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Arkwood is a boutique tax firm with a commanding reputation in this market. The firm handles a wide array of tax matters both domestically and internationally. A source praises the team's "very, very good knowledge at the international level," describing it as "a niche law firm" which is "really specialised in private client," and adding that "we like that they are so independent."
Arkwood wins praise for its client service and expertise in this practice area. "They are transparent, and commercially minded," comments one source. Another interviewee agrees, saying: "They are very efficient and hands-on. Clients always appreciate their pragmatic approach. One always sees that they have a lot of experience in the field of private client matters."
The "very pragmatic and very practical" Julien Riahi focuses his respected private client practice on international tax matters. One source says: "Julien Riahi has developed a good reputation in Paris advising on international mobility matters between France and Israel. I understand that he works a lot with artists and sportsmen." Another source calls Riahi a "very kind and responsive person, and a pleasure to interact with."
Marine Dupas is a "very hands-on, no-nonsense lawyer," with an exceptional private client practice. One interviewee comments: "We're impressed by the way she's able to understand the issue and never give up on giving us the right answer, even in a short timeframe. She very quickly finds the critical point." One source highlights Dupas' key specialisms in Middle Eastern cross-border matters and work involving life insurance. "If I need advice on life insurance, in particular in Luxembourg, I will ask Marine Dupas," they say, adding: "She regularly advises insurance companies, which makes her one of the key specialists in France in that area. Marine also advises individuals and families from the Middle East, and she is very good at understanding their needs."
One source says Michael Khayat is "very knowledgeable about real estate matters," and another describes him as "exceptionally able." Sources highlight Khayat's experience in cross-border matters as a key strength. One reports that "Michael Khayat gets many instructions by UK lawyers on civil law questions, including disputes, for HNW individuals with assets in France. He is very familiar with the UK legal system, and peers' expectations. Michael also assists entrepreneurs and HNW families with multinational businesses, advising on cross-border corporate tax and estate planning, as well as governance issues."
Stéphanie Auferil is an "exceptional lawyer," sources say. Auferil is highly respected for her wealth of experience in private client matters, especially those concerning tax. "She's very good at listening to the clients and their questions," says a source; "she has a very good relationship with all of her clients and she knows a huge amount about this area." Another interviewee highlights Auferil's particular expertise in France/US tax treaty matters, saying: "She has an extensive track record of working with US lawyers on the implementation of the tax treaty with regards to client matters."