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In the stream of urgent issues to be dealt with in the current situation, where all the usual processes and practices are questioned, and where the uppermost priority is to put people first, it is often difficult to step back and identify exactly what tax actions need to be taken on a day-to-day basis. Tax matters, like many others, are open to more or less accurate rumors and interpretations. They are also subject to daily changes.

In order to help you to assess the situation as quickly as possible, Baker McKenzie, both in Paris and throughout its network, has set up working groups to monitor tax developments and to share our expertise on the many tax issues that may arise.

On this basis, we thought it would be useful to share with you, in the form of a “checklist”, an initial inventory of the questions raised to date. In case of doubt or urgency, it will enable you to quickly identify the subject(s) to be dealt with in the short, medium and long term, and to identify the right contacts.

More than ever, our teams are mobilized by your side to help you answering these questions and meet together the exceptional challenges that the situation imposes.

This tax checklist is bound to evolve over time. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to discuss these issues on a regular basis.

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Caroline Silberztein is nominated by France on the list of independent persons of standing authorized to serve as arbitrators for the application of the European Arbitration Convention. She is a member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing and continues to be involved in policy dialogue with OECD and non-OECD countries. She is a visiting Professor in several European Universities. She was the Head of the OECD Transfer Pricing Unit from 2001 to 2011.

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Lionel Ochs practices in the Tax Group of Baker McKenzie, Paris. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a senior economist with an economic consulting firm and a transfer pricing professional in one of the leading French pharmaceutical groups.

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Laura Nguyen-Lapierre is a counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris office.

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Véronique Millischer is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Paris office, where she heads the tax department. She is also a member of the Hotels, Resorts and Tourism group and the office's Management Committee. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Millischer worked for a large accounting firm in Paris, where she became a manager in 1991 and a partner in 1996.

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Guillaume Le Camus is a partner in Baker McKenzie Paris’ Tax Group and chair of the Firm’s Europe Tax Planning & Transaction Group. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Le Camus practiced international tax law at the correspondent firm of a Big Four accounting firm in Paris and New York. Mr. Le Camus has published several articles on international tax planning and transactions, and spoken at tax seminars on the same topics.

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Stéphane Taïeb’s experience is focused on French corporate taxation, with a particular experience in the areas of real estate and tourism. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2006, he worked at Arthur Andersen International where he handled international tax law matters. Mr. Taïeb received his graduate and post-graduate degree from the Faculty of St-Maur, Paris XII. He is also a member of the Hotel, Tourism and Leisure’s group of Baker McKenzie.

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Charles Baudoin joined the Tax department of Baker McKenzie in Paris in 2015. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Charles was an associate in the tax department at another global law firm in Paris from 2007 to 2014.

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Thierry Vialaneix joined Baker McKenzie in 2004 as a Local Partner and became a Senior Counsel in 2009. He handles all legal matters related to VAT and indirect taxes. He began his career with CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, and subsequently joined Price Waterhouse Legal and Tax. Mr. Vialaneix also worked in the tax department of Ernst & Young and Landwell & Associés before joining Baker McKenzie, where he currently supervises the Paris office’s VAT practice. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Vialaneix has published several articles tackling VAT issues and has participated in various tax seminars.

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Eric Meier is a Partner in the Tax Group of Baker & McKenzie in Paris. He assists his clients in particular in the context of: search and seizure procedures; following up tax audits (concerning in particular the following issues : difficulties of applying international tax treaties, permanent establishment, anti-abuse rules, withholding tax, …) ; negotiations with the tax authorities; disputes before the administratives and civil Courts; procedures before the EU Institutions and; interventions before the French Constitutional Council. He also advices his clients in the context of analysis of tax risks and transfer of tax receivables. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Meier worked at Arthur Andersen International and Deloitte / Taj. Mr. Meier's clients pursue their activities in particular in the areas of the e-business, hotel industry, trade and large retail, media/telecom, bank and insurance and luxury. Mr. Meier also regularly writes for La Revue de Droit Fiscal.

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Regis Torlet is a senior counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris office.

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Ariane Calloud is a member of the Tax Practice Group in Baker McKenzie Paris. Prior to joining the Firm in 2007, Ms. Calloud worked in the tax department of Landwell & Associés (PwC) where she practiced corporate tax and international tax law.

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Agnès Charpenet is a Local partner in Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice Group in Paris. She is the leader of the Employee Benefit Practice Group, and has been in charge of its Wealth Management tax activity in France since October 2015. In 2005, she spent six months working with Global Equity Services in the San Francisco office. Ms. Charpenet joined the Firm in December 1998.

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Geoffrey Poras is a Counsel at Baker McKenzie's Paris office.

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Virginie Louvigné is a member of the Tax and Real Estate practice groups in Baker McKenzie's Paris office. She joined the Firm in 2006 and became a partner in the Paris office in 2015. She had the opportunity to serve as counsel to a leading French independent business law firm in 2014.