms on the structuring of mid-to large investment funds; Raphaël Béra is a key name in that area. For transactional private equity tax work, practice head Fanny Combourieu is highly knowledgeable and regularly involved in mid-cap transactions, while also advising on large-cap deals. The practice also advises on real estate tax issues, and in Antoine Faure has solid transfer pricing expertise, which extends to contentious and non-contentious issues. Counsels Gwenael Kropfinger and Thomas Guillier also provide support.

Practice head(s):

Fanny Combourieu


Other key lawyers:

Raphaël Béra; Antoine Faure


Testimonials

‘Raphaël Béra is an excellent technician with a great command of tax matters relating to private equity funds.’

‘Antoine Faure offers clear pragmatic advice on complex transfer pricing matters.’

‘The team is used to structuring investment funds and can therefore explain our challenges to its counterparties abroad for our operations outside France.’

Key clients

Access Capital Partners


Advent


Antin Infrastructure Partners


BlackFin


Bridgepoint


Quilvest


Rothschild & Co / Five Arrows


Sagard


Sofinnova


Astorg


Antirion


Bpifrance


Carlyle


Circet


Eurazeo


Harbert Management Corporation


Merieux Equity Partners


MML Capital Partners


Real IS


PAI Partners


Work highlights


  • Advising the founders and management of CIRCET, a European leading telecoms infrastructure services company in connection with the entry into exclusive negotiations with ICG, for the sale by ADVENT of its stake in CIRCET and their co-investment with ICG.
  • Advised Bridgepoint on the French tax structuring of their flagship private equity investment fund Bridgepoint Europe VII, including advice related to carried interest.
  • Advised Five Arrows on the tax aspects of their fund of funds FAPEP II (Five Arrows Private Equity Programme II), a second multi-strategy private equity fund closed at €366 million.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn's tax team has strong knowledge of the M&A and private equity fields. It advises investment firms on their deals, but also assists managers with OBO deals and management incentives packages. Jérôme Delaurière also advises on tax real estate, debt restructuring matters and on litigation (recently handling a transfer pricing case). Corporate and tax expert Ariel Harroch also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Delaurière; Ariel Harroch


Key clients

Hopps Group


Tikehau Ace Capital


KKR


Anjac Group


NetApp


S.I.T.I R (Pierre et Vacances SA / Center Parcs)


Group Vivarte


Mutares


Kartesia


Goodwin

Goodwin’s tax team is a strong fit for private equity tax issues. The tax team, which works in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate and fund formation practices, assists leading French and international investment funds with their mid- to large-cap LBO transactions. The practice also advises asset management firms on the structuring of their funds. It also assists with the management of tax issues linked to financing deals and also advises corporations. Practice head Marie-Laure Bruneel and Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr are key names.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Laure Bruneel


Other key lawyers:

Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr


Testimonials

‘Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr works in perfect coordination with other Goodwin teams, whether for fund structuring or a transaction. He has a perfect knowledge of his customers which facilitates our interactions (no need to explain our structure or internal constraints). He responds directly and simply to tax issues!’

‘Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint Cyr is available and fast. He applies a transactional approach to taxation – talking directly with his clients’ counterparties’.

‘The tax team has deep technical knowledge of the French tax law and is able to convey tax analysis in a structured and comprehensive manner.’

‘Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint Cyr provides very good coverage from the French tax perspective, including providing extensive tax analysis on complex matters, reviewing contractual documentation and also putting together financial models highlighting tax implications.’

‘Reactive, professional, provides solutions. Appreciated by management teams, friendly. Very good value for money’.

‘Goodwin’s tax law team is of high quality. They show high availability, thoroughness, editorial excellence, inventiveness and are deal makers. It is always an asset to have them as adviser on transactions.’

‘Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint Cyr is an excellent tax lawyer. Reactive and rigorous, he was able to support us with precision, both during due diligence work and on structuring issues.’

‘Commercial team, ready to provide support and useful advice at every stage of the process.’

Key clients

FrenchFood Capital


Equistone Partners Europe


Lion Capital


Lauxera Capital Partners


Eurazeo


Holdco SAS


GTT Communications, Inc.


Jolt Capital


Cerba HealthCare


Committed Advisors


Rossignol


Sagard


Ready Education, Inc.


Tikehau Ace Capital


Tikehau Capital


IK Partners


Mentor


Work highlights


  • Advised Lion Capital on the tax aspects of the refinancing of the Picard group.
  • Advised IK Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of International Correspondence Schools Holdings Limited from Primary Capital Partners LLP and certain management sellers, through Skill & You.
  • Advised Holdco SAS on the financing of the simplified public tender offer for iliad SA shares launched by HoldCo II, a holding company controlled by HoldCo.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s tax team mainly focuses on advising companies and private equity investors on the structuring of their deals. The team assists a prominent client base, which includes private equity funds for which it handles a high volume of mid to large-cap LBOs. The practice also has strong ability in the management of large cross-border transactions. The team also represents clients facing tax audits, notably in relation to transfer pricing issues. Managing partner Xenia Legendre heads the practice, which includes the Ludovic Geneston and counsel Thomas Claudel.

Practice head(s):

Xenia Legendre


Other key lawyers:

Ludovic Geneston; Thomas Claudel


Testimonials

‘The team has a very good understanding of issues raised and clients’ needs, with an approach that is both technical and pragmatic, enabling them to fully meet expectations.’

‘Thomas Claudel, counsel, perfectly meets clients’ needs by being both technical and pragmatic.’

‘Thomas Claudel is brilliant. He simply explains complex issues and finds creative solutions to ad hoc problems.’

Key clients

ID Logistics


EDF


2M Promotion / Mat Immo Beaune


TowerBrook Capital Partners L. P.


Cathay Capital and Sagard NewGen


Tikehau Capital


Apax Partners


Kamet Ventures


Gimv


Andera Partner


IDI


Work highlights


  • Advising 2M Promotions SAS and Mat Immo Beaune SAS on the sale of its stake in Groupe Opaline to Colisée Group.
  • Advised ID Logistics on its acquisition of Kane Logistics in the United States.
  • Advising EDF on the major cross-border restructuring and sale of assets held by Citelum SA in France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Brazil, Chili, Mexico, India and China.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s tax team has a strong reputation among private equity clients. The tax team assists large investment funds with their mid and large cap transactions, including cross-border ones. Practice head Nadine Gelli is a key name and is surrounded by Sonia Bouaffassa, who was promoted to the partnership in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nadine Gelli


Other key lawyers:

Sonia Bouaffassa


Testimonials

‘Nadine Gelli and Sonia Bouaffassa are both excellent practitioners, who offer solutions taking into account international and corporate constraints.’

‘Extraordinary technical mastery.’

‘Nadine Gelli is clearly above the rest with a technical mastery, far above her colleagues on complex subjects, and has a remarkable ability to clearly explain even the most complex subjects.’

‘Nadine Gelli combines both immense professional and personal qualities. Her skills are real and go well beyond the French borders alone.  She makes herself available.’

‘Efficient, creative; ability to think “out of the box”, good international network’.

‘Ability to support clients over time with balanced advice; ability to innovate and resolve difficulties while maintaining a concern for sustainable and reliable tax structures.’

‘Extremely technically competent in the tax transactional field (M&A and similar transactions) and great knowledge of the market, practices and innovations (structuring, guarantees, arrangements); provide highly relevant and useful analysis and decision-making support; conduct effective negotiations.’

‘Nadine Gelli and Sonia Bouaffassa are always available, with a great ability to work within very tight deadlines. They have the ability to discuss both technical points with the tax department and to translate the complexities of tax points and their financial/legal issues to non-specialist interlocutors. Finally, they provide real added value in terms of complex structuring, allowing the client to have realistic and secure options.’

Key clients

Technicolor


IVC Evidensia, a portfolio company of EQT Private Equity


Fortius, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus


Antin Infrastructure Partners


Ares Management


World Quantum Growth Acquisition Corp


Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking


Ethypharm


Kereis (formerly trading as Financière CEP)


Financière DSBG


Warburg Pincus


Wendel


Equistone Partners Europe


Work highlights


  • Advising Technicolor on its spin off and refinancing of the overall company’s debt.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe on the setting up of a newly created single-asset continuation fund for the reinvestment in the Sicame group.
  • Advised IVC Evidensia, a portfolio company of EQT Private Equity, on the acquisition of VetOne group, a group specialising in veterinarian services.

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

Lacourte Raquin Tatar's tax team has a stellar reputation for real estate tax. It advises many leading property investment funds and developers on large asset and portfolio deals, spanning office buildings, towers, shopping malls, hospitality and logistics assets. The team also handles fund structuring work and advises on M&A and private equity deals outside the real estate sector. The highly regarded Jean-Yves Charriau co-heads the practice alongside Julien Souyeaux and David Sorel. Counsel Sophie Duboy-Maurel also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Charriau; Julien Souyeaux; David Sorel


Other key lawyers:

Sophie Duboy-Maurel


Testimonials

‘Unparalleled expertise in real estate tax law’.

‘Jean-Yves Charriau is a key figure; David Sorel is a rising figure, in the succession of Jean-Yves’.

‘Team understands the financial stakes and is able to transcribe in a very comprehensible way the financial / tax / accounting impacts of a decision (in particular by avoiding lengthy notes but with very clear Excel tables).’

‘Jean-Yves Charriau is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers on the market in terms of real estate taxation in particular. His understanding of financial issues makes him a definite asset.’

‘Jean-Yves Charriau: quality of advice, reliability and flawless investment.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the real estate market and its practices; excellent technical skills and ability to propose innovative and creative solutions; excellent pro-activity and responsiveness; always available. For me, it is the best team on the market’.

Key clients

Vinci Immobilier


Allianz Group


Poste Immo (La Poste Group)


Axa


Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield


Ivanhoé Cambridge


JP Morgan Asset Management


Korian


Aermont Capital LLP


Lasalle Investment Management


MCS & Associés


SFL


Immobel


Tishman Speyer


Quartus


Antin Infrastructure


Gulf Islamic Investments (GII)


Almaviva Santé


Clarion Partners Europe


Prologis


Viparis


KKR real estate


Work highlights


  • Advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on the sale of 45% of the shares in the entity owning the shopping mall Westfield Carré Sénart to Société Générale Assurances and BNP Paribas Cardif.
  • Advised Covéa and AEW on the setting-up of a French specialised financing vehicle with sub-funds, dedicated to Covéa entities and managed by AEW.
  • Advised Compagnie des Alpes on the negotiation and execution of an offer relating to the acquisition by Compagnie des Alpes of 85% of the shares of MMV SAS, holding of the MMV group.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI has a good-sized team. The tax team has a strong transactional practice and also provides strategic advice to multinationals and private clients, often in an international environment. The tax team is also increasingly advising on large M&A and private equity deals, often working alongside the firm’s corporate team. The team also handles litigation work for major international and domestic clients. The practice is led by Antoine Vergnat and includes Romain Desmonts, who was promoted to partner in early 2023, and counsel Côme de Saint Vincent.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Vergnat


Testimonials

‘Very good team for translating US tax complexities into French issues. Reactive and efficient.’

Key clients

Colisée


Vivalto Santé


Ardian


Raise


Idemia


Andera Partners


Five Arrows Principal Investment (FAPI)


Campari Group


IK Partners


Fabernovel


MML Capital Partners


Amundi Private Equity Funds


Vallourec


Eurazeo


Work highlights


  • Advised Colisée, 4th largest nursing home group in France, on the acquisition of the SGMR nursing home group, operating under the tradename “Les Opalines”.
  • Advising Ardian, through its fund Ardian Expansion V, on its acquisition of Group RG.
  • Advising Campari group on the acquisition of Baron Philippe de Rotschild Distribution and of Lallier.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's team is regularly entrusted by leading investment funds and financial institutions, as well as several large companies seeking high-level advice. The team works on complex issues, providing strategic advice to private equity funds and family offices on tax structuring, management incentives and carried interest matters. It also advises on corporate and complex asset transactions, notably in the energy and aviation sectors, and has particular expertise advising insurance companies on tax risks associated with transactions. Antoine Colonna d’Istria heads the team. Associate Mathieu Jung also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Colonna d’Istria


Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Jung


Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and a true trusted adviser.’

‘Antoine Colonna D’Istria is our first choice adviser in France who provides clear advice, straight to the point.’

Key clients

TotalEnergies SE


Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co


Natixis


Major French banks (Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole)


123 IM/Sandaya


Elopak


Icen Risk


Work highlights


  • Advising French energy company TotalEnergies SE on a synthetic infrastructure agreement with Global Infrastructure Partners in connection with its 27.5 per cent interest in the Gladstone LNG Project in Queensland.
  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on the structuring of its new French investment as well as on the day-to-day management of several portfolios.
  • Advising Norwegian group Elopak, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carton food packaging, on the acquisition of 100% of Naturepak Beverage Packaging.

Orrick

Orrick's tax team regularly advises major US and French companies on M&A and internal reorganisation issues. The firm has a strong presence in the IT and infrastructure sectors. It assists a number of US, French and European unicorns and startups with M&A, fundraising and restructuring deals notably through Anne-Sophie Kerfant. Also active in the field of transactional tax, Jessie Gaston advises on M&A and private equity transactions. She also has specific expertise advising insurers on insuring tax risks, recently advising on a highly strategic energy transaction. The tax team is also noted for its litigation expertise which is increasingly sought out by leading French corporations to assist with strategic tax audit and litigation through practice head Laurent Olléon.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Olléon


Other key lawyers:

Anne-Sophie Kerfant; Jessie Gaston


Testimonials

‘Strong litigation skills.’

‘The team is very diligent and keeps the deal moving forward while making sure details are not missed.’

‘Engaged, informed, efficient, responsible advice.’

‘Jessie Gaston – eminently qualified, disciplined, client-oriented, spirited and insightful.’

‘An extremely professional and competent team, which proposes clear, efficient and innovative solutions’.

‘The tax team and in particular Anne-Sophie Kerfant excels in the fields of venture capital and fundraising, in line with the firm’s thriving corporate practice in that area.’

 ‘The team has a very strong knowledge of the local tax regulations and a very good understanding of the IT sector as well.’

‘Anne-Sophie Kerfant has the ability to understand very quickly customers’ needs and she makes her best effort to meet very tight deadlines. We work very closely with her and we strongly recommend her. She is very professional.’

Key clients

3i European Operation Projects Fund


AIG Europe


Akiem


Alan


Anaplan


Axa-REIM France


Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance


BNP Paribas


BPCE Group


BT Group


Cajoo Technology SAS


Carrefour


Cisco Systems


Claranova


Danone


Dassault Systèmes


Dataiku


DIF


Engie


Equinix Hyperscale 1 Holdings BV


Groupe Vendome


Hachette Livre


JCDecaux


L’Oréal


LVMH


Maybourne Hotels Group


Natixis


Pasqual


Renault


RTE


Sellsy


SIACI Saint Honoré


SNCF


Société Générale


Sorare


Tenergie


Tokio Marine hcc


Veolia Environnement


Vivendi


Wildenstein


Work highlights


  • Advised L’Oréal on the tax aspects of its € 8.9 billion strategic transaction by Nestlé.
  • Advising Ardian Infrastructure, in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in GreenYellow.
  • Assisting BNP Paribas with their major VAT and corporate income tax disputes.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has excellent capabilities in the field of LBO and private equity. The tax team, which often combines forces with its M&A counterparts, assists a prominent client base of French and international investment funds with the structuring of mid to large-cap private equity transactions, areas where Allard de Waal and of counsel Thomas Pulcini are particularly strong. Bruno Leroy and of counsel Damien Fenard provide strong complementary general tax advice to corporations and companies' management, spanning tax reorganisation, R&D, transfer pricing, transactional work, tax audit and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Leroy; Allard de Waal


Other key lawyers:

Thomas Pulcini; Damien Fenard


Testimonials

‘Very competent and available team’.

‘Allard de Waal and Thomas Pulcini are extremely competent, “solution-driven” and always very available. Very very good united and efficient team’.

Key clients

Red Bull France


GGB


A2MAC1


Everaxis


Technetics


Leone Kapital and i-Kapital


Fairbanks Morse


Peters Surgical


Jifmar Offshore Services


Groupe Sterne


Bpifrance


Amundi Private Equity Funds


Socadif


Ardian Expansion


Tikehau Investment Management


Astorg


EQT


Cerba Healthcare


Equistone Partners Europe


Keensight Capital


Andera Partners


Siparex


Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s tax team has excellent transactional tax expertise. The group often assists its Parisian and international corporate and finance counterparts with the handling of tax aspects of deals. It regularly advises leading French banks on their strategic tax M&A and corporate work, as well as leading companies and investment funds on their domestic or cross-border transactions. The tax team also has strong knowledge advising banks on large French, European and US bond issuances. Practice head Niels Dejean is a strong name in the field, with counsel Anne-Sophie Maes and associate Charles Filleux-Pommerol being two other key members, regularly playing a lead part in key transactions.

Practice head(s):

Niels Dejean


Other key lawyers:

Anne-Sophie Maes; Charles Filleux-Pommerol


Testimonials

‘Very technical team and on the ball. Very good knowledge of the files.’

‘The team can intervene in different areas of taxation, with a complete analysis of a subject (legal, accounting, French and European case law). The technical analysis is very sharp compared to other firms.’

‘The lawyers in charge of the file (Niels Dejean, Benjamin Lambert and Anne-Sopgie Maes) have a very specialized profile in taxation and a great capacity for analysis in various issues.’

Key clients

Schneider Electric


Bpifrance


Mubadala


ICG


Trail


Société Générale


Altice


BNPP


Florac


LBO France


Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its excellent expertise in the fields of real estate tax and fund formation. The tax team, working hand-in-hand with the fund formation practice, assists with the structuring and fundraising of large cap funds alongside top asset management firms. It handles tax matters relating to sectors including energy, infrastructure, real estate, environment and urban development. Additionally, the tax team also advises leading real estate funds on large asset and portfolio transactions, including offices, logistics and hospitality assets. Practice head Chloë Nessim and senior associate Jérémie Yéni are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Chloë Nessim


Other key lawyers:

Jérémie Yéni


Testimonials

‘The tax team in Paris combines an undeniably high level of expertise and has the humility required to be able to say “this is new, we need to look into it”. The team is also good at thinking out of the box, at imagining potential solutions and, more recently, has shown a genuine willingness to co-construct solutions in collaboration with other specialized firms in France and the UK.’

‘A very pragmatic approach, a desire to fully understand business/technical needs and constraints before providing a tax response and great flexibility.’

‘Chloë Nessim and Jérémie Yéni are flexible and close to business issues.’

Key clients

Valor Real Estate Partners


Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity


Infravia Capital Partners


Meridiam


RGreen Invest


Quaero Capital


Generali Global Infrastructure


Mark


Assembly


Weinberg Capital Partner


Morgan Stanley


Goldman Sachs


Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Work highlights


  • Advised Union Investment on the acquisition of a property located at 59 Boulevard Haussmann (Paris 8th).
  • Advised MARK on the sale of the shares of the company owning the Pershing Hall building, a property located 49 Pierre Charron street (Paris 8th).
  • Advised Valor Real Estate Partner on the sale of a pan-European real estate portfolio for circa €1 billion.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Thomas Perrot provides key support to the firm’s M&A practice. The tax team often advises on the structuring of complex large transactions, often cross-border ones or with strong US components. It advises prominent French corporations, as well as investment funds and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Perrot


Testimonials

‘Thomas Perrot is a reference on the French market, and has an incomparable and recognized expertise in tax law, particularly applied to bond financing. He benefits from solid transactional skills and knows how to best navigate the complexities of a deal.’

‘Very international team, specialized in American operations.’

‘Thomas Perrot is a highly competent professional on American tax matters.’

‘Thomas Perrot in particular is excellent – both technically and in his ability to understand commercial objectives.’

Key clients

Acofi


Air France-KLM


Axa XL


Axian Group


Capgemini


Coty Inc


Criteo SA


Daimler-Mercedez Benz AG


F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A.


Financière Lhoist France SAS


Haivision Systems Inc


Iliad


L’Occitane International SA


LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.E.


Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP)


Pfizer


Silver Lake Partners


Sodelho


Willis Towers Watson plc


Work highlights


  • Representing Air France-KLM in connection with a definitive agreement entered into with Apollo Global Management, whereby Apollo-managed funds and entities will make a €500 million investment into an ad hoc operating affiliate of Air France that will own a pool of spare engines dedicated to the airline’s Engineering and Maintenance activities.
  • Advising Pfizer Inc. in connection with an equity investment by Pfizer in Valneva SE, a French speciality vaccine biotech listed on Euronext Paris and on Nasdaq.
  • Advised Perella Weinberg Partners LP on its merger with FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV at an enterprise value of $975 million.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has high-level capabilities in the field of private equity. The tax team, which works in close combination with the corporate department, advises many leading private equity funds on large-cap to jumbo LBOs. It also assists growth capital funds and sometimes acts for the company or management in deals. The tax practice also regularly handles large M&A transactions, including recently advising on a strategic deal in the energy sector. Edouard de Lamy is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Edouard de Lamy


Testimonials

‘Responsive, flexible, creative and up to date with the latest market trends’.

‘Very high quality team, who consistently provides commercial, practical and market leading advice under high pressure circumstances. Not cheap, but if you are willing to pay for their service they will give you top-notch legal advice.’

‘They are very pragmatic and easy to deal with. No long essay emails, they know us well and what matters to us.’

Key clients

Montagu Private Equity


Eurazeo


Groupe Casino


Altarea


Groupe Paprec


Adagia Capital Europe


Clayton Dubillier & Rice


Icon Infrastructure


Infravia


3i


Capza Expansion


Providence Strategic Growth


Work highlights


  • Advised Montagu Private Equity and a consortium of investors comprising Partners Group, Téthys Invest and BPI for purposes of the tax structuring of the acquisition of HTL from Bridgepoint.
  • Advised Casino on the tax aspects of the sale of its stake in Floa Bank to BNP Paribas.
  • Advised Groupe Cerba and its management in the context of the investment of EQT into the group.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's tax team provides key support to the firm’s corporate practice, where it advises on large M&A and private equity deals. The tax team is also in high demand in the capital markets and banking fields. It recently worked on complex transactions, including advising on Europe’s largest de-SPAC deal in the entertainment sector and on large IPOs. The tax practice also works with the restructuring and real estate departments and is increasingly involved alongside investors regarding investments made in tech companies. The practice is co-headed by Alexandre Ippolito and Estelle Philippi.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Ippolito; Estelle Philippi


Testimonials

 

 

Key clients

Forvia Faurecia


Gapave


Angelo Gordon


Liberty Global


Mérieux


Ebro Foods


Bpifrance


Korian


DEE Tech


Accor Acquisition Company


EPSA


Goldman Sachs


Believe


Antin Infrastructure Partners


Cube Infrastructure


Peugeot Frères Industrie


Work highlights


  • Advising Pegasus Entrepreneurs and its sponsors Tikehau Capital, Financière Agache, CEO Pierre Cuilleret, Jean-Pierre Mustier and Diego De Giorgi on its de-SPACing with FL Entertainment.
  • Advising Forvia Faurecia on the acquisition of HELLA through a tender offer.
  • Advising Eurazeo in connection with its investment in the Sevetys Group, one of the largest groups of veterinary clinics in France.

Arkwood SCP

Arkwood SCP has established itself as a key destination in the wealth management space and is routinely retained by multinational family controlled groups, entrepreneurs, investment funds, insurance companies, and ultra-high net worth families and individuals. The team often works in a very international context and assists clients in relation to estate planning, including assisting with litigation issues, wealth management, succession and corporate matters. The practice also regularly assists wealth insurance groups with the structuring of their tax products. Practice head Stéphanie AuférilMarine DupasMichaël Khayat, Julien Riahi and Arnaud Tailfer are noted.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Auféril


Other key lawyers:

Marine Dupas; Michaël Khayat; Julien Riahi; Arnaud Tailfer


Testimonials

‘The Arkwood team is of exceptional quality. Each partner demonstrates exceptional competence combined with notable commercial qualities.’

‘Stéphanie Auféril is a brilliant lawyer with exceptional skills. The relationship she maintains with her clients attests to her exceptional personal qualities. It combines expertise and teaching, a decisive point for clients.’

‘Availability, efficiency, great friendliness, competitive pricing, very good communicators and teachers’

Work highlights


  • Advised the French founders of a unicorn valued at $3 billion sold to a US company.
  • Advised a French family group valued at €200 million on implementing a new governance model that involves a transfer of ownership to the next generation.
  • Advised a Saudi billionaire on a corporate restructuring involving Switzerland and Italy to benefit from the advantages of the bilateral tax treaty on his real estate investments.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP's compact tax team shows a good range of coverage in the field of transactional tax. Acting alongside the corporate and finance departments, the team assists managers and investment funds with the structuring of their investments, while also being active advising lenders and borrowers on the financing of their transactions. The team also has a strong know-how in real estate tax. It recently advised on large asset and portfolio transactions, notably in the logistics sector, while also providing tax advice in relation to several of France’s offshore wind projects. Emmanuelle Pontnau-Faure heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Pontnau-Faure


Testimonials

‘Great proof of ingenuity and availability.’

‘Emmanuelle Pontnau-Faure Lawyer is very available and shows great ingenuity in her responses to the tax authorities.’

‘Team’s great experience and track record are the most important factors to know.’

Key clients

Permira


Bpifrance


CEIDF Mezzanine


Schelcher Prince Gestion


CEHDF Mezzanine


Arcmont Asset Management


Klee Group


Mastern and La Française REM


The managers of the Chryso Group


A consortium of major international sponsors


AFV Acciaierie Beltrame S.P.A.


Sevetys (Vet Dev Group)


Oaktree Capital Management


Work highlights


  • Advised the mezzanine lenders consisting of CEIDF Mezzanine, Schelcher Prince Gestion, CEHDF Mezzanine and Arcmont Asset Management on the tax aspects of the financing of the acquisition of Atlas for Men by Motion Equity Partners from Latour Capital.
  • Advised the shareholders of Klee Group in the context of the minority investment by an LBO fund called MBO & Co, in the Service branch of Klee Group.
  • Advised La Française REM on behalf of Korean investors on the tax aspects of the acquisition and of the financing of a French logistics portfolio composed of 9 last mile logistics buildings rented to Amazon.

AYACHE

AYACHE's team combines expertise in transactional tax and private client matters. In the first area, Bruno Erard and counsel Laurent Bibaut assist large and mid-cap private equity funds with their LBO and investment in SMID-cap transactions. They also advise companies and the management. Jacques Messeca has a strong presence in the football area, where he notably assists top footballers with managing their tax issues. He also advises non-sporting private clients on their various wealth management, tax investments and tax audit issues.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Erard; Jacques Messeca


Other key lawyers:

Laurent Bibaut


Testimonials

‘The team works in close collaboration with the other departments of the firm, which facilitates the processing of matters. This is an asset to meet customer expectations.’

‘Great use of information technology to communicate and manage remotely.’

‘Perfect knowledge of real estate estate taxation. Great responsiveness and strong work abilities. Precise and relevant argumentation. Quality of writing. Great listening skills.’

‘Reactive, precise while being business minded’.

‘Business sense with the right balance between risk management and impact for society’.

Key clients

ICG


EDF


Chausson Matériaux


HOLDER Groupe Ladurée


Groupe Premium


FCDE


ISAI


SAGARD & SAGARD New Gen


TOWERBROOK


La Foir’Fouille


CAPZA


WATERLAND


Dior


Work highlights


  • Advised CAPZA in the context of its acquisition (LBO) of Wifirst.
  • Advised Towerbrook in connection with the tax structuring of their acquisition of Uperio.
  • Advised SAGARD in the context of the minority acquisition of Audensiel.

BDGS Associés

Headed by Guillaume Jolly, BDGS Associés’ tax team has strong ability in the field of tax M&A and private equity. Acting alongside the corporate department, the tax practice assists a prominent client base of French companies and international investment funds with the structuring of large public or private M&A transactions. It recently advised on several prominent deals in the French and Spanish energy market.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Jolly


Testimonials

‘Beyond his very specialized knowledge of tax matters, Guillaume Jolly is very pragmatic, innovative and adapts to the constraints of our group. He is also very responsive. He always has the will to bring an operation to a successful conclusion, whatever the constraints.’

‘Experienced and practice-oriented team with good knowledge of current and intended tax trends especially for management-led PE transactions.’

‘Ability to find an excellent compromise between challenges and solutions; a competent team available and efficient; great quality of proposals/negotiating positions that are innovative, strategically relevant and truly expand the options available.’

 ‘Great availability and clear and justified answers.’

‘The responsiveness as well as the skills of the teams is greatly appreciated.’

‘It is a real pleasure to work with Guillaume Joly.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Assurances (Predica)


McArthurGlen


Opengate Capital


French State / Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations


Engie


EIM Capital


Work highlights


  • Advising CDC on the acquisition by a consortium composed of Meridiam, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and Groupe CDC (CDC and its subsidiary CNP Assurances) of strategic assets from Veolia and Suez in the context of Veolia’s public offer for Suez.
  • Advising Engie on the sale of the Equans group, which is specialised in multi-technical solutions, to the Bouygues group.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole Assurances group (CAA) as reference shareholder of Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL), listed on Euronext Paris, on a transaction on SFL’s share capital consisting in the filing by Inmobiliaria Colonial (Colonial), listed on the Madrid and Barcelona stock exchanges and majority shareholder of SFL, of a mixed public offer for SFL.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is highly respected in the field of real estate tax, where it has extensive experience. The tax team often advises leading property investors on large office, residential or logistic deals, where it acts on a stand-alone basis or alongside the firm’s real estate practice. The team also regularly handles M&A tax work for real estate clients, and has also recently advised on a number of renewables energy corporate and fundraising transactions. Christine Daric and Olivier Mesmin are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Christine Daric; Olivier Mesmin


Testimonials

‘Partners are excellent and proactive.’

‘This team is particularly competent and provides high-quality advice.’

‘Olivier Mesmin has been advising our company very effectively for many years and we have complete confidence in him.’

Key clients

CDC Habitat


SEGRO


HIG


Schroders


Whiteberry Partners


TRS


RevCap


Rgreen


Capital Croissance


GCI


Work highlights


  • Advised CDC Habitat on all the French tax aspects of its divestment to CNP Assurances of 85 per cent of the Lamartine fund, managed by Ampère Gestion.
  • Advised SEGRO on the acquisition of several logistics assets located in Paris and Marseille.
  • Advised HIG regarding the sale by SCI Flemming Babylon of one of the biggest properties located in Lyon to a subsidiary of Principal Real Estate.

Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI

Tax boutique Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI handles a wide range of tax issues but is particularly active in the transactional tax area and also has a strong presence in the private equity sphere among managers, CEOs and target companies. It recently advised on a record venture capital deal and regularly assists the management with mid- to large-cap transactions. The team also assists companies with their M&A deals and tax restructuring. Real estate tax and tax litigation and audits are other strong areas of expertise. Thomas CazalsMaxence ManzoRomain PichotBertrand de Saint QuentinPierre Ullmann and Xavier Colard are the practice heads. Virginie Aïdan left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Cazals; Maxence Manzo; Romain Pichot; Bertrand de Saint Quentin; Pierre Ullmann; Xavier Colard


Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness, technique and reliability. The team has experts on all tax topics, particularly in transactional taxation and management incentive packages.’

‘Bertrand de Saint Quentin has extensive expertise in private equity. He combines in-depth technical knowledge with a business sensitivity, making him indispensable for his clients.’

‘Strong technique. Great commitment from partners and associates. Good listening to customers and their expectations. Reactivity and creativity.’

Key clients

Qonto


Comdata Group


Groupe Arnault


Recocash


Safic Alcan


Andera Partners


Biose Industrie


Flowbird


Fiducial


Thalgo Cosmetics


La Poste


AIG


Blackstone


Carlyle


CMA-CGM


Picture Asset Management


LFPI


Rakuten


Kamet Ventures


Ayor


Abiomed


Autodisribution


Mata Capital


Ardian


Intellia Therapeutics


Hopper Inc.


Omnes


Trèves


Serris


Budget Insight


Work highlights


  • Advising Qonto on his record fundraising.
  • Advising the CEO and the management team of Flowbird on the purchase of the company by investment fund Searchlight Capital Partners.
  • Advising the CEO and the management team of Comdata on his association with Konecta.

Cohen & Gresser LLP

At Cohen & Gresser LLP, Franck Le Mentec's practice focuses on managing international tax issues on behalf of companies, private clients and families. The practice is defending a major financial company in a high-profile tax evasion case. It has also been busy recently handling private client litigation.

Practice head(s):

Franck Le Mentec


Key clients

William Brad Pitt


UBS AG


Impala Group


FORACO


Owkin Group


Apple Tree Group


Work highlights


  • Advising UBS AG on the tax aspects of its appeal against the decision rendered by the French criminal court in February 2019 that applied a fine of EUR 4.5 billion to UBS AG for money laundering related to tax evasion.
  • Advising TP Ferro Concesionaria SA in the context of an arbitration led against both the French Republic and the Kingdom of Spain.
  • Advising Brad Pitt on all the corporate and tax aspects of his French assets.

Delaby Dorison Avocats

Boutique tax firm Delaby Dorison Avocats has a solid practice in the private equity field. The team has particularly strong know-how advising companies' management on management incentives packages, notably in the context of mid and large private equity transactions. It is also retained by major investment funds and companies to assist with the tax structuring and due diligence aspects of transactions; Emmanuel Delaby is the key contact here. Sophie Dorison has expertise in the field of wealth management.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Delaby; Sophie Dorison


Key clients

Ardian


Credit Mutuel


Galileo Global Education


Abenex


Groupe Bernard Hayot


Flowbird


Motion Equity Partners


LFPI


Tiama


Siblu


Bertin


Destaing Participations


Alixio


Dentons

Dentons' team grew in 2022 following the arrival Laurence Clot from Bird & Bird, who has expertise acting for insurance and mutual insurance companies with tax corporate and tax specific issues and also has good knowledge of IP tax issues, as well as the promotions of Jérôme Le Berre to the partnership and Fabrice Korenbeusser to counsel. The tax team is able to cover a wide range of issues, spanning litigation, transfer pricing and transactional tax. The team assists a prominent client base in the field of luxury goods, notably with sensitive transfer pricing matters. The practice also has solid transactional corporate and real estate tax expertise. It was recently involved in the structuring of a high-profile public M&A deal and frequently operates with its global colleagues on cross-border matters. Practice head Gianluca CalistiSandra Hazan and Julien Le Guyader are key names.

Practice head(s):

Gianluca Calisti


Other key lawyers:

Sandra Hazan; Jérôme Le Berre; Julien Le Guyader; Laurence Clot


Testimonials

‘Solid, competent, good strategy, combative’.

‘Sandra Hazan has great experience and shows strong availability and knowledge of international aspects.’

‘Competence, proximity, availability, experience’.

‘Sandra Hazan is one of the best professionals in international taxation, particularly in the luxury goods sector. She is available, attentive and friendly.’

‘The tax team is very technical, very agile and very constructive in terms of solutions.’

‘Gianluca Callisti is a very good professional.’

Key clients

AIG


Boston Scientific


Celplast


ITM Entreprises


Katara Hospitality


KKR


Kyowa Kirin Pharma


Laboratoires Théa


Maybourne Hotels Group


Veolia Environnement SA


Work highlights


  • Advised H.A.C. Pharma in connection with the tax aspects of the acquisition of a minority stake in H.A.C. Pharma by Turenne Santé and BNP Paribas Développement.
  • Advised Lighthouse Capital Management (and its joint venture partner, Resilient REIT, a listed South-African REIT) in connection with the tax structuring of the acquisition of a portfolio of shopping malls in France from Wereldhave N.V.
  • Advised CityVision B.V. in connection with the implementation of a cross-border reverse merger.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLPBruno Knadjian has a great capacity to deal with a wide range of matters. The practice provides key support to the firm’s transactional M&A and debt capital markets departments. The tax team recently worked on major domestic transactions in the banking, renewable energy and telecoms infrastructure sectors. It was also involved in some large DCM transactions. In addition, the tax team has excellent tax real estate expertise and also handles work related to Africa, notably contentious matters in the oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Knadjian


Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, efficient, very professional team.’

‘Practical. High availability’.

‘The team is practical.’

Key clients

AFD Technologies/Hartwood


Amarenco


Air Liquide


Altran Technologies


Boluda


CDS Group


Cellnex Telecom


EssilorLuxottica


Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson


Green Investment Group


Groupe SEB


La Française Real Estate


MCA Group


Oracle France


SAMSIC


SOS Oxygen


Stago


Teleperformance


EasyJet


Work highlights


  • Advised BNP Paribas on its acquisition of Floa Bank and its long-term commercial partnership with Casino and Cdiscount.
  • Advised Korian on the conclusion of a long-term real estate investment agreement with several BAE Systems Pension Funds.
  • Advised SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. (SBRG) on the sale of its French subsidiary SoftBank Robotics Europe (SBRE).

Jeantet

Jeantet has a solid tax team, which notably advises major investment funds on the structuring of tax M&A and private equity transactions. The tax practice, which often works alongside the corporate team, recently provided advice on deals in relating to insurance, streaming services and aviation. The tax team also assists companies and asset management firms with tax restructuring work and litigation. Jacques-Henry de Bourmont is the practice head. Counsel Gabriel di Chiara is also a key member. Vincent Lazimi joined the practice in October 2023 from DWF (France) AARPI.

Practice head(s):

Jacques-Henry de Bourmont


Other key lawyers:

Gabriel di Chiara; François-Xavier Simeoni; Vincent Lazimi


Testimonials

‘The tax and corporate teams work very close; correct advice.’

‘Gabriel di Chiara and François-Xavier Simeoni are always available to discuss any tax matter, and provide valuable advice.’

‘They are very well known on the market.’

‘Preparation. Speed. Availability.’

‘Strong team across the board, especially in tax.’

‘Gabriel di Chiara is fantastic : responsive, technically accurate and delivered clear advice.’

Key clients

OTTO GROUP


GENERALI


NATIXIS


INVESCO REAL ESTATE


KINGFISHER


BEY MEDIAS


Metropolitan Filmexport


Jeausserand Audouard

Jeausserand Audouard combines personal and corporate tax expertise. The firm excels at advising the management of companies on private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions. The team handles a high amount of work and has recently advised on the tax aspects of several LBO transactions. It was also recently involved in a major IPO alongside the management of a company. The practice is co-headed by Jérémie JeausserandTristan AudouardPascal Gour and Carole Furst, as well as Sarah Espasa-Mattei, who focuses on tax litigation where she represents leading corporations and banks.

Practice head(s):

Tristan Audouard; Jérémie Jeausserand; Pascal Gour; Carole Furst; Sarah Espasa-Mattei


Testimonials

Highly committed and available.’

Key clients

ALMAVIVA SANTE


WOONOZ


ARTEFACT


TVH CONSULTING


MARLINK


VALGO


CARAT CAPITAL


KEM ONE


NOVASEP


IMMR


LABORATOIRES AUDEVARD


OVHCLOUD


FONCIA


CROMOLOGY


FORSEE POWER


ALLIANCE MARINE


BOUYGUES GROUPE


AUTOFORM


POSSIBLE FUTURE (EX FRENCH BUREAU)


STOKOMANI


SYNACKTIV


ALLIANCE ELECTRONICS


GROUPE ORYX (PROPRIETES-PRIVEES)


ETANCO


CULTURESPACES


LV OVERSEAS


SITES


SOFIA DEVELOPPEMENT


ONDURA (ONDULINE, ALWITRA, CB)


GSF


BASERRIA (MAISON LARTIGUE & FILS)


L’ECOLE FRANCAISE


LEETCHI.COM (MANGOPAY)


HORIZON SOFTWARE


GROUPE THOIRY


LATECOERE


ALBIOMA


QUBIT PARMACEUTICALS


HAVEA GROUP


Work highlights


  • Advising the Klaba family, founders of the OVHcloud group, Europe’s leading provider of cloud computing services, on the company’s admission to the regulated market of Euronext Paris.
  • Advising the management of Foncia, a leading residential real estate services group, on the sale of a minority stake by Partners Group.
  • Assisting the management of the GSF group, one of the French leaders in cleaning and hygiene, in the context of an LBO with Towerbrook.

Jones Day

Jones Day's tax team handles a whole range of transactional tax matters. The team particularly stands out for its ability to assist startups and internet companies with their growth transactions. The practice also advises several leading French and European companies on tax transactional issues, including M&A. It worked recently on the carve out of an activity pertaining to a major pharmaceutical company. The tax team also has expertise in the field of energy and real estate transactions, and also regularly advises on fund structuring and financing work. Emmanuel de La Rochethulon and Nicolas André are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel de La Rochethulon; Nicolas André


Testimonials

 ‘The French tax practice is very reliable, both on general tax matters and specific issues faced by a fast-growing tech company. They always provide on-point and business oriented advice. The Paris tax practice can also be trusted with equity incentives and executive compensation matters, and they work seamlessly with their colleagues to make sure that all relevant points are addressed as efficiently as possible.’

‘The integration of the Paris tax practice with the other practices (capital markets, corporate, compliance, labor) is truly impressive. Their internal collaborative approach means that they are up-to-date.’

‘Nicolas André is becoming the go-to lawyer for fast-growing tech companies Recommandations on corporate structuring matters are always very clear and helpful. When discussing with Nicolas and his team, you feel that they always know how to find the right balance between technical advice and business strategy.’

‘Versatile practice led by very competent and accessible partners. Efficiency and pragmatism.’

‘Nicolas André is a business partner, very competent on tax aspects, he knows how to reach out to clients and find answers that are easy to implement.’

Key clients

Tikehau Investment Management


EDF


TotalEnergies


Armor


Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)


Sanofi


ACV Auctions


Swile


Deezer


Nanobiotix


Pigment


Work highlights


  • Advised Tikehau Investment Management on the fundraising of T2 Energy Transition Fund and its co-investment vehicles dedicated to energy transition.
  • Advising EDF on the acquisition of a minority stake in a real estate holding in France.
  • Advised Armor on the acquisition and financing of International Imaging Materials.

King & Spalding LLP

Led by Aurélia De Viry, King & Spalding LLP's practice has a strong focus on stand-alone tax matters, covering real estate, investment funds and litigation. The team advises companies, family offices and investment funds. The team also provides support to the firm’s corporate practice. Of particular note is the arrival of a second partner in Olivier Goldstein, who joined from Reinhart Marville Torre at the end of 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aurelia de Viry


Other key lawyers:

Olivier Goldstein


Testimonials

‘Aurélia de Viry provides prompt and excellent advice, often working late into the evening. She is very knowledgeable regarding French tax law and gives sound practical advice.’

‘Very sharp skills and very aware of new developments.’

‘Aurélia de Viry is a very dynamic lawyer, very “creative” in the search for solutions.’

‘Excellent responsiveness, creativity and rigor in analysis, good risk assessment.’

‘Aurélia de Viry is a very rigorous and extremely dynamic professional, able to support her clients with great efficiency in all areas of tax law.’

‘Aurelia De Viry is very focused, open-minded and expert.’

Key clients

Neotys


France Galop


Sidetrade


DALET


McPhy


EODEN


Banque Mirabeau


ENVEA


Fermentalg


Alex Gambal


Work highlights


  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB) and Société Générale (Gilbert Dupont) on Acticor’s IPO.
  • Advised Banque Mirabaud Luxembourg on the structuring of an investment fund named “Grand Paris”.

KPMG Avocats, France

KPMG Avocats, France is able to draw on a sizeable team in France to advise on transactional tax, international tax, R&D tax, VAT and indirect tax, customs and international trade, mobility and transfer pricing. The practice is regularly retained by large companies and investment funds to conduct tax due diligence on large transactions. The tax practice also advises companies and investors on the tax structuring of deals. Mustapha Oussedrat and Christophe Bergerot are the practice co-heads. Other key names are Sophie Fournier-DedoyardMathieu GautierXavier Houard and Jérome Talleux for transactional and corporate tax. Also recommended is Stéphane Chasseloup, who is an expert in customs law issues. Delphine Capelli and Anne-Laure Benoist were promoted to the partnership in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Oussedrat; Christophe Bergerot


Other key lawyers:

Sophie Fournier-Dedoyard; Mathieu Gautier; Xavier Houard; Jérome Talleux; Stéphane Chasseloup


Testimonials

Good custom tax team.’

‘Stéphane Chasseloup is open-minded, understands the business corporation environment, and is fluent in English.’

Key clients

ICG


CNP Assurances


Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)


Cerba Healthcare


Bouygues


Wendel


Vivalto Partners


KKR


Croix Rouge Française


Work highlights


  • Advised Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on the acquisition of Bolloré Africa Logistics.
  • Advised Bouygues on the €7.1bn acquisition of Equans.
  • Advised Wendel on the €907m sale of Cromology.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats has a sizeable team which routinely handles tax transactional matters. The group has expertise in the field of tax real estate, where it advises investors on the market’s largest transactions alongside the firm’s real estate practice. The team also has a considerable work stream advising on mid-cap transactions in the field of renewables and healthcare. Additionally, the team also handles tax controversy and litigation work, and also advises on mobility and management incentives package deals, often in an international context. The team is headed by Mathieu Selva-Roudon and includes Sandra Fernandes, who is a reference in the field of tax property, Bertrand Galvez and Martine Blanck-Dap, who leads a strong private client practice.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Selva-Roudon


Other key lawyers:

Sandra Fernandes; Bertrand Galvez; Martine Blanck-Dap


Testimonials

‘Sandra Fernandes: availability, business oriented, very good knowledge and understanding of stakes. Always looks for solution.’

‘Strong competence of the tax department. Great ability to explain the ins and outs.’

‘Strong expertise.’

Key clients

AVANTAGE COURTAGE


ELO AUDIO


IMPACT FIELD MARKETING GROUP


SYMRISE


LABORATOIRES DELBERT


MITEM PHARMA


ORANO


BANQUE DES TERRITOIRES


CORSICA SOLE


GINKGO


Opleo Avocats

Opleo Avocats is a popular choice for companies’ management undertaking large LBO transactions. The firm is retained to advise on major transactions in this space and recently assisted the management with a major IPO. Additionally, the team also has expertise in managing sensitive tax litigation regarding managers’ tax incentives packages. The team combines corporate and personal tax advice expertise and also advises private clients on tax planning. The practice is co-headed by Pierre-Olivier BERNARD  and Aude CHARTIER.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Olivier Bernard; Aude Chartier


Testimonials

‘Seriousness, professionalism and responsiveness.’

‘A relationship of trust.’

Racine

Racine has a very solid team, able to handle a wide range of matters. The practice, which combines personal and corporate tax expertise, routinely assists founders, individual shareholders and companies' management, as well as companies and investment funds. The tax team recently completed cutting-edge work in the field of SPACs; advising on the creation and IPO listing of several SPACs, and more recently on de-SPAC deals by way of a merger. The tax team also handles M&A and private equity tax work. It is also recognised for its real estate tax expertise. The practice is co-headed by Fabrice Rymarz, Xavier Rollet and public law professor Marc Pelletier, who joined in 2022 from Frenkel & Associés to handle tax litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Rollet; Fabrice Rymarz; Marc Pelletier


Testimonials

‘Constant delivery of high performance work throughout the whole process even in complex and intense matters’.

‘High level of services’.

‘High commitment, dedication, profound knowledge and experienced team members’.

‘High technical skills, ability to find concrete solutions and manage very complex files, sense of customer service.’

‘Very diligent, collaborative and responsive team.’

Key clients

Weinberg Capital Partners


Bain Capital Credit


ARA Europe


G.A.C. Group.


Tristan Capital Partners


Braxton Asset Management


SFO Capital Partners


SPAC I2PO


SPAC 2MX ORGANIC


Airmob Group


Hemisphere


Blackfire.io


Work highlights


  • Advised I2PO on its merger by absorption of Deezer, a global music streaming platform.
  • Advised Weinberg Capital Partners on the acquisition of the office building located at 22 rue Bayen in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
  • Advised the founder and the management in connection with the reorganisation of the capital of G.A.C. Group.

Scotto Partners

Scotto Partners excels at advising companies' management on the structuring of their managers' incentive tax packages during large LBO and corporate transactions undertaken by leading investment funds. The tax team works on the largest transactions in that area. It also advises companies' management on the tax restructuring of incentive packages. Jérôme Commerçon heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Commerçon


Testimonials

‘Jérôme Commerçon’s tax team is well organized and supports well management teams.’

‘Jérôme Commerçon is an excellent technician who demonstrates great pragmatism, which allows transactions to progress serenely.’

Key clients

Greenyellow


Imerys HTS


Arkopharma


Mail in Black


Linxis


Kiloutou


Lapeyre


Diot-Siaci


Adista


Wifirst


Akuo


Molotov


Minitubes


Vinventions


Agora Technologies


+Simple


Rydoo


Aquilus


ISGA


Eidosmedia


Work highlights


  • Advising the managers and founders of Greenyellow on the sale by Casino of its majority stake to Ardian Infrastructure.
  • Advised the management team of Siaci on its purchase of Siaci.
  • Advised the founder and the management team on the purchase by Capza of Amundi and BPI’s stake.

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Viguié Schmidt & Associés' tax team works in close cooperation with the firm’s corporate department. The practice handles a good variety of transactional tax work. It advises on standard mid-cap to complex and larger M&A transactions. The group also regularly assists venture funds with their investments as well as investment funds and managers with private equity deals. Clients include French and international companies. Practice head Christel Alberti is highly regarded. She is supported by senior associate  Maxence Dubois.

Practice head(s):

Christel Alberti


Testimonials

‘Technical and reliable advice, agility and responsiveness.’

‘The team is very competent.’

‘The tax law team demonstrates a great deal of professionalism and pragmatism. The team also demonstrates great technicality and is extremely available.’

‘Christel Alberti is always available, shows great rigor and responsiveness in sometimes very urgent requests and her advice is always supported by flawless technical knowledge.’

‘Christel Alberti and Maxence Dubois form a duo of formidable competence in all areas of taxation. Christel Alberti has exceptional drafting skills.’

‘Christel Alberti, beyond her broad and undeniable technical skills, has exceptional writing skills. She is also extremely reassuring. She has an excellent ability to extract from pressures that may exist’.

‘Best value for money.’

‘Availability, clarity and great quality of advice’

Key clients

Alstom


Nextstage AM


Geodis


Galeries Lafayette group


Sibelco


Teneo


Caisse des dépôts et consignation


Sony Music Entertainment France


Calcium Capital


HiPay Group (listed on Euronext)


Vendis Capital


Fimalac Entertainment


Sonepar


Alter Equity


LPCR Groupe (Grandir)


LBO France


Headline (e.ventures)


Astanor


Darewise


IVP (Institutional Venture Partners)


Media Participations


Work highlights


  • Advised Headline (San Francisco based VC fund) in connection with its investment in SORARE.
  • Advised Nexstage AM on its investment in a joint venture holding a significant stake in Eurobio Scientific, listed on Euronext Paris.
  • Advised Alstom on the disposal of its Reichsoffen business to CAF.

VGG & Associés

VGG & Associés's Yann Grolleaud has strong ability in the field of transactional tax, working on a stand-alone basis or alongside the corporate department. The tax team assists prominent entrepreneurs, investment funds, family controlled groups and companies with M&A and private equity deals, as well as with tax restructuring and litigation work. The tax team recently advised on a prominent IPO deal in the entertainment sector and also assisted a prominent French family controlled group with a major acquisition in the US in the beauty care sector.

Practice head(s):

Yann Grolleaud


Testimonials

‘Yann Grolleaud is excellent, especially in litigation.’

Key clients

Financière Lov


Asclepios Capital


Amos Holding


Abénex Capital


Stellantis


Famille C


Lov Group


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's special European counsel Philippe Grudé works hand-in-hand with the firm’s corporate department on the tax structuring of transactions. The tax team regularly advises large private equity funds undertaking large private equity transactions. It is also proficient in an international environment and is also highly knowledgeable in the field of M&A and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Grudé


Key clients

PAI Partners


Adagia Partners


Intermediate Capital Group


Caisse des Dépôts


InVIivo Group


Qualium Investissement


Inipex


Work highlights


  • Advised InVivo Group on the financing of its acquisition of Soufflet Group.
  • Advised Etanco and ICG on a €725 million binding offer to acquire the group by Simpson Manufacturing.
  • Advised Qualium Investissement in connection with the proposed sale of its majority stake in IMV Technologies to Montagu Private Equity and management.

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Xavier Rohmer; Philippe Lorentz


Key clients

FONDATION EURAZEO


FONDATION PARTAGE ET VIE


TRIGANO


SIEMENS AG


ROBECO FRANCE


DEVOTEAM


LIU JO


OGURY LTD


SIA PARTNERS


GROUPE CAHORS


ABF


BIJOUX BURMA SAS


BOTIFY


CATHAY CAPITAL


CHARLES RIVER


COMPAGNIE D’EFFRETEMENT ET DE TRANSPORT


COVEA


CPI GLOBAL


ONET


EYROLLES


GDE ECORE


IPSOS


IST CARDIOLOGY


LABORATOIRES GRIMBERG


LABVANTAGE LIMITED


LA MAISON BLEUE


MICROPOLE


THIBIERGE & COMAR SA


TNP CONSULTANTS


VALTECH


XMCO PARTNERS


YOHJI YAMAMOTO


5M VENTURES


VH 15 NOTAIRES


Berrylaw

Berrylaw

Practice head(s):

Pierre Bouley, Stéphanie Desprez; Paul-Marie Schneider


Testimonials

‘Reactive, great knowledge of files and clients, pragmatism. Great flexibility.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the sector of shareholder families.’

‘An efficient team that knows each other well and acts very quickly in the interests of customers’.

Work highlights


  • Advised LNA Sante on the reorganisation of its share capital and the structuring of a new financing.
  • Advised PSG and SKEEPERS on four strategic acquisitions.
  • Advising AMAZON STUDIO on the management of the French tax incentive on international production for its French projects.

BG2V

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Valot; Jean-Sébastien Dumont


Key clients

CE CAPITAL PARTNERS (TIKEHAU GROUP)


IVC EVIDENSIA


AEROPLAST GROUP


ALTICE


CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS


SOPIC


WESHAREBONDS


GROUPE SCAFF


PHYSITEK DEVICES


EDF


EDF


Chammas & Marcheteau

Practice head(s):

Christophe Moreau


Testimonials

‘Accurate. Straight to the point. Business-oriented.’

‘High quality team.’

‘Christophe Moreau: good expertise in corporate taxation’.

Key clients

CS Group


Bpifrance


Amundi


Neoxam


Orange Digital Venture


Extens


Afrincinvest Europe


NCI Gestion


Immobilière Dassault


Edmond Rothschild Private Equity


Babyzen


Innovafonds


Nextstage


Epopee Gestion


Snap On


Azulis


AdBio


Ecotree


Educapital


Andera


Anaxago


Siemens


Krono-Safe


Wavy


Work highlights


  • Advised Andera on the tax structuring of its €150 million Andera Smart Infra 1 infrastructure fund.
  • Advised ZEN on the tax aspects of the sale of its shares to Stokke.
  • Advised Krono-Safe in respect of the tax aspects of the sale of its branch, Krono-Safe Automotive, to Aptiv.

Couderc Dinh & Associés

Practice head(s):

Christian Couderc; Emmanuel Dinh; Hervé-Antoine Couderc


Other key lawyers:

Bertrand Daresnes


Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness and availability. Result oriented’.

‘A hyper-responsive, efficient and extremely ingenious team. Top notch advice.’

‘Emmanuel Dinh is a top tax lawyer. His collaborator Bertrand Daresnes is particularly brilliant and committed.’

Key clients

Karl Lagerfeld Heirs


HM Finance and Hervé Matuszewski


AEF (Atlantic Entrepreneur Fund)


Kitsuné


Groupe CA Traiteur & Salaisons


Gilbert et Thierry Costes


Work highlights


  • Advising some of the largest family groups, family offices, and investment funds in the world to secure their assets and their fortunes.
  • Advising on the succession of Karl Lagerfeld, which involves the resolution of a major tax dispute.
  • Advised HM Finance, owner of Sepur, as well as Hervé Matuszewski, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and founder of the company, in the context of the acquisition of Sepur by Cube IM.

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Sophie Blégent-Delapille; Thomas Perrin; Vanessa Irigoyen; Christina Melady; Arnaud Mourier; Lucille Chabanel; Grégoire de Vogüé


Other key lawyers:

Olivier Venzal; François Pierson; Ariane Châteaux


Testimonials

‘Innovative, pragmatic, collaborative, reactive’.

‘The team has a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects and not just tax aspects of matters, with a good understanding of issues faced by the business sector’.

‘François Pierson shows availability, responsiveness and adaptability’.

‘The team listens to customers and adopts a long-term vision’.

‘Ariane Châteaux knows how to maintain a perfect customer relationship. She takes a real interest in her interlocutors.’

Key clients

General Atlantic


GIP/ Suez


D’Ieteren Group


Mayoly Spindler


Altice SA


CVC Capital Partners


Blackstone


Apax Partners


InfraVia Capital Partners


Janssen Cilag


Delsol Avocats

Practice head(s):

Jean-François Defudes; Mathieu Le Tacon; Julien Monsenego; Frédéric Subra


Testimonials

‘Outstanding technical skills. High quality work and responsiveness.’

‘Proximity and responsiveness.’

‘In-depth knowledge of tax incentive mechanisms related to technology in France and more generally of intellectual property.’

‘Attention to customers, very sharp technical knowledge.’

Key clients

BMG Group


Cyclable


Dentsu


Evolem


Financière Tiepolo


FoxIntelligence


Holnest


Rhône-Alpes PME


Runa Capital


Santé Cie


Zalando


Work highlights


  • Advising Holnest on exclusive negotiations with Eagle Football Holdings in the perspective of the acquisition by the latter of a majority stake in OL Groupe.
  • Advised Demeter Investment Managers, CDC and CMA CGM Ventures on Telaqua’s fundraising.
  • Advised Financière Tiepolo on its merger with J. de Demandolx Gestion.

Desfilis

Practice head(s):

Eglantine Lioret


Other key lawyers:

Valérie Farez; Caroline Astoux, Laure Vacher, Gaëlle Surmely


Testimonials

‘Valérie Farez and Laure Vacher deal with complex tax issues with ease. They offered practical and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Valérie Farez is clearly extremely smart, but also a genuinely nice person to work with. She is now our go-to lawyer for complex French tax advice.’

‘Close-knit team and coordinated action providing great availability and strong responsiveness.’

Key clients

SICAME


SC CONVICTIONS IMMOBILIERES


UBS-DEO


OPCI SOFIDY PIERRE EUROPE


SELECTIRENTE


OPCI SOREF 1


OMNIUM FINANCES


KINGSTREET


POMONA


FRIAL


GAÏA GROUP


AIR PARTNER INTERNATIONAL


Work highlights


  • Advised SICAME funders on a €500m deal.
  • Advising Air Partner International’s French subsidiary before the French tax authorities concerning a tax audit which challenged the VAT regime on international, Corsica and domestic flights chartered by API.
  • Advised OMNIUM FINANCES on the acquisition of a majority stakeholder in Colocatere group.

DWF (France) AARPI

Practice head(s):

Vincent Lazimi


Testimonials

‘ Vincent Lazimi on international private client matters knows how to effectively mitigate the French tax exposures; he is an expert in his field.’

‘Vincent is very responsive, completely up to date with all aspects of French law and provides great service.’

Eight Advisory Avocats

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Rembry; Hubert Christophe


Testimonials

‘High availability. Analytical skills. Deal driven’.

‘Involvement and availability. Good level.’

Key clients

Bain Capital


Ardian


Capza


Eurazeo


Engie


Cube Infrastructure


Vauban Infrastructure


For Talents


Inetum


Talan


Imerys


Omnes Education


Spie


OVHCloud


ID Logistics


2MX Organic (Teract)


Wendel


Fedrigoni


Predica Prévoyance Dialogue du Crédit Agricole


Work highlights


  • Advised Bain Capital (tax due diligence and modelling) on the acquisition of Inetum from Mannai Corporation.
  • Advised Imerys (tax structuring and tax due diligence) on the carve-out and sale of its High Temperature Solutions business.
  • Advised Ardian (tax due diligence) on the acquisition of GreenYellow from Casino.

Everlaw&Tax

Practice head(s):

Vincent Renoux; Catherine de Manneville; Isabelle Savin


Key clients

1.2.3. Venture


Alberta Ferreti


Alexandre Vauthier


Ariston


Artal


Azzaro


Ba&sh


Barilla France


Beaubourg Audiovisuel


Biolog


Biscuit International


Breitling


Bristol


C.W.F.


Christophe Lemaire


Comviva


Consort


Crêches Attitude


Crédit Mutuel Arkéa


CVE


Devoteam


Dexxon


DSI


Eleven Paris


Engie


Eucelia


Euro Ressources


Expléo


Fauchon


Feau Boiseries


Fime


Finindusco (Groupe Tranchant)


Fondation de France


Gyminvest


Groupe Sebbin


Heinz


Hermes International


History Group


Hive


Hôtel Castille


Humens


Iamgold


Ingie Paris


Iniciativas


Inter Invest


Jacquemus


Le Bristol / Eden Roc


Lectra


Lucien Barrière


Marc le Bihan


Marcolini


MB 92


Monaco Marine


Moschino


MSDental


Neste Demeter


Oddo BHF


Petit Navire


Photosol


Piepacker


Pinko


Relais et Châteaux


Senda (Fuxia)


Sivu Co Cli Co


Smart Corp


Sporoptic Pouilloux


Surys


TBES


Tech Mahindra


Thai Union Group


Trainvest


Trigo


Ugitech Asco Metal


Véronique Leroy


William Grant


ZePlug


Ze Way


Fairway A.A.R.P.I.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Galifer


Testimonials

‘Professionalism. Sympathy. Reactivity. Quality of advice. Pro-activity.’

‘We had the opportunity to work with Emmanuel Galifer on a dispute with the tax authorities regarding property taxation. Beyond his in-depth knowledge of tax law, Galifer was able to put in place an effective strategy that made it possible to advance the file in the context of various negotiations with the administration.’

‘Very professional and very responsive team’.

‘Availability. Responsiveness. Very pleasant. Optimized fees. Conclusion: the perfect combination’.

‘Emmanuel Galifer knows how to transmit his analyzes with great clarity.’

‘Emmanuel Galifer is a very accessible lawyer, relevant, serious and always available in case of urgent question. Strong sense of service. Reassures the customer by finding appropriate solutions.’

‘A real team spirit and cohesion. It is reassuring to know that the information flows in a coherent way from us to the firm and vice versa.’

‘Emmanuel Galifer is always available, knows how to assess risks and put them into context.’

Key clients

STAM EUROPE


DENTRESSANGLE INITIATIVES


INTUITAE


JC DECAUX HOLDING


ARES MANAGEMENT


MERCIALYS


AG2R LA MONDIALE


AXA REAL ESTATE


PRIMEVEST CAPITAL PARTNERS


VIVENDI


GROUPE LES ETINCELLES


CLOUD HQ


GALERIES LAFAYETTE


Work highlights


  • Advised ICG on the off-market acquisition and financing of a portfolio of 26 assets.
  • Advising Les Etincelles on acquiring 100% of the shares of a French company, owning multiple hotels.
  • Advising on the development of the biggest data centre in France to be located in Lisses near Paris.

FIDAL

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Menu-Lejeune


Testimonials

‘Very responsive and highly professional.’

‘Good English skills. Very dedicated to their work and responsive.’

Key clients

SMACL


LAFARGE


OCEINDE


LYNRED


SORESUM


MONYV


MIROVA


BUT


Work highlights


  • Advising SMACL in respect of the set-up of a joint venture with another French insurance company (MAIF).
  • Advising LAFARGE on a reorganisation covering 4 countries and concerning 6 entities involved.
  • Advising OCEINDE on the acquisition of shares.

Fieldfisher

Practice head(s):

Antoine Gabizon


Other key lawyers:

François de Senneville


Key clients

HDF Energy


Groupe Berkem


Omer-Decugis & Cie


Nomadic Labs


Cardashift


SWEN Capital Partners


Iponweb


Luxempart


DealbyDeal Invest


Credit Mutuel Equity


Franklin

Practice head(s):

Jacques Mestoudjian


Other key lawyers:

Rudy Marouani


Testimonials

Jacques Mestoudjian is a tax expert with sharp skills, with a very strong customer oriented/friendly approach. He shows great availability and is a real source of proposals/solutions. He was able to surround himself with Rudy Marouani who promises to be a very good professional.’

Key clients

BEX Capital


Efeso Consulting


EIT Innoenergy


Eurazeo


Groupe Diffusion Plus


Magellim


Perwyn


Sprint


Tikehau Ace Capital


Vantage Infrastructures


Work highlights


  • Advised Vantage Infrastructures on the acquisition of the France-based company, Agronergy.

FTPA

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Message


Other key lawyers:

Sophie Jouniaux


Testimonials

‘I would specially mention Sophie Jouniaux for her professionalism and tax knowledge. She always tries to understand where our problem is and thinks of the best option for us in the most efficient way. I also appreciate her transparency and honesty. In sum, I can’t think of any better tax professional in France for a foreign group.’

‘Sophie Jouniaux is very capable, always available and very pragmatical.’

‘Great responsiveness and tailor-made capacity’.

‘Nicolas Message is brilliant.’

GALM Avocats

GALM Avocats

Practice head(s):

Pierre Appremont; Paméla Le Jeune


Key clients

AG Real Estate


Colliers Global Investors France


PREDICA


Foncière Magellan


Eternam


ALTIXIA


Crédit Agricole Immobilier


LBO France


Transact


Goodman


Virtuo


Keys REIM


Swiss Life Asset Managers France


Work highlights


  • Advising PREDICA on various real estate deals.
  • Advising ETERNAM on investment funds matters.
  • Advising LBO France on the acquisition of a majority stake in Honotel.

Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Stéphany Brévost; Anne Frede; Elvire Tardivon-Lorizon; Pascal Luquet


Other key lawyers:

Thibaut Grange


Testimonials

‘Responsive’.

‘They have an opinion and good foresight’.

‘Throughout the duration of the project, the teams showed great availability and genuine listening. Their great expertise in the sector, the legal framework and case law combined with the desire to be pragmatic makes it possible to find solutions.’

‘Stéphany Brevost and Thibaut Grange are real experts in their field who show great availability’.

‘Very responsive and professional team.’

‘Available, pleasant, very cordial and always present to help and give very good advice to the customer.’

‘Great professional and human qualities. A great sense of results and commitment. Great listening skills which allows them to identify the needs and specificities of the environments in which they operate.’

‘Great flexibility with respect to customer needs while providing high quality and innovative information on certain topics such as cryptocurrencies’

Key clients

Azulis


Capgemini


BPI France


Logitrade


SEMIA (CMG group)


Credit Mutuel Equity


Tikehau Ace Capital


Expanscience


Shang Xia


Ricoh Imaging Europe


Kalray


UTI International


Work highlights


  • Advising on the LBO of Logitrade.
  • Advised SEMIA on the acquisition of D.J.B. Instruments France, a leading European manufacturer of accelerometers and associated instruments and calibration services.
  • Assisted KILOUTOU Group with its acquisition of AB MATERIELS, a key French regional player in construction equipment.

HOCHE AVOCATS

Practice head(s):

Eric Quentin; Eugénie Berthet; Christophe Lefebvre; Jérôme Mas


Testimonials

‘Great quality of its advice and personalized support in dealing with the tax issues. In addition, Eric Quentin has exceptional knowledge of tax regulations and remarkable experience in auditing and litigation. They allow us to make informed choices for complex and high-stakes issues.’

‘A very cutting-edge firm on complex domestic tax issues, particularly in terms of corporate tax and tax integration.’

‘I worked exclusively with partner Eric Quentin, whom I greatly appreciate for the quality, fluidity and spontaneity of the exchanges. Eric knew how to manage not only the technical aspects but also to have a strategic approach.’

Key clients

Groupe Sterne


Meanings capital partners


Derichebourg Group


Eurofeu


Intys’ Group Shareholders


Initiative & Finance


La phocéenne de cosmétique’s founders


IK partners


21 Invest France


Quilvest Capital Partners


Excellence Imagerie Group


KEELS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Laurent Partouche


Testimonials

‘They are very close to the client, responsive, available and know how to match their client’s knowledge while allowing them to benefit from their expertise.’

‘Laurent Partouche demonstrates an exceptional technicality that goes hand in hand with a lot of pragmatism and humility. Particularly in management package structuring, he is extremely sharp.’

‘Professionalism and rigor in tax law and cutting-edge technique. The team has a great sense of empathy and very fluid communication.’

‘Lawyers have this ability to distinguish real problems from false problems. The team has a target and is not letting go. Laurent Partouche is always available and puts his know-how at the service of his clients.’

‘Client first approach.’

‘Laurent Partouche is available, attentive, precise in his advice and balanced in his judgements.’

‘Entrepreneurial team.’

‘Laurent Partouche is available, humble and surgical in his recommendations.’

Key clients

Naxicap Partners


Capza


Emera


Trajan Capital


FnB


Eureka group


Stellian


Dental Monitoring


Astek


MonVeto


LT Capital


Les Secrets de Loly / Kelly Massol


Work highlights


  • Advised Naxicap Partners on the tax structuring of the sale of the THOHR group to Bain Capital.
  • Advised HTL Bioltechnology management within the context of the sale of the group to Montagu.
  • Advised MonVeto on the tax structuring of a global reorganisation and unitranch debt.

Klein Wenner

Klein Wenner

Practice head(s):

Sophie Borenstein


Testimonials

‘Quality and detail of the recommendations’.

‘Reactivity, good listening and always looking for the latest updates to validate the recommendation’.

‘This team had a good understanding of the complexities of international relocation, and the interaction with diplomatic postings. I was impressed by the responsiveness, thoroughness and professionalism of the team.’

Mamou & Boccara

Mamou & Boccara

Practice head(s):

Laurent Mamou; Elie Boccara; Hélène Leclère; Virginie Aïdan


Testimonials

‘Available, fast, efficient, precise, leaves nothing out of DD reviews. Laurent Mamou is also extremely friendly.’

‘Attentive firm, with high-level lawyers, available and rigorous’.

‘Laurent Mamou is a pragmatic, precise, rigorous and efficient lawyer with human qualities’

Key clients

Ardian


Parquest


Criteo


Capza


Clinadent


Vinci Technologies


Omnes


Homnicity Group


Turenne CAPITAL


Innova Software


APSYS GROUP


MONK


Kaspr


Mermoz Avocats

Practice head(s):

Philippe Rolland; Nicolas Privat ; Laurent Ragot


Testimonials

‘Laurent Ragot is precise in his recommendations and has international experience on cross-border deals’.

‘Laurent Ragot is a trustworthy person on whom one can rely on 100%. He is of rare reliability. He is a very good technician, who knows his files inside out. He is always attentive and very responsive.’

Key clients

SPARRING CAPITAL


ORYX MANAGERS


CICLAD


SPARRING CAPITAL and POP / CUBIK


IMX


PINSON PAYSAGES


NOVETUDE SANTE


MBO&CO


21 INVEST


ACT-ON Group


THE INDEPENDENTS


Work highlights


  • Advising Sparring Capital and the managers of Oryx group, on the tax aspects and structuring of Oryx’s LBO.
  • Advising Ciclad on the tax aspects and the structuring of Desmarez’s LBO.
  • Advising Novetude on the French aspect of the acquisition of Maltese Icom.

Moncey Avocats

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Bosc


Testimonials

‘Great in-house expertise. Complementary team, with a very pleasant collective and present together at the various stages of the transaction. Great business intelligence depending on the type of deal, very deal oriented. Very good internal communication.’

‘Proximity. Friendly. Have the appropriate solutions to the issues raised by M&A / Management advice.’

‘Great availability of the team and direct and constant involvement of partners in the project’.

‘Very available and attentive team. Anticipation of problems and innovative solutions. Gender balance in the team. Electronic signature tools.’

‘Frédéric Bosc is a high quality lawyer.’

‘Frédéric Bosc is a commercially focused lawyer who understood and engaged with complex Irish tax issues arising on a transaction. Pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent knowledge of tax law. Innovation. Excellent availability of partners.’

‘Frédéric Bosc has excellent expertise in tax law, is always available and does not hesitate to propose innovative solutions in the application of current case law.’

Key clients

Capza


MBO & Co


Apax Partners


Siparex


EMZ Partners


Quilvest Capital Partners


Andera Partners


Sparring Capital


Trajan Capital


Activa Capital


B & Capital


M80 Partners


Raise


Trocadero Capital Partners


Cerea Capital


Work highlights


  • Advised Capza on its €100m acquisition of Nutravalia, a French laboratory specialising in food supplements and pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised MBO & Co on its €80m acquisition of L.E.N. Médical Group, a leading marketing and communication platform dedicated to healthcare professionals.
  • Advised Apax Partners on its €80m acquisition of CEME Group, a leading national and independent energy player.

Cabinet Nouvion

Practice head(s):

François Nouvion


Key clients

Assala Energy


Agence France Presse


Maurel et Prom


Apave


Efluid/UEM


Afentra plc


Panoro Energy ASA


Tullow Oil


Caroil SAS


Cinven Capital Partners


Esri


Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke

Practice head(s):

Dorothée Chambon


Testimonials

‘Work well both in French and English.’

‘Dorothée Chambon is a true Swiss army knife, capable of intervening in corporate tax cases as well as in asset taxation, financial taxation, international taxation, etc. She is extremely knowledgeable. She always makes herself available, has an impressive capacity for work and respects the very tight deadlines that are (often) imposed on her.’

Key clients

Free2move


CircleCI


Connected Capital & Partners


Arquant


Onepoint


Causeway technologies


Upstone


Work highlights


  • Advising CircleCI on the tax structuring of its acquisition of 100% of the capital of SAS Ponicode.
  • Advising the Dutch investment fund Connected Capital & Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Squarance SAS.
  • Advising Free2Move eSolutions, a JV created by Stellantis and Engie EPS, in connection with the launch of products and services dedicated to electric mobility.

PDGB

PDGB

Practice head(s):

Olivier Decombe; Vincent Garcia; Thierry Jestin; Benoît Dambre


Testimonials

‘Great expertise in tax law. Files are processed with quality and within very responsive deadlines. The support is tailor-made with detailed documentation, clear explanations. The firm has the ability to propose and implement concrete and relevant operational solutions. Finally, the relationship is excellent and very professional.’

‘Vincent Garcia has good tax skills and knowledge of the banking sector, providing informed and responsive advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills.’

‘The team is very attentive to the requests of its customers and has experience in the banking field. They go into the detail of matters and provide concrete implementation. The mode of collaboration is very close to the expectations of the customer.’

‘Vincent Garcia is very competent and very responsive and attentive to customer requests’.

‘Creativity; practical sense’.

‘Thierry Jestin: very great skill, very great creativity; great practical sense’

Key clients

BANQUE POPULAIRE RIVES DE PARIS


FAYARD FAMILY / SOCIETE DU DOMAINE DE LA SOURCE SAINTE-MARGUERITE


BANQUE POPULAIRE MEDITERRANNEE


Caisse d’Epargne Hauts de France


ULYSSE


POP


PRIMA


BOTICINAL


MEDIAN


Reed Smith

Reed Smith

Practice head(s):

Florence Bilger; David Colin; Jean-Pierre Collet


Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

 

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Assouline


Testimonials

‘High quality team, both very competent and available’.

‘Great human qualities and legal expertise that allows them to fully understand situations.’

Key clients

Qima


Apax Partners


ba&sh


Izipizi


Turenne


Zouari


Valtus


Mutares


Milestone Investisseurs


Chequers Capital


Dai Nippon


Société Générale Capital Partenaires


IN Groupe


Entoria


Synlab


Work highlights


  • Advising QIMA on the acquisition of a minority stake by CDPQ (Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec).
  • Advising BA&SH in the context of its takeover by the HLD fund.
  • Advising the Zouari family on its acquisition of Stokomani.

Stephenson Harwood

Practice head(s):

Olivier Couraud; Omar El Arjoun


Key clients

Netiwan


BNP PARIBAS / CIC


CIC


Compagnie du Ponant


2050


Mata Capital


Andera Partners


EasyVista


Groupe TF1


Work highlights


  • Advised 2050.do on the tax structuring of the fund and the organisation of the carried interest.
  • Advised CIC as arranger and investor, and CIC and MUFG as senior lenders, on the financing of the first of five LNG vessels.
  • Advised a major Asian aircraft leasing company on the reorganisation proceedings of several of its French SPVs.

Tirard Naudin A.A.R.P.I

Practice head(s):

Maryse Naudin; Jean-Marc Tirard; Ouri Belmin


Testimonials

‘Very detailed approach to technical regulations. The firm has an excellent quality approach and experience.’

‘Maryse Naudin is one of the best tax practitioners that I have ever worked with.’

‘The firm has a detailed knowledge of French law residence. Succession is also an area of expertise. A lot of personal attention.’

‘Jean-Marc Tirard is extremely well known and has vast knowledge and experience. Maryse Naudin is also well known and very responsive. Both are leaders of their areas of practice in France’

‘An excellent team at the forefront of private client structuring in France. Highly responsive and reliable advice.’

‘Maryse Naudin is a real technical specialist, and an excellent tax lawyer.’

‘A team specially dedicated to the interests of the client, with outstanding knowledge, and more than exceptional experience in their field.’

‘Especially suited to wealthy people set-ups with a complex financial situation, whether in France or abroad.’

Vaslin Associés

Practice head(s):

Marc Vaslin; Nicolas Billotte; Lara Despicht


Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise in tax matters for high net worth individuals in Western Europe. Total cohesion of the team in the different countries, which shows real unity.’

‘Marc Vaslin is completely personally involved in cases.’

‘A real interaction with the partners.’

Key clients

Faiveley Family


Work highlights


  • Advised the founder and main shareholder of DDS in the context of a majority fundraising and the integration of new acquired companies.
  • Advising the President of “Commanderie des Hospitaliers” on the tax structuring and tax aspects of a sale.

Veil Jourde

Veil Jourde

Practice head(s):

Benoît Gréteau


Testimonials

‘Great technique and efficiency. Always great advice’.

‘The team sees the full picture.’

‘Experts in their field.’

Key clients

Vinted


L’Oréal


EDF


Sanofi


Danone


Fnac Darty


IKKS


Maincare


Publicis


Boehringer Ingelheim


Ermewa


Ariane (family office)


Safti


Arts & Biens (family office)


Smart Adserver – Equativ


Carlson Wagonlit Travel


French national olympic committee


Société Générale


Crédit Agricole and its subsidiaries


Work highlights


  • Advised investment fund MBO and the managers of the emagine group on the sale of their entire shareholding.
  • Assisted fund LFPI and Etudinvest with the acquisition of IFOP.
  • Assisted LVMH with its acquisition of luxury perfume and cosmetics company Officine Universelle Buly.

Vivien & Associés

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Chapus; Marine Pelletier-Capes


Testimonials

‘A spectacularly responsive, knowledgeable and impressive practice. We had a particularly complicated and extremely time sensitive transaction involving property and offshore entities. The team led by Marine Pelletier-Capes was professional and against all odds managed to provide more than one viable option to ensure the transaction completed within the very tight time frame.’

‘Marine Pelletier-Capes brings calm and order to what otherwise might have been a very chaotic transaction. The team stands out for their pragmatic approach, their in-depth knowledge of the world of French tax (especially as it relates to offshore trust structures) and their ability to achieve the impossible.’

‘Available, expertise, clear answers. Great internal communication with the firm’s corporate and restructuring department. Great anticipation’.

Key clients

InVivo group


Xerfi


ROBIN & Co


IDEMIA


Electrolux


Idemia


Side


PSB Industries


Work highlights


  • Advised InVivo Group in connexion with the acquisition of Soufflet Group, a French international agri-food family group.
  • Advised Xerfi Group and its co-founders Laurent Faibis and Valérie Cohen in connection with the investment made by NextStage AM.
  • Assisted ROBIN group and its founders on the sale of a majority stake to Federation Entertainment.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Practice head(s):

Romain Girtanner


Other key lawyers:

Hélène Ibos


Testimonials

‘Competent, available, commercial and nice. Highly recommended’.

‘Romain Girtanner is an excellent professional that had a pragmatic approach with deep knowledge of tax environment in France. He brings solutions and explains well tax matters.’

‘Good knowledge and customer focus’.

‘Good relationships between the Paris and London team; one-stop shop services. Great knowledge of French tax lease.’

‘Romain Girtanner and Hélène Ibos have excellent French tax knowledge, and are creative.’

‘Creative. Efficient. Responsive.’

Key clients

Access Capital Partners


BNP Paribas


Bpifrance


CMA CGM


Commerz Real AG


DIF Capital Partners


Dubai Aerospace Enterprise


Groupe Crédit Agricole


JCDecaux Holding


MSC


RGreen Invest


Société Générale


Total Eren


Work highlights


  • Advising Société Générale and other financial institutions on the financing under a French lease of two 174,000 cbm Class LNG Carriers for the Knutsen Group.
  • Advising Glennmont Partners on the tax aspects of the sale of a 100MW French onshore wind portfolio to TTR Green Fund IV and its co-investors.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole Group, Bpifrance and Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC on the tax aspects of the €300m refinancing of 3 renewables portfolios comprising of 12 wind farms and one solar plant with a total capacity of 200 MW sponsored by Valeco, Mirova and GEG (Gaz Electricité de Grenoble).

YARDS

Practice head(s):

Jerôme Barré; Dorothée Traverse; Marie-Eve Chauvière; François Morazin


Other key lawyers:

Julia Novak


Testimonials

‘Very competent, both on advisory and on litigation. Large experience on which to rely on.’

‘Jerome Barré and Julia Novak are very competent, particularly in an international context.’

‘The private clients’ team has profound expertise in international cases. Their work is excellent and very efficient.’

‘Jérôme Barré: an outstanding and experienced tax lawyer for cross-border cases. Julia Novak: very knowledgeable tax lawyer with expertise in inheritance law’.

Key clients

Adevinta