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Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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France - Corporate Tax

Professional Biography

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WWL says

Julien Saïac is well versed in international finance and taxation, distinguishing himself as a go-to source for cross-border work.


Julien joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1997 and became partner in 2009. He spent two years on secondment to the firm's New York office. He specialises in international taxation – more specifically in cross-border restructuring and M&A, real estate investments and transfer pricing. He was involved, in particular, on projects including the structuring of foreign investments by listed and non-listed French corporations; international restructuring of group of companies (transnational mergers, cross-border contributions of assets or shares, exchange of shares); and determining the transfer pricing policy of listed and non-listed French groups, as well as French subsidiaries of foreign groups.

Julien is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the French Association of Tax Lawyers (IACF).

From 2001 to 2007 he was a lecturer in general French taxation at HEC, France’s leading business school. Currently he lectures in international taxation matters for postgraduates at Panthéon Sorbonne University (Paris I). He is a frequent speaker at tax conferences (EFE, IACF, Formation Francis Lefebvre).

Julien is the author of several articles on international taxation published in Option FinanceFeuillet Rapide Francis LefebvreEuropean Taxation and Bulletin for International Taxation.

He graduated from HEC in 1995 and holds a postgraduate degree in corporate and tax law (Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, 1996).

A French native speaker, he is fluent in English.

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