Michael Khayat

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Practice Areas

Michaël advises entrepreneurs and families, French and foreigners, in national and international contexts.

He practices in the following areas:

•Estate planning, particularly in the context of transfer of tax residency and expatriation for families: transfer of family business assets, multi-jurisdictional estate strategies, set up of foreign inheritance vehicles (trusts, family foundations…) and of local tax and legal regulations;

•Processing of complex international successions: securing tax aspects (tax treaties, elimination of double taxation…) and coordination work on the civil issues (governing law, settlement of practical difficulties raised by estate planning);

•Real estate investment, particularly for non-residents: option for the most appropriate structure depending on the asset selected and on the nature of the project; tailored assistance for the implementation, the day-to-day management of the investment, and the transfer of assets.

Michaël has developed a unique expertise for situations involving UK aspects.

He assists his clients in the preparation of tax returns and in their relationships with the French tax administration (in particular during tax audits and tax litigations).


He is a founding partner of Arkwood SCP. He previously worked in the Wealth Management and Employee Benefit teams of Baker & McKenzie in Paris.