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Baker McKenzie LLP’s large international tax team advises on M&A transactions, post-acquisition integrations, spin-offs and transfer pricing matters. Houston-based Jonathan Martin, who leads the practice alongside Chicago-based Jeff Maydew, handled a $1.8bn UK re-domiciliation transaction for Cardtronics, while San Francisco’s Kirsten Malm and John Peterson and Scott Frewing in Palo Alto supported Expedia in several matters, including the post-acquisition integration of Orbitz and HomeAway. In January 2016, six associates were promoted to partner, among them Kai Kramer in Houston and Julia Skubis Weber in Chicago. Following Peter Daub’s move to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the team added four partners as well as director of economics Donna McComber, who joined the Washington DC office.

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Clients who have worked with the ‘very good’ international tax department at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP single out James Peaslee and Yaron Reich for particular praise. James Duncan advised SABMiller on its merger with AB InBev, while William McRae handled Verizon Communication’s agreement to buy Irish company Fleetmatics Group for $2.4bn. Diana Wollman supported French supplier Air Liquide in its acquisition of Airgas, worth $13.4bn. Corey Goodman became a partner in January 2016. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Recent highlights for the international tax practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP include an asset swap between client AB InBev and Ambev - handled by head of tax Stephen Gordon, Lauren Angelilli and Christopher Fargo - in which the former will transfer SABMiller’s Panamanian business to the latter and the latter will transfer its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to the former. Andrew Needham and J Leonard Teti handled numerous transactions for IBM, including its cross-border acquisition of Israel-based EZ Legacy. DreamWorks Animation, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson are also among the firm’s clients.

At Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Po Sit and Avishai Shachar are the foreign tax experts for Hong Kong, Taiwan and China and Israel respectively. Shachar advised global Swiss agribusiness Syngenta regarding a $43bn acquisition offer from ChemChina and, on the buyer’s side, he supported ExxonMobil during its acquisition of Papua New Guinea-based InterOil for $2.5bn. Michael Mollerus handled a debt offering worth $12.1bn for Shire that was conducted by its subsidiary Shire Acquisitions Investments Ireland, while Neil Barr assisted Chemtura Corporation with its $2.5bn acquisition by German chemicals group Lanxess. Barr leads the New York-based practice with Shachar.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s clients in the international tax arena include American Airlines, The Carlyle Group, Verizon Communications and Kelso & Company. Key partner Michael Bolotin is an ‘incredibly knowledgeable and practical go-to person on complex international tax matters’, and the rest of the team ‘strives for continuity, is responsive and works well with others’. Peter Furci advised Cablevision on its $17.7bn sale to the Dutch Altice, while practice leader Burt Rosen and Gary Friedman acted for Italian investment company Exor during its $6.9bn acquisition of PartnerRe. ‘Outstanding international tax lawyerPeter Schuur supported StanCorp Financial Group in its $5bn sale to Japanese insurer Meiji Yasuda Life. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Under the global tax leadership of Nicholas DeNovio in Washington DC, Latham & Watkins LLP’s international tax practice handles large M&A deals as well as fund structuring and capital markets offerings. DeNovio supported FMC Technologies in the $13bn acquisition of and merger with Paris-headquartered Technip, to create TechnipFMC, while Washington DC-based Andrea Ramezan-Jackson and New York's David Raab advised The Carlyle Group on a deal to sell its portfolio company Landmark Aviation to UK-based BBA Aviation for $2bn. New York lawyer William Lu advised Goldman Sachs on acquisition financing and restructuring related to Vista Equity Partners’ purchase of Solera Holdings. Samuel Weiner in Los Angeles is also a key name. Canada-based Caesars Interactive Entertainment and Lane Industries are new clients.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s international tax team advises on planning projects, M&A transactions, financings, joint ventures and restructurings for a client base that includes American Express, Fidelity, IBM and Walmart. Head of practice Lowell Yoder and Timothy Shuman assisted Luxembourg-headquartered JAB Holding Company with the $13.9bn and $1.35bn acquisitions of Keurig Green Mountain and Krispy Kreme, respectively. Andrew Roberson acted for British drilling company Ensco International in a transfer pricing examination, as it received adjustments of over $700m related to the value of rigs contributed to a UK partnership. Alongside Philip Levine, David Noren, Caroline Ngo and Kristen Hazel, Shulman advised Ireland-incorporated Tyco International on its $16.5bn reverse merger deal with Johnson & Johnson. Named attorneys are based in either Washington DC or Chicago. In April 2017, Mark Martin joined KPMG.

Based across six US locations, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s team handles acquisitions, spin-offs, transfer pricing, dispositions, joint ventures, bankruptcy restructurings and financings. Kenneth Betts advised Bermuda-based MISA Investments on selling a 17% stake to TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $500 million, while Nathan Giesselman handled the merger between client Didi Chuxing and Uber China. Giesselman also advised Intel Corporation on the tax aspects of a strategic deal with joint venture partner TPG Capital to convert Intel Security into jointly owned cybersecurity company McAfee. Another major highlight was Washington DC-based Cliff Gross advising EMC Corporation on its acquisition by Dell for $67bn (the largest technology merger in history). Also in Washington DC, Hal Hicks and Paul Oosterhuis advised on separate matters for Biogen, such as a cross-border restructuring (handled by Hicks) and the tax-free spin-off of its hemophilia business (handled by Oosterhuis).

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s team is experienced in M&A transactions, restructurings and transfer pricing issues. Global head of tax Ronald Creamer advised on the $66bn acquisition of Monsanto by his client Bayer; a highlight deal that represented the largest all-cash takeover in history, the largest-ever acquisition of an American company by a foreign buyer, and the largest ever M&A transaction by a German company. Davis Wang advised Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the spin-off of its ownership in Ferrari to Fiat Chrysler shareholders, while David Spitzer assisted Swiss insurer ACE Limited with its acquisition of The Chubb Corporation for a combined cash/stock consideration valued at approximately $29.5bn. All named attorneys are based in New York.

In 2016, the international tax practice at Mayer Brown hired the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and accessible’ David Burton in New York from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and also promoted Chicago-based lawyers Jonathan Hunt and Steven Garden to partner. Jason Bazar, Lee Morlock and Brian Kittle served as tax and structuring advisers to the Netherlands-based Altice Group regarding its agreement to acquire Cablevision. Morlock and Garden supported Yum! Brands in a spin-off that created two independent publicly traded companies called Yum! China and Yum! Brands. Michael Marion and Russell Nance from the New York office are also recommended. The team shines through its ‘responsiveness, thoroughness and expertise’ as well as its ‘excellent client relationships’.

Richard Bronstein and Jeffrey Samuels lead the ‘brilliant, responsive and keenly commercial’ international tax practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which is based out of New York. Samuels, ‘a legend of the tax Bar’, recently worked on Time Warner Cable’s $78.7bn merger with Charter Communications, while Scott Sontag (who is ‘extremely strong’) advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan during its investments in TierPoint and FarmTrust. David Mayo assisted Italy-based Exor with its $6.9bn successful cash bid for PartnerRe and supported UK-headquartered Mott MacDonald Group in separating its joint venture with Hatch. Other clients include Kohlberg & Company, MidCap Financial and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s international tax practice advises on a variety of matters, such as multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, tax structuring, tax controversy, investments as well as tax-sensitive company management/employee compensation packages and expatriate taxation. New York-based co-head Laurence Bambino advised Albemarle Corporation on the sale of its Chemetall surface treatment business to German company BASF in a cash transaction valued at approximately $3.2bn, while Ethan Harris in Washington DC led the tax advice regarding Liberty Global’s $5.5bn acquisition of UK-headquartered Cable & Wireless Communications. Menlo Park’s Larry Crouch assisted Taikang Insurance Group in establishing a joint venture with NorthStar Realty Finance Group. Bambino also advised Liberty Global on the distribution of 117.4 million Liberty Global Latin America and Caribbean ordinary shares to Liberty Global Group shareholders.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s strengths lie in M&A transactions, fund formation, financing and restructuring. Head of the largely New York-based team John Hart acted for Blackstone in the pending sale of Strategic Hotels to China’s Anbang for $6.5bn and also advised Centerbridge on the sale of Carefree Communities to Sun Communities for $1.7bn. John Creed supported The Carlyle Group in the establishment of a $2.4bn equity opportunity fund and the issuance of equity, while Jonathan Goldstein advised Microsoft on its announced $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn. California-based Katharine Moir acted for KKR & Co in its $345m issuance of 6.75% Series A preferred units in a SEC-registered offering.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s international tax practice specializes in cross-border transactions, financings and debt restructurings. Jared Rusman in Dallas advised Sanofi on its pending $25bn exchange of its animal health business (Merial) for the consumer healthcare business of German Boehringer Ingelheim, while New York’s Kenneth Heitner handled the $13bn merger of equals between client IHS and UK-based Markit Limited. Brookfield Asset Management, General Electric and JAB Holding Company are also active clients. Kimberly Blanchard is assisting Ireland-based Avolon Holdings with its $10bn acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group. Mark Schwed led a matter for Chinese HNA Group, which acquired a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings for $6.5bn from affiliates of The Blackstone Group.

White & Case LLP’s tax department saw a number of changes in 2016, such as the appointment of Kim Boylan in Washington DC as global head of tax and the hire of Andrew Kreisberg from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. At the beginning of 2017, New York lawyers Steven Gee and Kerry O’Rourke Perri were elevated to partner level. Head of national tax William Dantzler acted for Anthem in its $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna Corporation as well as Qingdao Haier in its $5.4bn acquisition of GE Appliances. Together with John Lillis, Kreisberg assisted Saudi Refining with the discontinuation of Motiva Enterprises and the division of Motiva’s assets, liabilities and businesses between Saudi Refining and affiliates of its joint venture partner, Royal Dutch Shell. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York except where otherwise indicated.

Clark Armitage and Patricia Lewis are the key partners for international tax at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered. The core team, based in Washington DC, consists of seven partners and advises clients on transfer pricing, IRS examinations and international transactions. David Rosenbloom, who specializes in international tax planning and contentious matters, also served as an expert witness in numerous international tax disputes. Kirsten Burmester and Michael Pfeiffer both have notable experience advising high-net-worth individuals on structuring the taxation of their cross-border investments and estates, while Neal Kochman provides expertise in representations before tax authorities.

Clifford Chance’s international tax department, which is led out of New York by Richard Catalano, consists of seven partners and several other lawyers. David Moldenhauer and Philip Wagman advised AB InBev’s key shareholders on its $101bn acquisition of UK-based SABMiller. Alongside Emily DiStefano, Wagman also handled Global Jet Capital’s acquisition of General Electric’s entire North American corporate aircraft portfolio for $2.5bn. Sarah Jones led the joint acquisition of AdeS Alimentos de Soja by clients The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola FEMSA from Unilever. Berkshire Group and Fidelis Insurance are additional clients. Donald Carden was transitioned from partner to of counsel.

At Covington & Burling LLP, clients recommend head of tax Daniel Luchsinger in Washington DC and capital markets lawyer Bruce Bennett in New York for delivering ‘excellent service in all areas’. The practice focuses on cross-border tax planning and restructuring, compliance and risk management, as well as controversy matters. The key lawyers-Luchsinger, Robert Culbertson, Samuel Maruca, Michael Caballero, William Chip and Dirk Suringa (all based in Washington DC)-advise clients such as Barclays, Commerzbank, General Electric and United Technologies Corporation.

Throughout 2016 and early 2017, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘responsive, business-savvy and knowledgeable’ international tax department, which has a ‘geographic reach to almost all countries’, experienced a number of staff changes: New York lawyers Maruti Narayan, Drew Young and Frank Mugabi were all promoted to partner; in Palo Alto, Idan Netser joined from Fenwick & West LLP; and in Miami, Antonio Macias Valdes joined from KPMG Law LLP as a principal economist. Clients recommend co-heads Sang Kim, who is based in Palo Alto and hailed as ‘knowledgeable and resourceful’, and Sibel Owji, who is based in San Francisco and is ‘particularly strong in project management’. Also noted is the ‘experienced and proactiveMichael Hardgrove in Boston and Palo Alto’s ‘creativeBen Olivas. Kim advised Qualcomm Incorporated on its $3bn joint venture with TDK Corporation and Hardgrove acted for Danaher Corporation in the separation into two independent, publicly traded companies via a tax-free spin-off.

At Dechert LLP, New York-based head of international tax Daniel Dunn advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on the joint acquisition with Silver Lake Partners of a substantial equity stake in Ancestry.com from existing equity holders, at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6bn, while Washington DC-based Michael Rufkahr acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Large Loan, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and Bank of America in connection with the securitization of a single commercial mortgage loan secured by the related borrowers’ fee and additional leasehold interests. Adrienne Baker in Boston regularly advises governments, trade associations, commercial banks, investment funds, investment advisers and multinational asset managers on the new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act rules as well as sponsors on the formation of private equity funds.

The international tax practice at Fenwick & West LLPhas a very streamlined approach and unique insight into dealing with the IRS’ when it comes to transfer pricing and tax controversies. The ‘very responsive and timely’ team also handles M&A transactions and joint ventures, advising longstanding client Symantec on the $7.4bn sale of Veritas to the Carlyle Group and assisting Singapore’s GIC and China-based Tencent Holdings with the acquisition of an 84% stake in Finnish company Supercell from Japan’s SoftBank. James Fuller has been described as ‘the best tax attorney in the US’, and David Forst is ‘very knowledgeable and excellent to partner with’. The ‘very capable’ Larissa Neumann and ‘very good’ Andrew Kim are also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Mountain View.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a focus on inbound M&A transactions and also handles regulatory changes, investments and tax investigations. Claude Stansbury in Washington DC advised UK-based Henderson Group on its $6bn all-stock merger of equals with Janus Capital to form Janus Henderson Global Investors, while New York-based Robert Scarborough supported Zhongwang USA in its $2.33bn acquisition of Aleris Corporation from a consortium of shareholders led by Oaktree Capital Management and including Apollo Management and Sankaty Advisors. Scarborough, who leads the practice with Stansbury, also assisted Formula One Group and its shareholders with the sale of its 38.8% stake in Formula One to Liberty Media Corporation. Other clients include MSD Capital, Citibank and AstraZeneca.

The international tax group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is based across the Chicago and New York offices. Dean Shulman, Mike Carew and Benjamin Schreiner together advised Baxalta Incorporated on its merger agreement with Irish company Shire in a $32bn transaction that created a leading rare-diseases platform, and acted for Molson Coors Brewing in its agreement with AB InBev to purchase for approximately $12bn SABMiller’s 58% stake in MillerCoors. Alongside Vincent Thorn, Carew and Shulman supported Micro Focus International in its $8.8bn Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s software business. Russell Light assisted Solera Holdings with its $6.5bn sale to Vista Equity Partners.

Linklaters LLP has four partners and ten associates in New York and Washington DC focusing on international tax matters, and advising on acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and financings for clients such as Deutsche Börse, Centerbridge Partners Group and Visa Europe. The latter was advised by global head of tax Gordon Warnke during the sale of the entirety of its share capital to Visa for €18.37bn. Warnke also advised on Steinhoff’s acquisition of Mattress Firm Holding Corporation through a $3.8bn cash tender offer and refinancing. Andrew Morris is a regular fund and deal counsel to German-Swedish Triton Partners.

Sidley Austin LLP’s international tax practice in New York handles cross-border M&A transactions as well as restructurings and fund matters. Co-lead Laura Barzilai advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its agreement to acquire a 19.9% interest in ITC Holdings Corp from Fortis for $1.2bn, while Christian Brause and Daniel Altman acted for Markel Corporation in its acquisition of the assets of Bermuda insurance-linked securities investment fund manager CATCo Investment Management. Dominique Gallego joined from EY in April 2016.

Jodi Schwartz, Deborah Paul, Eiko Stange and Joshua Holmes are the key partners for international tax at New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and advise on corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other dispositions, financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Recent highlights include Schwartz advising Monsanto during its $66bn acquisition by Bayer and Paul assisting French Danone with the $12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods. Stange advised Tesla Motors on its acquisition of Germany’s Grohmann Engineering, while Holmes handled the $4.3bn merger between client Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation and Starz. Tijana Dvornic became a partner in January 2017.

Allen & Overy LLP’s international tax practice is based in New York, with Jack Heinberg and Dave Lewis the key partners. Lewis advised Spanish bottling company Coca-Cola Iberian Partners on its merger with the US and German equivalents Coca-Cola Enterprises and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke to form a new UK company, Coca-Cola European Partners. Together with Heinberg, he also advised Deutsche Börse on its $1.1bn sale of International Securities Exchange Holdings to Nasdaq. Thomson Reuters and Waterton Global Resource Management are also active clients.

The international tax team at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Washington DC principally comprises four partners and two associates handling M&A transactions, restructurings, transfer pricing as well as tax treaty and controversy matters. Other partners are located in Denver, Philadelphia and New York. Department head Paul Schmidt, John Bates and John Lehrer are the key figures.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered’s international tax team in Washington DC is led by George Hani, with key partners including Rocco Femia and Kevin Kenworthy. It advises on a variety of matters, such as cross-border M&A, transfer pricing, tax treaty matters, business reorganizations and joint ventures. Recent highlights include representing the Coca-Cola Company in the US Tax Court in a case contesting multibillion-dollar IRS transfer pricing adjustments and representing Bermuda-based Starr International Company in a district court refund suit involving the determination of tax treaty benefits. Counsel James Gadwood joined from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in September 2016. Former firm chair Phillip Mann sadly passed away in June 2016.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s international tax practice provides ‘exceptional dedication and expertise while managing client resources, and budgets well’. Bernie Pistillo (San Francisco), David Strong (Denver) and Joy MacIntyre (San Francisco) are advising longstanding client SoftBank on its internal restructuring, while San Diego-based Shane Shelley supported Global Logistic Properties (GLP) in its acquisition of a $4.55bn logistics portfolio from Industrial Income Trust, and later advised GLP on the injection of the portfolio into its fund management platform as well as the establishment of GLP US Income Partners II. Pistillo also advised VMware on the $67bn acquisition of its parent company EMC Corporation by Dell. The ‘knowledgeable’ Linda Arnsbarger in Washington DC is recommended. Michelle Jewett moved to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

In international tax matters, the New York-based team at Paul Hastings LLP advises clients such as Brookfield Investment Management, Credit Suisse, Fortress Investment Group and Platinum Equity. The chair of the tax department, Andrew Short, advised Japanese Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management on the launch of Bridge Medicines, a new drug discovery company, while Joseph Opich advised Suddenlink Communications on its sale to French company Altice Communications in a transaction valued at $9.1bn. Alexander Lee, who recently left for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, supported FountainVest Partners on the establishment of a joint venture with WME IMG, Sequoia Capital China and Tencent. Synchrony Bank and Hyundai Asset Management are new clients for the department.

In April 2016, fund formation expert David Miller joined Proskauer Rose LLP’s tax team in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Recent highlights for the practice include Martin Hamilton advising Canadian company Pacific Exploration & Production on its acquisition by The Catalyst Group and its restructure through bankruptcy cases, refinancings and debt resolve. Hamilton and Stuart Rosow advised Spain-based Grifols on its acquisition of a 49% interest in Interstate Blood Bank, and the team also worked on matters for Adams Street Partners, Ares Management and Freshstream Capital. Mary Kuusisto relocated to the firm’s London office.

In February 2017, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan merged with UK-headquartered Eversheds to create new international proposition Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. Atlanta-based Reginald Clark served as lead tax counsel to Coca-Cola Enterprises, providing tax opinions in connection with its combination with Coca-Cola European Partners. Head of tax Jeffrey Friedman, Robert Chase and Michele Borens (all working out of the Washington DC office) are also key lawyers in the international tax department, advising clients such as Comcast Corporation, Cox Enterprises and Great-West Life. Bradley Seltzer from Deloitte Tax joined the Washington DC office in summer 2016.

In Vinson & Elkins LLP’s international tax practice, Jason McIntosh in Houston was promoted to partner, while Christopher Mangin joined the Richmond office from Hunton & Williams LLP and Natan Leyva joined in Washington DC from EY. The practice has special expertise in the formation of master limited partnerships and taxation in the energy sector, but also handles equity and debt capital raising transactions, M&A, business reorganizations and joint ventures. David Peck (Dallas) and Boyd Carano (Houston) advised Talos Energy on its participation in round one of bidding for exploration and production contracts for projects in shallow waters off Mexico’s shore. Other clients include Big Star Oil & Gas, Core Laboratories Holding, Enviva Partners and International Paper Company.

The international tax department at Baker Botts L.L.P., which has a focus on the technology and energy sectors, is led by Richard Husseini and Derek Green in Houston. Green assisted Schlumberger with tax matters regarding its definitive stock-and-cash merger agreement with Cameron International Corporation, while Washington DC-based Don Lonczak advised Cobalt International Energy on a sale and purchase agreement with Sonangol. Tamar Stanley (also based in Washington DC) and Green also worked on the $8bn acquisition of Formula One by client Liberty Media from a consortium of sellers led by CVC Capital Partners Group. Hines is also a client.

Linda Swartz leads Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s international tax practice, which is based across New York and Washington DC. The lawyers handle complex M&A structures, spin-offs, inversions, Reverse Morris Trusts, divestitures and joint ventures. Swartz and Edward Wei, who was promoted to partner in January 2017, advised Procter & Gamble as special tax counsel on the split-off and tax-free merger of its global fine fragrances, salon professional, cosmetics and retail hair color businesses as well as its specialty beauty brands with Coty in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. The pair also advised The Medicines Company on its sale of three of its marketed cardiovascular products and related assets to Italian pharmaceutical company Chiesi Farmaceutici.

Marc Teitelbaum and John Harrington lead the international tax team at Dentons, which is based across six locations and advises on cross-border transactions, investments and transfer pricing matters. Teitelbaum and Timothy Santoli advise longstanding Brazilian client Gávea Investimentos on its operations and investments, most recently in a complex transaction that would give control of the management company back to its founders. Harrington advised Mayfair Games on the sale of Catan Studios to French game publisher Asmodee, while Jeffrey Koppele assisted Mizuho Trust & Banking Corporation with a cross-border securities loan worth $500m involving the US, UK and Belgium. Cayman National Corporation is also a key client.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s international tax practice consists of ten key partners in the US and five additional attorneys in the Netherlands. The lawyers focus on M&A transactions, joint ventures, structuring, investments, licensing, transfer pricing and treaty issues. New York lawyer Mary Voce is the chair of the practice; Seth Entin and Ozzie Schindler in Miami as well as Kenneth Zuckerbrot in New York and Robert Simon in Denver and Washington DC are other names to note.

Practice head Andrew Braiterman and Alexander Anderson are the main partners in the New York-based international tax practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Braiterman advised Cenveo on the $105m sale of its folded carton and litho-laminated display packaging business to a division of WestRock Company, while Anderson acted as debtor’s counsel to Republic Airways regarding its Chapter 11 restructuring, worth $3.5bn. Another highlight for Braiterman was advising on the acquisition of Pure Power Technologies from Navistar International Corporation by a UK-based investment group led by client Smithfield Group and Kensington Capital Partners. Anderson also advised Australia-based company Brambles on the combination of oil and gas container solutions businesses, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, with Hoover Container Solutions to create an independent joint venture company called Hoover-Ferguson Group.

In Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s international tax practice in New York, the key partners are Barry Herzog, Pamela Capps and department head Howard Rothman. Herzog represents first-lien noteholders in the $11bn-plus Caesars Entertainment Operating bankruptcy, including handling all tax aspects of the restructuring, while Capps and Rothman advised Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp on its $200m acquisition of London-based Inspired Gaming Group. Maria Jones is another name to note. The client base also includes Stone Point Capital, AmTrust Financial and Steve Madden.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s international tax team was boosted in 2016 through its merger with Canadian firm Bull Housser. It also expanded in the US with the hires of Charles Hurley in Washington DC and Clifford Gerber in San Francisco from Mayer Brown and Sidley Austin LLP respectively, and following publication it was boosted again through its June 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. The team focuses particularly on M&A transactions in the energy, finance and healthcare sectors; for example, David Gillespie in New York advised Public Sector Pension Investment Board on its $1.2bn acquisition of FirstLight Power Resources Holdings from French Engie Group, and Stephen Kuntz acted for CeloNova BioSciences in the sale of its interventional radiology business to Boston Scientific. Robert Phillpott assisted Simmons & Company International with the $139m sale of 100% of its equity to Piper Jaffray & Co. Global tax head Andrius Kontrimas is based in Houston, as are Kuntz and Phillpott. The incoming New York-based team from Chadbourne represents clients such as Macquarie, Tenaska and GLF Lenders. Michael Masri advised Deutsche Bank on the debt financing of Apex Clean Energy’s 217MW renewable portfolio deal, while William Cavanagh acted for InterAmerican Development Bank in a secured lending to finance a portion of the construction costs of the second line of the Lima and Callao metro project in Lima, Peru.

The international tax department at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP handles mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, spin-offs, tax controversies, litigation and tax-related arbitration. Apart from team lead Alan Berlin, there are three other key partners in New York. Chairman George Kahale represents the government of Uganda in a series of arbitrations concerning contractual provisions regarding the taxation of sales and assignments of participating interests in petroleum agreements. Carl Ruggiero, Marco Blanco (who works in the Paris office), Shaun Reader and London-based Thomas Laurer advised the Private Equity Fund Origination Group at Merrill Lynch on the formation and launch of a series of feeder investment funds, such as the Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII Feeder Funds (worth $352m) and the Carlyle US Equity Feeder Funds (worth $183m).

The key partners in Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s international tax practice are based in New York and Washington DC. Chairman Philip West and Amanda Varma advised several clients on tax treaties, foreign tax credits, internal restructuring transactions, as well as debt and equity issues, while team lead Robert Rizzi regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals and families in transactions and other cross-border issues. Zvi Hahn joined the team from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in August 2016.

The international tax practice at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston provides ‘an excellent service and responds very speedily to clients’ needs’. Team lead Douglas Stransky is recommended for his ‘depth of knowledge, ability to explain things and understanding of transactions’. He provides ongoing advice to Broadstone Group and recently assisted the client in consultations with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including in relation to cross-border tax issues. Ameek Ashok Ponda and William Curry advise Iron Mountain and Equinix regarding their respective tax compliance and structuring issues. Another highlight for Stransky was advising on the $30m merger between Spanish client Alantra and CW Downer.

Tax practice leader John Cohn is the main point of contact at Thompson & Knight LLP for international tax issues. The team has a strong focus on energy-related matters and many of its clients are located in Mexico and the UK. Cohn and Todd Keator regularly advise Warwick Capital Partners on US business, including oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Other clients include Vitro, Oil India and EnCap Investments. Tyree Collier was promoted to partner in January 2016 and Dean Hinderliter joined from Locke Lord LLP in May 2016.

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