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Tax Controversy Leaders guide 2021 is live: The leading tax disputes practitioners in the world

The 10th edition of the Tax Controversy Leaders guide, the leading international publication that lists the world’s top tax disputes advisors, has released its results for 2021. The latest research cycle has been the most comprehensive to date by reaching out to more individuals than ever before.

Legal Media Group (LMG) has published the 10th edition of the Tax Controversy Leaders guide. More than 10,000 leading tax professionals from around the globe were asked to provide their feedback about their markets and the individuals that stand out in them. The Tax Controversy Leaders guide now includes the names of almost 1,500 experts from jurisdictions in every corner of the world. 


This year’s edition of the Tax Controversy Leaders guide – produced in association with World Tax – is the most comprehensive edition yet, as it continues to grow in both scope and scale. It covers more jurisdictions, reaches out to more individuals and recognises more practitioners than ever before – from rising stars just making a name for themselves to market leaders with decades of experience behind them. 

It is no surprise to see the Big Four dominating the rankings worldwide, accounting for more than a third of all the practitioners ranked in the guide. Outside of those, Baker McKenzie are the dominant law firm, with more than three times as many ranked leaders than any other, followed by significant names such as Dentons, Mayer Brown and Garrigues. 

Regionally, EMEA continues to dominate the rankings, with both Western and Eastern Europe among the top four sub-regions worldwide.  In the Americas, though, we see both North America and the LATAM region with more ranked practitioners than the Central and Eastern Europe region. In the Asia-Pacific, region it is Southeast Asia that stands out with the most ranked advisers.


What is the Tax Controversy Leaders guide?

The Tax Controversy Leaders guide is a list of the world's leading tax disputes practitioners. 

These individuals are the most experienced, skilled and knowledgeable advisers in each of their respective jurisdictions in the field of tax controversy – disputes that are resolved through contentious means. In an increasingly digitised world they are working at the front line of tax regulation and innovation, challenging authorities and helping clients achieve the most efficient tax structures possible. 

All the names included in the guide not only have a proven track record of success in advising clients, but they are recognised by other leaders in their field for those achievements. 


How are the Leaders selected?

As well as practical evidence of their work gathered through the World Tax-World TP research process, these individuals are nominated by their peers and recommended as trusted advisers. Contributors were asked to name the people they would refer their clients to in the event of a conflict, or those they recommend as a local representative in another jurisdiction. All those named in the guide have received recommendations from different practitioners. The resulting list is therefore a collection of tax controversy leaders recognised – by the leading names in their own and international markets – as those who perform strongest in their field. Market leaders chosen by market leaders.


Click to see the results of the Tax Controversy Leaders guide 2021

Many thanks to all the in-house counsel and firms that provided valuable feedback in the research process, as well as the partners who support the guide, which includes:

PwC
Australia

bpv Hugel 
Austria

PwC
Belgium


Lautenschlager Romeiro e Iwamizu Advogados
Brazil


Lefosse Advogados
Brazil


PwC
Brazil


PwC
Canada


Miller Thomson
Canada


PwC
Chile


Rui Bai Law Firm
China


PwC
Colombia


PwC
Ecuador


Arsene Taxand
France


NERA Economic Consulting
Germany


PwC
Greece


Chambers of Rohan Shah
India


PwC
India


DDTC Consulting
Indonesia


GNV Consulting 
Indonesia


TaxPrime
Indonesia


SF Consulting
Indonesia


Herzog Fox & Neeman
Israel


Giordano Merolle
Italy


Maisto & Associati
Italy


TLS Professionale di Avvocati e Commercialisti (PwC) 
Italy


Crowe Valente/Valente Associati GEB Partners
Italy


Zizzo e Associati
Italy


PwC
Japan


PwC
Malaysia


5 St James Court
Mauritius


PwC
Netherlands


PwC
Poland


CCR Legal
Portugal


Jamie Carvalho Esteves
Portugal


PwC
Portugal


D&B David & Baias
Romania


KPMG
Russia


PwC
South Korea


KPMG
Sweden


PwC
Sweden


Skeppsbron Skatt Taxand
Sweden


Svalner
Sweden


Lenz & Staehelin
Switzerland


PwC
Switzerland


Tax Partner Taxand
Switzerland


Nazali Tax and Legal
Turkey


PwC
Turkey


Fenwick & West
United States


PwC
United States


EY 
Vietnam


Deloitte 
Global and its member firms





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