François has been a partner with CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in charge of international tax since 2003. He mainly focuses on international financing, assistance to corporate clients under audit and tax controversy.
Prior to joining CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, he worked with the French law firm of Ernst & Young for 10 years, providing corporate tax and legal services. In January 1996, he was transferred to the firm's international tax services in New York, where he was responsible for the French desk, advising clients on the tax aspects of international financing, acquisition planning, transfer pricing planning and passive investment structuring. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he spent several years with Coudert Brothers in Paris, where he practised French corporate tax law.
François is a visiting professor in international taxation at Paris-Descartes University.
He is an attorney-at-law admitted to the Bar of the Hauts-de-Seine. He graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (1988) and obtained a DESS in international tax law (postgraduate degree) in 1988 from the University of Paris XI.
A French native speaker, he is fluent in English.