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France - Private Client 2020

Professional Biography

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Sylvie Lerond is lauded for her impressive work on inheritance law and taxation matters on an international level.


Sylvie Lerond has headed the inheritance law department at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats since 1999. An expert in inheritance law and taxation, she approaches inheritance issues from a global perspective, assisting her clients with their personal projects, from ideas to implementation.

She advises her business-owner clients to bequeath their business assets within the family, while considering aspects of civil law (donations and inheritance law, matrimonial regimes, dismemberment of ownership usufruct/bare title, management of undivided ownership, implementation of a protection regime in case of disability, life insurance);  tax law (transfer duties on donations (donation and inheritance), deferred and split payment credit regime, Dutreil agreements, sharing tax, wealth tax); and the rules of corporate governance.

Her practice encompasses advising individuals on the international aspects of situations where assets or family members are based abroad (where the client or their family members reside outside France, or assets are located outside France), regarding transferring their assets and planning their estate. She also assists her clients in civil and tax disputes, in settlements or litigation.

Sylvie is co-editor in chief of the Gazette du Palais Droit Privé du Patrimoine (a French legal journal on private inheritance law) and writes in various publications. She regularly hosts conferences. A native French speaker, Sylvia is fluent in English.
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