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Baker McKenzie LLP's team is based across key cities, including New York, Houston, Palo Alto and Washington DC, and advises companies on multi-jurisdictional M&A deals, supply chain integration and restructuring matters. In New York, Thomas May and Tatyana Johnson advised Gebr. Knauf KG, a German building materials company, on its acquisition of Chicago-based USG Corporation. Kai Kramer in Houston and Jeff Maydew in Chicago provided tax advice to Boeing on its acquisition of KLX Inc, a major independent provider of aviation parts and services. UK-qualified James Wilson is not licensed to practice in Washington DC, where he is based, but is a key adviser on tax matters for the firm's consumer goods and retail clients. Jonathan Martin in Houston and Julia Skubis Weber in Chicago are also notable. The firm's North America tax chair, Melinda Phelan, in Dallas and Palo Alto’s Stewart Lipeles are also recommended.

At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, the team continues to advise on multibillion-dollar cross-border deals. Partners Yaron Reich and  Corey Goodman are representing packaging company Bemis in relation to its $6.8bn all-stock combination with Amcor. Goodman continues to represent Alphabet/Google in connection with its $1.1bn business cooperation agreement with HTC Corporation and its acquisition of Socratic Inc, a company that specializes in e-learning. Jason Factor represented International Flavors & Fragrances, a major producer of scent, taste and nutrition, in its $7.1bn acquisition of Frutarom Industries, a flavors, savory solutions and natural ingredients company. Meyer Fedida works with numerous private equity firms and recently advised The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of an approximately 31% stake in The TCW Group. The deal spanned the US, Japan and Grenada. All named lawyers practice out of the New York office.

The team at New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP¬†provides expertise in tax-efficient structures for domestic and international transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, private equity deals and internal restructurings. It is led by Stephen Gordon, who is¬†assisting Barrick Gold in connection with its pending $18.3bn merger with Randgold Resources. In another highlight,¬†Lauren Angelilli¬†provided tax advice to AveXis in connection with its $8.7bn acquisition by Novartis. She is also working with up-and-coming partner Kara Mungovan,¬†advising GKN plc in connection with the ¬£8.1bn unsolicited offer from Melrose Industries to acquire the company. J Leonard Teti II¬†is also advising Novartis, in connection with its pending $2.1bn acquisition of Endocyte. Andrew Needham¬†advised Brookfield Asset Management on its $1.3bn acquisition of TerraForm Global. In Latin American work, Christopher Fargo¬†advised¬†Banco Santander on the $528m sale by its wholly owned subsidiary, Banco Popular Espa√Īol, of TotalBank to Banco de Cr√©dito e Inversiones. Of counsel Michael Schler¬†is recommended.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises on major cross-border deals on behalf of household-name clients. Neil Barr led advice to Comcast on its $65bn proposal to acquire the businesses that 21st Century Fox has agreed to sell to The Walt Disney Company for $35.00 per share in cash. Team lead Avishai Shachar is advising SUEZ, a French industrial services and solutions company, on its $3.41bn acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric. Rachel Kleinberg, a financial products specialist, advised Comcast on the tax aspects of its $3.2bn debt offering of 3.550% notes due 2028, 3.900% notes due 2038 and 4.000% notes due 2048. Michael Mollerus, based in Menlo Park, is also notable. Kathleen Ferrell has retired.

The team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises some of the largest corporations and private equity firms in the US on tax issues relating to M&A, financing, capital markets deals, investment vehicles, derivatives and insurance matters. In recent highlights, Gary Friedman led advice to Discovery Communications in its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and co-lead Peter Schuur advised Global Atlantic Financial Group on the reinsurance of approximately $9bn of fixed annuities and other spread-based reserves of insurance company Talcott Resolution. Co-lead Peter Furci advised Tribune Media Company on its $3.9bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Rafael Kariyev advised AmTrust Financial Services in a strategic transaction with Madison Dearborn Partners for a portion of AmTrust’s US fee businesses, valued at $1.15bn. Erin Cleary was recently made partner. Partner Vadim Mahmoudov departed to PwC as a principal in October 2017. Of counsel Burt Rosen retired. All named lawyers are located in New York.

New York-based Dean Shulman and Chicago’s Mike Carew are key names in Kirkland & Ellis LLP's practice. Shulman recently advised Spectrum Brands Holdings, a global consumer products company, on the sale of its Global Consumer Battery Business to Energizer Holdings for $2bn. Carew has been advising Apax Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Healthium MedTech Private Limited, a leading India-based medical devices company. Todd Maynes continues to advise Tronox Limited on the tax aspects of the acquisition of the titanium dioxide business of Cristal, a privately held global chemical and mining company, valued at $2.2bn.  Lee Morlock is recommended. Maynes and Morlock are both based in Chicago.

Latham & Watkins LLP advises an assortments of the world's largest companies and private equity firms. Practice lead Nicholas DeNovio in Washington DC advised Mattel on amending its credit agreement to provide, among other things, provision of guarantors and grants of liens by certain Mattel subsidiaries if its debt rating is ever downgraded. New York-based Jiyeon Lee-Lim advised Spotify on its direct listing on the NYSE, valued at $26.5bn. Jocelyn Noll in the New York office recently advised BC Partners on its $2.8bn joint venture with Medina Capital. Samuel Weiner in Los Angeles is also notable.

In what has been a successful period for Mayer Brown's international tax practice, James Barry in Chicago led on the tax aspects of Nestlé's $7.15bn agreement for a perpetual license with Starbucks to market, sell and distribute Starbucks consumer and food products globally, outside of Starbucks’ coffee shops. Jason Bazar in New York advised Altice, a Dutch television broadcast company, on its spin-off of Altice USA and group reorganization of Altice Europe. Kenneth Klein and Jason Osborn in Washington DC are also recommended. Recent team changes included Jared Goldberger's promotion to partner in New York in January 2018. In 2018, Remmelt Reigersman and Thomas Humphreys joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto and New York respectively. In October 2018, JoonBeom Pae joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Michael Lebovitz joined  in November 2018 from PwC.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's international tax practice is led by Brad Okun and Scott Sontag. Okun is advising global silicones and advanced materials company MPM Holdings on its $3.1bn acquisition by a three-party investor group, and Sontag advised Sydney-based Lendlease, an international construction, development and infrastructure company, on its real estate joint venture with Australian pension fund First State Super. Sontag also worked with Jeffrey Samuels to advise a domestic biopharmaceutical company on its multibillion-dollar sale to a global pharma company. Brian Grieve and Lindsay Parks were made partner in January 2018.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's international tax practice maintains a strong presence in the Chinese global IPO market. Sean Shimamoto in Palo Alto and Sally Thurston in New York acted as co-counsel to Meituan Dianping in its $4.2bn IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as advising Pinduoduo Inc on its $1.63bn IPO of American depositary shares and listing on Nasdaq. In the real estate investment market,  Moshe Spinowitz and Margaret Cohen in Boston are representing Select Income REIT in the tax aspects of its merger with Government Properties Income Trust. The widely respected Hal Hicks, who heads the firm's global international tax practice, and Paul Oosterhuis are also recommended.

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a focus on corporate M&A and restructuring, as well as large private equity deals. It also handles bankruptcy tax matters. Heitner and Chayim Neubort advised Sanofi on the tax aspects of its $11.6bn acquisition of Bioverativ Inc. Elsewhere, Kimberly Blanchard advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber from Oak Hill Capital Partners. Stuart Goldring, active in the TMT area, advised Westinghouse Electric on its sale to Brookfield Business Partners LP for $4.6bn. Mark Schwed acted for Paycor in its sale to Apax Partners. All named attorneys are based in New York. Kenneth Heitner and Martin Pollack left the firm in 2019.

Dechert LLP's international tax practice handles matters for a range of financial services firms, asset managers and investment funds, and represents some of the largest funds as well as small and mid-size funds. Joshua Milgrim leads the 'seamless' team out of New York and led advice to GIC in connection with the strategic partnership between a Blackstone-led consortium (including Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and GIC) and Thomson Reuters for Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business, valued at $20bn; Daniel Dunn also worked on this matter. Steven Clemens is representing FS/KKR Advisor (as investment adviser) as well as FS Investment Corporation (FSIC) and Corporate Capital Trust (CCT) in connection with the merger of FSIC and CCT, a deal valued at $10.8bn. Alongside Clemens, Adrienne Baker in Boston is representing Barings in connection with the externalization of investment management of Triangle Capital Corporation, a business development company, through which Barings will become the investment adviser to Triangle. New additions to the team include William Cejudo, who joined in Washington DC in May 2018 from Clifford Chance. Joseph Riley joined in New York in October 2017 from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Richard Wild has retired. Andrew Bloom departed in June 2018 to head tax strategy at Golub Capital.

The 'solution-oriented and knowledgeable' James Fuller is a key name in Fenwick & West LLP's international tax team. He and Andrew Kim have been advising on a complex US and European tax litigation matter. The team also handles transfer pricing, international inversion transactions, cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Other notable names are the 'technically strong' Larissa Neumann, who advised Gigya Inc. on its acquisition by SAP Hybris, and the 'experienced' David Forst, who advised Delphi Automotive on its acquisition of nuTonomy for an upfront purchase price of $400m and earn-outs totaling approximately $50m. Practice head Adam Halpern is a key name. In team changes, Jennifer Fuller and Ron Schrotenboer have retired.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong reputation in the areas of international corporate structuring, transfer pricing, M&A, joint ventures and partnerships, reorganizations, private equity matters, capital markets transactions and structured finance deals. Claude Stansbury in Washington DC advised Starbucks on its $7.15bn agreement with Nestle, allowing the latter to distribute certain Starbucks products via its consumer goods distribution channels worldwide. Robert Scarborough in New York advised KLX Incorporated on the tax aspects of its spin-off of its Energy Services Group business to KLX shareholders, a $4.81bn deal. Counsel Reed Carey in Washington DC is an up and comer; he counts Novartis and BASF as recent clients.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's international tax team has been working on major recent deals for household names and is praised for its 'outstanding technical expertise'. The 'responsive' Lowell Yoder in Chicago and Tim Shuman in Washington DC advised JAB Holding Company and the subsidiary it majority owns, Keurig Green Mountain, on Keurig Green Mountain's merger with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, valued at $20bn, and advised JAB on its $7.5bn acquisition of Panera Bread Company. Yoder also worked with Damon Lyon in Chicago, advising long-time client Procter & Gamble on navigating the US tax reform rules from 2017. Caroline Ngo, David Noren and Michael Wilder are doing similar work for Aon in the Washington DC office. In March 2018, the firm welcomed Steven Hadjilogiou and two associates to its Miami office from Baker McKenzie LLP. Departures included Madeline Chiampou to S&P Global as tax counsel in September 2018, and Gale Chan to PwC as a tax manager in August 2018.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is focused on providing global tax planning and advising multinational companies, financial institutions and other clients on the tax aspects of large transactions. Washington DC-based Ethan Harris and  Menlo Park’s Larry Crouch are advising CVS Health on its $77bn acquisition of Aetna. Crouch worked alongside Nathan Tasso on Unibail-Rodamco's acquisition of Westfield Corporation for $25bn. New York-based Laurence Bambino is another name to note. He recently worked with Liberty Global on structuring a split-off transaction.

Robert Holo leads the practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which assists large corporate and private equity clients on cross-border M&A, capital markets transactions and financings. The team also advises on restructuring and fund formation, among other things. Holo and Marcy Geller advised SiriusXM on its acquisition of Pandora for $3.5bn. Holo also advised Spotify on its mutual investment agreement with China's Tencent entertainment group. Jonathan Goldstein, Nancy Mehlman, John Creed and Katharine Moir all have significant private equity client bases and are recommended. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York, excluding Moir in Palo Alto.

Washington DC-based Kim Boylan and New York-based William Dantzler are the main contacts at White & Case LLP. The team advises on a range of international tax matters, including, among other things, post-acquisition integration, transfer pricing, cross-border tax planning, tax controversies and investigative matters. The team has previously advised Saudi Arabia’s national petroleum company Aramco on its joint venture with Dow to build and operate a $20bn integrated chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.

Allen & Overy LLP’s international tax practice advises governments, corporations, financial institutions, funds and other clients active in the investment sector on federal income tax matters and cross-border transactions. The 'knowledgeable' Jack Heinberg leads the team out of New York and advised BNP Paribas on the issuance of residential-backed mortgage securities notes by Durham Mortgages A plc and Durham Mortgages B plc, valued at £5.2bn. Dave Lewis has been advising global healthcare company Fresenius Kabi on its public acquisition of medical services technology company Akorn for $4.3bn. Senior associates John Hibbard, Caroline Lapidus and Brian Schultz are notable.

At Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston-based Richard Husseini and Derek Green are praised for their 'excellent leadership'. The practice is noted for its strength in energy and technology, where it often advises on cross-border transactions.  Green was part of a firmwide team advising McDermott International on its merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, valued at $6bn; John Lobb and Rob Fowler also worked on the matter. Don Lonczak in Washington DC was part of a firmwide team advising AT&T Corp, a subsidiary of AT&T, Inc, on its sale of data center co-location operations and assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for $1.1bn; Eric Winwood in Dallas also worked on this matter.

At Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, J. Clark Armitage, now president of the firm, specializes in advance pricing agreements and competent authority matters for corporations. Patricia Lewis advises on this as well as tax controversy and audit issues. David Rosenbloom  offers similar expertise, as does Mark Allison in New York. Also in New York, Jonathan Brenner, a UK and Luxembourg tax expert, and Zhanna Ziering are notable. Michael Pfeifer and Anne J. O'Brien focus on expatriation planning. Kirsten Burmester also acts for private clients as well as some businesses, and Scott Michel focuses on criminal tax matters with international aspects. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Clifford Chance's team assists on a wide variety of international businesses transactions, including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, investments and various financing and capital markets deals. In recent highlights, David Moldenhauer advised Development Bank of Japan on its $50m investment into Meridiam's third North American infrastructure-focused fund. Philip Wagman advised Hearst on its acquisition of the magazine and book businesses of health and wellness content company Rodale Inc., which publishes Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World and other titles. Richard Catalano was recently appointed head of tax in the Americas region. Avrohom Gelber, another key figure, advised the underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs and Evercore, on the IPO of Mexican energy and infrastructure investment trust CFE Fibra E. James Gouwar joined the practice in New York in September 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Dentons' team structures international investments for domestic clients, as well investments into the US by foreign-based entities. It also advises on transfer pricing, project financing, restructuring and tax treaty interpretation. Washington DC-based John Harrington leads the team and works with clients in private equity and energy markets. Also recommended are New York-based Marc Teitelbaum, who works with high-net-worth families and corporations, Rich Williams and Jon Hutchens. Kansas City-based Kelli Wikoff was promoted to partner in January 2018.

Boston-based Michael Hardgrove is a key name at DLA Piper LLP (US), advising on tax planning for multinational companies. He is currently advising Insmed, a Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical company, on reforming its tax structure. In other highlights, the team assisted Marsh & McLennan with integrating $2.5bn of acquisitions located in over 25 jurisdictions; this work was handled out of New York by Philip Rogers, Maruti Narayan and Frank Mugabi. San Francisco’s Sibel Owji and Silicon Valley’s Sang Kim lead the team.

Jeffrey Friedman leads the practice at Eversheds Sutherland from Washington DC. The team provides expertise in tax planning, structuring and controversy matters, leveraging its global network to advise on cross-border matters. James Mastracchio, who joined in February 2018, represented the Cayman National Corporation in a criminal tax investigation of the company and its subsidiaries which is being led by the Southern District of New York. Robert Chase works with the firm's major clients across a number of industries. Michele Borens and Atlanta-based Eric Tresh advise on state and local tax issues for global clients. Jed Rogers joined in Atlanta as counsel in June 2018 from Ernst & Young. James Null joined in New York as partner in August 2018 from Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Hogan Lovells US LLP's¬†international tax practice is led by Siobhan Rausch¬†in the Washington DC office. Rausch continues to advise The Juilliard School on the tax elements of the establishment of two joint venture schools in the Tianjin Free Trade Zone.¬†Jeffrey Tolin¬†in New York¬†specializes in domestic and cross-border acquisitions,¬†mergers,¬†restructurings and joint ventures, and¬†is advising Novartis on the tax elements of its $8.7bn acquisition of AveXis. Christine Lane¬†in Washington DC led US tax advice on Woodward Inc's¬†‚ā¨700m acquisition of German L‚ÄôOrange GmbH from Rolls-Royce Group. Silicon Valley and San Francisco based¬†Babak Nikravesh¬†counts¬†Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and Synopsys among his clients.

A key name at Linklaters LLP is New York-based Andrew Morris, who focuses on federal income tax matters and works with some of the world’s leading private equity firms and multinational corporates. He advised on the tax aspects of the multimillion-dollar spin-off and formation of Aldebaran Resources by mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. David Brockway, who heads the Washington DC office, is also recommended, and recently advised industrial gas producer Linde on the sale of business units to a consortium of Messer Group and financial investor CVC Capital Partners Fund VII.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP's practice is led by head of global tax Andrius Kontrimas, based in Houston. The practice's client focus spans energy, healthcare, finance and other sectors, and team advises on, among other things, global tax planning, transfer pricing, joint ventures, M&A and tax controversies. Tax group co-head William Cavanagh specializes in corporate, partnership, private equity and international tax matters. Cavanagh is advising an infrastructure private equity firm on the acquisition of Latin American and Caribbean electric power generation and distribution businesses from subsidiaries of a NYSE-listed holdings company. Michael Flamenbaum is advising a Canadian bank on the acquisition of a Canadian-US lender, valued at C$1bn. Dallas-based Todd Schroeder joined the team in January 2018 from Baker McKenzie LLP. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York except where otherwise indicated.

Paul Hastings LLP’s international tax group is an invaluable component of the firm's corporate transactional practice. The team recently advised Aviation Investors International on the tax aspects of the sale of a portfolio of domestic and offshore aircraft management capabilities to Global Atlantic Finance for $300m. Elsewhere, Joseph Opich assisted Elanco with complex tax matters related to its agreement to purchase a biopharmaceutical asset portfolio as well as a manufacturing and R&D site from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica for $900m. David Makso is also notable and specializes in cross-border, capital markets and leveraged finance deals. Aforementioned lawyers are New York based. Also noted are Douglas Schaaf in Orange County, Ziemowit Smulkowski  in Chicago and Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto.

In New York, the ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô team at Proskauer Rose LLP¬†advises multinational corporations and other business entities, investment funds, institutional investors, tax-exempt organizations and executives on international tax planning matters. The team advised longstanding client AccorHotels on its $319m investment in SBE Entertainment Group, with tax work led by Stuart Rosow¬†and Malcolm Hochenberg.¬† David Miller¬†advised AllianceBernstein LP on the closing of AB Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund III, which closed at its hard cap of $3.1bn;¬†Amanda Nussbaum¬†and Martin Hamilton¬†also worked on this matter. Ira Bogner¬†leads the tax team. Jeremy Naylor¬†joined as a partner from Cooley LLP¬†in April 2018. Brian Huber¬†was promoted to partner in 2018.

The 'technically excellent' team at Vinson & Elkins LLP has a strong focus on the energy market, and advises foreign and domestic businesses on capital markets deals, M&A, reorganizations, and joint ventures. Washington DC-based Gary Huffman advised Canadian energy company Enbridge on its proposal to acquire certain equity securities owned by Spectra Energy Partners, valued at $11.4bn. Jason McIntosh in Houston and Natan Leyva in Washington DC advised Canada-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd on the tax aspects of its $3.6bn acquisition of DigitalGlobe. Houston-based George Gerachis is a practice lead and another key contact. John Lynch in Houston and David Peck in Dallas are recommended.

New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz assists global businesses with the tax aspects of corporate reorganizations, M&A, financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Jodi Schwartz is a key name and has previously represented Irish life sciences firm Medtronic with its $6.1bn sale of a portion of its patient monitoring and recovery division to Cardinal Health. Other noted attorneys include T Eiko Stange, who advises clients in the telecoms, technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, media and entertainment, real estate and retail industries. Joshua Holmes is a senior team member, and Tijana Dvornic is also notable and has previously advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

The international tax practice at Baker & Hostetler LLP is based in Washington DC, with Paul Schmidt, John Bates and John Lehrer as the main contacts. Schmidt specializes in cross-border tax controversy matters. The practice has expertise in transfer pricing, tax treaties, inversion regulations and foreign tax credit issues. Other partners practice out of  New York, Philadelphia and Denver. Roger Brown joined in Washington DC in June 2018 from Ernst & Young.

Located in New York, the international tax practice at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP advises on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A as well as restructurings, workouts and other distressed situations. Key partner Linda Swartz advised principal shareholder Hemen Holdings Limited on the tax aspects of the Chapter 11 of Seadrill Limited, a matter valued at $13bn. Alongside other key partner Edward Wei, Swartz advised Genpact Limited on its acquisition of Barkawi Management Consultants GmbH & Co, a leading supply chain management consultancy with operations in the US and Europe that is part of the Barkawi Group. Jason Schwartz, a financial products tax specialist, was made partner in January 2018.

The 'collegiate and practical' team at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York provides international tax planning and structuring expertise to clients in a number of industries, including energy, commodities, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals. In recent work, the team advised E.ON SE on US tax matters relating to the restructuring of the company and spin-off of the company’s conventional power generation and energy trading businesses to its shareholder; team head Klas Holm led this matter. Key partner Marco Blanco is acting for the Indian government in a tax dispute involving a bilateral investment treaty arbitration brought by Vodafone against the Government of India over its liability for a $2.6bn tax transfer of assets. Counsel Olga Beloded is also working on this matter. Kuang-Chu Chiang departed the team in 2018 to Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

Andrew Braiterman is the key contact at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York. He is acting for Air Lease Corporation as the seller and servicer in connection with an asset-backed securitization for Thunderbolt II Aircraft Lease Limited and Thunderbolt II APS Limited, to be serviced by Air Lease Corporation, valued at $555m. He is also advising Citigroup Global Markets Inc as lead structuring agent and joint lead bookrunner in connection with a $911m asset-backed securitization for Castlelake Aircraft Structured Trust 2018-1. Aviation is a notable industry focus for the team. Jerry Harrison, Alan Kravitz  and Erin DeCecchis are also names to note.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered, based in Washington DC, is currently representing The Coca-Cola Company before the US Tax Court in a high-stakes transfer-pricing dispute in relation to foreign taxes paid by its Mexican branch; Kevin Kenworthy leads this work, alongside Jarrett Jacinto and Laura Ferguson. David Zimmerman, Layla Asali and Rocco Femia continue to advise British American Tobacco on the $49bn acquisition by its US subsidiary, BATUS Holdings, of Reynolds American’s publicly held stock. George Hani leads the department. Loren Ponds joined the firm in October 2018 from the US House Committee on Ways and Means.

At Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco’s Bernie Pistillo is a key partner, advising on the US federal income tax aspects of international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and spin-offs. He recently advised SoftBank in relation to its $1bn investment in WorldVu Satellites. David Strong, managing partner of the Denver office, is another key name. Senior counsel Thomas Humphreys departed in February 2018 to Mayer Brown's New York office, while Remmelt Reigersman joined the same firm in Palo Alto.

The practice at Reed Smith LLP has a strong reputation for international tax planning and structuring, as well as for the tax treatment of intellectual property and for analyses procurement, distribution and principal company operations, among other things. James Tandler in New York handles major deals for large clients in the technology, asset management and investment services sector. Jeffrey Korenblatt in Washington DC has a similar practice, but also does financial products work. David Hryck and Elan Keller in New York are also notable. Yun Zhang joined in New York as an associate in February 2018 from PwC, and was promoted to counsel in January 2019.

At Sullivan & Worcester LLP, practice head Douglas Stransky concentrates on international tax planning. Ameek Ashok Ponda is another key name and acts as tax counsel to a number of REITs including, American Tower Corporation, Equinix and Iron Mountain. Olympic Games consultant The Broadstone Group is also a client. Ponda and Stransky are based in Boston. Steven Eichel departed to Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in June 2018.

Praised for its 'excellent knowledge and problem solving', Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides international tax planning advice on M&A and private equity, as well as treaty issues, foreign tax credits and withholding taxes. New York’s Mary Voce heads the practice, and Latin America specialist Erika Litvak is a key contact in Miami.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP assists with international tax issues, including tax treaties, foreign tax credits and internal restructuring transactions. The firm also frequently acts for companies in tax controversy matters with international elements. Practice chair Philip West, Amanda Varma, and team leads Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi, are all notable. Recent highlights include advising a technology company on a very high-value restructuring matter. The team also advises numerous families in Israel, Switzerland, Monaco and the UK. All lawyers named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Thompson & Knight LLP assists businesses and family estates with international tax planning matters. It also handles IRS appeals, energy company tax matters, and tax issues relation to private equity. In recent highlights, practice lead Todd Keator and key partner John Cohn acted as US tax and corporate counsel to London-based investment manager Warwick Capital Partners regarding its US investments - specifically US oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. International tax principal Joe Rudberg is also a key name.

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