Lawyer Monthly - February 2023

Contact Delphine Parigi Founding Partner, DPZ Avocats 81 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris, France Tel: +33 9 81 25 89 87 | Fax: +33 9 81 38 38 77 E: | MY LEGAL LIFE 23 About Delphine Please tell us about yourself and your journey into law. I believe I took the journey of international tax law in because I am driven by solving the most complex and challenging legal issues as efficiently as possible. I hesitated with a diplomatic career, but tax law answered just as well to this need by governing the financial foundation of our society and by giving me the opportunity to be involved in cases where the human part is the basis. Nowadays, with the trend of tax law becoming criminal tax lax, I understand fully my vital need for freedom and defence of taxpayers. “Liberty is at an end whenever the laws permit that, in certain cases, a man may cease to be a person, and become a thing.” - Cesare Beccaria What would you say have been your proudest achievements in your career to date? I find this question difficult to answer for a lawyer, as the essence of our career is to battle in the shadow and in silence for the interest of our clients. It would be a lie to say that I feel indifferent to being part of billion-euro transactions, having represented one of the few cases to the French Constitutional Council, being contacted by top leading firms to launch their office, being a speaker at worldwide conferences including at the Harvard Business Club, winning complex cases at transactional level, or solving issues which other advisors said were impossible. But I think my biggest renewed achievement is that I wake up every day with the chance to do the profession that I have chosen with the people I am grateful to work with. Working happily with a grateful team and clients over the years, whatever the challenges, is an amazing gift. I received two messages received today, the first from a long-term client: ”I appreciate we are getting into deeper tax advice and I really appreciate you being available at short notice.” The second, from a successful young alumnus trainee who sent me his wishes: “I also wanted to thank you for your time and for everything you gave me during my months of internship in your firm, which are now of great help to me for my new experiences.”

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