Luxembourg, 23 May 2014

EY Luxembourg awarded for its Tax, Private Equity and Real Estate excellence

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EY Luxembourg is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as the national ‘Tax Firm of the Year’ by International Tax Review (ITR) during an award ceremony which took place in London on 21 May 2014. In addition, EY Luxembourg has also been voted as winner in the InterContinental Finance Magazine for the “Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year in Luxembourg”, the “Real estate Advisory Firm of the Year in Luxembourg” and the “International Tax Advisors of the Year in Luxembourg”.

EY Luxembourg awarded as “national Tax firm of the Year” by ITR

This “‘Tax firm of the Year in Luxembourg” award is the result of a long-lasting submission process of the main tax firms in Europe and a rigorous and in-depth analysis and research of ITR, appearing as the leading monthly publication about cross-border tax issues.

The ITR awards focus on quality of work over a twelve month period, while ignoring the size and breadth of companies, but preferably analyzing quality of clients, work done and reputation of their tax practices. To decide the shortlists & winners, ITR’s team of journalists undertake detailed research from a variety of sources. As submissions of firms are vital, the magazine also consult a large number of tax advisors and lawyers, tax executives and in-house counsel to gain their perspective on the ground-breaking work that take place within a two month period before the winners’ announcement.

The Intercontinental Finance awards

These highly recognized awards are the result of a global vote by 23,456 professionals and a proven methodology characterized by carefully scrutinized forms after the voting process and a two-month research and analysis of the various voting firms to quantify authenticity and enter firms for winning categories.

Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year – Luxembourg

With 200 professionals, EY Luxembourg has the largest specialized and dedicated Private Equity practice as well as the broadest range of services in the industry among local audit and advisory firms providing audit, advisory, valuation and tax services to both fund promoters and service providers.

With the highest market share in the audit of Luxembourg Private Equity structures with e.g., 45% of all SICAR’s by volume, EY Luxembourg is also one of the leading local transaction tax experts and has led the most significant Private Equity advisory engagements in the local market and abroad. Within EMEIA*, EY Luxembourg serves as a center of excellence for Private Equity funds, recognizing the importance and leading position of our local practice. The EY Luxembourg, Private Equity Practice was set up in 2004 under the leadership of Alain Kinsch, today Managing Partner of the Luxembourg office and EMEIA* Private Equity Funds Leader. As of 1 July 2012 Alain handed over leadership of the Luxembourg Private Equity practice to Olivier Coekelbergs.

Real Estate Advisory Firm of the Year – Luxembourg

As the largest global real estate professional services team in the world, EY Luxembourg’s market leading integrated real estate practice comprises over 120 experienced professionals providing financial accounting and auditing, global tax, investment fund structuring, asset and transaction due diligence, valuation support, risk advisory and cost control services to real estate fund managers, investors, lenders, owner occupiers and developers. With a significant market share, the EY local team understands and provides insights into the industry issues that real estate stakeholders need to address everywhere in the world. As part of the EMEIA* integrated structure, EY Luxembourg real estate team is the first major professional services organization to bring a borderless approach to the emerging markets of Russia, India, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the established markets of Europe.

International Tax Advisors of the Year – Luxembourg

As a major player in Luxembourg, the EY Luxembourg international tax practice is acknowledgeable and experienced with the varied and specialized facets of companies evolving in a global international tax environment. Leveraging on an integrated global network of dedicated professionals, the EY Luxembourg tax practice provides deep tax assistance tailored to the needs of various industries, offering a complete range of tax services which include for example international tax structuring of transactions and tax planning for multinationals, assistance to Private Equity houses in designing tax-efficient acquisition structures, corporate and international tax advice for international and Luxembourg-based banking groups and investment funds, transfer pricing and Operating Model Effectiveness (OME) services.

Alain Kinsch, Managing Partner of EY Luxembourg comments: “These awards are the result of continuous investment in our Tax, Private Equity and Real Estate practices. Excellence in client service is the cornerstone of our success and to achieve this we provide our people with best-in-class training and every year enrich our teams by bringing on board senior industry talent.”

*Europe, Middle east, India and Africa

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