Bird & Bird appoints new partner in Paris


Bird & Bird today announces that it has appointed Sabine Sardou as partner in its International Tax Group in Paris.

Sabine joins from Taj, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, where she was a partner in its transfer pricing practice.

She has been advising major French and foreign-based international companies on tax defence, strategic tax planning and documentation work for almost 20 years.

Her practice covers tax defence (including litigation), strategic tax planning, and tax/Transfer Pricing documentation. In the tax defence area, Sabine provides advice on tax audit assistance, litigation and mutual agreement procedures. She also supports her clients' strategic tax planning including risk review (M&A), business optimisation, optimal structuring, ruling and advance pricing agreements ("APA"). In addition, she counsels on transfer pricing documentation and filing.

Sabine has extensive experience across a number of sectors, including automotive, IT, communications, pharmaceuticals, financial services and luxury goods.

Member of the French bar, Sabine also holds postgraduate degrees in Tax and Business Law.

Benjamine Fiedler, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird in France said: "Sabine is a valuable addition to our team. In recent years we have seen the growing importance of strategic tax planning, with Transfer Pricing becoming one of the main topics in international tax law. Our International Tax Practice in Paris has been going from strength to strength and with Sabine on-board, we will be even better placed to respond to our clients' needs and to offer them a first class, comprehensive tax service."

Christian Luthman, Head of Bird & Bird's International Tax group said: "We are delighted to welcome Sabine to our team. We are very keen to develop our Transfer Pricing capability in France and build it into our wider international Transfer Pricing strategy. Sabine's arrival will help further strengthen our local and international tax offering. "

Sabine said: "I'm very excited to be joining Bird & Bird. Its broad international network, coupled with mature tax offering provides an excellent platform for me to develop my practice. In the light of recent changes in tax regulation, I believe this is the right moment to capitalise on developing Transfer Pricing capabilities and I am very much looking forward to it."