Private Wealth Law
Arkwood is an impressively strong boutique that is well respected for advising clients on tax and estate planning strategies, including multi-jurisdictional matters. "They are very competent. They are very used to working in international situations," says a market commentator.
"Their communication is very clear and very fast, and the solutions they offer are very clear," says an interviewee, who adds: "They are an amazing source of information."
Stéphanie Auferil "is an outstanding technical lawyer and is able to explain complex tax and civil law concepts to busy clients in a way that is thorough, but easy to understand," says a source, who adds: "Stephanie has a lovely way with clients, making the client feel comfortable that she has the appropriate expertise without causing the client to feel intimidated." She regularly advises on French-US tax planning, trusts and next generation wealth planning for foreign and domestic high net worth clients.
Marine Dupas is "a very competent and very good tax lawyer," according to a source. Her expertise spans cross-border wealth planning issues such as real estate investments for clients from the Middle East and the taxation of trusts and related reporting obligations. Her work also includes advising clients on matters relating to the UK and Belgium.
Michael Khayat is a "highly skilled international tax lawyer who is very agreeable to work with and focused on the best outcome for his clients," says a source. "Michael is my go-to lawyer for France, whether it is for tax or succession-related queries," says a commentator, adding: "He always seems to have all the answers and it is great to work with a lawyer who is technically excellent at the job, with clients and fellow professionals." Khayat is also an expert on real estate investment issues.
Julien Riahi advises on wealth structuring and transfer strategies, as well as international tax planning. His clients include entrepreneurs, affluent families, artists and athletes. "His personal strengths are that he is really client-focused and he wants the best for the client," according to an interviewee, while another source says: "Julien is an excellent specialist who is able to manage very sophisticated cross-border files. He is very reactive and it is always a pleasure to work with him."