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European Tax Awards 2020: The winners

The winners of ITR’s 16th European Tax Awards have been announced, accompanied by a podcast of the key themes that emerged from this year's research.

ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 16th ITR European Tax Awards.

Deloitte and EY have retained their crowns as European tax firm of the year and European transfer pricing firm of the year, respectively. These two firms also won a string of awards across Europe, Middle East and Africa in a number of categories.

Ørsted claimed the title as the European in-house direct tax team of the year, while AB Volvo and BASF were recognised as the leading in-house transfer pricing and indirect tax teams, respectively. 

Baker McKenzie, Plesner and PwC were among the firms who won regional awards for their excellence.

Given the difficult environment due to COVID-19, we are unable to host an awards ceremony this year to recognise the work highlighted below. However, we remain keen to fulfil any promotions that firms would like to undertake on the back of their success and request that you contact ITR's head of business development for events, Jamil Ahad, with any queries.

Please also listen to our first ITR Awards podcast, where we discuss some of the key themes from the research.


A full list of shortlisted firms across all categories was revealed in April 2020.

For a full list of winners, read on.

National Awards

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Webber Wentzel

Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Austria Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Sorainen, WTS Global

Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

CEE Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

CEE Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY (EY Bulgaria, EY Romania)

CIS Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Cyprus Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Plesner

Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Roschier

Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Borenius

France Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

NERA Economic Consulting

Greece Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

Matheson

Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Matheson

Israel Tax Firm of the Year

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Maisto e Associati

Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Maisto e Associati

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Middle East Tax Firm of the Year

Al Tamimi & Co

Middle East Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Stibbe

Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Crido Taxand

Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Crido Taxand

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Morais Leitão

Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Uría Menéndez

Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Esin Attorney Partnership

Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

UK Tax Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Individual Awards

Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Eric Meier, Baker McKenzie

Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Ronald van den Brekel, EY

Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Tina Zetterlund, KPMG

In-house Awards

In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year 

Carolin Symmons, Spotify

In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year 

Avni Dika, Syngenta

In-house Tax Director of the Year

Marc Mokrab, Technicolor

In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year 

BASF

In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year 

AB Volvo

In-house Tax Team of the Year

Ørsted

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

Esin Attorney Partnership

US Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Best Newcomer

WTS Dhruva Consultants, WTS Global

CJEU Firm of the Year

Plesner

Tax Innovator of the Year

Deloitte

Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Thomson Reuters

Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Tax Policy Firm of the Year

PwC

Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Editor's Choice Award

For his progressive work in the transfer pricing world throughout the Middle East region: 

Mohamed Serokh, PwC Middle East

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