CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has appointed six new partners with effect from January 1 2012:
Elisabeth Ashworth, Pierre Bonneau, Xavier Daluzeau, Aline Divo, Daniel Gutmann and Anne-Laure Villedieu.
The firm will now have 96 partners for a total of 480 lawyers.
Elisabeth Ashworth, 46, joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s Tax Doctrine department in 2008 with special responsibility for issues of VAT and income tax questions.
She holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in public business law (University of Paris X Nanterre) and worked for almost 20 years in the French tax administration where she gained a thorough knowledge of tax legislation, VAT litigation and tax audits.
Through an ongoing dialogue with the administration she takes an active part in the developing and implementatng new legal provisions. Recently, this has included the reform of the place of supply rules for services, the rules for reimbursement of TVA to foreign companies, the introduction of the consolidated VAT payment mechanism, the reform of the VAT system and registration fees applicable to real estate transactions, and the coming into force of the new rules for invoicing (including electronic invoicing).
Since 2010 she has co-ordinated the CMS network’s VAT sub-group.
Daniel Gutmann, 42, joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s Tax Doctrine department in 2007 as Of Counsel.
He is a HEC graduate (1990), holds a doctorate in private law (1996) and has been admitled as agrégé in private law (1997).
He was a member of the European Commission expert group dealing with the interaction between tax agreements and European Union law (2005) and advisor to the International Monetary Fund's Legal Department (2006). Further, in 2010 he was a member of the working group on French-German taxation.
The author of a work on business tax law, which received an award from the Conseil constitutionnel and legal think tank Le Club des juristes (Lextenso, 2nd ed. 2011), he is a Professor in the School of Law at the Sorbonne (University of Paris I) where he teaches domestic, international, European and comparative taxation law, as well as insurance tax law. Daniel Gutmann also gives courses in English and Italian at the invitation of various foreign universities.
A member of the tax association Le Cercle des Fiscalistes, he also acts as taxation expert for Le Club des Juristes, and is a member of the scientific committee of the French Group of the IFA (International Fiscal Association). In addition he is a member of the working group “European tax policy and techniques”, established by French management association MEDEF.
Daniel Gutmann contributes to the firm's internal doctrinal work and to its external communications in this field.
The appointement of these two new partners to the tax doctrine department once more shows the firm’s determination to maintain its position at the cutting edge in terms of monitoring and analysing legislative developments, and translating them into practical solutions, for the benefit of its tax lawyers and above all its clients. Currently there are 7 lawyers in the department, including 4 partners.
Xavier Daluzeau, 37, joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s international taxation department in 1997. He was seconded to the firm’s Berlin office for two years (1997-1999) before rejoining the international taxation department at the Paris office.
He holds a postgraduate diploma in business law (University of Paris XI - 1997), and is also a graduate of HEC (1997).
Specialising in international taxation, his practice has an emphasis on transfer pricing and cross-border restructuring and acquisition. He participates in the work of the European Union joint Forum on Transfer Pricing.
In addition, he is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Pierre Bonneau, 38, has ben a member of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s employment law department since 1999. He holds a maîtrise in private law with honors in business and tax law (University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas - 1997), a DESS postgraduate diploma in the law and practice of industrial relations (University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas - 1998), the CAPA practising certificate (1999), and a certificate of specialisation in employment law.
He advises businesss on all matters relating to individual and collective industrial relations as well as employee benefits, and has particular experience in managing industrial relations and business reorganisatios. He also has special expertise in handling complex class actions and in criminal law relating to employment. The author of numerous articles, he is a lecturer at the Université de Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and regularly runs conferences and training courses.
Real Estate law
Aline Divo, 38, joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s real estate law department in 1997.
She holds a postgraduate diploma in business and tax law (DESS), a postgraduate degree in business law (DJCE), a Magistère de Juriste d'affaires (University of Paris II - Panthéon Assas - 1996), the CAPA practising certificate and a certificate of specialisation in real estate law (2002).
She practises in all areas of real estate law, in particular real estate sales, town planning, construction, development and leases, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation. She has gained strong experience in commercial leases (negotiation, auditing, drafting, and litigation).
For 5 years she has been a lecturer on commercial leases in the second year master's course “Real Estate Law” (University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne) , and since 2010 she has also taught at the Paris Bar School. In addition, she co-authored the Mémento Expert Baux Commerciaux (the chapter on green leases - Editions Francis Lefebvre - 2011/2012).
Intellectual Porperty and new Technology law
Anne-Laure Villedieu, 39, joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s Intellectual property and new technology law department in 1998.
She holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in communication technologies law (University of Paris II - 1995) as well as a DEA in business and economics law (University of Paris I - 1996).
Her practice consists of legal advice, litigation, drafting legal documents and negotiations, specially in the fields of computer law (development, licences, SaaS, cloud computing, etc.), electronic communications and e-commerce, personal data protection and copyright and industrial property (trademarks, patents, and designs).
She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a member of the French dat protection association AFCDP, and jointly runs its “international transfers of personal data” working group.