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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

The “top destination for tax advice in France”, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre benefits from a network of over 3,000 law and tax experts across 60 offices around the world. Their aim is to build long-term lasting relationships with clients, which is recognised in our research, with clients consistently praising the firm’s “attention to detail” and “quick response times”. The firm receives 19 recommendations across six practice areas, with its strongest showing in our corporate tax chapter.


The firm’s leading practice area is corporate tax, with an “outstanding” 13 practitioners listed in this chapter. Stéphane Austry is a “hugely experienced” tax practitioner who regularly works with Japanese clients as well as other domestic and international entities. He described is a “quick thinker” who is a “pleasure to work with”. Edouard Milhac specialises in international taxation and is a “fantastic operator” with an “astute legal mind”. Richard Foissac is a “true star” in the sector whose “focused approach and diligent manner” is lauded by clients. François Rontani is a leading figure in international tax in terms of both experience and technical ability, while Julien Saïac is continues to increase his profile in our research with a widely appreciated international practice.

Two practitioners are recommended for their work in both the corporate tax and private client markets. Pierre-Jean Douvier “expertly advises” clients on international tax liabilities and “boasts an enviable client list” according to peers. Bruno Gouthière is a versatile adviser, impressing with his technical expertise and longstanding experience in domestic and international tax law.

The firm also received recommendations across a further four practice areas. François Tenailleau is recommended for this work in administrative litigation and government contracts. Jérôme Sutour is an expert in private funds, whose “in-depth knowledge” and “ability to get to the heart of an issue” are commended by clients. Bernard Geneste focuses his practice on life sciences and is highly recommended for his regulatory expertise.

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