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The international law firm, Baker McKenzie, has announced five appointments at its Paris office at the level of Partner, Senior Counsel and Counsel in the following three departments: Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax and Public Law / Environment. At global level, 80 new partners have been appointed by the firm, which now has 1,600 partners in its 77 offices. These new appointments take effect as of July 1st.   

Régis Torlet, 41 years’ old, is appointed Senior Counsel. A member of the Paris bar since 2001 and holder of a post-graduate vocational diploma in Business Law, Tax and Accounting (1999) as well as a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Tax Law from the University of Aix-en-Provence (1999), he joined Baker McKenzie’s Tax practice in 2006 where he has been Local Partner since 2010 after being appointed Senior Associate. Before this, he worked at two international structures between 1999 and 2005. He specialises in tax audit and litigation as well as risk analysis. In terms of tax audit, he assists his clients during account verification procedures. Once the procedures are completed, he participates in negotiations with the tax authorities. As far as tax litigation is concerned, he assists his clients at every stage of litigation before the courts (administrative and judicial).  He also intervenes during tax raids. 

Guillaume Nataf, 37 years’ old, is appointed Partner. A member of the Paris bar since 2005, he holds a post-graduate vocational diploma in Law and International Management obtained at HEC (2005), a post-graduate diploma in European Business Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2004) as well as a Masters’ degree in Business law (2003) and a Diploma from the Business Law Institute (2002) of the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Guillaume Nataf joined the M&A department at Baker McKenzie in 2005 and was named Counsel in 2015. He advises both French and foreign clients on their cross-border Mergers/Acquisitions operations, setting in place joint-ventures and shareholders’ agreements, supervising and co-ordinating the teams made up of lawyers from different countries and providing advice to his clients during the different stages of these operations.

Edouard de Rancher, 33 years’ old, is appointed Partner. Admitted to the Paris bar in 2010, he holds a Masters’ degree in Tax Law from the University of Paris IX Dauphine (2007) and a Masters’ degree in Business Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2006). Edouard de Rancher joined Baker McKenzie’s tax team in 2010 where he has been an Associate until now.  Before this, he worked at the “French desk” of an international firm in New York. He specialises in general company taxation, tax litigation, international tax and the taxation of non-profit organisations. In particular, he works for clients in the healthcare industry. 

Ludovic Coudray, 41 years’ old, is appointed Counsel. Holder of a PhD in Law (2005), a Masters’ degree in European Union Law and a Masters’ degree in Public Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, he was admitted to the bar in 2007.  Ludovic Coudray joined the Public Law/Environment practice at Baker McKenzie in Paris in 2007 as an Associate and was appointed Senior Associate in 2010. He specialises in administrative law, both in the field of consulting and in litigation. As a specialist in regulatory laws, especially in the field of energy (electricity and gas), airports, electronic communications and audio-visual, he is frequently in contact with the French and European regulatory authorities. 

Julien Grandry, 39 years’ old, is appointed Counsel. A graduate of the Grenoble Management School and holder of a Masters’ degree in Business Law (2002) and a post-graduate degree in Financial Engineering Law (2004), he was admitted to the Paris bar in 2005. Most of his activity is focused on mergers & acquisitions involving several countries, particularly Morocco and Ohada law countries. He works on acquisition operations, equity investments and on setting up strategic and co-development partnerships. Among recent operations, he advised the Moroccan SNI on the creation of a pan-African joint-venture with the LafargeHolcim group and the French group Oberthur Technologies in the framework of a public-private partnership in Africa for the manufacture of electronic passports. Julien Grandry joined the M&A practice at Baker McKenzie in 2012 after having worked at the firms Chain Lacger and August & Debouzy.

Arnaud Cabanes, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Paris, is delighted with these new appointments:

They demonstrate the vitality of Baker McKenzie in Paris and in the world.

"The lawyers who have been promoted are young and talented; they will strengthen our teams by ensuring the irreproachable quality of the services offered to our clients in several areas of strategic importance. These appointments also reward the excellent career paths and the exemplary commitment of Guillaume Nataf, Edouard de Rancher, Régis Torlet, Ludovic Coudray and Julien Grandry.”

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