Olivier Couraud > Stephenson Harwood > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood
48 rue Cambon
75001 Paris
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Olivier Couraud’s practice covers the tax aspects of a wide range of operations, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Olivier Couraud focuses primarily on corporate tax matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity and reorganisations, for private companies, as well as investment funds. He also advises founders and executives on personal tax issues (sale of shareholdings, long-term compensation plans, management packages, management buy-outs, etc.).

Additionally, Olivier assists our fund formation and asset finance departments on the tax aspects of their transactions.

He has been involved in tax reform projects and contributed to drafting the tax section of the Macron Law.

Olivier handles domestic and international tax planning for high net worth individuals, independent entrepreneurs, family offices and family-owned companies (inheritance planning, real estate wealth tax planning, corporate reorganization, departure from France and exit tax planning, transfer of business assets outside of France, etc.). 

He also advises and represents his clients in their tax audits and tax litigations.

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Droit fiscal

Stephenson Harwood a recruté Olivier Couraud   (ex Coblence Avocats ) en janvier 2020 pour prendre la tête de la pratique fiscale du cabinet. Son arrivée s’inscrit dans le prolongement de nombreux recrutements accomplis ces dernières années par le cabinet pour diversifier le champ de compétences du bureau parisien (au-delà du financement d’actifs) vers les domaines des opérations de fusions-acquisitions, de private equity et de l’immobilier. La nouvelle équipe fiscale assiste ainsi les différents départements du cabinet dans leurs opérations. Elle développe en parallèle une activité indépendante de conseil et de contentieux auprès de fonds d’investissement et d’entrepreneurs. Enfin, elle traite des dossiers de fiscalité de financement d’actifs maritimes (expertise historique du cabinet) suite au départ de Stéphane Salou parti fonder sa boutique fiscale.

France > Tax

Stephenson Harwood‘s Olivier Couraud  specialises in transactional tax in addition to running a distinguished stand-alone practice assisting founders and executives with their personal tax issues. The tax team has also developed particular expertise in asset finance and shipping finance matters – shipping finance being one area of specialty of the Paris office. In that area, the tax practice regularly advises leading banks on the largest shipping finance transactions, in particular with the structuring of French tax leases. The practice also offers strong litigation expertise.