European Tax Awards 2018 – The shortlist is out!

The nominees have been revealed for the International Tax Review and TP Week’s European Tax Awards.

  • Sonja Caymaz

The European Tax Awards have taken place annually since 2005 and aim to recognise the leading international tax professionals in the EMEA region.

Aside from the national awards in more than 27 jurisdictions, there are also regional prizes for indirect tax, transfer pricing, tax disputes and tax work in 11 deal categories, including capital markets, energy and private equity.

The awards will be presented during a gala dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

If you would like to attend please contact: Melanie Petch (mpetch@euromoneyplc.com, +44 207 779 8836) 

While every effort has been made to include every firm that worked on any of the tax and legal aspects of the shortlisted deals, if your firm was omitted please contact Sonja Caymaz (sonja.caymaz@euromoneyplc.com).


National Tax and Transfer Pricing Firms of the Year

Shortlist


Austria Tax Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON

Rödl & Partner


Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte 

Deloitte

Feshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON

TPA


Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Cobalt

Deloitte

Sorainen


Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Sorainen


Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Linklaters


Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Aptis Global

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

T/A Economics


Central and Eastern Europe Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Dentons

DLA Piper


Central and Eastern Europe Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Bulgaria

EY Romania

TPS


Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Eurofast, Taxand Cyprus

EY Cyprus


Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Plesner


Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Denmark


Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY Finland

Roschier


Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Deloitte

EY Finland


France Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Bredin Prat

Clifford Chance

Dentons

Mayer Brown

Taj (Deloitte)


France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

EY Société d’Avocats

Taj (Deloitte)


Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

Dentons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hengeler Mueller

Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

Noerr

WTS Germany


Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

NERA Consulting

PwC

TaxID Steuerberatung / Quantera Global

WTS Germany


Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Greece

Zepos & Yannopoulos, Taxand Greece


Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Greece

Zepos & Yannopoulos


Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY Hungary

Hegymegi-Barakonyi (Baker McKenzie)

OrienTax

WTS


Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY Hungary

OrienTax


Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody

Deloitte

Maples and Calder

Matheson


Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Matheson


Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

BonelliErede

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Clifford Chance

Maisto e Associati

Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati

Valente Associati GEB Partners/ Crowe Valente


Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

BonelliErede

Valente Associati GEB Partners/ Crowe Valente

DLA Piper

Ludovici Piccone & Partners

Maisto e Associati

Studio Tributario e Societario (Deloitte)

Quantera Global


Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dentons

DLA Piper

Hogan Lovells

Van Campen Liem


Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dentons

EY Luxembourg

T/A Economics


Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

Dentons

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Stibbe

Taxand Netherlands


Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Embridge

T/A Economics

Taxand Netherlands

Norway Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Norway

PwC


Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Norway

PwC


Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspolnicy

Crido Taxand, Taxand Poland

Dentons

DLA Piper

Hogan Lovells

KZP

MDDP

Wardyński & Partners


Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Crido Taxand, Taxand Poland

Deloitte

KZP

MDDP


Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Cuatrecasas

DLA Piper

EY Portugal

Garrigues, Taxand Portugal

JCG Advogados

PLMJ

PwC

Vieira de Almeida


Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly

Deloitte

EY Portugal

PwC Portugal


Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Althaus Group

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

Dentons

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia)

KPMG Russia

PwC


Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Russia

KPMG Russia

PwC


South Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte


South Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year:

Deloitte

KPMG South Africa


Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

Cuatrecasas

Deloitte

Dentons

DLA Piper

EY Abogados

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Uria Menéndez


Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY Abogados

Garrigues, Taxand Spain


Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Sweden

KPMG AB


Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY Sweden

KPMG AB


Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland


Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Tax Partner, Taxand Switzerland


Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Centrum Auditing

Pekin & Pekin Law Firm

White & Case


Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Centrum Consulting

PwC


UK Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Simmons & Simmons

Travers Smith

Weil Gotshal & Manges


UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

DLA Piper

Grant Thornton


Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Aequo

Avellum

Dentons

DLA Piper

EY Ukraine

PwC

WTS Consulting / KM Partners


Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

EBS

EUCON

EY Ukraine

WTS Consulting / KM Partners

PwC


Regional and Deal Awards Shortlists

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

RLA Angola

PwC Angola


Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG South Africa

PwC


GCC Tax Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal

DLA Piper

SKP Dubai


European Banking Tax Deal of the Year


  • Atlas Mara financing agreement with Fairfax Africa Holdings: Slaughter and May
  • Banco Popular acquisition by Santander: Baker McKenzie; Arcano; Pedro Pérez-Llorca
  • Capital increase and loyalty bonds of Banco Santander: Uria Menéndez; Linklaters
  • Chrysaor Holdings acquisition of a diversified North Sea oil & gas portfolio from Shell: Debevoise & Plimpton; Dechert; White & Case
  • Convertible bond issued by Volcan Holding to fund Anglo American stake acqusition: Allen & Overy; Costas Tsielepis & Co; Harneys; Talwar Thakore & Associates; White & Case
  • Merger of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich & Raiffeisen Bank International: bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte; Schönherr
  • Quad Gas - financing of National Grid acquisition: Clifford Chance; CMS Cameron McKenna; Linklaters; Addleshaw Goddard; DLA Piper; Irwin Mitchell; Eversheds
  • Sale of Novo Banco: Vieria de Almeida; Weil Gotshal & Manges; DLA Piper
  • Securitisation of consumer loans receivables, BNP Paribas London and UniCredit Bank London: Clifford Chance; Hogan Lovells


European Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year


  • British American Tobacco bond issue / EMTN programme: Stibbe; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Allen & Overy; Cravath Swaine & Moore; Linklaters
  • Convertible bond issued by Volcan Holding to fund Anglo American stake acqusition: Allen & Overy; Costas Tsielepis & Co; Harneys; Talwar Thakore & Associates; White & Case
  • IHS Towers high-yield bond issue: Stibbe; Latham & Watkins; White & Case
  • Issue of Ukrainian sovereign Eurobonds: Avellum; Sayenko Kharenko; Latham & Watkins; White & Case
  • Merger of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich with the listed RBI: bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte; Schönherr
  • Play Communications IPO: Loyens & Loeff; Latham & Watkins; DLA Piper; White & Case
  • Steinhoff International €800 million bond: Stibbe; Gleiss Lutz; Wolf Theiss; Clifford Chance
  • UniCredit €30 billion US debt issuance programme: Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins


European Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year


  • Acquisition by ICU Medical of Pfizer's global infusion therapy business: Baker McKenzie; Latham & Watkins; Vieira de Almeida
  • Acquisition of Burger King’s UK master franchise: Travers Smith; Parthenon EY; Deloitte; KPMG; Macfarlanes
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice JV and acquisition of BUT Group: Clifford Chance; Mayer Brown
  • Cobepa on the acquisition of the HG Group: Clifford Chance; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Van Doorne
  • Groupe Arnault purchase in Christian Dior and Hermes shares and subsequent sale of Christian Dior Couture to LVMH: Bredin Prat
  • Michael Kors cash acquisition of Jimmy Choo: Slaughter and May; PwC; Paul Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
  • Natura Cosméticos acquisition of The Body Shop: Stibbe; Baker McKenzie; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Linklaters; Pinheiro Neto Advogados; White & Case
  • Patent box ruling for Valentino: BonelliErede; VVA
  • Staples’ European business sale to Cerberus Capital Management: Clifford Chance; Kirkland & Ellis; Linklaters


European Energy Tax Deal of the Year

  • Agreement and Protocol between an African Ministry of Finance and the oil industry: Aupec, RLA, Vieira de Almeida
  •  Acquisition of EDF assets by PGE: DLA Piper; White & Case; Dentons; PwC
  •  Acquisition of Generg Expansão: Vieira de Almeida; AAA – Advogados
  • Carlyle Group acquisition of Atotech from Total: Stibbe; Scotto & Associes; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Latham & Watkins; Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Chrysaor Holdings acquisition of a diversified North Sea oil & gas portfolio from Shell: Debevoise & Plimpton; Dechert; White & Case
  • Ensco acquisition of Atwood Oceanics: Slaughter and May; Latham & Watkins
  • GE sale water division to SUEZ: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Creel Garcia-Cuellar; Aiza y Enriquez; Jones Day; Trilegal; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Stibbe; Baker McKenzie; Davis Polk & Wardwell; IndusLaw; Luthra & Luthra Law Offices; White & Case
  • INEOS acquisition of Ørsted (DONG Energy) oil & gas business: Slaughter and May; KPMG; Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen; Thommessen; Kromann Reumert
  • Macquarie acquisition 50% Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore: Stibbe; Wikborg Rein & Co; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Allen & Gledhill; Thommessen   
  • Saudi Aramco buys stake in Rotterdam oil terminal from Gunvor: Taxand Netherlands; Allen & Overy

European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year


  • Acquisition of Source Holdings: Simmons & Simmons; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Travers Smith; Linklaters; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Seward & Kissel; William Fry; Weidmann Bornhauser
  • Barclays Income contingent student loans securitisation: Weil Gotshal & Manges; Hogan Lovells
  • Convertible bond issued by Volcan Holding to fund Anglo American stake acqusition: Allen & Overy; Costas Tsielepis & Co; Harneys; Talwar Thakore & Associates; White & Case
  • Evora Finance securitisation: Vieira de Almeida; Sociedade de Advogados; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Linklaters
  • GE Capital – Sale of GE Money Bank and other subsidiaries: Clifford Chance; Linklaters; Schulte Roth & Zabel
  • Merger of CACEIS Bank Luxembourg with CACEIS Bank Germany – CBM: Clifford Chance
  • NN Group & ASR sale to Unilever: Stibbe; Linklaters; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • PSA Group on the acquisition of General Motors' financial activities in Europe: Bredin Prat; Hengeler Mueller; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Linklaters
  • RSA Insurance Group disposal to Enstar: Slaughter and May; Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Standard Life merger with Aberdeen Asset Management: Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer; Maclay Murray & Spens


European Joint Ventures Tax Deal of the Year


  • AP Första JV with Elo Mutual Pension Insurance and Trevian Asset Management: DLA Piper; Roschier; Sidley Austin; Merilampi
  • Casino and DIA JV: Baker McKenzie
  • Centrica JV with Bayerngas Norge: Slaughter and May; Gorrissen Federspiel; Hengeler Mueller; Nauta Dutilh, Schjodt; KPMG; Linklaters; EY
  • LV= joint venture with Allianz (UK): Clifford Chance; Allen & Overy
  • Partnership between Heineken and Sligro Food for beer and cider logistics:  Stibbe; Houthoff
  • Rhône Capital JV real estate fund structure with WeWork: Stibbe; Stikeman Elliott; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Macfarlanes; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; McCarthy Tétrault
  • Upstream JV between Repsol and Gazprom Neft: Baker McKenzie


European Media and Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year


  • Advent International’s Acquisition of Williams Lea Tag:  Weil Gotshal & Manges; EY; Dentons
  • Bertelsmann acquisition of 22% stake in Penguin Random House: Slaughter and May; Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Cimpress on the sale of Albelli to Gilde Buy Out Partners: Clifford Chance; Stibbe; Lexence
  • ITV Studios' acquisition of majority stake in Cattleya: Clifford Chance
  • LeoVegas acquisition of Royal Panda: Avanzia Taxand; Taxand Netherlands; Wiggin
  • Warner Music Group acquisition of Spinnin’ Records: Stibbe: Houthoff


European M&A Tax Deal of the Year


  • Actelion cash offer by Johnson & Johnson: Niederer Kraft Frey; Slaughter and May; Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
  • Carlyle Group acquisition of Atotech from Total: Stibbe; Atotech Scotto & Associes; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Latham & Watkins; Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Chrysaor Holdings acquisition of a diversified North Sea oil & gas portfolio from Shell: Debevoise; Dechert; White & Case
  • Emerson Electrics’ acquisition of Pentair’s valves and controls business: Baker McKenzie; Allen & Overy
  • GE Capital – Sale of GE Money Bank and other subsidiaries to Cerberus Capital Management: Clifford Chance; Linklaters; Schulte Roth & Zabel
  • IFM Investors acquisition of 40% equity interest in Mersin International Port from Akfen Holding: White & Case; GKC Partners
  • Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A rescue of Veneto Bank: Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
  • PSA Group acquisition of Opel / Vauxhall's automotive activities from General Motor: Bredin Prat; Hengeler Mueller; Linklaters; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Sale of bridge bank Novo Banco to Lone Star Funds: Vieira de Almeida; Weil Gotshal & Manges; DLA Piper
  • Wood Group takeover of Amec Foster Wheeler: Slaughter and May; Linklaters; EY


       

European Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year


  • Acquisition of an 85% stake in the Gdansk Transport Company: Hogan Lovells; Norton Rose Fulbright; CMS; DLA Piper
  • Advent International’s Acquisition Industrial Parts Holding; Weil Gotshal & Manges; EY; KPMG
  • Brewdog investment by TSG Consumer Partners: DLA Piper; Ropes & Gray
  • Chrysaor Holdings acquisition of a diversified North Sea oil & gas portfolio from Shell: Debevoise & Plimpton; Dechert; White & Case
  • GE Capital - Sale of GE Money Bank and other subsidiaries to Cerberus: Clifford Chance; Linklaters; Schulte Roth & Zabel
  • Thames Water – AP1, AP3 and OMERS Private Equity from AMP Capital: Stibbe; Debevoise & Plimpton; Latham & Watkins;    Weil Gotshal & Manges; Roschier; Clifford Chance; Taylor Wessing 
  • Sale of bridge bank Novo Bancoto Lone Star Funds: Vieira de Almeida; DLA Piper; Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Sale of Jac Travel to Webjet: Mayer Brown; DLA Piper
  • Värde Partners sale of NewDay to Cinven and CVC Capital Partners: Slaughter and May; Clifford Chance
  • Kohlberg acquires CIBT Global from ABRY Partners: Taxand Netherlands; Alvarez & Marsal Taxand UK; Flick Gocke Schaumburg (Taxand Germany); Ropes & Gray


European Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year


  • Abengoa Restructuring: Clifford Chance; Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes; Linklaters; Santamarina y Steta; Uria Menéndez; DLA Piper; Gomez-Acebo & Pombo; Sullivan & Cromwell; Loyens & Loeff
  • DTEK restructuring of notes & VR Capital restructuring facility agreements: Stibbe; Shearman & Sterling; Latham & Watkins
  • Frigoglass rescue restructuring group capital, bank and bond debt: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Shearman & Sterling; Karatzas & Partners; Koutalidis; Kyriakides Georgopoulos; Stibbe
  • LME - Novo Banco tender offer and consent solicitation process: Vieira de Almeida; Linklaters; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Garrigues Portugal, Taxand Portugal
  • Merger of CACEIS Bank Luxembourg with CACEIS Bank Germany – CBM: Clifford Chance
  • Merger of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich & Raiffeisen Bank International: bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte; Schönherr
  • Premier Oil restructuring: Slaughter and May; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Restructuring proceedings of Groupe Flo: Bredin Prat; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; AyacheSalama
  • The Co-operative Bank restructuring: Clifford Chance; Paul Hastings


European Telecommunications and Technology Tax Deal of the Year


  • Emerson Electric’s acquisition of Pentair’s valves & controls business: Baker McKenzie; Allen & Overy
  • Equinix purchase of a data centre from IO, acquisition of Zenium’s data centre: Carey Olsen; Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli; Slaughter and May
  • IPO Play Communications: Loyens & Loeff; Latham Watkins; DLA Piper; White & Case
  • McKinsey acquisition of Aberkyn: Stibbe; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; KPMG
  • McLaren Group combination: Clifford Chance; Hogan Lovells; Herbert Smith Freehills; Latham & Watkins; Deloitte; KPMG; PwC
  • Warner Music Group acquisition of Spinnin’ Records: Stibbe; Houthoff
  • Wright Medical acquisition of IMASCAP SAS: Shearman & Sterling; Stibbe; LexCase; Simmons & Simmons


European In-house Team of the Year - Direct Tax

Nomad Foods

Zalando

European In-house Team of the Year – Transfer Pricing

Coface

Dassault Systemes 

Sandvik

Syngenta

Zalando


Best Newcomer

Aequo

Aptis Global

Embridge

Rödl & Partner International

T/A Economics

SKP Business Consulting UAE


European Tax Innovator Firm of the Year

Aibidia

Avalara

Innovate Tax

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Radu si Asociatii SPRL

RLA

Vieira de Almeida

Zanders Inside


European Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Aibidia

Avalara

Bearing Point

Deloitte

WTS Germany


European Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Avellum

Best Friends Tax Network

Valente Associati GEB Partners/ Crowe Valente

Radu si Asociatii SPRL

PwC Russia

Vieira de Almeida


European Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

Althaus Consulting

Avalara

Deloitte

Doradztwo Podatkowe WTS&SAJA

EY Bulgaria

EY

Tax Partner (Taxand Switzerland)

WTS Klient Hungary


European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY Abogados Spain

Hogan Lovells

Tax Partner AG (Taxand Switzerland)

WTS Global


European Court of Justice Firm of the Year - Indirect Tax

Baker McKenzie

EY Bulgaria

MDDP


European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

Best Friends Tax Network 

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Ludovici Piccone & Partners

Matheson

Pepeliaev, Taxand Russia

PLMJ

Vieira de Almeida


European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

PwC

WTS Global


European Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

KPMG

PwC



  • Sonja Caymaz