France: Corporate Tax 2018

This year we highlight 56 individuals for their work in the contentious and advisory corporate tax spaces, acting for clients in both domestic and international tax matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Vincent Agulhon Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris
2. Bruno Gouthière CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Neuilly-sur-Seine
3. Bruno Gibert CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Neuilly-sur-Seine
4. Anne-Sophie Coustel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Paris

CMS FRANCIS LEFEBVRE maintains a dominant position in the French corporate tax market, with an impressive 16 listings this year.
Bruno Gouthière is an excellent practitioner and one of the top names in the field in France. He is renowned for his work in international tax, where he has specialist knowledge of asset-planning matters.
Bruno Gibert is an internationally recognised practitioner who receives high praise for his impressive insight into issues relating to transfer pricing, an area in which he is considered a leader in the field.
Julien Saïac both advises and litigates on corporate tax matters for clients. He handles a range of issues relating to international taxation including restructuring, transfer pricing and property investments.
Daniel Gutmann enjoys a strong reputation in the French market for his specialist expertise in tax doctrine matters as well as his extensive experience handling both local and international taxation matters.
Michel Collet boasts extensive international experience and is highly regarded by market sources for his work on cross-border transactions and international financing.
Pierre-Jean Douvier focuses his first-rate practice on international tax law and is frequently engaged in advising clients on property investment and wealth restructuring.
Stéphane Gelin leads the firm’s tax practice and boasts a stellar reputation in the French market for his excellent work advising domestic and multinational clients on transfer pricing, restructurings and related litigation.
Richard Foissac is a greatly respected lawyer according to market commentators, who highlight his superb work handling international asset-planning, audit and property tax work.
Agnès de l'Estoile-Campi is well known among peers and clients for assisting multinationals on issues such as employee mobility and transfer pricing.
Stéphane Austry is a top-notch litigator who is recognised for his excellent knowledge of both domestic and international tax matters, including related litigation and tax treaties.

BREDIN PRAT’s corporate tax department receives five nominations in this chapter.
Pierre-Henri Durand is a first-rate lawyer who market commentators praise very highly for his expertise on issues surrounding private equity transactions and tax litigation.
Sébastien de Monès is another notable name from the firm who is very highly regarded for his wide-ranging practice encompassing M&A, real estate transactions and tax audits.

LATHAM & WATKINS’ Paris office is home to two outstanding lawyers who receive listings this year.
Xavier Renard is an exceptional corporate tax lawyer whose practice sees him advise a range of clients on matters such as mergers and tax consolidation.
Olivia Rauch-Ravisé is highly regarded by peers for her impressive experience on cross-border transactional and capital markets-related tax issues.

Gauthier Blanluet of SULLIVAN & CROMWELL is “one of the most prominent tax lawyers of the past year” according to one source. He is highly regarded by respondents who note his strong reputation for restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.
Nicolas de Boynes “absolutely deserves to be listed” according to market sources who commend his excellent work on M&A-related tax matters.

DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER’s Vincent Agulhon is “a superstar” and “one of the best tax lawyers in Paris”, according to sources. He has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving M&A, for which he is one of the standout names in the country.

At CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON, Anne-Sophie Coustel is regarded by one commentator as “one of the top lawyers in France”. She is highly thought of for her tax work relating to reorganisations and mergers and acquisitions.

At PWC SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS, Philippe Durand is a top corporate tax lawyer who is respected for his first-class practice which spans tax audits, litigation and wealth tax issues.

SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM’s Thomas Perrot is regarded as “a great tax lawyer” by sources who consider him an expert on matters relating to domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Philippe Derouin is “truly excellent” and “a very senior figure in the market” according to sources. He is “renowned for tax litigation” and represents a range of clients on issues such as the application of tax treaties.

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER’s Marie-Hélène Raffin is a first-rate tax lawyer who provides expert advice on issues including group restructuring and tax consolidation.

At PAUL HASTINGS Allard de Waal is highly respected for his practice which covers both national and cross-border transactions, tax optimisation structuring and tax treaties.

LACOURTE RAQUIN TATAR’s Jean-Yves Charriau is an exceptional tax practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in the field, most notably in relation to the real estate sector.

At ALLEN & OVERY, Mathieu Vignon is a first-rate lawyer who receives high praise from market commentators for his impressive tax work relating to hedge funds, leveraged finance and real estate.

At WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES Stéphane Chaouat is an outstanding practitioner with extensive experience dealing with tax matters relating to cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

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