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Bruno Knadjian

Bruno Knadjian


Bruno is Head of the firm's tax group, based in Paris.



Bruno is heading the firm's tax group in Paris. He advises clients on corporate and transactional tax matters with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets, business transfers, joint ventures and group reorganisations.

In addition, Bruno has substantial experience advising on the tax aspects of capital market transactions (cross-border securitisations, securities lending, bond issues, etc.) and structuring management packages for executive directors and entrepreneurs.

His expertise extends to tax litigations before the French tax authorities and tax courts.

Bruno is recognised by Best Lawyers 2022 for Tax Law in France.

Bruno's experience includes advising:

  • Nexity, the leading integrated French real estate group, in the acquisition of a 55% stake in the capital of the Angelotti group, the regional leader in property development and development in Occitanie
  • OneWeb, a low earth orbit (LEO) broadband satellite communications company, in its proposed combination with Eutelsat Communications, a listed French company that is one of the largest satellite operators in the world
  • Téléperformance SE on its bond buyback offer and its issue of sustainability-linked bonds for an amount of 500 million euros
  • Diageo plc, a major beverage manufacturer and marketer, in relation to the sale of its European 'Picon' orange bitters brand to Campari Milano, another key player in European beverage manufacturing, for an aggregate consideration of approximately €119 million
  • Hartwood on the sale of AFD.TECH to Accenture
  • Korian, Europe's leading healthcare group serving the elderly and vulnerable, on the conclusion of a long-term real estate investment agreement with several BAE Systems Pension Funds, advised by Elevation, an asset manager specializing in healthcare real estate


Bruno joined Herbert Smith Freehills Paris in September 2018. Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2005, Bruno Knadjian holds a Master degree in Corporate Taxation from the University Dauphine in Paris, a DEA Business and Economics Law from the University in Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a LL.M from the University College in London.

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