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European Tax Awards 2015 - the shortlists are out

30 March 2015

Ralph Cunningham - ITR

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The nominees have been revealed for International Tax Review's European Tax Awards 2015.

Nine companies have been nominated in the three in-house categories for International Tax Review's European Tax Awards, which will be presented at a dinner in London in May.  

The nominees for the in-house award for direct tax come from ports ( APM Terminals), retail (Asos), pharmaceuticals ( AstraZeneca), professional services (Bird & Bird) and property (British Land).

Asos is also one of two nominees for the indirect tax award, along with Rio Tinto, the natural resources and mining leader. The companies nominated for the transfer pricing award are FCC, a Spanish construction and service group, Nissan, the vehicle manufacturer, and the RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier), the Anglo-Dutch publisher.

The European Tax Awards have taken place annually since 2005 and seek to recognise the leading international tax professionals from around Europe. Deloitte has been been nominated in 21 of the 27 national tax firm of the year categories and has earned the same number of nominations for the national transfer pricing awards.

Aside from the national awards, there are also regional prizes for European firm of the year in tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax and tax disputes, as well as deal categories covering the best work in 11 practice areas and industry sectors such as capital markets, M&A, financial services and banking.

Other firms with multiple nominations include Baker & McKenzie; the Best Friends Network of Bredin Prat, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, De Brauw Blackstone, Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter and May and Uria Menendez; EY; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Taxand.

The awards dinner will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN on Thursday May 21 2015. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrew Tappin (atappin@euromoneyplc.com and +44 207 779 8661).

While every effort has been made to shortlist every firm that worked on any of the nominated deals, if your firm was omitted, please contact Ralph Cunningham (rcunningham@euromoneyplc.com and +44 207 779 8308) as soon as possible. 




                                                                                    

EUROPEAN TAX AWARDS 2015

NATIONAL TAX AND TRANSFER PRICING FIRMS OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTS

Firms made submissions for work done between January 1 2014 and December 31 2014.

The awards were judged according to:

  • Size (Not conclusive, though it does indicate what a tax team is capable of taking on)
  • Innovation (Did the advice the firm gave show something more than the straightforward answer that is commonly used?)
  • Complexity (Did the matter address tax issues that were out of the ordinary and what ingenuity did the firm show to solve them?)


Austria Tax Firm of the Year

BPV Huegel

Deloitte

DLA Piper

TJP

Wolf Theiss



Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BPV Huegel

Deloitte

Leitner Leitner



Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Raidla Lejins & Norcous

Sorainen

Varul



Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

PwC

Sorainen



Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Liedekerke

Linklaters

Mayer Brown



Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Liedekerke

Mayer Brown



Central European Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Mazars

Taxhouse, Taxand Romania

White & Case



Central European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Mazars

Tax House, Taxand Romania

Transfer Pricing Services



Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Andreas Neocleous & Co

Deloitte

Eurofast Taxand Cyprus



Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Bruun & Hjejle

EY

Plesner



Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Plesner



Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Borenius, Taxand Finland

Deloitte

EY

Roschier


Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Borenius, Taxand Finland

Deloitte

EY


France Tax Firm of the Year

Arsene, Taxand France

Baker & McKenzie

Bredin Prat

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Taj


France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arsene, Taxand France

EY

Mayer Brown

Taj


Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

DLA Piper

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hengeler Mueller

Hogan Lovells

Linklaters

Morrison & Foerster

Norton Rose Fulbright

Oppenhoff & Partner

PwC



Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Flicke Gocke Schaumburg

PwC

Oppenhoff & Partner

WTS



Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Koutalidis



Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY


Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper Horváth & Partners

EY

Lakatos, Koves and Partners


Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Taxperience Tandax



Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody

Arthur Cox

Deloitte

Maples & Calder

Matheson

William Fry Tax Advisors, Taxand Ireland


Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Matheson

William Fry Tax Advisors, Taxand Ireland


Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker & McKenzie

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Chiomenti

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Legance

Valente Associati GEB Partners


Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Legance

Maisto e Associati

Valente Associati GEB Partners


Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Arendt & Medernach

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Van Campen Liem


Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alter Domus TP

Deloitte

PwC


Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Avanzia Taxand, Taxand Malta

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Stibbe

Taxand Netherlands

Van Campen Liem


Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Quantera Global

TPA Global

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

PwC


Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

PwC


Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Crido Taxand, Taxand Poland

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Hogan Lovells

MDDP

Wardynski & Partners



Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Crido Taxand, Taxand Poland

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

MDDP

 



Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly

EY

Garrigues, Taxand Portugal

Linklaters

PwC

RFF & Associados

Uri­a Menendez - Proenca de Carvalho

Vieira de Almeida



Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly

EY

Grant Thornton

PwC



Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Goltsblat BLP

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group, Taxand Russia


PwC

 



Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group, Taxand Russia

PwC



South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

ENSafrica, Taxand South Africa

EY

Norton Rose Fulbright

South Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

ENSafrica, Taxand South Africa

EY

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Garrigues, Taxand Spain

Hogan Lovells

KPMG

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Simmons & Simmons

Uria Menendez



Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues, Taxand Spain

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Roschier



Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Skeppsbron Skatt, Taxand Sweden



Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

ADB Altorfer Duss Beilstein

Deloitte

Lenz & Staehelin

Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland



Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Questro International

Tax Expert International



Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Mazars Denge

Pekin & Pekin



Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

WTS Turkey



UK Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker & McKenzie

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Pinsent Masons

Shearman & Sterling

Simmons & Simmons

Slaughter and May

Weil Gotshal & Manges

White & Case



UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Grant Thornton



Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Aequo

Avellum Partners

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev and Partners Ukraine, Taxand Ukraine

EY

KPMG

Sayenko Kharenko



Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Avellum

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EUCON

EY

KPMG

PwC



EUROPEAN REGIONAL AWARDS SHORTLISTS



European Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker & McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Linklaters

Taxand

Vieira de Almeida

White & Case



European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Arntzen de Besche

Baker & McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Plesner

PwC Legal

Taxand

Vieira de Almeida

Weil Gotshal & Manges



European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

PwC

Vieira de Almeida

Weil Gotshal & Manges

 



European Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

EY

Taxand

WTS Klient



European In-House Team of the Year - Direct Tax

APM Terminals

Asos

AstraZeneca

Bird & Bird

British Land



European In-House Team of the Year - Indirect Tax

Asos

Rio Tinto



European In-House Team of the Year - Transfer Pricing

FCC

Nissan

RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier)



European Banking Tax Deal of the Year

Banque PSA Finance partnership with Banco Santander - Best Friends Network; Linklaters

FROB / N+1 - Project Hercules - Baker & McKenzie

Raiffeisen Bank securitisation - DLA Piper; Matheson





European Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year

Avenue Capital securitisation of student accommodation assets - Simmons & Simmons

Euronext IPO - Stibbe; Linklaters; PLMJ; Shearman & Sterling

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) St Paul's CLO IV Ltd - A&L Goodbody; Allen & Overy; Ashurst

Spin-off of the BUWOG Group - bpv Huegel; Clifford Chance

Telefonica issuances - Linklaters; Uria Menendez

UniCredit hybrid bond Additional Tier 1 financing - Clifford Chance

Volution Group's IPO - Weil Gotshal & Manges

Zoopla IPO - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Slaughter and May



European Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year

GSK/Novartis transactions - Avellum Partners; Bonelli Erede Pappalardo; EY; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Slaughter and May;

Heidelberg Cement's disposal of Hanson Building Products - EY

Mylan's inversion acquisition of Abbott's non-US generic drugs business - Baker & McKenzie, Matheson, Stibbe

Powerflute acquisition of Corenso - EY; Hannes Snellman

Spectrum Brands's acquisition of Procter & Gamble's European pet food business - Taxand



European M&A Tax Deal of the Year

Acquisition and refinancing of Helios-Group - bpv Huegel

Altice's acquisition of SFR - Mayer Brown

Hapag Lloyd and CSAV merger - PwC Germany

HgCapitalââ'¬â"¢s acquisitions of Leasedrive and Zeniths - Osborne Clark; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Homair Vacances acquisition of Eurocamp - Mayer Brown; Taylor Wessing

NGC Denmark reverse cross-border merger - Plesner

Medtronic's acquisition of Covidien and related corporate inversion - A&L Goodbody; Arthur Cox; Matheson

Medtronic's acquisition of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation - Eversheds; Taxand Netherlands


European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year

ICBC's acquisition of a majority stake in Standard Bank - White & Case

Novo Banco / Banco Espirito Santo - Deloitte; Vieira de Almeida

Securitisation of trade receivables for Flextronics International Poland - Hogan Lovells



European Energy Tax Deal of the Year

Divestment of Shell Italian retail business - Clifford Chance; Hogan Lovells

Geopetrol's acquisition of oilfields from Total - Baker & McKenzie

NextEnergy's IPO and share issue - PwC UK; Simmons & Simmons

Nyrstar's strategic financing - Baker & McKenzie

Project Eureka - Bonelli Erede Pappalardo


European Media & Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year

Discovery Communications's acquisition of All3Media - DLA Piper; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Shearman & Sterling

Sale of Sky Deutschland to BSkyB - Morrison & Foerster

Ziggo's exchange and tender offer for existing notes in connection with Liberty Global's bid for Ziggo - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Stibbe

European Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year

Flint Group acquisition - EY; Milbank

General Atlantic's acquisition of Meteo Group - Taylor Wessing; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Montagu's acquisition of Rexam Healthcare Devices and Prescription Retail business from Rexam - Allen & Overy; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Sale of minority stake in Avast Software to CVC Capital Partners - White & Case


European Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year

AFK Sistema's acquisition and restructuring of Investlesprom - KPMG Russia

Alitalia / Etihad commercial partnership and Etihad's acquisition of minority shareholding of Alitalia - Bonelli Erede Pappalardo; Chiomenti, DLA Piper, PwC

Enel-Endesa corporate restructuring - Cuatrecasas; Shearman & Sterling; Uria Menendez

New World Resources's cross-border balance sheet restructuring - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; White & Case

Vivarte's debt and share capital restructuring - Mayer Brown; Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Warsaw Spire financing and restructuring - Baker & McKenzie


European Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year

British Land JV with GIC at Broadgate - Clifford Chance; King & Wood Mallesons; Simmons & Simmons

CDP / Gas Connect Austria - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Wolf Theiss

Discovery Communications's acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; DLA Piper; PwC

Gores Group's joint venture with Premier Foods over Hovis - Weil Gotshal & Manges; Slaughter and May

Global JV between Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery and Siemens - Hogan Lovells; Linklaters

Tornier / Wright Medical Group JV - Baker & McKenzie; Stibbe


European Telecommunications and Technology Tax Deal of the Year

Providence Equity Partners' investment in Helios Towers Africa - Vinson & Elkins; Weil Gotshal & Manges

RDIF digital inequality project - KPMG Russia

Sale of Ono to Vodafone - DLA Piper; Garrigues, Taxand Spain; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Sale of Telefonica O2 Ireland to Hutchison Whampoa Group - A&L Goodbody; Matheson

Telecity Group's acquisition of Plix - Hogan Lovells


ECJ Firm of the Year - Direct Tax

Deloitte; KPMG: PwC - SCA Group Holding / MSA International

Field Tax Chambers; Gray's Inn Tax Chambers; EY - Felixstowe Dock

Garrigues, Taxand Spain; Latham & Watkins - Autogrill / Santander

Heidelbach & Krolik - Van Caster

KPMG Poland - Emerging Markets Series of DFA Investment Trust Company 

Meilicke Hoffman - Kronos

Plesner- Nordea Bank


ECJ Firm of the Year - Indirect Tax

Aleksandra Bal - X

Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati; PwC - Hervis Sport

Duncea,Stefanescu & Associates; Mazars - E.ON

Essex Court Chambers; KPMG - GMAC

Plesner - ATP Pension Services 

 
US Law Firm in Europe

Baker & McKenzie

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown

Morrison & Foerster

Shearman & Sterling

Weil Gotshal & Manges

White & Case



Best Newcomer

Aequo

Avellum Partners

Joseph Hage Aaronson

KC Legal

Van Campen Liem

WTS Klient



European Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Linklaters

Quantera Global



European Tax Innovator of the Year

Alder & Sound

Deloitte

eBiz Answers

KPMG Ukraine



European Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

eBiz Answers

KPMG Ukraine

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