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Former official wins European tax award

Michel Aujean won the Editors' Choice award for his contribution to EU tax policy at International Tax Review's fourth annual European Tax Awards in London on Thursday night (May 22)


Michel Aujean won the Editors' Choice award for his contribution to EU tax policy at International Tax Review's fourth annual European Tax Awards in London on May 22.

Aujean, who now advises companies on EU tax policy as a partner of Taj, the tax and legal member firm of Deloitte in France, worked for the European Commission between 1976 and 2007, finishing up as head of analyses and tax policies in the taxation directorate-general. He collected the only award to an individual at the ceremony.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer took the European Tax Firm of the Year award, which was for the firm which has the best strength and depth in its international tax services and is widely represented throughout Europe.

Other pan-European awards went to Deloitte for transfer pricing and Linklaters for tax litigation. Dorsey & Whitney was the first winner of the European Court of Justice firm of the year award and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom won for US law firm in Europe. Deloitte in the UK won for best use of the internet and Taxand, a network of independent firms, took the award for best newcomer, which was for firms that are five years old or less.

In addition to the pan-European awards, International Tax Review presented awards for tax and transfer pricing in 24 European jurisdictions – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UK.

Multiple winners featured strongly at the ceremony. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte won 12 awards each, Ernst & Young and the Taxand network five each and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer three.

Other notable achievements included Garrigues, a member of the Taxand network, winning the Spain national tax firm of the year for the fourth year in a row.

In February and March this year, firms in the 24 jurisdictions were invited to submit at least three examples of their best work for the February 2007 to February 2008 period. The submissions were eligible for consideration for the two awards (tax and transfer pricing) in each of the countries, as well as for the eight pan-European awards.

International Tax Review editorial staff considered the submissions, as well as what they already knew about the firms through research for World Tax 2008, to compile shortlists for each award. The shortlists were submitted to a panel of tax executives made up of members of Tax Executives International's European chapter. They chose the winners in consultation with International Tax Review.

Nominees and winners (in bold) are listed below.

Tax Firm of The Year

Austria

Arnold, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wolf Theiss

Belgium

Allen & Overy, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick, Loyens & Loeff, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Cyprus

Consulco, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Andreas Neocleous & Co, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Denmark

Bech-Bruun, Deloitte, Plesner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Finland

Borenius & Kemppinen, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Hannes Snellman, Roschier

France

Bredin Prat, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Landwell & Associés, Linklaters, Mayer Brown, Taj

Germany

Clifford Chance, Deloitte, Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Greece

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zepos & Yannapoulos

Hungary

Andrékó Linklaters, Deloitte, Köves Clifford Chance, Nagy és Trócsányi

Ireland

A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Italy

Bonelli Erede & Pappalardo, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells

Luxembourg

Atoz, Deloitte, Linklaters, Loyens & Loeff, Nauta Dutilh, Oostvogels Pfister Feyten

Malta

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Netherlands

Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Loyens & Loeff, Nauta Dutilh

Norway

BAHR, Deloitte, Thommessen, Wiersholm Mellbye & Bech

Poland

Accreo Taxand, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Linklaters, MDDP, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Portugal

Abreu Advogados, Deloitte, Garrigues, Goncalves Pereira Castelo Branco,

Linklaters, PLMJ, Vieira de Almeida

Russia

Deloitte, KPMG, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Salans

Spain

Cuatrecasas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Garrigues, Linklaters, Lovells

Sweden

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Linklaters, Mannheimer Swartling

Switzerland

Bär & Karrer, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Homburger, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tax Partner

Turkey

Deloitte, Erdikler, Ernst & Young, Mazars/Denge, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ukraine

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Magisters, PricewaterhouseCoopers

UK 

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


Transfer pricing firm of the year

Austria

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Belgium

Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Denmark

Bech-Bruun, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Finland

Deloitte, KPMG

France

Arsene Taxand, Landwell & Associés, Taj

Germany

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Oppenhoff & Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Greece

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hungary

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Italy

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Transfer Pricing Associates

Malta

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Netherlands

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Transfer Pricing Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Norway

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Poland

Accreo Taxand, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, MDDP, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Portugal

Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Transfer Pricing Associates

Russia

Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Spain

Ashurst, Deloitte, Garrigues, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sweden

Deloitte, Ernst & Young

Switzerland

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tax Partner

Turkey

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Mazars/Denge, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ukraine

Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

UK 

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers


European firms of the year

US Tax Firm of the Year

Latham & Watkins, McDermott Will & Emery, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

European Tax Litigation

Garrigues, Linklaters, Lovells , Plesner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

European Transfer Pricing

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

European Tax

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Best ECJ Firm

Deloitte, Dorsey & Whitney, Flick Gocke Schaumburg, KPMG Meijburg & Co, KPMG Finland, Loyens & Loeff

Editors' Choice

Michel Aujean

Best Newcomer

Taxand

Best Use of the Internet

Deloitte in the UK

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