Xavier Renard is a partner in the Tax Department in the Paris office.

Mr. Renard is active in the field of corporate taxation and provides general tax advice to French and multinational groups of companies, investment funds, and financial institutions. He also specializes in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings of groups of companies, tax consolidation regimes, taxation of financial products, and asset financing transactions.

Mr. Renard is a member of the International Fiscal Association and the Institut des Avocats Conseils Fiscaux. He is also recognized as a key player in LBO taxation.

In addition, the Paris office's tax team is ranked Tier 2 in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 and was also ranked number one in the Magazine des Affaires 2019 ranking in Transactional Taxation.


Recognized as a Leading Individual and described by clients as being: ‘very available, attentive and very responsive. He has a very clear vision of the subjects to be tackled and how to deal with them. He is also very precise, adapts to constraints and offers alternatives.’ in The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Clients report that "he is extremely knowledgeable, able to find solutions in situations where it is not necessarily obvious, creative and flexible." Chambers Europe 2022

Recognized as a Leading Individual. According to clients “Xavier Renard is a recognized professional recommended for French and international transactions.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Described by one impressed client as a “well balanced tax adviser” who offers “very good technical knowledge in his field, but also a pragmatic approach.” Chambers Europe 2020

“Mr. Renard is well known for his expertise in transactional tax law. His client base includes large banks and investment funds. He acted for ICG and Sagesse Retraite Santé on the €2.5 billion acquisition of a majority stake in DomusVi.” Chambers Europe 2019 

“Mr. Renard is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the tax elements of M&A and capital markets transactions. One source highlights 'his depth of expertise' and recommends him as a 'very knowledgeable and reactive' practitioner.” Chambers Europe 2018

Mr. Renard's matters have included advising:

  • TA Associates in the partial sale of Odealim, a leading French insurance brokerage firm for real estate professionals
  • Worldline, the European leader in payments services, on the proposed binding offer by Apollo funds to acquire its Terminals, Solutions & Services business (TSS)
  • Astorg and Goldman Sachs in the sale of HRA Pharma, a rapidly expanding, innovation-driven consumer healthcare company, to Perrigo
  • Lagardère SA in a tender offer of existing bonds and new €500 million bond issue
  • Elior Group on a €550 million senior notes issue
  • Ardian in the sale of its majority stake of DRT, world leader in plant-based chemistry, to Firmenich
  • J.P. Morgan as initial purchaser in connection with the offering of €200 million senior secured notes due 2025 by IM Group
  • Albéa in the contemplated sale of its dispensing business to Silgan
  • ICG in its sale of a majority stake in Gerflor, manufacturer and marketer of vinyl flooring solutions and wall finishes for resilient floors and wall coverings, to Cobepa
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a majority stake in the Santé Cie Group, a specialist in home medical assistance
  • Platinum Equity in its acquisition of Biscuit International from Qualium Investissement
  • TechnipFMC in it planned spin-off transaction to separate into two industry-leading, independent, publicly traded companies
  • Atos in its sale of Worldline shares for an amount of €1.23 billion, through a placement to qualified investors by way of ABB and transfer to the Atos UK 2019 Pension Scheme
  • TechnipFMC in its plan to separate into two industry-leading, independent, publicly traded companies
  • Astorg in its acquisition of Nemera, a leading global manufacturer of drug administration systems for the pharmaceutical industry
  • Eurazeo Capital in its acquisition of Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (DORC), a medical technology company from Montagu
  • Auchan Holding in its 50.1% sale of Oney Bank SA to BPCE
  • Eurazeo on the sale of game publisher Asmodee group to PAI Partners
  • PSP Investments in its acquisition together with CDPQ of significant minority stakes in group Fives
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of Albéa from Sun European Partners
  • Ardian in its acquisition of Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT) alongside founding families and Tikehau Capital
  • Siemens AG on the combination of its mobility business, including its rail traction drive business, in a merger of equals with Alstom SA, representing a combined revenue of €15.3 billion
  • Imerys on its acquisition of Kerneos,  the world leader in calcium aluminate-based high-performance binders from Astorg Partners    
  • PSP Investments in its acquisition alongside Partners Group of European medical laboratory services operator, Cerba HealthCare
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a 60% stake in Global Product Solutions, the France-based research and development division of Assystem, a provider of engineering and innovation consultancy services
  • Galeries Lafayette group in its acquisition of La Redoute
  • Intermediate Capital Group and Sagesse Retraite Santé in their acquisition of a majority stake in DomusVi, a France-based provider of services to elderly people including nursing homes, residential facilities, and home care, for an amount of €2.8 billion
  • FMC Technologies in its merger of equals with Technip, a France-based designer and developer of offshore oil and gas processing facilities, via the EU cross-border merger regime
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a majority stake in the Trigo Group, a world-leading provider of quality management and inspection services, from IK Investment Partners
  • Eurazeo in its acquisition of the game publisher Asmodee Group and advise of the Asmodee Group on subsequent build-up acquisitions
  • The commitment parties (Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan) in the financing of the acquisition of SFR by Altice, combined with the refinancing of the Altice and SFR groups as well as the acquisition of Vivendi's stake in SFR
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition with PAI and subsequent sale of Custom Sensors & Technologies from Schneider Electric unit of French electrical connectors maker FCI
  • Sagard in the sale of and reinvestment with PAI in Kiloutou a French company specialized in equipment rental

Bar Qualification

  • Avocat (Paris)


  • MBA, ESSEC Graduate School of Management, 1989
  • Graduate Degree Business Law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French