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As local and international tax regulations become more prescriptive, dealing with them in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 180 tax lawyers are supported by strong technical back up teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multidisciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, investor or high net worth individual, we understand your business and the tax pressures you face. Our teams work together across Europe in the key areas affecting your business including VAT, transfer pricing, e-commerce, investment funds, tax planning and financing. The right tax advice can make a material difference to transaction costs and, in some cases, avert serious consequences. If you are involved in a dispute, we can undertake a high level intervention with tax authorities, ensuring the best outcome for your business.

Quotes from clients : "What the team is known for: its exceptional tax practice capable of handling every aspect of tax law, including transfer pricing, VAT issues and real estate tax, as well as the tax aspects of M&A transactions and litigation. The team is on top of all the latest developments in the area thanks to its department constantly monitoring the market. Also able to advise clients on tax issues relating to emerging markets due to lawyers specialised in this area" Chambers Europe 2017

"They are specialists. They have a very good knowledge of tax mechanisms and good relations with the administrations." Chambers Europe 2017

"CMS is able to combine general taxation advice with specialist service in practically every niche area. Benefiting from very large resources (over 60 partners and 135 associates), the firm serves many leading CAC 40 group" Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    National and international corporate tax law

    Our global, multi-disciplinary approach draws upon cooperation with specialist lawyers in France and abroad, whose complementary expertise combines to offer you a comprehensive solution. 

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    National and international asset-planning tax law

    Our asset-planning practice is the market leader in terms of its size, scope and the complexity of the areas we handle.

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    Indirect taxation, VAT, customs duties

    Our VAT team assists you in matters relating to French and international law through our assistance, auditing, advisory and dispute settlement services in all business sectors

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    Local taxation

    We are able to support you in the day-to-day management of your local taxes, from the search for optimisation to negotiations with the tax authorities via selecting facilities sites and scheduling transfer operations, foreseeing the effects of a reorganisation operation, and examining exemptions and obligations to declare.

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    Audit, litigation and criminal tax law

    Our expert lawyers work in close collaboration with the firm’s other teams specialising in transfer pricing, company law or competition law, amongst others.

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    Taxation of corporate restructurings

    Our lawyers work closely with our corporate and employment law teams, in particular. They draw upon our international CMS network to offer you the benefit of specialist expertise on a global scale

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    M&A and private equity taxation

    Our know-how, nurtured by our close relationships with key players in the field, means that we can provide you with the guidance you need to make your strategic and tactical decisions with the utmost legal certainty. 

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    Property tax

    Our property tax practice covers the full range of matters, both in France and internationally

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    Taxation of the insurance and finance sector

    We have lawyers who specialise in the taxation of the financial and insurance sector, working in close collaboration with our banking law experts and drawing upon our international network to offer you the benefit of specialist expertise on a global scale

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    Taxation of the non-profit and public sector (taxation of not-for-profit organisations and charities)

    With extensive experience founded on collaboration with key stakeholders in the non-profit sector (sporting, social, cultural and educational organisations, charities, etc.), our firm will help you prevent and manage fiscal risks, while taking into consideration your specific circumstances and those of the non-profit domain in which you operate,

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    Taxation IT

    Our specialist taxation IT lawyers are in a position to provide you with advice and guidance in the area of prevention, and will also support you during computerised tax audits and any resulting litigation.

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    Tax in Africa

    We advise and assist our clients in their business dealings with Africa in all legal an tax areas

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    Transfer pricing and business and asset valuation

    Our team is comprised of both economists and tax lawyers in order to provide you with a complete range of services, from legal assistance (tax audits, court proceedings, negotiating advance pricing agreements, etc.) to complete economic studies (benchmarking, financial evaluation, etc.)

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    23/11/2018
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    Tax and em­ploy­ment law factors in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg This art­icle sets out views from CMS law­yers in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg. From the per­spect­ive of law­yers in those jur­is­dic­tions, Brexit has already seen UK-based busi­nesses move part or.
    08/09/2017
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    28/09/2018
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    This Fo­cus­sing on Funds up­date looks at the con­tinu­ing hot top­ic of how tax changes af­fect fund struc­tures and deals. Fol­low­ing our pre­vi­ous look at the France and Lux­em­bourg double tax treaty, the fo­cus be­low is on Ger­man real es­tate.
    Tobias Schneider, Dipl.-Finanzwirt (FH)
    29/03/2017
    Tax Con­nect Flash | Ger­many | Roy­alty re­stric­tions:...
    29/06/2018
    Changes in the works for real es­tate trans­fer tax in share deals
    At the 21 June 2018 Ber­lin meet­ing of fin­ance min­is­ters of Ger­many's fed­er­al states, dis­cus­sions around ap­ply­ing the real es­tate trans­fer tax to share deals entered a new phase. The fin­ance min­is­ters agreed to the fol­low­ing meas­ures: Cre­ation of a new.
    16/09/2016
    VAT side of Brexit | Tax Con­nect Flash
    11/06/2018
    BEPS: UK rat­i­fies the OECD Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment
    The Double Tax­a­tion Re­lief (Base Erosion and Profit Shift­ing) Or­der 2018 has been ap­proved by the House of Com­mons on 23 May 2018 (the “Or­der”) (full text avail­able here). The Or­der rat­i­fies the OECD’s Mul­ti­lat­er­al Con­ven­tion to Im­ple­ment Tax Treaty Re­lated.
    29/02/2016
    Trans­fer Pri­cing | A stra­tegic ap­proach for glob­al...
    20/09/2017
    Pub­lic Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­port­ing; Tax­pay­er­s' Rights
    Ap­pro­pri­ate Use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports The OECD has now pub­lished Guid­ance (avail­able here) on the ap­pro­pri­ate use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports (‘Cb­CRs’) by na­tion­al tax au­thor­it­ies. This is in re­sponse to some val­id MNE con­cerns that tax au­thor­it­ies.
    30/07/2015
    Valu­ation of real es­tate com­pan­ies and prop­er­ties:...
    16/03/2017
    Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
    In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016. The new re­gime will take ef­fect as planned from 6 April 2017.