As a driving force in the field of legal and tax engineering, Gide's tax lawyers are involved in forms of major restructuring transaction, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, leveraged buy-outs and other leveraged transactions.
In these areas, Gide's tax advice covers both the preliminary stage (due diligence, taxation reviews, etc.) and the conception and implementation of the transaction, from a French and international point of view. These transactions are handled in close co-operation with the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions teams to provide clients with advice covering all aspects of their transactions.
The extreme specialisation of the firm's tax lawyers, involved in most major market transactions, enables them to offer clients the broad spectrum of highly technical skills and expertise required to cope with the diversity and complexity of restructuring transactions (group taxation, VAT, registration duty, international tax management, the application of international treaties and agreements, staff profit-sharing and incentive schemes, etc.). Their constant involvement in international transactions enables the firm to offer a unique service in legal and tax engineering - with the efficiency required for such transactions – combining all the aspects of French and international tax law necessary for the success of such transactions.
Advises on a variety of matters, including tax litigation, real estate investments, M&A transactions and capital markets operations. Frequently works on international matters. Clients come from different industry sectors such as financial services, real estate and retail. Draws on expertise from across the firm to provide a holistic service to clients. Clients describe the lawyers as 'responsive, committed and providing high-level strategic tax advice on sophisticated transactions or litigation cases.' Another highlights their 'competence, pragmatism and negotiation ability'.
Chambers Europe 2019
Esteemed full-service firm, handling complex cross-border transactions and reorganisations for a mix of international and Chinese corporations. Has notable experience in advising PRC corporates on onshore and offshore investment structures as well as tax efficiency issues. Along with handling transfer pricing and general compliance issues, also highly skilled in advising on contentious tax matters. Regularly advises on matters with European or francophone-nation aspects. Clients are pleased with the quality of the team's work and its user-friendly approach. One source says: 'They know how to write documents in an easily understandable way. They understand the Chinese legal environment and make it easily understandable to Westerners.'
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘an extremely responsive, innovative and committed’ team, which ‘provides high-level advice on sophisticated litigation and complex transactions’. The 16-lawyer practice can also rely on 'a good international network and is well connected with industry bodies, as well as governmental and regulatory agencies’. The team notably has ‘deep knowledge of the real estate sector’ and regularly advises on high-profile transactions in that area. It recently assisted Amundi Immobilier and Primonial with the set up of a joint venture for the off-plan acquisition of the Tour Hekla project. The team is also very strong in the banking and financial sector and recently assisted CNP Assurances with the issuance of €500m-worth of Tier 1 notes. Olivier Dauchez ‘demonstrates impressive capabilities to anticipate tax and litigation developments relying upon his broad experience’ and ‘provides strategic assistance with complex situations’. The ‘excellent’ Laurent Modave is ‘solution oriented’ and ‘highly recommended for his real estate fund expertise’. Bertrand Jouanneau is also noted. The arrival of Magali Buchert as partner, previously counsel at Bredin Prat, further strengthens the firm's M&A-related tax capabilities.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Gide Loyrette Nouel has a long-standing presence in the Chinese tax market where it advises multinationals, and particularly French companies on the tax aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions. Indeed, the China team often acts in conjunction with its colleagues in Paris to advise on outbound investment transactions in Africa, and inbound transactions involving French corporates. In addition to its M&A and investment work, the Beijing-based group has also advised clients including an international pharmaceutical company on the tax issues arising from a group reorganisation. Guo Min heads the firm's Beijing office and is the key figure in the tax team. The firm's domestic clients include Aluminum Corporation of China and Anhui Tianda Oil Pipe, while Renault and Agence Française de Développement are among the team's European clients.
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019