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ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2021: The winners

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Standfirst: The winners of the ITR Europe, Middle East, and Africa Tax Awards have been announced for 2021!

 


    

The ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 17th annual ITR Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Tax Awards.

Deloitte has been awarded as the region wide Tax Firm of the Year, achieving widespread national and regional success. EY and Baker McKenzie were crowned as the region wide Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year, respectively. These three firms also won a string of awards across the EMEA region in quite a few categories.

The winners for our in-house categories included Apple, Lego, and Netflix.

Given the continued travel restrictions and environment due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and our list of multi-national winners are located throughout the region, we are unable to host an all-inclusive awards ceremony this year to recognise the work highlighted below. However, we remain passionate about supporting the impactful and innovative tax and transfer pricing accomplishments and are excited to be able to present this year’s winners to you.

We are keen to fulfil any promotions that firms would like to undertake on the back of their success and request that you contact ITR's senior business development manager, Raquel Ipo, or ITR’s Associate Publisher, Tanya Gujral, with any queries.

We aim to mention all firms that took part in each of our Impact Cases and Impact Deals.If your firm has been omitted or you have questions about the research, please contact ITR’s awards researcher John Harrison.

A full list of shortlisted firms for the ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2021 was released in August 2021.


Jurisdiction Awards

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Andersen Tax

Bowmans

ENSafrica

EY

KPMG

Webber Wentzel 

Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

BDO

Deloitte

ENSafrica

Graphene Economics

KPMG

PwC 

Austria Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Cerha Hempel

ICON, WTS Global

bpv Hügel

TPA Group

Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON, WTS Global

bpv Hügel

TPA Group

Austria Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: bpv Hügel

Cerha Hempel

Deloitte

ICON, WTS Global

TPA Group

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Cobalt

Deloitte

Sorainen, WTS Global

TGS Baltic

Walless

Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

BDO

Sorainen, WTS Global

TGS Baltic

Walless

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arteo

Baker McKenzie

Loyens & Loeff

Stibbe

Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arteo

Baker McKenzie

EY Tax Consultants

Loyens & Loeff

Belgium Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Arteo

Deloitte

Loyens & Loeff

Stibbe

CEE Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

CMS

Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov

DLA Piper

Taxhouse, Taxand Romania

CEE Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY, EY Bulgaria / EY Romania

Deloitte

KPMG

Taxhouse, Taxand Romania

WTS Alfery, WTS Global

CIS States Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Arzinger & Partners

Caspian Legal Center

KPMG

Legaltax

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Elias Neocleous & Co

EY

Harris Kyriakides

Taxand Cyprus

Cyprus Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Deloitte

Elias Neocleous & Co

Taxand Cyprus

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Plesner

Accura

Bjørnholm Law

Corit Advisory

KPMG

Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Bjørnholm Law

Corit Advisory

KPMG

Plesner

Denmark Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Plesner

Accura

Bjørnholm Law

Corit Advisory

Deloitte

Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Roschier

Borenius

Deloitte

EY

Hannes Snellman

Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Alder & Sound

Borenius

EY

Roschier

Finland Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Hannes Snellman

Borenius

Deloitte

EY

Roschier

France Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Arsene Taxand

Baker McKenzie

Bredin Prat

Deloitte | Taj

Dentons

LPA-CGR Avocats 

France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Arsene Taxand

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte | Taj

Dentons

Fidal, WTS Global

LPA-CGR Avocats 

France Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Arsene Taxand

Bredin Prat 

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats

Dentons

EY

LPA-CGR Avocats 

Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

PwC

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

WTS Germany, WTS Global  

Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: NERA Economic Consulting

DLA Piper

EY

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Mazars

PwC

WTS Germany, WTS Global 

Germany Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper 

Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Koutalidis Law Firm

Deloitte

EY

PotamitisVekris

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Andersen

Deloitte

Mazars

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Greece Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Zepos & Yannopoulos

Deloitte

PotamitisVekris

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Andersen Adótanácsadó

Deloitte

EY

Hegymegi-Barakonyi & Partner Baker McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law

Jalsovszky Law Firm

Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Andersen Adótanácsadó

DLA Piper

EY

WTS Klient, WTS Global

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Matheson

A&L Goodbody

Arthur Cox

Maples Group

William Fry

Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Matheson

A&L Goodbody

EY

Maples Group

William Fry

Israel Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Herzog Fox & Neeman

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Gornitzky & Co

Meitar Law Offices

Shekel & Co

Israel Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Gornitzky & Co

Goldfarb Seligman

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Meitar Law Offices

Israel Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Shekel & Co

Gornitzky & Co

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Meitar Law Offices

Yigal Anon & Co

Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Maisto e Associati

BonelliErede 

Chiomenti

Deloitte

Facchini Rossi Michelutti Studio Legale Tributario

PwC

Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati 

Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

BonelliErede

Hager & Partners

KPMG

Maisto e Associati

PwC

Valente Associati GEB Partners, Crowe Valente 

Italy Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Chiomenti

Baker McKenzie 

BonelliErede

Di Tanno Associati

KPMG

Maisto e Associati

Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati 

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Allen & Overy

Arendt & Medernach

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff

Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Loyens & Loeff

Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Avanzia Taxand

Camilleri Preziosi

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

WH Partners

Middle East Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Al Tamimi & Co

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

MMJS Consulting

PwC

WTS Dhruva Consultants, WTS Global 

Middle East Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Al Tamimi & Co

DLA Piper

Grant Thornton UAE

KPMG

MMJS Consulting

PwC 

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Stibbe

AKD

Baker McKenzie 

DLA Piper

EY

Houthoff

Loyens & Loeff 

Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Houthoff

Loyens & Loeff

Taxperience

Netherlands Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Houthoff

Atlas Tax Lawyers, WTS Global

Bird & Bird

Deloitte

Dentons

Loyens & Loeff 

Nigeria Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Andersen  

Banwo & Ighodalo

Deloitte

EY

Olaniwun Ajayi

Nigeria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Andersen  

BDO

Deloitte

KPMG

PwC 

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: BAHR

Arntzen de Besche

Deloitte

PwC

Thommessen

Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arntzen de Besche

BAHR

PwC

Thommessen

Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

Baker McKenzie

Crido Taxand

Deloitte

KPMG

MDDP Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy

Wardynski & Partners

Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Crido Taxand

CMS

Deloitte

Dentons

KPMG

MDDP Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy

PwC

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Morais Leitão 

Deloitte

Garrigues

KPMG

PwC

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Vieira de Almeida

Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Abreu Advogados

Baker Tilly

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

PwC 

Portugal Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

CCR Legal 

Cuatrecasas

DLA Piper

Garrigues

Morais Leitão

Vieira de Almeida 

Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

EY

FBK Legal

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group

Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

EY

FBK Legal

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group

Russia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Dentons

FBK Legal

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group

PwC

Taxology

South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Webber Wentzel

Bowmans

Deloitte

ENSafrica

EY 

South Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Graphene Economics

Deloitte

ENSafrica

EY

KPMG 

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Uría Menéndez

Baker McKenzie

Cuatrecasas

Deloitte

Garrigues

KPMG

Pérez-Llorca

Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

Cuatrecasas

Garrigues

KPMG

TPS – International Transfer Pricing Specialists

Spain Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Uría Menéndez

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Garrigues

KPMG

Pérez-Llorca

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Deloitte

EY

Mannheimer Swartling

PwC

Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Deloitte

KPMG

PwC

Skeppsbron Skatt

Sweden Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Manheimer Swartling

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

EY

Loyens & Loeff

Tax Partner, Taxand

Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

Loyens & Loeff

Schellenberg Wittmer

Tax Partner, Taxand

Switzerland Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Tax Partner, Taxand

Baker McKenzie

Schellenberg Wittmer

Walder Wyss

Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Esin Attorney Partnership

BDO Denet

Deloitte

Nazali

Penezoglu Law Firm

Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Esin Attorney Partnership

Centrum Auditing & Consulting

Deloitte

EY

PwC

UK Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie 

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Slaughter and May

Weil Gotshal & Manges 

UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

FTI Consulting, WTS Global

Grant Thornton

UK Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills

Slaughter and May  

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Sayenko Kharenko

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners, WTS Global

Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Deloitte

Eucon Legal Group

Kinstellar

KPMG

PwC

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners, WTS Global

Individual Awards

Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Tomasz Michalik – Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy

Andrè Hengst – EY

Giuseppe Andrea Giannantonio – Chiomenti

Jürgen Scholz – WTS Global

Martha Papasotiriou – Andersen

Michał Borowski – Crido

Redge de Swardt – EY

Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 

Winner: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk – Houthoff

Alexander Gross – EY

Anna Pęczyk-Tofel – Crido

Helen Buchanan – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Massimo Antonini – Chiomenti

Michele Santocchini – Baker McKenzie

Yves Rutschmann – Bredin Prat

Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year 

Winner: Ulf Andresen – DLA Piper

Anna Wcislo – Crido

Dagmara Cisowska – Dentons

Joshua Bamfo – Andersen

Michiel Els – EY

Piotr Wiewiórka – PwC

Stefano Rossi – Andersen

Tax Practice Leader of the Year 

Winner: Mark Delaney – Baker McKenzie

Andrzej Pośniak – CMS

Ekow Eghan – EY

James Anderson – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Jan Waclawek – PwC

Martha Papasotiriou – Andersen

Sandija Novicka – Cobalt

In-house Awards 

In-house Tax Team of the Year 

Winner: Apple

Lego

Novartis

Orsted

Procter & Gamble

Unilever

Zalando

In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year 

Winner: Netflix

AB Volvo

AXA

Ex Kering

Kingfisher

Stena

Zalando

In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year 

Winner: Lego

Sonaecom

Spotify

Stripe

Swedbank

Veoneer

In-house Tax Director of the Year 

Winner: Karl Berlin – Orsted

Alessandro Cini – Fiat Chrysler

Jesper Anker Howes – Maersk Tankers

Karl Muller – Unilever

Marc Mokrab – Technicolor

Martin Larsson – AstraZeneca

Yana Rogozina – Novartis

In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year 

Winner: Tamara Jones Feddoul – Schneider Electric

Elias Thomas – Spotify

Fabio Aramini – Ex Kering

Lisa Wåhlin – Stena

Louise Sykes – AXA

Samira Korschan – Netflix

In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year 

Winner: Carolin Symmons – Spotify

Anna Ogenblad – Lego

Filipa Costa – Sonaecom

Aleksandra Bal – Stripe

Andreas Talle Holmqvist – Swedbank

Johan Lockner – Veoneer

Deals and Cases

Impact Deals of the Year

Advent, Cinven, and RAG acquisition of Thyssenkrupp Elevator business: Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Kirkland & Ellis, Linklaters

Fiat Chrysler merger with PSA Group to form Stellantis: Bär & Karrer,  BonelliErede, Bredin Prat, Cabinet Bompoint, Clifford Chance, CMS, Covington & Burling, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Davies Ward, DeBrauw Blackstone Westbroek, Demarest Advogados, Fangda Partners, Fiat Chrysler, Funes de Roja & Asociados, Legance, Linklaters, Maisto e Associati, PSA Group, SiqueiraCastro, Slaughter and May, Stibbe, Sullivan & Cromwell, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Global Blue business combination with Far Point SPAC: Baker Hostetler, Bär & Karrer, Deloitte, Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, Grimaldi Studio Legale, Kirkland & Ellis, Lenz & Staehelin, Linklaters, Maples Group, MinterEllison, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, NautaDutilh, Niederer Kraft Frey, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Stibbe, Vinge, Walkers, Wolf Theiss

Issa brothers & TDR Capital acquisition of Asda: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Slaughter and May

JDE Peet’s IPO: Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Stibbe

Liberty Global acquisition of Sunrise Communications Group: Deloitte, Homburger, Lenz & Staehelin, Ropes & Gray

Mitsubishi Corporation acquisition of Eneco: Clifford Chance, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Stibbe

Siemens’ Energy Business spin off and listing: Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hengeler Mueller, Latham & Watkins

UK Government and Bharti Global acquisition of OneWeb: Cravath Swaine & Moore, Herbert Smith Freehills, Milbank, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Worldline acquisition of Ingenico: Bredin Prat, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Latham & Watkins

Impact Cases of the Year

Commissioner for HMRC v IGE USA: 11 New Square, General Counsel and Solicitor to HMRC, Hardwicke, Pump Court Tax Chambers, PwC, Serle Court

Dong Yang Electronics sp. z.o.o. v Dyrektor Izby Administracji Skarbowej we Wroclawiu: EY, Monckton Chambers

État luxembourgeois v B (C‑245/19), and  État luxembourgeois v B (C‑246/19), and État luxembourgeois v B, C, D, F.C: Ashurst

Ireland and Apple Sales International & Apple Operations Europe v European Commission (T-788/16 & T-892/16): Aoife Goodman, Barry Doherty, Ashurst, Blackstone Chambers, Field Court Chambers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Maurice Collins, Monckton Chambers, Paul Gallagher SC, Suzanne Kingston

Sonaecom SGPS SA v Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira: Morais Leitão

Vodafone Magyarország Mobil Távközlési Zrt. v Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Fellebbviteli Igazgatósága: EY, Jalsovszky Law Firm

Regional Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Winner: A&L Goodbody

Deloitte

Dentons

Esin Attorney Partnership

EY

Maples Group

Uría Menéndez

US Corporate Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Mayer Brown

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best Newcomer

Winner: Arteo

CCR Legal

CCSL Advogados

MMJS Consulting

Walless

CJEU Firm of the Year

Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

EY

Morais Leitão

Pinsent Masons

Simmons & Simmons

Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Winner: Cobalt

Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy

PotamitisVekris

TPA Austria

Walkers

Tax Innovator of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

EY

LifeCapital

PwC

Taxually

Tax Technology Provider of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Crido

Innovate Tax

KPMG

PwC

WTS Germany, WTS Global

Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

EY

Mazars

WTS Global

Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Cobalt

Crido

KPMG

Valente Associati GEB Partners Crowe Valente

Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

PwC

WTS Global

Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dentons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Houthoff

Loyens & Loeff

The Best Friends network

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff

PwC

WTS Global

Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

EY

KPMG

PwC

The Best Friends network

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