Richard joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1988 and was co-opted as an equity partner in 1998. He chaired the firm's advisory board from 2009 to 2012. He is an expert in direct taxes, and mainly manages mainly cases in the following subject matters: corporation tax for listed and non-listed companies (French and international); personal income tax; real estate and finance taxation, for listed and non-listed French and international companies; and tax systems for semi-public companies and local authorities.
Richard is also specialised in tax litigation and in tax penal claims. In this context, he and his team have spent many years assisting several groups, companies and their key individuals, in tax dawn raid procedures (section L 16B of the French tax code) and in tax criminal procedures; as a tax litigation lawyer, he also regularly pleads (including in criminal tax).
Richard is well known by the French tax administration as an expert of those matters, and regularly publishes different articles on these matters in specialised publications.
Richard is a lecturer at the Universities of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Sophia-Antipolis and Montpellier. He is also a member of the Tax Lawyers Institute (IACF) and of the French Association for Corporate Legal Advisers (ACE).
Richard holds a postgraduate degree in business law from the University of Montpellier (DJCE). A French native speaker, he is fluent in English.