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European Tax Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the ITR European Tax Awards 2020 has been announced.

The winners of the ITR European Tax Awards 2020 will be revealed on our website on May 21 at 2pm BST.

The ITR European Tax Awards have taken place annually since 2005 and recognise remarkable achievements and developments by international tax professionals from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region over a 12-month period.

Aside from the national awards in more than 30 jurisdictions, there are also awards in regional, individual and in-house categories for the best performers. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s winners of the European Tax Awards will be announced and published online on May 21 at 2pm BST.

ITR’s head of business development Jamil Ahad will contact firms and individuals in due course.

If you have any questions about the shortlist or research, please contact our team at editorial@internationaltaxreview.com. For the deals and cases awards, we strive to mention all the firms that took part in each deal. If your firm has been omitted, please contact ITR's editorial team

Our thoughts are with our readers and others affected by the pandemic.

National Awards

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
ENSafrica
EY
Olaniwun Ajayi
PwC
Webber Wentzel


Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BDO
Deloitte
DLA Piper
ENSafrica
EY
PwC


Austria Tax Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel
CERHA HEMPEL
Deloitte
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
ICON


Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel
Deloitte
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
ICON
TPA Group


Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Cobalt
Deloitte
Sorainen, WTS Global
TGS Baltic
Walless


Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BDO
Deloitte
EY
Sorainen, WTS Global
TGS Baltic


Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Loyens & Loeff


Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Loyens & Loeff
Stibbe


CEE Tax Firm of the Year

CMS
Deloitte
EY, EY Bulgaria
White & Case
WTS Alfery, WTS Global


CEE Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BMB Partners, Taxand Slovakia
CMS
Deloitte
EY, EY Bulgaria / EY Romania
Taxhouse, Taxand Romania


CIS States Tax Firm of the Year

Arzinger & Partners
Caspian Legal Center
EY
Legaltax
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners


Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Elias Neocleous & Co
EY
Harris Kyriakides
Taxatelier


Cyprus Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Elias Neocleous & Co
EY
Taxatelier


Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Bruun & Hjejle
CORIT Advisory
Deloitte
KPMG
Plesner


Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Bjørnholm Law
Bruun & Hjejle
Deloitte
EY
Plesner


Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound
Borenius
Deloitte
Hannes Snellman
Roschier


Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound
Borenius
Deloitte
EY
Roschier


France Tax Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand
Baker McKenzie
Bredin Prat
Clifford Chance
Deloitte | Taj
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mayer Brown


France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte | Taj
Dentons
EY
LPA - CGR Avocats
Mayer Brown


Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
WTS Germany


Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Dentons
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Mayer Brown
NERA Economic Consulting
Oppenhoff & Partner
WTS Germany


Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Dryllerakis & Associates
EY
Koutalidis Law Firm
Zepos & Yannopoulos


Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Dryllerakis & Associates
EY
Zepos & Yannopoulos


Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Jalsovszky Law Firm
WTS Klient


Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
OrienTax Consulting
WTS Klient


Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody
Arthur Cox
Deloitte
Matheson
William Fry


Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
Maples Group
Matheson
William Fry


Israel Tax Firm of the Year

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
Gornitzky & Co
Herzog Fox & Neeman
Yaron-Eldar Paller Schwartz & Co
Yigal Arnon & Co


Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
BonelliErede
Chiomenti
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ludovici Piccone & Partners
Maisto e Associati


Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BonelliErede
Deloitte
Hager & Partners
KPMG
Maisto e Associati
Valente Associati GEB Partners/Crowe Valente


Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
Deloitte
KPMG
Loyens & Loeff


Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arendt & Medernach
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
KPMG
Loyens & Loeff


Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Avanzia Taxand
Camilleri Preziosi
Deloitte
Fenech & Fenech Advocates
WH Partners


Middle East Tax Firm of the Year

Al Tamimi & Co
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
KPMG
PwC
WTS Dhruva Consultants


Middle East Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Al Tamimi & Co
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
KPMG
PwC
WTS Dhruva Consultants


Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Houthoff
Loyens & Loeff
Stibbe


Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Atlas Tax Lawyers, WTS Global
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
Houthoff
Loyens & Loeff


Norway Tax Firm of the Year

BAHR
Deloitte
KPMG
PwC
Thommessen


Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BAHR
Deloitte
EY
PwC
Thommessen


Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Crido Taxand
Deloitte
Dentons
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak


Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
CMS
Crido Taxand
Deloitte
Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic & Partnerzy


Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Abreu Advogados
Deloitte
KPMG
Morais Leitão
PLMJ
PwC
Vieira de Almeida


Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly
Deloitte
EY
Garrigues
KPMG
PwC
Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho


Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Deloitte
EY
FBK Legal
KPMG
Pepeliaev Group
PwC


Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
Dentons
EY
FBK Legal
KPMG
PwC


Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Cuatrecasas
Deloitte
EY
Garrigues
KPMG
Uría Menéndez


Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Garrigues
KPMG
Roca Junyent
Uría Menéndez


Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

EY
KPMG
Linklaters
Mannheimer Swartling
Svalner


Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG
PwC
Skeppsbron Skatt


Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Lenz & Staehelin
Niederer Kraft Frey
Schellenberg Wittmer
Tax Partner, Taxand


Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
Loyens & Loeff
Schellenberg Wittmer
Tax Partner, Taxand


Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Bezen & Partners
Centrum Auditing & Consulting
Deloitte
Esin Attorney Partnership
Nazali Attorney Partnership


Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Centrum Auditing & Consulting
Deloitte
Esin Attorney Partnership
EY
PwC


UK Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Slaughter & May
White & Case


UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
EY
FTI Consulting, WTS Global
Simmons & Simmons


Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Avellum
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
PwC
WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners


Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
DLA Piper
EUCON Legal Group
EY
WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners



Individual Awards

Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 

Tassos Anastassiadis, Platis Anastassiadis & Associates - EY
Hans Severin Hansen, Plesner
Vadim Medvedev, Avellum
Eric Meier, Baker McKenzie
Serena Cabrita Neto, PLMJ


Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year 

Magdalena Marciniak, Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic & Partnerzy
Antonio Russo, Baker McKenzie
Mohamed Serokh, PwC
Stefano Simontacchi, BonelliErede 
Ronald van den Brekel, EY


Tax Practice Leader of the Year 

Jackie Hess, Deloitte
Tiago Marreiros Moreira, Vieira de Almeida
Milen Raikov, EY
James Smith, Baker McKenzie
Tina Zetterlund, KPMG



In-house Awards

In-house Tax Team of the Year 

Mastercard
Orsted
ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
Technicolor
Zalando


In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year 

AB Volvo
Aramex
DHL
Hitachi Automotive Systems Group
Syngenta
Zalando


In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year 

ABN Amro Bank
BASF
Spotify


In-house Tax Director of the Year 

Mathias Hildebrandt, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
Jesper Anker Howes, Maersk Tankers
Marc Mokrab, Technicolor


In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year 

Anders Allvin, AB Volvo
Patrycja Brzostowska, Zalando
Avni Dika, Syngenta


In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year 

Howard Hull, Al-Futtaim Group
Huub Stringer, ABN Amro Bank
Carolin Symmons, Spotify


Deals and Cases

Impact deals

  • Alawwal Bank/Saudi British Bank merger: Abuhimed Alsheikh & Alhagbani Law Firm; Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie; Clifford Chance; Dr Sultan Almasoud & Partners; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Khoshaim & Associates; Abdulaziz Al-Alajlan & Partners; Linklaters; PwC; Shearman & Sterling; Slaughter & May
  • Dassault Systèmes acquisition of Medidata: Clifford Chance; Bredin Prat; Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • E.ON acquisition of stake in Innogy: Allen & Overy; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gibson Dunn; Hengeler Mueller; Ihrig & Anderson; Linklaters; SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz
  • KKR acquisition of a stake in Axel Springer: Arnold; Allen & Overy; Deloitte; Flick Gocke Schaumburg; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hengeler Mueller; Linklaters; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case
  • LVMH acquisition of Belmond: Baker McKenzie; Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Naspers spin-off of MultiChoice Group: Webber Wentzel
  • Nexi IPO: BonelliErede; Bonn Steichen & Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Legance; Linklaters; Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati; Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Saudi Aramco IPO: Latham & Watkins; PwC; The Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan; The Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi; White & Case
  • Takeda acquisition of Shire: Arthur Cox; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Linklaters; Mourant Ozannes; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; PwC; Slaughter & May
  • Thales acquisition of Gemalto: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; NautaDutilh; Norton Rose Fulbright; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Impact cases

  • France vs. Google: Baker McKenzie
  • Denmark vs Microsoft Denmark: Kromann Reumert
  • Italy vs Agusta Holding: Di Tanno e Associati; Macchi Di Cellere Gangemi Offices 
  • N Luxembourg 1, X Denmark, C Danmark I and Z Denmark vs the Danish Ministry of Taxation: Arendt & Medernach; Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith; Kromann Reumert; Nielsen Nørager; Plesner
  • Netherlands v Commission/Starbucks Corp and Starbucks Manufacturing EMEA v Commission: Osborne Clarke
  • News UK v HMRC: Deloitte
  • Sasol Oil v CSARS: Webber Wentzel
  • Spain v Ikea: Vialegis Dutilh Abogados
  • Sweden v Absolut: EY
  • T Denmark and Y Denmark vs the Danish Ministry of Taxation: Arendt & Medernach; Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith; Kromann Reumert; Nielsen Nørager; Plesner

Regional Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, UK
Deloitte Finland
Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
Hansuke Consulting
KPMG in Sweden


US Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case


Best Newcomer

Savov & Partners
Taxatelier
TransFair Pricing Solutions
Walless
WTS Dhruva Consultants


CJEU Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Cobalt
EY
Plesner
White & Case


Tax Innovator of the Year

Avellum
Deloitte
EY
Thomson Reuters
Vieira de Almeida


Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Avalara
Deloitte
EY
Taxamo
Thomson Reuters


Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

CMS
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
WTS Global


Tax Policy Firm of the Year

EY
PwC
The Best Friends network
Valente Associati GEB Partners/Crowe Valente
Vieira de Almeida


Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
DLA Piper
KPMG
PwC
WTS Global


Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
CMS
Deloitte
EY
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The Best Friends network
WTS Global


Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Loyens & Loeff
PwC
WTS Global

Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Stibbe
The Best Friends network

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