Richard joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1988. He chaired the firm's advisory board from 2009 to 2012. He is an expert in French taxation and mainly manages cases in related to corporation tax, real estate and finance taxation (for French and international listed and non-listed companies); personal income tax; 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 has a long-standing working relationship with French tax administration as an expert of those matters.
Richard regularly publishes articles in specialised publications. He 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.