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European Tax Awards 2017 - the shortlists are out

28 March 2017

Anjana Haines

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The nominees have been revealed for International Tax Review's European Tax Awards 2017.

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 18 2017.  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 Anjana Haines (anjana.haines@euromoneyplc.com) or Penny Creed ( penny.creed@legalmediagroup.com) as soon as possible.

European Tax Awards 2017

National Tax and Transfer Pricing Firms of the Year Shortlists

Firms made submissions for work done between January 1 2016 and December 31 2016.

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 Hugel
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • Wolf Theiss

Austria TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PWC

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

  • Cobalt
  • Deloitte
  • Ellex Valiunas
  • GLIKMAN ALVIN
  • Sorainen

Baltic States TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • Sorainen

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • Liedekerke
  • Linklaters
  • Mayer Brown

Belgium TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • Liedekerke
  • Mayer Brown

Central and Eastern Europe Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte Bulgaria
  • Deloitte Czech Republic
  • Deloitte Romania
  • Deloitte Slovak Republic
  • Deloitte Slovenia
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • Taxhouse-Taxand Romania

Central and Eastern Europe TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY Czech Republic
  • EY Romania
  • Taxhouse-Taxand Romania

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • Eurofast
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

  • Bruun & Hjejle
  • Deloitte
  • Plesner

Denmark TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Plesner

Finland Tax Firm of the Year

  • Alder & Sound
  • Borenius Attorneys (Taxand Finland)
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Roschier

Finland TP Firm of the Year

  • Alder & Sound
  • Borenius Attorneys (Taxand Finland)
  • Deloitte
  • EY

France Tax Firm of the Year

  • Arsene - Taxand
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bredin Prat
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Mayer Brown
  • Taj, Societe d Avocats (Deloitte)

France TP Firm of the Year

  • Arsene - Taxand
  • EY
  • Taj, Société d'Avocats (Deloitte)
  • Mayer Brown

Germany Tax Firm of the Year

  • DLA Piper
  • Flick Gocke Schaumburg
  • Hengeler Mueller
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Mayer Brown
  • Oppenhoff & Partner
  • WTS Group

Germany TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker Tilly
  • Deloitte
  • Flick Gocke Schaumburg
  • Hengeler Mueller
  • Nera
  • Oppenhoff & Partner
  • WTS Group

Greece Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Zepos & Yannopoulos

Greece TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Zepos & Yannopoulos

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • WTS Klient Tax Advisory

Hungary TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • WTS Klient Tax Advisory

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

  • A&L Goodbody
  • Deloitte
  • Maples and Calder 
  • Matheson
  • William Fry

Ireland TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Matheson
  • PwC
  • William Fry, Taxand

Italy Tax Firm of the Year

  • BonelliErede
  • Chiomenti
  • Clifford Chance
  • Maisto e Associati
  • Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
  • Valente Associati GEB Partners

Italy TP Firm of the Year

  • BonelliErede
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • Maisto e Associati
  • Valente Associati GEB Partners

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

  • Allen & Overy
  • Arendt & Medernach
  • ATOZ Tax Advisers (Taxand)
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Dentons
  • Van Campen Liem

Luxembourg TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Loyens & Loeff
  • PwC

Malta Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Stibbe
  • Taxand Netherlands
  • Van Campen Liem

Netherlands TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • Taxand Netherlands

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Norway TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Poland Tax Firm of the Year

  • Crido - Taxand
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • Kochanski Zieba & Partners
  • MDDP
  • Wardyński & Partners

Poland TP Firm of the Year

  • Crido - Taxand
  • EY
  • Kochanski Zieba & Partners
  • MDDP

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

  • EY
  • Garrigues
  • Linklaters
  • Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
  • PLMJ
  • PwC
  • RFF & Associados
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados

Portugal TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker Tilly
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • PwC

Russia Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • EY
  • Goltsblat BLP
  • KPMG
  • Pepeliaev Group
  • PwC

Russia TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC

South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • ENSafrica, Taxand
  • KPMG

South Africa TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • ENSafrica, Taxand
  • KPMG

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Cuatrecasas
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • Garrigues
  • Uría Menéndez

Spain TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Garrigues
  • Landwell

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Svalner

Sweden TP Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

  • ADB
  • Deloitte
  • Lenz & Staehelin
  • Schellenberg Wittmer
  • Tax Partner AG, Taxand Switzerland

Switzerland TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • Taxexpert International
  • PwC
  • KPMG

Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Mazars Denge
  • Pekin & Pekin
  • PwC

Turkey TP Firm of the Year

  • Centrum Consulting
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • PwC
  • WTS & Çelen

UK Tax Firm of the Year

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Allen & Overy
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Macfarlanes LLP
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Slaughter and May
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges

UK TP Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhus Deringer
  • Grant Thornton
  • McDermott Will & Emery

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

  • Avellum
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • EPAP
  • EY
  • International Legal Center EUCON
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Ukraine TP Firm of the Year

  • Avellum
  • Baker McKenzie
  • DLA Piper
  • EY
  • International Legal Center EUCON
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • WTS Tax Legal Consulting (KM Partners)

European Regional and Deal Awards Shortlists

US Law Firm in Europe

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • DLA Piper
  • Mayer Brown
  • White & Case

Best Newcomer

  • Ellex Valiunas
  • Philippe Derouin
  • Innovate Tax

European Tax Innovator of the Year

  • Innovate Tax
  • Deloitte Belgium
  • Deloitte Spain
  • Alder & Sound
  • Taxamo

European Tax Technology Firm of the Year

  • Alder & Sound
  • BearingPoint
  • Deloitte Luxembourg
  • Taxback International
  • WTS Group

European Tax Policy Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • EY
  • Maples and Calder 
  • Matheson
  • Pepeliaev Group

European Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

  • Deloitte Germany
  • Deloitte Netherlands
  • EY
  • Tax Partner AG, Taxand Switzerland
  • WTS Klient Tax Advisory

European Banking Tax Deal of the Year

  • Alpha Bank’s sale of its majority interest in Ionian Hotel Enterprises S.A. to Doğuş Tourism Group and TEMES: White & Case; Allen & Overy
  • New real estate investment fund managed by IDeA Fimit SGR involving a property portfolio transaction: DLA Piper; Chiomenti; Legance
  • Rothschild & Co’s merger with Compagnie Financière Martin Maurel: Bredin Prat; BDGS
  • Sale of a portfolio of secured and non-secured loans (Project Eloise): Uría Menéndez; Linklaters; Davis Polk and Wardwell
  • Transfer of the Barclaycard Portuguese business and of Banco Popular’s credit and debit card business: Vieira de Almeida & Associados; Clifford Chance; PLMJ; Freshfields; Linklaters
  • UK Asset Resolution's (UKAR) sale of an asset portfolio: Slaughter and May; Linklaters

European Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year

  • Eni's non-dilutive equity-linked bonds offer: Clifford Chance

  • IPO of Basic-Fit: Stibbe; Allen & Overy; Sullivan & Cromwell; NautaDutilh; Shearman & Sterling; Rutger & Posch
  • IPO of Expedia's Trivago: Stibbe; Latham & Watkins; NautaDutilh; Noerr LP; Goodwin Procter; Linklaters 
  • IPO of Philips Lighting: Stibbe; Davis Polk & Wardwell; De Brauw and Sullivan & Cromwell
  • SBOLT securitisation and EIB funding: Matheson; Cadwalader; Wickersham & Taft; Purrington Moody Weil; Linklaters; Simmons & Simmons; Allen & Overy
  • Share capital increase of Banco Popular Español: Uría Menéndez; Davis Polk and Wardwell
  • The Portuguese Republic’s issuance of treasury bonds: Vieira de Almeida & Associados; PLMJ

European Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year

  • Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s acquisition of SABMiller: EY; Stibbe; White & Case; Linklaters; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Baring Private Equity acquisition of a stake in Cath Kidston: Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • BC Partners Ltd and Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s acquisition of the Keter Group from the Sagol family: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; White & Case; Loyens & Loeff; Van Doorne; EY; PwC; Linklaters; ATOZ Tax Advisers (Taxand)
  • Danone acquisition of WhiteWave Foods: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Bredin Prat
  • Fida’s acquisition of Rossana from the Swiss food group Nestlé: DLA Piper; Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners; Fava & Associati
  • JAB & Quadrant acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain: Stibbe
  • Luigi Lavazza's acquisition of brand Carte Noire: Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins
  • Teva’s acquisition of Allergan Generics: Avellum; White & Case; Latham & Watkins; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Matheson

European Energy Tax Deal of the Year

  • Bain Capital sale of Blackhawk to Frank's: Stibbe; Rope & Gray; Baker & McKenzie
  • EDF’s acquisition of Areva’s nuclear reactor business: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Bredin Prat; De Pardieu Brocas Maffai; Darrois Villey
  • Issue of bonds by Galp Energia: Boston Consulting Group; Vieira de Almeida & Associados
  • Macquarie Capial’s acquisition of a 50% interest in 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm from Dong Energy: Slaughter & May; Linklaters; Allen & Overy
  • Oil and Gas Climate Initiative collaborative investment fund designed to tackle climate change on a global scale: Simmons & Simmons; Seward & Kissel; Vinson & Elkins
  • Premier Oil’s acquisition of E.on’s UK North Seas oil and gas assets: Slaughter & May; Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Royal Dutch Shell takeover of BG Group (SME); Slaughter & May; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.; Cravath Swaine & Moore; Shell legal and tax teams

  European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year

  • Banco Santander’s acquisition of a 50% stake in Santander Asset Management from Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic: Slaughter & May; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Uría Menéndez
  • GE’s disposal of certain finance platforms to Wells Fargo & Co: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Mayer Brown; Matheson
  • MasterCard’s acquisition of a controlling stake in VocaLink: Slaughter & May, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • The acquisition of LeasePlan by a consortium of investors: Allen & Overy; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Linklaters; Loyens & Loeff
  • The transfer of the Barclaycard Portuguese business and of Banco Popular’s credit and debit card business: Vieira de Almeida

European Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year

  • Merger of the Elephant & Castle and "East Village" residential projects: Simmons & Simmons, PwC, Olswang, Jones Day, Mischcon de Reya, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • De-merger of the joint venture between PSP and Grupo Isolux Corsán: Uría Menéndez, Linklaters, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Froneri Joint Venture (R&R and Nestlé ice-cream joint venture): Vieira de Almeida & Associados, Linklaters, Allen & Overy
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board acquisition of the Keter Group: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; EY; Linklaters; White & Case
  • Vodafone’s merger of its Dutch operations with those of Liberty Global: Slaughter & May; Nauta Dutilh

European M&A Tax Deal of the Year

  • Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s acquisition of SABMiller: EY; Stibbe; White & Case; Linklaters; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • ASML acquires Hermes Microvision: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Goldman Sachs; Credit Suisse
  • Global sale of part of Allergan’s business to Teva: Avellum; White & Case; Latham & Watkins; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Matheson
  • Metrovacesa and Merlin Properties group merger to form Banco Santander: Uría Menéndez; Goldman Sachs Group; Morgan Stanley
  • The Carlyle Group acquires Innovation Group: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; HSBC; Barclays Capital; Deloitte; Linklaters; ERM; Marsh; Slaughter & May

European Media and Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and BC Partners sale of 70% stake in Suddenlink to Altice and acquisition of a 30% stake in Cablevision: Latham & Watkins; PwC; Sullivan & Cromwell; Mintz Levin Cohn Glovsky and Popeo; Richards Layton & Finger; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Covington & Burling; Mayer Brown; Ropes & Gray
  • Filming transactions involving Northbull Investment: Jurimex
  • ITV on the sale of UTV Ireland to Virgin Media: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Slaughter and May; Matheson
  • Joop van den Ende’s sale of majority stake in Stage Entertainment to CVC Capital Partners: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Refinancing and restructuring of Hibu Group and its subsidiaries: Slaughter & May; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Walkers
  • Systems Corporation: Stibbe; Paul Hastings; Seyfarth Shaw; Latham & Watkins and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

European Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year

  • Advent International acquisition of Brammer: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; White & Case; KPMG.
  • American Securities acquisition of Chromaflo Technologies from Arsenal Capital Partners and Nordic Capital: Taxand Netherlands; Alvarez & Marsal Taxand; Loyens & Loeff
  • Banca IFIS’s acquisition of GE Capital Interbanca Group: BonelliErede; Slaughter & May
  • BC Partners Ltd and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s acquisition of Keter Group from the Sagol family: White & Case; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Loyens & Loeff; Van Doorne; EY; PwC; GKH Law; Linklaters; Meitar; Tandax Advisory; Claeys & Engels
  • Brookfield’s acquisition of GL Europe RE Holdings S.à r.l from Avenue Capital: Simmons & Simmons; Kirkland & Ellis; Berwin Leighton Paisner; PwC; Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Goldman Sachs acquisition of Continental Bakeries: Stibbe; Sullivan & Cromwell; Gleiss Lutz; Hammarskiöld; Herbert Smith Freehills; Lexence; NautaDutilh and Hengeler Mueller
  • HAL sells AudioNova to Sonova: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Homborger; EY
  • Acquisition of 17 hotels by Fonciere des Murs: Uría Menéndez; Garrigues

European Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year

  • Biancamano’s restructuring of financial indebtedness within the context of a pre-bankruptcy composition with creditors proceedings under the Italian bankruptcy law: BonelliErede
  • Office Depot’s sale of its European business to the Aurelius Group: Stibbe; Eversheds; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Bird & Bird.
  • Paragon Offshore PLC Chapter 11/Restructuring: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Arnold Porter and Hogan Lovells
  • Rabobank’s implementation of new governance, including a merger of 107 Rabobank entities: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Restructuring of Grupo Isolux Corsan’s financial debt: Uría Menéndez; Jones Day; Linklaters; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

European Telecommunications and Technology Tax Deal of the Year

  • Ardian’s acquisition of the Envision Pharma group: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; EY; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Arm Holdings on recommended cash offer by Softbank (GZM): Slaughter & May; Davis, Polk and Warwell; Freshfield and Morrison Forster
  • ASML acquisition of Hermes Microvision (Taiwan): De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and BC Partners sale of 70% stake in Suddenlink to Altice and acquisition of a 30% stake in Cablevision: Latham & Watkins; PwC; Sullivan & Cromwell; Mintz Levin Cohn Glovsky and Popeo; Richards Layton & Finger; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Covington & Burling; Mayer Brown; Ropes & Gray
  • Management of Raet, investment by HG Capital: Stibbe; Van Doorne; White & Case; Deloitte; Clifford Chance
  • Qorvo acquisition Green Peak Technologies: Stibbe; Womble Carlyle; Jones Day
  • United Internet’s acquisition of Strato from Deutsche Telekom: Hengeler Mueller
  • Vonage Holdings Corp’s acquisition of Nexmo: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Goodwin Proctor; Taylor Wessing

European In-House Team of the Year – Direct Tax

  • AstraZeneca
  • Coface

European In-House Team of the Year – Transfer Pricing

  • AstraZeneca
  • Syngenta International
  • Zalando

European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte Denmark
  • RFF & Associados
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • WTS Global

European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Best Friends Tax Network
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • KPMG Abogados
  • Radu si Asociatii (the correspondent law firm of EY Romania)
  • RFF & Associados
  • Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges

European Court of Justice Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Plesner
  • Vieira de Almeida

European Tax Firm of the Year

  • Best Friends Tax Network
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Baker McKenzie

European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Deloitte
  • EY







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