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European Tax Awards 2016 - the shortlists are out

18 April 2016

Matthew Gilleard

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The nominees have been revealed for International Tax Review's European Tax Awards 2016.

The European Tax Awards have taken place  annually since 2005  and seek to recognise the leading international tax professionals from around Europe.

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.

The awards will be presented during a dinner at the Savoy in London on  Thursday May 26 2016.  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) or Vicki Taylor (vtaylor@euromoneyplc.com)  as soon as possible. 

EUROPEAN TAX AWARDS 2016

NATIONAL TAX AND TRANSFER PRICING FIRMS OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTS

Firms made submissions for work done between January 1 2015 and December 31 2015.

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 TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Leitner & Leitner

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Ellex
SORAINEN
Tark Grunte Sutkiene

Baltic States TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
KPMG
PwC
SORAINEN

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Laga
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Linklaters
Mayer Brown

Belgium TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Mayer Brown
TIVALOR

Central and Eastern Europe Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY Czech Republic
Mazars
WTS Alfery

Central and Eastern Europe TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY Czech Republic
EY Romania
Mazars

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Eurofast Taxand

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Bruun & Hjejle
Deloitte
EY
Kromann Reumert
Plesner

Denmark TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
Kromann Reumert
Plesner

Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound
Attorneys-at-Law Borenius, Taxand Finland
Deloitte
EY
Roschier

Finland TP Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound
Deloitte
EY

France Tax Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand, Taxand France
Baker & McKenzie
Bredin Prat
Taj
Dentons
DLA Piper
EY
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
White & Case

France TP Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand, Taxand France
Baker & McKenzie
Taj
EY
Mayer Brown

Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Dentons
DLA Piper
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hengeler Mueller
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
White & Case

Germany TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
NERA Economic Consulting
Oppenhoff & Partner

Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY

Greece TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
WTS Klient Tax Advisory

Hungary TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
WTS Klient Tax Advisory

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody
Deloitte
Maples and Calder
Matheson
William Fry, Taxand Ireland

Ireland TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
Matheson
William Fry, Taxand Ireland

Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
BonelliErede
Clifford Chance
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Tremonti Vitali Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
Valente Associati GEB Partners

Italy TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
BonelliErede
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
Valente Associati GEB Partners

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Hogan Lovells
Van Campen Liem

Luxembourg TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Loyens & Loeff
PwC

Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Avanzia, Taxand Malta
Camilleri Preziosi
Deloitte
KPMG

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
KC Legal
Stibbe
Taxand Netherlands
Van Campen Liem

Netherlands TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
PwC

Norway TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
PwC

Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
MDDP

Poland TP Firm of the Year 

Crido Taxand, Taxand Poland
Deloitte
EY
MDDP

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Abecasis, Azoia, Moura Marques & Associados (AAMM)
Baker Tilly
EY
Garrigues, Taxand Portugal
PLMJ
RFF & Associados
Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho
Vieira de Almeida & Associados

Portugal TP Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly
EY
PwC

Russia Tax Firm of the Year

EY
Goltsblat BLP
KPMG
Pepeliaev Group
PwC

Russia TP Firm of the Year

EY
KPMG
PwC

South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
ENSafrica, Taxand Africa
EY

South Africa TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
ENSafrica, Taxand Africa
EY
KPMG

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Ashurst
Baker & McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Garrigues
Uria Menendez

Spain TP Firm of the Year

Ashurst
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Garrigues

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG

Sweden TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Schellenberg Wittmer
Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland

Switzerland TP Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
Homburger
PwC

Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
PwC

Turkey TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
PwC

UK Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Berwin Leighton Paisner
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Slaughter and May
Taylor Wessing
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

UK TP Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Duff & Phelps
FTI Consulting (WTS)

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Asters
Avellum Partners
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev and Partners, Taxand Ukraine
EY
International Legal Center EUCON
Sayenko Kharenko

Ukraine TP Firm of the Year

Avellum Partners
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
EY
International Legal Center EUCON
WTS Tax Legal Consulting

European Regional and Deal Awards Shortlists

US Law Firm in Europe

DLA Piper
Mayer Brown
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

Best Newcomer

Avellum Partners
Joseph Hage Aaronson
Van Campen Liem
RFF & Associados

European Tax Innovator of the Year

Alder & Sound
Baker & McKenzie
eBiz Answers
EY France
EY Romania
Taxback International

European Tax Technology Firm of the Year

eBiz Answers
EY France
Taxback International
Thomson Reuters

European Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Best Friends Network
Deloitte
EY
Matheson
Valente Associati GEB Partners

European Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound
EY’s European Global Compliance & Reporting practice
EY Nordics
Taxand Switzerland

European Banking Tax Deal of the Year

GlobalCaja acquisition of Banco Mare Nostrum assets: Baker & McKenzie

ABN AMRO IPO: Allen & Overy; Davis Polk & Wardwell; De Brauw Blackstone; Shearman & Sterling; Stibbe

EDP Energias de Portugal subordinated notes offering: Vieira de Almeida

Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel acquisition of GE’s Equipment Finance & Receivable Finance business in France and Germany: Berwin Leighton Paisner; Bredin Prat; De Pardieu Brocas Maffei; Hengeler Mueller; Hogan Lovells; Slaughter and May

Combination of Santander Asset Management and Pioneer Investments: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; KPMG; Linklaters; PwC; Slaughter and May

European Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year

Shawbrook IPO: Slaughter and May

TINC IPO: Baker & McKenzie

Ferrari NV IPO: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Loyens & Loeff; Stibbe; Sullivan & Cromwell

ABN AMRO IPO: Allen & Overy; Davis Polk & Wardwell; De Brauw Blackstone; Shearman & Sterling; Stibbe

Intertrust IPO: Allen & Overy; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Stibbe

Fiat Chrysler debt offering: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Loyens & Loeff; Stibbe; Sullivan & Cromwell

ACI Airport Sud America senior notes offering: Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira; Mayer Brown; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Uria Menendez

Futebol clube de Porto – futebol SAD tender offer: Vieira de Almeida

SACE issuance of cumulative subordinated hybrid bond: Chiomenti Studio Legale; Clifford Chance

GTECH bond offering: Shearman & Sterling; White & Case

European Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year

Lavazza acquisition of Carte Noir (DE): Arsene Taxand, Taxand France; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Fantozzi & Associati; PwC; Taxand Netherlands

Combination of Coca-Cola Enterprises with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and CCEAG to create Coca-Cola European Partners, structured as tax inversion: Allen & Overy Cahill, Gordon & Reindel; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Hengeler Mueller; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Slaughter and May; Uria Menendez

All-share merger of Net-A-Porter and YOOX: BonelliErede; Slaughter and May

DFS IPO: Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer; KPMG; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

APAX acquisition of Wehkamp: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Pollath + Partners; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Stibbe

Top Toy sale of 75% share: Plesner

Securitas Direct Verisure Group – sale of Bain Capital interest to Hellman & Friedman: Baker & McKenzie; Deloitte; EY; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; PwC; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

European Energy Tax Deal of the Year

Spin-off of SPX Corporation’s Flow business: Baker & McKenzie

Project Anemos/Benedict – FSI acquisition of Finerge-Gestao de Projectos Energeticos: Vieira de Almeida

Stemcor restructuring: Freshfields, Bruckaus Deringer; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

F2i acquisition of E.ON’s solar energy portfolio: Chiomenti Studio Legale; Clifford Chance; Gleiss Lutz; BonelliErede

Lone Star acquisition of MRH: PwC; Weil, Gotshal & manges

European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year

ABN AMRO IPO: Allen & Overy; Davis Polk & Wardwell; De Brauw Blackstone; Shearman & Sterling; Stibbe

Intertrust IPO: Allen & Overy; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Stibbe

Element Financial asset-backed securitisation: Matheson; Milbank; Vedder Price

Advising HM Treasury on Private Placement Exemption legislation: White & Case

European Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year

Hyperion’s merger with RKH Group: Linklaters; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

INOVYN sale of assets to ICIG and establishment of JV for membrane chlorine plant: Bredin Prat; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Hengeler Mueller; NautaDutilh; Slaughter and May

ITI Group’s sale, with Canal+, of TVN to Scripps Networks Interactive: Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Swiss Automotive Group acquisition (51%) of the Autonet Group: Deloitte; Mazars

European M&A Tax Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Citybox by Shurgard: Linklaters; Taxand Netherlands

Pepkor Steinhoff: ENSafrica, Taxand South Africa

Lavazza acquisition of Carte Noir (DE): Arsene Taxand; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Fantozzi & Associati; PwC; Taxand Netherlands

Willis Group Holdings merger with Towers Watson: A&L Goodbody; Baker & McKenzie; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Matheson; Weil, Gotshal & Manges. 

Securitas Direct Verisure Group – sale of Bain Capital interest to Hellman & Friedman: Baker & McKenzie; Deloitte; EY; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; PwC; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

FedEx Corp public takeover of TNT Express: Allen & Overy; Baker & McKenzie; Clifford Chance; Deloitte; Nauta Dutilh; Stibbe

Combination of Grupo FerroAtlantica and Globe Specialty Metals: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Latham & Watkins; Slaughter and May; Uría Menéndez

European Media and Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year

ITV acquisition of Talpa Media: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer; Slaughter and May

Sale of SBS Radio (Discovery Communications) to Bauer Media: Borenius; DLA Piper; Horten; Reed Smith

Synopsis acquisition of Bluetooth Smart IP: Crowell & Moring; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

ITI Group’s sale, with Canal+, of TVN to Scripps Networks Interactive: Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Unruly Media acquisition by News Corporation: Hogan Lovells; Taylor Wessing

Take private of Chime Communications by Providence Equity and WPP: Allen & Overy; FTI Consulting; Slaughter and May; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Bloomsbury Publishing acquisition of entire issued share capital of Osprey Publishing: Slaughter and May

European Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year

Vendis Capital II – establishment of new private equity fund Vendis Capital Management: Baker & McKenzie

Worldpay IPO: Allen & Overy; PwC; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Project Lion – Lone Star Funds acquisition of real estate business of Kutxabank (Neinor Group): Dillon Eustace; Uria Menendez; Vinson & Elkins

Take-private of Chime Communications by Providence Equity and WPP: Allen & Overy; FTI Consulting; Slaughter and May; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

European Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year

Existing debt restructuring of Group TAP in the context of TAP privatisation: Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira; Linklaters; MLGTS; PLMJ; Vieira de Almeida

Full-scope restructuring of private sovereign debt of Ukraine: Avellum; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; White & Case

Northstar Asset Management Group REITS structuring: Arendt & Medernach

Willis Group Holdings merger with Towers Watson: A&L Goodbody; Baker & McKenzie; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Matheson; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Kaupthing restructuring: Akin Gump; Deloitte; Logos; White & Case

Tritax Big Box REIT secured debt facility: BDO; Taylor Wessing

European Telecommunications and Technology Tax Deal of the Year

VimpelCom Warid acquisition: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; White & Case

Take-private of Chime Communications by Providence Equity and WPP: Allen & Overy; FTI Consulting; Slaughter and May; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Montagu’s sale of Centor to Gerresheimer: McDermott Will & Emery; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

European In-House Team of the Year – Direct Tax

APM Terminals
ASOS
Coface

European In-House Team of the Year – Indirect Tax

ASOS
Rio Tinto

European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Maples and Calder
RFF & Associados
Taxand Switzerland
Weil Gotshal & Manges

European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Best Friends Network
DLA Piper
EY
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Joseph Hage Aaronson
Maples and Calder
Weil Gotshal & Manges
William Fry Tax Advisors, Taxand Ireland

European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG

European Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Best Friends Network
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
Taxand
White & Case 






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