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France: Private Client 2016

Following rising taxes for France’s top earners, a growing number of high net worth individuals are leaving the country each year. Figures published by French financial newspaper Les Echos show a 40 per cent increase in the number of people earning more than €100,000 leaving France in 2013 compared with 2012. Put into context, the overall French migration rate in 2013 increased by only 6 per cent. High net worth individuals are turning to seasoned professionals more than ever for assistance with their wealth management, and below we recognise nine talented lawyers who advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

At CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, two individuals are highly recommended for their tax expertise. Bruno Gouthière is a “legendary figure” in the tax market and regularly advises private clients on their personal tax matters. Pierre-Jean Douvier is credited for “producing work that is consistently good”.

Marc Bornhauser at his own firm Cabinet Bornhauser is a “tax guru” and is well known for his private client work, in addition to him corporate work.  

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ Gilbert Ladreyt has a “comprehensive understanding” of tax concerns for private clients, which enables him to advise not only the companies but their managers and shareholders too.

McDermott Will & Emery’s Jean-Marc  Tirard advises clients on French and international individual tax issues and estate planning. He is also “highly adept” at handling tax litigation.

At Franklin, Jérôme Barré leads the wealth management and corporate tax practice as well as the firm’s family office. His focus is on advising private clients on domestic and cross-border matters such as asset transfers and restructurings.

Maryse Naudin of Tirard Naudin is a “sensational adviser” with experience in tax and estate planning for French and foreign high net worth individuals. Peers praise her “diligent manner” and “ability to put clients at ease”. 

François Tripet of Tripet Cabinet is “incredibly knowledgeable” on trust and estate law. He is a “top choice” among individuals and families in France and abroad.

At UGGC Avocats, Line-Alexa Glotin specialises in advising private clients on trusts, charities, inheritance and succession rights, foundations and estate planning among others. She also has a considerable depth of experience in tax law and advises on asset protection and investment structures. 

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