Bird & Bird appoints Tax expert Benjamin Lichtle as partner in Lyon

09-2019

International law firm Bird & Bird appoints tax expert Benjamin Lichtle to lead the firm's tax practice in France.

Benjamin is a highly experienced corporate tax lawyer with deep expertise in the tax aspects of both domestic and international companies. He joins from leading French law firm, Fidal where he was a tax partner supervising and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams from different countries on major transactions. As a trusted advisor in the field of corporate tax, Benjamin provides high quality support to corporate and real estate businesses. He is also frequently involved in international tax restructuring and therefore will be able to grow his business within Bird & Bird's offices worldwide. Benjamin is particularly interested in the development of his restructuring practice and has extensive experience in the relocation of IP assets in various sectors.

Developing the Tax team into a multi-jurisdictional, integrated practice is a key part of the group's international strategy. Its primary focus is to provide services in line with Bird & Bird's core sectors across its international offices. The addition of Benjamin will help develop the tax team, particularly on the corporate M&A side alongside Laurence Clot and the firm's Corporate partners in France.

Alexandre Vuchot and Benjamine Fiedler, co-heads of Bird & Bird France say: "The development of the Lyon office is an important aspect of the strategy for Bird & Bird in France. The appointment of Benjamin is a key part of that growth plan and we look forward to welcoming him to the team."

Andy Brown, Head of Bird & Bird's Global Tax Practice comments: "Benjamin is a highly regarded tax specialist who will provide excellent client service to our clients, particularly by enhancing our ability to deliver cross jurisdictional tax advice. His arrival at Bird & Bird will help bolster our Tax practice in France and across the firm's international offices as we continue to invest and grow our global tax business."

Benjamin Lichtle adds: "I am very excited to be joining an integrated international law firm where I can further develop my national tax practice as well as working with other members of the tax practice to develop our sector related tax services across the business. I am looking forward to meeting the team in Lyon and my international colleagues."