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PARTNER MOVES - McDermott Welcomes Distinguished Private Client Lawyer in London

02 Mar 2015

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announces Jean-Marc Tirard, one of the best known private client lawyers in France, has joined as a partner in its international Private Client Practice Group, based in the Firm’s London office.

Carol Harrington, global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group comments: "Developing an EU continental practice and enhancing our reputation as a top international private client firm in London is a key strategy for us. Having a renowned practitioner of Jean-Marc’s calibre join the team in London will support this goal”.

Henry Christensen, head of McDermott’s international private clients practice, notes, “I have worked with Jean-Marc for years and am simply delighted to have him join us in London, where he will continue to represent his continental European clients, as well as expatriates who have moved to London, working closely with our established London team of private client lawyers.”

Jean-Marc has advised French and non-French companies and private clients on French and international corporate and individual tax issues.  He has negotiated with tax authorities and handled tax litigation for over three decades. Jean-Marc has advised on numerous high-profile corporate transactions and has extensive experience in tax and estate planning for French and non-French high net worth individuals.  Originally specialising in French and international corporate tax through his unique knowledge of trusts in France, in the last 18 years his practice has developed into an international private client practice.

Jean-Marc began his career with the French tax administration before entering into private practice. He was in charge of the Paris tax department of Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young) for 10 years.  In 1989, he joined Clifford Chance where he was the head of the Paris office tax practice before he co-founded Tirard Naudin (with Maryse Naudin) in 1997.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean-Marc to the team here in London. The growth of the London international Private Client team has been significant, trebling headcount since the group’s inception and giving us greater ability to serve our clients wherever they may be located” added Hugh Nineham, Partner and Head of McDermott’s London office.

Jean-Marc Tirard is rated as one of the leading French tax lawyers in various surveys (including Euromoney, International Tax Review and Chambers); cited as a leading tax lawyer in a number of publications including Best Lawyers in France, the Euromoney Guide to European Leading Tax Advisers,  Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and the Private Client Guide of Practice Law Company; named outstanding European Individual of the year by the CityWealth Magic Circle Awards 2009 and  co-founded and was the former chairman of the French branch of STEP, The Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, as well as the chairman of the Tax Commission of the French Committee and the former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. Jean-Marc is also an International Fellow of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) and also an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. McDermott has largest number of ACTEC members and Academy members of any other law firm.

Jean-Marc’s appointment follows the arrival of Partner David Adler last month to the Private Client group in London. David’s practice focuses on U.S. tax planning, wealth transfer, and trust and estate matters advising on the U.S. federal tax and compliance issues that arise for individuals and fiduciaries with a connection to multiple jurisdictions.

McDermott is widely recognised as a leading firm for High Net Worth individuals, family offices and closely held businesses for all significant facets international wealth planning. Chambers USA has ranked McDermott’s private client practice in the top tier in wealth management every year since Chambers USA has been published.

Our London Private Client team, formed in 2009, is part of the group's 70 plus lawyers across offices in the US and Europe. The London Private Client team was recently shortlisted for Legal 500 UK Awards 2014 for: McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP - Firm (specialism) of the year: Private client - Personal tax, trusts and probate.

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