Allard de Waal is a senior tax partner at Paul Hastings in Paris.
He regularly works on both domestic and cross-border acquisitions and in particular leveraged buy-outs, offering his clients integrated tax advice to help them navigate complex tax environments and achieve tax-efficient structuring. He is recognized by many private equity houses as one of the most experienced and authoritative lawyers on complex transactions. He also provides strategic advice to financial investors involved in major tax audits and tax controversies for whom he has secured multi million dollars victories in court.
Accolades and Recognitions
Recognized by Chambers Europe 2018 and Legal 500 EMEA 2018 as one of the leading tax lawyers in Paris, Mr. de Waal focuses on corporate matters, especially around issues of private equity, business reorganizations, and structured finance.
Holds a diploma from the HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) business school and an advanced degree (DESS) from the University of Paris XI, both of them earned in 1986.
Lectures frequently on key tax-related issues related to private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions
Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1991, and speaks fluent French, English, German, and Dutch.
LBOs and Acquisitions/Sales
Advising Insight Partners in connection with the LBO of the I@D Group.
Advising ICG in connection of the acquisition of Tokheim Services Group by HLD.
Advising ICG in connection with the LBO of San Sac by Plastic Omnium Environnement.
Advising Arcmont Asset ManagementManagement in connection with the financing of the LBO of Siblu group structured by Naxicap Partners, and New Immo group structured by Qualium Investissement.
Advising Naxicap Partners and ECF Group on the refinancing of the existing indebtedness of ECF Group and the financing of a build-up transaction in New Zealand.
Advising the shareholders of Provalliance Group in connection with the LBO structured by Core Equity.
Advising Keensight Capital in connection with the combination of the Sogelink and Geodesial Groups.
Advising Five Arrows in connection with the LBU of Cocooncenter by Pharmacie Lafayette Group.
Advising Eurazeo PME and FCDE in connection with the LBU of Millbrook by UTAC CERAM.
Advising Antin Infrastructure in connection with the sale of Inicea Group to Korian.
Advising Tikehau Capital in connection with its investment in Amarenco Group.
Advising Keensight Capital in connection with the LBO of Groups Sogelink and Smile and in connection with their investments in ASTI Mobile Robotics and 3P Biopharmaceuticals.
Advising Amundi Private Equity Funds andBpifrance in connection with the LBO of Wifirst Group.
Advising EquistonePartners Europe in connection with the LBO of Groupe Vulcain Ingénierie.
Advising Astorg in connection with the sale of M7 Group to Groupe Canal+.
Advising Meeschaert Capital Partners in connection with the LBO of Aterno Group.
Advising Gimv and UI Gestion in connection with the LBO of La Comtoise Group.
Advising Almaviva Santé Group in connection with the LBU of Medifutur (ex Dial Invest).
Advising Société Générale Capital Partenaires and Bpifrance in connection with the LBO of Milexia.
Advising the shareholders of Aries Alliance Group in connection with the LBO of Aries Alliance Group structured by Astorg Asset Management.
Advising CM-CIC Investissement in connection with the sale of Circet to Advent International.
Advising the Management of OGF Group in connection with its sale and reinvestment in the LBO structured by Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
Advising Equistone in connection with the sale of Unither Pharmaceuticals.
Advising Tikehau Investment Management in connection with the financing of the acquisition of JJA by TowerBrook Capital.
Advising the shareholders of Groupe Metrologic in connection with the sale of Groupe Metrologic to Sandvik.
Advising Antin Infrastructure Partners in connection with the LBO of Almaviva Santé.
Advising Eurazeo PME in connection with the LBO of In'Tech Medical Group.
Tax audits and controversies
Advising several American pension funds (IBM, Ford, Lockheed, Citigroup, etc. ) in connection with litigation relating to withholding taxes paid in France.
Advising Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in connection with litigation relating to withholding taxes paid in France.
Advising Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille in connection with litigation relating to withholding taxes paid in France.