Rosneft, the Russian energy company, was named as European in-house team of the year for direct tax at International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards last week.

Deloitte won the awards for European tax and transfer pricing firm of the year and was the most successful organisation at the dinner at the Dorchester hotel in London. It won 20 of the 73 that were presented.

The big-four professional services firm was only one of the leading firms of tax advisers and lawyers that were represented at the annual awards ceremony, which was taking place for the ninth time.ITR International Tax Review
The bulk of the awards were for the tax and transfer pricing firms of the year in 26 European jurisdictions and South Africa. Twenty one pan-European awards covering other practice areas such as tax disputes and indirect tax, and industries such as energy, financial services, and media and entertainment were also presented.

Ernst & Young won 11 awards, doubling up for tax and transfer pricing in Ukraine and also being named as European tax compliance and reporting firm of the year and the award for European tax policy.

Other winners included Taxand, which won five awards, European indirect firm of the year among them; PwC, which won the transfer pricing awards in Belgium, Russia and Switzerland and KPMG, which was named as tax firm of the year in Finland and Russia.

Law firm winners included the Best Friends Tax Network, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer, Latham & Watkins and Simmons & Simmons.

Methodology

In addition to the in-house categories, national awards were also presented for tax and transfer pricing to firms in these 27 jurisdictions or regions:

Austria, Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Belgium, Central and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia and Slovak Republic), Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and Ukraine.

Firms made submissions for work done between January 1 2012 and December 31 2012.
The awards were judged according to:
Size (Not conclusive, though it does indicate what a tax team is capable of taking on)
Innovation (Did the advice the firm gave show something more than the straightforward answer that is commonly used?)
• Complexity (Did the matter address tax issues that were out of the ordinary and what ingenuity did the firm show to solve them?)

 

Winners in bold

 Austria Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
TJP
Wolf Theiss

Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
BPV Hugel Rechtsanwalte
Deloitte
DLA Piper

Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Gencs Valters
Varul
Sorainen

Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Sorainen
Varul

Belgium Tax Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Liedekerke
Linklaters
Loyens & Loeff
Mayer Brown

Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
KPMG
Mayer Brown
PwC

Central European Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG

Central European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Alfery & Partner
BDO
Deloitte
Ernst & Young

Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Eurofast Taxand

Denmark Tax Firm of the Year
Bruun & Hjejle
Deloitte
Plesner

Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Bruun & Hjejle
Ernst & Young
Vistisen Tax Attorneys

Finland Tax Firm of the Year
Alder & Sound
Borenius – Taxand Finland
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG
Roschier

Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Alder & Sound
Castrén & Snellman
Deloitte
KPMG

France Tax Firm of the Year
August & Debouzy
Baker & McKenzie
Bredin Prat
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters

France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Arsene Taxand
Ernst & Young
Mayer Brown
Taj

Germany Tax Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Luther – Taxand Germany
Oppenhoff & Partner

Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Luther – Taxand Germany
Oppenhoff & Partner
WTS

Greece Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Koutalidis
Zepos & Yannopoulos – Taxand Greece

Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Zeppos & Yannopoulos – Taxand Greece

Hungary Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Kinstellar

Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Mazars

Ireland Tax Firm of the Year
A&L Goodbody
Arthur Cox
Deloitte
Grant Thornton
Mason Hayes & Curran
Matheson
William Fry Tax Advisors – Taxand Ireland

Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young

Italy Tax Firm of the Year
Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
Chiomenti Studio Legale
Clifford Chance
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells

Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Valente Associati GEB Partners

Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
ATOZ – Taxand Luxembourg
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Loyens & Loeff

Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Altus Transfer Pricing
ATOZ – Taxand Luxembourg
Deloitte
Ernst & Young

Malta Tax Firm of the Year
Avanzia Taxand
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG

Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Stibbe
VMW Taxand

Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Altus
Deloitte
DLA Piper

Norway Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG

Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Thommessen

Poland Tax Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Hogan Lovells
MDDP

Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
MDDP

Portugal Tax Firm of the Year
Baker Tilly Portugal
Ernst & Young
Garrigues – Taxand Portugal
Linklaters
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (MLGTS)
PLMJ
PwC
Vieira de Almeida

Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Baker Tilly Portugal
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton
PwC

Russia Tax Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Goltsblat BLP
KPMG
Pepeliaev Group – Taxand Russia
PwC

Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Ernst & Young
KPMG
Pepeliaev Group – Taxand Russia
PwC

South Africa Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
DLA Piper
ENS – Taxand South Africa
Webber Wentzel

South Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
ENS – Taxand South Africa
Deloitte
Ernst & Young

Spain Tax Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Garrigues Taxand
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Simmons & Simmons
Uría Menéndez

Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Garrigues – Taxand Spain
KPMG

Sweden Tax Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Mannheimer Swartling
PwC

Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC

Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Lenz & Staehelin
PwC
Schellenberg Wittmer
Tax Partner – Taxand Switzerland

Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC

Turkey Tax Firm Of The Year
Deloitte
Özdirekcan Law Firm
Pekin & Pekin

Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC

UK Tax Firm of the Year
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
Simmons & Simmons
Slaughter and May

UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Grant Thornton
Mazars

Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners – Taxand Ukraine
Ernst & Young
Sayenko Kharenko

Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm Of The Year
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young

European Tax Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Best Friends Tax Network
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
KPMG
PwC
Taxand

European Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton
PwC
Taxand

European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Best Friends Tax Network
DLA Piper
Dorsey & Whitney
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hage Aaronson
MLGTS

European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Grant Thornton
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier
Taxand

European In-House Team of the Year – Direct Tax
BP
E.on
Rosneft
Volkswagen

European Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year
Alder & Sound
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
RSM DTM Hungary

European Capital Markets Tax Team of the Year
Best Friends Tax Network
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters

European M&A Tax Team of the Year
Best Friends Tax Network
Deloitte
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Simmons & Simmons
Taxand
Weil Gotshal & Manges

European Financial Services Tax Team of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Lenz & Staehelin
Simmons & Simmons

European Energy Tax Team of the Year
Deloitte
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
MLGTS
Taxand
WTS

European Media & Entertainment Tax Team of the Year
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Pepeliaev Group – Taxand Russia

European Private Equity Tax Team of the Year
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Simmons & Simmons

ECJ Firm of the Year – Direct Tax
Ashurst – Santander
Hage Aaronson – FII GLO
Herbert Smith Freehills – Philips Electronics
Hogan Lovells – EDF
Dumon, Sablon & Vanheeswijck – Punch Graphix

ECJ Firm of the Year – Indirect Tax
Dorsey & Whitney – Deutsche Bank
Garrigues – Taxand Spain – Vodafone España
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier (KMLZ) – VSTR
Weil, Gotshal & Manges – Littlewoods

US Law Firm in Europe
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Latham & Watkins
Shearman & Sterling
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best Newcomer
Atlas Tax Lawyers
Hannes Snellman’s Danish tax practice
Milestone International Tax Partners
Orientax Consulting
Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados (RFF)
TJP

European Tax Policy Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC
Taxand

European Tax Innovator of the Year
Alder & Sound
Deloitte
Luther – Taxand Germany
Vertex

European Client Connection Award
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton
Pinsent Masons
Simmons & Simmons
Taxand