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European Tax Awards 2014: submissions period now open

Companies and firms can now enter for the European Tax Awards 2014. Entry information is available in hyperlinks throughout this story.

The closing date for entries is February 3 and the awards dinner will be held in London on May 21.

The awards include two awards for in-house teams, for direct and indirect tax. Companies’ tax departments can compete for these awards by sending a synopsis of up to 500 words detailing why they should win.

Enter here for the national tax firm of the year award in your country.

Enter here for the national transfer pricing firm of the year award in your country

Enter for the in-house team of the year for direct tax.

Enter for the in-house team of the year for indirect tax.

For their 10th year the awards are getting a new look. The awards continue to offer private-practice firms the oppportunity to compete to be national tax and transfer pricing firm of the year in these 27 jurisdictions or categories:

Austria; Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); Belgium; Cyprus; Central and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia); Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Russia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; UK and Ukraine.

The new look this year is the inclusion of deal awards, where the top transactions of the year in 11 industries or practice areas:

  • Banking;
  • Capital markets;
  • Consumer products;
  • Energy;
  • Financial services;
  • M&A;
  • Media & entertainment;
  • Private equity;
  • Technology & telecommunications;
  • Tax restructuring; and
  • Joint venture

will be identified. Any firm that worked on any tax aspect of the winning transaction will win an award. This is a recognition that, more often than not, the successful completion of a transaction involves work from many different specialists at many different tax firms, not just one.

Enter here for the deal awards.

The awards will also consist of regional categories for (entry forms hyperlinked below):

The awards focus only on quality of work over a 12 month period, ignoring the size and, in some categories, breadth of a practice. The directories look at the profile of a firm, including size, strength in depth and breadth, quality of clients and work done, and reputation of its tax and transfer pricing practice.

To decide the shortlists and winners, International Tax Review’s team of journalists will undertake detailed research from a variety of sources. Submissions from firms are a vital part of this research. The magazine’s editorial staff will also consult a large number of tax advisers and lawyers, tax executives and in-house counsel to gain their perspective on the ground-breaking work that took place in Europe between January 1 2013 to December 31 2013 period.

The awards will be judged according to:

  • Size (Not conclusive, though it does indicate what a tax team is capable of taking on)
  • Innovation (Did the solution the firm employed 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?)

The Dorchester in London will be the venue once again for the awards.

The closing date for entries is Monday February 3rd. Please contact Ralph Cunningham if you have any questions. And if you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Andrew Tappin.

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