Orrick Grows Paris Tax Team


Orrick announced today that Charles Briand has joined the firm as a partner in its Tax practice in Paris. Charles is the ninth partner to join Orrick’s Paris office in the past 18 months, which has added strength in key practice areas, including M&A and private equity, structured finance, banking, energy and infrastructure, antitrust and employment.

“With the recent growth of our transactional practice, we’ve had a greater need for high-level domestic and cross-border tax support. Charles will be a great addition to the team, providing our corporate and finance clients with sophisticated guidance on their complex tax challenges,” said Anne-Sophie Kerfant, a tax partner and Orrick’s Paris Office Leader.

Formerly with Ernst & Young, both in Paris and New York, Charles advises multinational companies and private equity funds on a broad range of international tax matters, including tax advisory in both inbound and outbound acquisitions, as well as on the structuring of domestic and cross-border M&A deals.

“Orrick is highly regarded in the Paris market and has a tremendous global platform,” said Charles. “I’m excited to work alongside a leading team of lawyers.”

Charles’ arrival continues the growth of Orrick’s 100-lawyer Paris office which since May 2016 has added a team of partners from Freshfields, including Hervé Touraine, one of the preeminent structured finance practitioners in Paris; Emmanuel Ringeval, an authority on leveraged lending and debt restructuring; Emmanuel Bénard, a sought-after advisor to international companies on complex French employment issues; Patrick Tardivy, a rising star in M&A and private equity; and Olivier Bernard, a rising star in structured finance and debt capital markets.

Recent additions also include prominent French antitrust adviser Patrick Hubert, the former head of Clifford Chance’s Paris Antitrust and Competition Group; Simon Ratledge, a leading practitioner focused on project finance in emerging countries and in Africa, from Simmons & Simmons; and private equity practitioner Guillaume Kessler, the former head of Olswang’s Paris Corporate Group.