Pinsent Masons bulks up in Paris with tax hire

Pinsent Masons is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Paris by launching a tax practice with the hire of partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners.

Berthet will rejoin former colleagues at Pinsents, which opened in the French capital last year through the hire of a team from Marccus Partners (31 August 2012).

Berthet’s hire brings the number of lawyers in France to around 25, including 10 partners. Pinsents is recruiting two associates for the tax team separately. Prior to joining Marccus Partners, the legal arm of accountancy firm Mazars, she practised at PricewaterhouseCoopers-tied firm Landwell, Slaughter and May’s Paris office, and Eversheds

She advises on a range of tax issues including tax planning, employee share schemes and tax structuring.

Pinsents’ Paris head Christoph Maurer said tax was a natural addition to the office’s capabilities.

”If you do corporate and M&A work very often these things are tax-driven,” he said.

Maurer said bringing a tax team on board had always been envisaged.

He added that the first year of operations in Paris had gone well. Maurer said in the first six months the team had predominantly been working on matters for existing clients, but had moved on to a wider range of work referred from and to other Pinsents offices in the second six months of the year.