Aurélia de Viry leaves Clifford Chance to lead King & Spalding tax team in France

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King & Spalding has established a Paris tax practice with the addition of partner Aurélia de Viry, an expert in French real estate and corporate tax law, as the firm expands its tax offerings throughout Europe. De Viry joins King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where she was a counsel.

“Aurélia has built a strong reputation in the marketplace over the past decade, and we are pleased to welcome her to the firm,” said Ken Fleuriet, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office. “Her expertise in French tax law will be a great benefit to our international clients, especially those in Europe. We expect Aurélia to work closely with our offices in London, Frankfurt and the Middle East, as well as some of our U.S.-based international real estate fund clients, on a broad array of tax advice.”

De Viry advises in all areas of tax, including international taxation and the tax aspects of real estate investments, acquisition finance, structured finance, group restructuring and acquisitions. She is also an expert on VAT matters, particularly in relation to real estate and financial transactions. She received a Masters I degree in Management and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II, a Masters I degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Paris IX Dauphine and a Masters II degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II.

King & Spalding’s tax practice covers the full range of tax issues presented in planning and executing complex business transactions in both domestic and cross-border settings, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and investment fund formations. In addition to advising on corporate, partnership, and international tax matters, the firm’s tax practice provides advice on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of business transactions and post-transaction integration. Lawyers in the tax practice also work with the firm’s global real estate team — in Paris led by Benoît Marcilhacy, Pascal Schmitz and Alexandre Couturier — which has earned an international reputation for its creative structuring of clients’ transactions, from property acquisitions and development to mergers and acquisitions and complex equity and debt financing.

“King & Spalding’s growing real estate market share offers an attractive long-term platform for my tax practice, as does the firm’s strong European real estate finance practice,” said de Viry. “I am delighted to join a talented team of lawyers in Paris, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success in Europe.”

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