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European Tax Awards 2015 - the winners

22 May 2015

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The European Tax Awards 2015 were presented on May 21 at a dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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?)

- Impact (What impact did the tax work have on the company? Did it allow them take over their biggest rival in their sector? Or launch an equity or debt issue in a particular jurisdiction for the first time? Or win an unprecedented judgement?

WINNERS IN BOLD

Austria Tax Firm of the Year

BPV Huegel

Deloitte

DLA Piper

TJP

Wolf Theiss

Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BPV Huegel

Deloitte

LeitnerLeitner

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Raidla Ellex

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 Horvath & 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

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 Network

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Linklaters

Taxand

Vieira de Almeida

White & Case


European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Matheson

Plesner

European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Arntzen de Besche

Baker & McKenzie

Best Friends 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's in-house tax department

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

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; Uría Ménendez

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 â€" 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

HgCapital'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 JV 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 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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