Mr Frédéric Gerner > CMS > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

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Frédéric is a partner at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats specialising in direct taxes. He handles all aspects of company taxation. Frederic has developed specific expertise in reorganisations, tax consolidation and, more generally, in corporate taxation of French and international groups. He usually advises companies in (i) the implementation and management of their tax policies, (ii) their relationships with the tax authorities (either for tax ruling requests or during tax audits), and (iii) tax litigation. He also has a detailed knowledge of tax issues in the property sector. He regularly assists various property stakeholders, including key French REITs.

Frédéric has been with CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats since 1999. He worked at the New York office from June 1999 to September 2000 and became a partner in 2015.


IACF (French Institute of Tax Lawyers)


HEC (Paris, 1997); CAPA (Paris, 1998) DESS [postgraduate specialised diploma] in Business Law and Tax (Paris II, 1998).

Lawyer Rankings

France > Tax

CMS is home to one of France’s most established tax practices. The firm stands out through its very large team, able to offer a comprehensive range of expertise. The practice notably covers corporate and transactional M&A and property tax, international tax and transfer pricing work, as well as litigation. It can rely on a leading ‘doctrine’ department, led by Daniel Gutmann, which has regular contacts with tax authorities, governmental offices and the European Commission. The largest French and international corporations and investment funds are clients. The practice provides everything from day-to-day assistance to advice on the most complex issues. It is currently handling high-stakes litigation involving high financial amounts, challenging current tax regulations and rulings pertaining to securities and withholding tax issues. Key names include the highly regarded Stéphane Austry, who heads the firm’s tax litigation and controversy group; Bruno Gibert, who manages the firm’s transfer pricing practice; transactional tax expert Edouard Milhac, Patrick Danis who excels in VAT matters, and Lionel Lenczner, a specialist in direct taxes. Agnès de l’Estoile Campi  and Xavier Daluzeau  are strong names for international tax. Also recommended are Renaud Grob, Anne-Sophie Rostaing, Frédéric Gerner, Pierre Dedieu, Jean-Charles Benois and Pierre Carcelero.