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European Tax Awards 2019: The winners

16 May 2019

Dan Barabas

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The winners of International Tax Review’s 15th European Tax Awards have been announced.

Professional services firm Deloitte was awarded European Tax Firm of the Year, with EY crowned as European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year.

While professional services firms dominated the winners list, US law firm Baker McKenzie flexed its litigious muscle in 2018, winning European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year for its work on a number of high-profile cases in EMEA.

A total of 26 jurisdictions were celebrated in ITR’s annual awards ceremony, held this year over a three-course black-tie gala at The Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday, May 16 2019.

This year, firms from Israel, the Middle East and Africa were also represented, along with Cyprus and Malta.

You can see pictures from the awards night here: www.rogerharrisphoto.com/itreuropeawards2019.

Shortlisted firms and their matters were assessed according to three primary metrics: transactional value and size, complexity, and overall innovation to the tax practice.

Matters assessed must have been concluded between January 1 2018 to December 31 2018 to be eligible.

For a full list of the winners and nominees, please scroll down.

Winners are underlined in the shortlist.

National Awards

Austria Tax Firm of the Year

BPV Hügel

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON, WTS Global

KPMG

Rödl & Partner

Wolf Theiss    

Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BPV Hügel

Deloitte

TPA Group

Baltic Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

TGS Baltic

Sorainen, WTS Global

Baltic Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

TGS Baltic

Sorainen, WTS Global

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Liedekerke

T/A Economics, WTS Global

Central and Eastern Europe Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Grant Thornton

Radu si Asociatii SPRL

TPA

WTS Alfery, WTS Global

Central and Eastern Europe Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Deloitte

TPA

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Cyprus Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Bird & Bird

Borenius Attorneys

Deloitte

Hannes Snellman

Roschier

Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Borenius Attorneys

Deloitte

EY

France Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Bredin Prat

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

LPA-CGR Avocats

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell

Taj-Deloitte

France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Taj-Deloitte

Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Noerr

Oppenhoff

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

WTS, WTS Global

Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

NERA Economic Consulting

Oppenhoff

PwC

WTS, WTS Global

Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Koutalidis

Zepos & Yannopoulos, Taxand Greece

Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Zepos & Yannopoulos, Taxand Greece

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie, Hegymegi-Barakonyi

Deloitte

EY

Tandax Advisory

WTS Klient, WTS Global

Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie, Hegymegi-Barakonyi

Deloitte

EY

OrienTax

WTS Klient, WTS Global

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody

Arthur Cox

Baker Tilly

Deloitte

Maples & Calder

Matheson

PwC

William Fry

Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG

Matheson

Israel Tax Firm of the Year

Barnea

Eitan, Mehulal, Sadot

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Gornitzky & Co

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

S Horowitz & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co

Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

BonelliErede

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Maisto e Associati

Studio Legale e Tributario Biscozzi Nobili, WTS Global

Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati

Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BonelliErede

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Crowe Valente/Valente Associati GEB Partners

Deberti Jacchia

DLA Piper

Ludovici Piccone & Partners

Studio Tributario e Societario-Deloitte

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Simmons & Simmons

Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

TransFair Pricing Solutions

Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Camilleri Preziosi

Deloitte

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

De Brauw

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff

Stibbe

Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff

NERA Economic Consulting

Simmons & Simmons

Taxand Netherlands

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Arena Tax

Baker McKenzie

CRIDO, Taxand Poland

Deloitte

MDDP

Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

CRIDO, Taxand Poland

Deloitte

MDDP

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Cuatrecasas

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues

Morais Leitao Galvao Teles Soares Da Silva

PLMJ

PwC

Vieira De Almeida

Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Bryan Cave Leighton Partner

Dentons

EY

FBK Legal

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group

PwC

Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Dentons

EY

KPMG

PwC

South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

Webber Wentzel

South Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Grant Thornton

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

Cuatrecasas

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Garrigues

Perez-Llorca

Uria Menendez

Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

PwC

Roca Junyent

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

Linklaters

PwC

Svalner, member of WTS Global

Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

KPMG

PwC

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Lenz & Staehelin

Loyens & Loeff

Niederer Kraft Frey

Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland

Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Loyens & Loeff

Schellenberg Wittmer

Tax Partner, Taxand  Switzerland

Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Centrum

Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Centrum

PwC

UK Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Debevoise Plimpton

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Slaughter & May

Sullivan & Cromwell

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alvarez & Marsal, Taxand UK

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

EY

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Asters

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

EY

KM Partners, WTS Global

PwC

Sayenko Kharenko

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

EUCON

EY

KM Partners, WTS Global

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

PwC

RLA, member of VdA Legal Partners

Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

GCC Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

GCC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG

Regional Awards

European Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

Crowe Valente/Valente Associati GEB Partners

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

KPMG

PwC

European Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

European Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Aibidia Oy

Avalara

Deloitte

EY

Innovate Tax

KPMG

PwC

WTS Global

European Tax Innovator Firm of the Year

Aibidia Oy

Avalara

Deloitte

Vieira De Almeida

Zanders

European Court of Justice Firm of the Year – Direct Tax

Baker McKenzie

Stibbe

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff

European Court of Justice Firm of the Year – Indirect Tax

BPV Hügel

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

De Brauw

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

PLMJ Advogados

Vieira de Almeida

US Tax Firm of the Year in Europe

Baker McKenzie

Debevoise & Plimpton

Mayer Brown

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

In-house Awards

European In-house Team of the Year

BBVA

Booking.com

Cargill

Heineken

Orange

Salesforce

Leaders Awards

European In-house Tax Director of the Year 2019

Begoña García-Rozado González, Iberdrola

Catherine Poças, Société Générale Bank and Trust

Florence Blanchard, Cargill

José María Vallejo, BBVA

Mathias Hildebrandt, Zalando

Richard Neef, Imperial Tobacco

Rocío Bermúdez, Repsol

European In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year 2019

Donata Koren, Zalando

Luis Abrantes, Carlsberg

European Tax Practice Leader of the Year 2019

Jürgen Scholz, WTS Global

Joe Tynan, PwC Ireland

Melissa Geiger, KPMG in the UK

Mikhail Orlov, KPMG in Russia

Paolo Ludovici, Ludovici Piccone & Partners, Italy

Thomas Perrot, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, France

Willem Blom, Deloitte Netherlands

Xavier Hubaux, EY Luxembourg

European Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year 2019

Axel Eigelshoven, PwC Germany

Antonio Russo, Baker McKenzie Netherlands

Joao Aranha, Baker Tilly Portugal

Eoghan Quigley, KPMG in Ireland

Monique van Herksen, Simmons & Simmons Netherlands

Shaun Austin, Deloitte UK

Shiv Mahalingham, Deloitte MENA

Xaver Ditz, Flick Gocke Schaumburg

European Tax Litigation/Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 2019 

Andrey Ermolaev, KPMG in Russia

Arne Møllin Ottosen, Kromann Reumert Denmark

Conor O’Brien, KPMG in Ireland

Greg Lockhart, Matheson Ireland

Helen Buchanan, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer UK

Pietro Piccone Ferrarotti, Ludovici Piccone & Partners Italy

Dmytro Donets, PwC Ukraine

Thomas Rödder, Flick Gocke Schaumburg Germany

European Impact Deals

Essilor and Luxottica merger: Bonelli Erede; Bredin Prat; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Atlantia, ACS acquisition of Abertis: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardell; DLA Piper; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gianni Origoni Grippxo Capelli & Partners; Gleiss Lutz; Herbert Smith Freehills; Lagance Avvocati; Uria Menendez

Vodafone acquisition of Liberty Global: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Latham & Watkins; Slaughter & May

Linde-Praxair merger: Arthur Cox; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hengeler Mueller; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Slaughter & May, Sullivan & Cromwell; William Fry

Unibail acquisition of Westfield: Allens; Clifford Chance; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; Debevoise & Plimpton; King & Wood Mallesons; Lacourte Raquin Tatar; Loyens & Loeff; NautaDutilh; Shearman & Sterling; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Blackstone acquisition of Thomson Reuters financial and risk unit: Debevoise Plimpton

AXA acquisition of XL Group: Bredin Prat; Cravath Swaine & Moore; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

CME acquisition of NEX Group: Clifford Chance; Norton Rose Fulbright; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Blackstone acquisition of Banco Popular’s real estate assets: Garrigues; Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett; Uria Menendez

Cerebus' purchase of the majority of BBVA's real estate business: Clifford Chance; Linklaters; PwC; Schulte Rith & Zabel

European Impact Cases

EU: Sofina (C-575/17), CJEU rule on incompatibility of French withholding tax on dividends received by loss-making non-resident companies: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Finland: Taxpayers ability to choose business model and most appropriate transfer pricing method: Borenius Attorneys

Italy: Dolce and Gabbana cleared of tax evasion due to double residence: Studio Legale e Tributario Biscozzi Nobili

Portugal: Change in VAT treatment of real estate transactions in Portugal: PLMJ Advogados

Final Regional Awards

European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Baker Tilly

BPV Hügel

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

WTS Global

European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

Dentons

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland

William Fry, Taxand Ireland

WTS, WTS Global

European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

PwC    

WTS Global

European Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

KPMG

PwC






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