Leading International tax adviser joins Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Brussels
21 May 2007
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
International law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce that International and Benelux tax adviser Astrid Pieron has joined the firm. Astrid is based in the Brussels office.
Astrid provides advice, with a focus on international and Benelux tax issues, on tax transactions; financial structures and products and tax controversy. For tax transactions she has specific expertise on LBOs and funds structuring, and has experience acting for the acquiring funds, the target or the managers. For financial structures and products Astrid advises financial institutions and corporations. Her tax controversy advice includes transfer pricing, for example the increasing interest by non-EU countries, such as Russia, in the benefits of efficient transfer pricing structures.
Astrid has over 25 years of experience as a tax adviser. Previously she was a tax partner at Deloitte and before that a tax partner at Arthur Andersen. She teaches at the University of Brussels. She is a co-author of books on the accounting, legal and tax aspects of derivatives (CED. Samson 1994-1998) and the author of books on international tax matters (Kluwer 2002; Larcier 2005). She is a director of the board of Union Wallonne des Enterprises.
Astrid joins nearly 100 tax partners at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw between its various offices. With Astrid's arrival Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw has created a Benelux tax centre in its Brussels office that will address most of the tax challenges enterprises face in the Benelux area.
Astrid Pieron commented: "I am delighted that my international and Benelux tax experience can be used for the benefit of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's clients. I am also excited to be working in a multidisciplinary environment given the importance of tax issues to many areas undertaken by the firm such as transactions; trade and transfer pricing; pensions; financial services; derivatives and real estate."
Laurent Borey, a tax partner in the Paris office, added, "We are fortunate to be able to launch a Benelux tax centre with Astrid's arrival, given her significant contacts and experience in the tax and business communities. She has leading edge skills and thinking and so broadens the geographic scope of our already deep tax expertise."
Kiran Desai, a partner in the Brussels office continued: "The Brussels office has become a significant platform for competition, trade, regulatory and government affairs work, all areas of increasing strategic importance to the firm and its clients. Astrid adds another important area of expertise, underlining the office as one of the largest international law offices in Brussels."