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ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2021: The winners

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 – Best Friends Network

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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