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Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘practical’ department is ‘highly professional, displays complete dedication to supporting its clients’ and is ‘particularly strong in internal restructuring’. The team is jointly led by Jeff Maydew in Chicago and Christine Agnew Sloan in Washington DC. Palo Alto-based John Peterson and San Francisco-based Kirsten Malm led the work for Agilent Technologies in relation to the $5bn spin-off of Keysight Technologies, a new publicly traded company. Malm also advised Expedia on a range of matters, including the sale of its Chinese mobile and travel service eLong for $671m. New York-based Jonathan Stevens assisted Johnson & Johnson with its $1.75bn acquisition of Alios BioPharma, and with its sale of its Cordis business to Cardinal Health for $1.99bn. The ‘exceptional’ team includes New York-based Thomas May, who is ‘extremely talented’, John McDonald in Chicago, who ‘understands the technical issues’, and the ‘highly regarded’ Susan Stone in Houston. Peter Daub joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in 2016.

The New York-based team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has ‘strong expertise’ and provides an ‘excellent service’. It has ‘outstanding cross-border capabilities’ and is praised for its ‘innovative approach’. Yaron Reich (‘outstanding’) and Jason Factor advised Medtronic on its $50bn acquisition of Covidien to form one of the world’s largest medical technology and services companies, under an Irish plc. Factor also advised Actavis on its high-profile $70.5bn acquisition of Allergan. Meyer Fedida, who was promoted to partner in 2015, led a consortium of TPG, PAG Asia Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on a series of high-profile acquisitions, including the $1.2bn acquisition of the DTZ businesses from UGL and the $2bn acquisition of Cushman & Wakefield. Elsewhere, a team led by Erika Nijenhuis advised Credit Suisse on a bail-in, debt offering by Credit Suisse Group Funding (Guernsey), and a team led by James Duncan (‘first-rate technical knowledge allied to strong commercial acumen’) assisted SABMiller with its $105.5bn acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. William McRae is also a name to note. The ‘exceptional’ Diana Wollman, formerly director of international strategy for the IRS’s large business and international division, joined the team in February 2015.

In New York, the team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has ‘strong technical ability on complex international transactions’ and is commended for its skill in developing innovative financing structures. Lauren Angelilli and Christopher Fargo are representing Anheuser-Busch InBev in its acquisition of SABMiller and in the $12bn sale of SABMiller’s US and global Miller branded businesses to Molson Coors. Alongside the ‘extremely knowledgeableStephen Gordon, Angelilli is also advising Cameron International on its proposed $15bn sale to Schlumberger. Michael Schler led advice to British American Tobacco in its $4.7bn investment in Reynolds American. ‘Excellent communicatorAndrew Needham worked alongside Fargo in advising Crown Castle International on the $1.6bn sale of its Australian subsidiary. J. Leonard Teti is advising Grupo Villar Mir and its subsidiary Grupo FerroAtlántica on its combination with Globe Specialty Metals.

The department at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises on complex cross-border transactions and corporate structures, as well derivatives and other financial products. The New York-based department is co-led by the ‘first-rate’ Avishai Shachar and the ‘experienced’ Neil Barr, who together advised Comcast on its proposed but ultimately terminated agreement to merge with Time Warner Cable. In a matter led by Barr, Michael Mollerus and Michael Farber, the team also advised General Electric on the reorganization of General Electric Capital Corporation’s businesses, which included the separation of GE Capital’s US and non-US operations, and the consolidation of its non-US operations under a UK holding company. Kathleen Ferrell is advising a GO Scale Capital-led consortium on its acquisition of an 80.1% interest in Philips’ LED components and automotive lighting business. Po Sit is experienced in advising financial institutions on derivative products, partnerships and M&A. David Schnabel recently joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, while Harry Ballan retired from the partnership.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘strong’ and ‘creative’ New York-based department has a ‘deep bench’ that also benefits from close ties with the firm’s London and Paris offices. Led by Burt Rosen, the department has an ‘excellent reputation’ for handling complex M&A transactions, private equity and hedge fund formation, financing, bankruptcy, and restructuring. Rosen worked alongside the ‘extremely intelligent’ and ‘responsivePeter Schuur in advising CPP Investment Board on its $12bn acquisition of GE Capital’s sponsor lending business, Antares Capital. The ‘brilliantPeter Furci is advising The Dolan Family, controlling stockholders of Cablevision, on Cablevision’s $17.7bn sale to Altice. Rosen also worked alongside Gary Friedman in advising Exor on its $6.9bn acquisition of PartnerRe. Additional highlights included representing Activision Blizzard in its $5.9bn acquisition of King Digital Entertainment and acting for StanCorp Financial Group in its $5bn sale to Meiji Yasuda Life. Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Baring Private Equity Asia and Allergan are also clients. David Schnabel recently joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

The tax team at Latham & Watkins LLP utilizes the firm’s international network of offices to provide ‘top-notch’ advice on an array of high-profile cross-border transactions. Global chair of international tax Nicholas DeNovio, who is based in Washington DC, worked alongside Laurence Stein in Los Angeles to advise Allergan on the $40.5bn sale of its global generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, as well as its $73bn sale to Actavis. New York-based David Raab, the former global tax department chair, led advice to Avago Technologies in its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom. Additional highlights included advising Sorin on its $2.7bn merger with Cyberonics, advising Globe Specialty Metals on its $3.1bn merger with Grupo FerroAtlantica and acting for Avanir Pharmaceuticals in its $3.5bn sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical. In San Francisco, Kirt Switzer is ‘excellent’, and New York-based Jiyeon Lee-Lim - the new global tax department chair - is ‘highly recommended’.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s team is based across the firm’s Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and New York offices and is ‘experienced’ in high-profile, cross-border transactions. It advised Coca-Cola on several matters, including its $2.9bn joint venture with SABMiller and Gutsche Family Investments to form Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, and the combination of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke to form Coca-Cola European Partners. Sally Thurston in New York and Nathaniel Carden in Chicago led advice to Covidien in its $43bn acquisition by Medtronic, and Victor Hollender in New York advised Anbang Insurance on its $1.9bn acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria from Hilton Worldwide. Clients also include Yahoo!, GIC and XL Group. In Washington DC, global international tax practice head Hal Hicks is ‘outstanding’, and the ‘fantastic’ Paul Oosterhuis is ‘a real go-to guy in the market’. The firm’s global tax group is led by Stuart Finkelstein in New York and Eric Sensenbrenner in Washington DC.

The New York-based team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has considerable cross-border tax planning expertise, particularly in matters involving French and UK law. It is also experienced in the issuance of complex structured notes and has advised clients such as Barclays, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and UBS. Department head Ronald Creamer advised Kraft on its $55bn merger with Heinz to create The Kraft Heinz Company. Davis Wang led tax advice to New Business Netherlands (to be renamed Ferrari NV) in its filing with the SEC related to the Ferrari IPO, and advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan’s generics business. The team also advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on several matters, including its establishment as the new holding company of the Fiat Chrysler Group, and several capital markets deals. The ‘knowledgeable team’ includes Andrew Solomon (‘experienced’), Andrew Mason, David Hariton and Eric Wang.

The ‘responsive’ department at Mayer Brown provides ‘thoughtful, accurate advice’ and is particularly noted for its ‘creativity’ and ‘client dedication’. The team ‘excels in complex mandates’, including cross-border M&A, spin-offs, corporate migrations, structured financings and financial products, and benefits from an ‘outstanding’ reputation for tax controversy. The team advised Altice on its acquisition of Cablevision for $17.7bn, as well as its acquisition of a 70% stake in Suddenlink. It also advised Yum! Brands on the proposed spin-off of its China business to create two independent publicly traded companies. In Chicago, Thomas Kittle-Kamp is ‘first rate’, Kenneth Klein in Washington DC is ‘very experienced’, and in New York, Jason Bazar is ‘user friendly’ and Brian Kittle has an ‘excellent manner with clients’.

Led by the ‘outstanding’ Lowell Yoder in Chicago, the ‘vast’ team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises on cross-border transactions and international transfer pricing. The team has ‘broad and deep subject matter expertise’ and delivers ‘accurate and timely advice’, and is particularly noted for its knowledge of IP-related tax law. Highlights included advising Caterpillar on acquisitions, transfer pricing and tax litigation. It is also acting for Ensco, a UK-listed offshore company, in a US Tax Court case. Key individuals include James Riedy, David Noren, Timothy Shuman and Philip Levine in Washington DC, and Silicon Valley-based Paul Dau (of counsel). Dwight Mersereau joined Crowell & Moring LLP in October 2015, while in Dallas, the firm welcomed the arrival of Todd Welty, Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli from Dentons.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘fantastic’ tax department delivers advice on high-profile cross-border transactions from its New York base. Department co-head Jeffrey Samuels advised Burger King Worldwide on its $11.4bn acquisition of Tim Hortons, a Canada-based multinational, and co-head Richard Bronstein led advice to KIK International in its $1.6bn acquisition by Centerbridge Partners. The ‘excellentScott Sontag advised Grupo Salinas on its $2.5bn sale of Mexico-based wireless company Iusacell to AT&T, and David Mayo assisted Exor with its $6.9bn unsolicited cash bid for PartnerRe. Key individuals also include the ‘knowledgeable and astuteDavid Sicular, Brad Okun, who is a ‘real name to note’, and Patrick Karsnitz, who is an expert on tax issues relating to private investment funds.

Jointly led by Laurence Bambino in New York and Michael Shulman in Washington DC, the team at Shearman & Sterling LLP focuses on cross-border structuring, joint ventures and strategic planning, and acts for a range of global corporate entities and financial institutions. The department advised Liberty Global on the creation of a tracking stock under English law for its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also advising Liberty Global in matters relating to its $23.3bn acquisition of Virgin Media in a stock and cash merger transaction through a new UK holding company. Douglas McFadyen in New York assisted Dow with the carve-out and transfer of its chlor-alkali business. Kristen Garry in Washington DC is also recommended.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘insightful’ team is praised for its ‘experience, consistency and depth of team’. It advises multinationals, banks and investment funds on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, financing, capital markets transactions, restructuring, fund formation and real estate transactions. New York-based department head John Hart advised Hellman & Friedman on the organization of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VIII, and acted for Blackstone on the $23bn acquisition of the US and non-US real estate assets of GE Capital Real Estate. The ‘fantastic’ Robert Holo in New York advised Vista Partners on its $6.5bn acquisition of Solera and Katharine Moir in Palo Alto advised Dell and Silver Lake on the pending acquisition of EMC. Also based in New York are the ‘excellent’ John Creed, and Marcy Geller, who is ‘practical’ and ‘concise on drafting’.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team ‘delivers a very high level of service’ and ‘speedy response times’ and has an ‘excellent understanding’ of complex matters. It has key players in its New York, Dallas and Washington DC offices. In Dallas, Jared Rusman advised Willis Group on its $18bn merger with Towers Watson, while in New York, ‘outstanding legal brainKimberly Blanchard assisted Avolon Holdings with its $7.6bn sale to Bohai Leasing. The firm is also advising General Electric in relation to its sell-off of most of GE Capital’s assets, and advised on the $6.9bn sale of its fleet businesses in the US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to Element Financial Corporation, and the sale of its European fleet businesses to Arval Service Lease. New York-based Kenneth Heitner and Martin Pollack lead the department; Stuart Goldring is noted for his ‘technical tax knowledge and his ability to communicate in a language that can be understood’.

White & Case LLP regularly advises on cross-border transactions as well as tax controversy and transfer pricing matters. Recent highlights include advising Hikma Pharmaceuticals on its $2.65bn acquisition of Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane from Boehringer Ingelheim. It also advised Regal Beloit on its $1.44bn acquisition of Emerson Electric’s Power Transmissions Solutions business. New York-based department head William Dantzler is recommended, as are David Dreier and John Lillis.

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered handles tax planning and tax controversy matters with international elements on behalf of multinational corporations, financial institutions and individuals. The team is based across the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices, and is jointly led by Scott Michel and Mark Allison. David Rosenbloom has ‘an excellent reputation’ and is ‘very experienced’ and Patricia Lewis is recommended for transfer pricing. Clark Armitage and of counsel Peter Barnes are other names to note.

The New York-based team at Clifford Chance is ‘technically excellent’ and has ‘deep industry knowledge’, and benefits from the firm’s established network of offices worldwide. The team advised Exeter Property Group on the establishment of its European investment platform, and on its separate accounts with Morgan Stanley and GIC. The team also assisted Fidelis Insurance with the formation of Fidelis Insurance Holdings, and its $1.5bn equity capital raise. Richard Catalano heads the team; Donald Carden and Mike Seaton are experienced advising on complex tax structuring in insurance-related matters. David Moldenhauer is ‘outstanding’ on international tax and Philip Wagman is also noted.

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ team is recognized for its ‘sheer depth of expertise’ and advises on international tax planning of inbound and outbound investments, compliance and controversy matters, and transfer pricing. Key highlights included advising Accenture on the merger of Accenture SCA into Accenture Holdings. The largely Washington DC-based team includes department chair Daniel Luchsinger, Samuel Maruca (who recently returned to the firm after a period of time at the IRS), Dirk Suringa, Michael Caballero and Robert Culbertson.

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides an ‘excellent service’ in international tax matters, with the team able to rely on a ‘large international footprint’. It routinely advises on cross-border M&A, tax planning, investment fund structures, VAT projects and transfer pricing. Michael Hardgrove advised Carbonite on the international expansion of the NASDAQ-listed software company, as well as its $20m acquisition of German software company MailStore. Clients also include Skechers USA, Juniper Networks, SuccessFactors and Hasbro. Key team members include department co-heads David Colker and Sang Kim (‘brilliant reputation’), who are both based in Silicon Valley; the ‘very astuteSibel Owji, who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office; and Miami-based Michael Silva, who is ‘very responsive to clients’ needs’.

The ‘outstanding’ department at Dechert LLP is ‘very responsive’, advising on complex tax matters pertaining to acquisitions, restructuring, securitization, financing, funds, REITS and transfer pricing. The team advised MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings on its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Merisant Company. It also acted for Lumara Health in the sale of its Maternal Health business to AMAG Pharmaceuticals and the sale of Women’s Health-Care to Elan Pharma International. Daniel Dunn heads the department from New York, where Richard Hervey and Michael Hirschfeld are also based. In Philadelphia, Edward Lemanowicz and Richard Wild are recommended, and Boston-based Adrienne Baker is experienced advising private and regulated investment companies.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘superb’ California-based team contains a ‘number of very experienced lawyers’. It regularly acts on complex international joint venture transactions and cross-border M&A, as well as, recently, a number of high-profile inversions. The team, which is led by David Forst, is also noted for its tax controversy and transfer pricing expertise. Other key team members include consulting attorney Ronald Schrotenboer; Kenneth Clark, who heads the tax litigation team; James Fuller, who is ‘very experienced on transfer pricing’; and Jennifer Fuller.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘small, but top-quality offering’ is ‘very experienced’ in cross-border financial and corporate transactions, as well as tax structuring and compliance. Headline matters included advising Japan Tobacco Group on its $5bn acquisition of the non-US operations of Reynolds American’s Natural American Spirit business, advising Dubai Aerospace Enterprise on the sale of StandardAero to an affiliate of Veritas Capital for $2.1bn, and acting for TelecityGroup in a proposed all-share merger with InterXion Holding and the subsequent agreement to be acquired by Equinix. The ‘brilliantRobert Scarborough in New York and Claude Stansbury in Washington DC head the department.

Based across its Chicago and New York offices, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP draws praise for its ‘efficient’ and ‘top-quality’ advice and for its ‘fantastic transactional expertise’, particularly in relation to corporate and private equity M&A. The team advised Molson Coors on its agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev to purchase SABMiller’s 58% stake in MillerCoors for $12bn. It also advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the acquisition of Cleco Corporation, and acted for IGATE in its merger with Capgemini. In New York, Russell Light and Dean Shulman are recommended. Todd Maynes and Mike Carew are also names to note.

Linklaters LLP’s team focuses on corporate tax planning and complex cross-border transactions, including M&A, financing, private equity matters, bankruptcy and insolvency. It advised Visa Europe on the €21.2bn sale of Visa Europe to Visa Inc. Other clients include General Electric, Triton, KKR and Deutsche Bank. Global head of tax Gordon Warnke is based in New York, as is newly promoted partner Andrew Morris. Jasper Howard and David Brockway in Washington DC are also noted.

The ‘astute’ team at Sidley Austin LLP is frequently involved in cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, licensing arrangements, joint ventures, structuring and restructuring, and it is regarded for its insurance and investment funds expertise. Recent highlights include advising General Electric on the proposed but ultimately terminated sale of its appliances business to Electrolux for $3.3bn. The team also advised Recall Holdings on its $2.6bn acquisition by Iron Mountain, and Stericycle on its $2.3bn acquisition of Shred-it International. In New York, Laura Barzilai and Robert Kreitman are ‘excellent’, and Christian Brause was recently promoted to partner. Los Angeles-based Edwin Norris and Sharp Sorensen in Chicago are also recommended. Gary Kaplan recently retired.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is ‘outstanding for transactional matters’ and is recognized as a ‘tremendous player in the market’. It advises on corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, spin-offs, financings, restructurings and joint ventures for multinational clients. The ‘exceptional’ New York-based team includes Jodi Schwartz, Deborah Paul, Eiko Stange and Joshua Holmes.

Allen & Overy LLP utilizes its ‘global reach’ in advising on high-profile cross-border financial and corporate transactions. It advised Vanke on its joint venture with Tribeca Associates to acquire the Bush Tower in New York, and assisted Ivanhoé Cambridge with its equity investment in TPG RE Finance Trust. It also acted for International Game Technology in its merger with GTECH. The New York-based team is led by Jack Heinberg; Dave Lewis is also recommended.

The ‘outstanding’ department at Baker & Hostetler LLP is primarily based in the firm’s Washington DC office and commended for its ‘cutting edge’ experience. It advised a multinational private equity client on restructuring transactions involving a Chinese business prior to an IPO. The ‘commercially astute’ team includes Paul Schmidt, who has ‘a fantastic reputation’.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP advises on tax efficient operations, structures and financings. Practice chair Mary Voce is based in New York and is ‘very experienced’, and in Miami, Seth Entin handles federal income tax matters and Ozzie Schindler advises on international tax planning for private and corporate clients. Robert Simon, who splits his time between the Washington DC and Denver offices, and New York-based Kenneth Zuckerbrot, deliver advice on both inbound and outbound transactions.

Washington DC-based firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered advises major multinationals in key public and private deals, and also provides expertise in transfer pricing, cash management planning, audits and litigation. It is representing Starr International Company in a refund case involving the determination of US tax treaty benefits. George Hani heads the team; other names to notes are Rocco Femia, Kevin Kenworthy and Layla Asali.

Morrison & Foerster LLP provides ‘great turnaround times’ and demonstrates ‘strong depth of knowledge’. It advises domestic and international corporations on the structuring and implementation of acquisitions and dispositions, as well as financial products. San Francisco-based Bernie Pistillo advised VMware in relation to its proposed but cancelled joint venture with EMC Corporation, and acted for SoftBank in its $250m investment in Legendary Entertainment. Thomas Humphreys in New York heads the team alongside David Strong, who operates out of the firm’s New York and Denver offices. Also based in New York is Remmelt Reigersman, who is ‘knowledgeable, prompt and has a strong knowledge of the structured products market’. Of counsel Joy MacIntyre in San Francisco is also recommended.

Paul Hastings LLP’s team has solid bases on the west and east coasts, as well as in Atlanta, Houston and Chicago. It advises on cross-border transactions, and is particularly active in deals involving Asia, Latin America and Europe. Andrew Short heads the department and advised Black Ivy on infrastructure investments in Ghana and Tanzania, while Joseph Opich led advice to Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Brookfield Real Estate Finance. Short and Opich are both based in New York. Other key individuals include Douglas Schaaf in Orange County, Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto and Alexander Lee in Los Angeles.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s ‘impressive’ department advises on cross-border transactions as well as compliance, structuring and restructuring. Its client base includes a number of multinational corporations. Washington DC-based Jerome Libin and Mark Smith head the team; other names to note are Robert Chase, who is ‘fantastic’, and Aaron Payne.

Vinson & Elkins LLP advises on cross-border transactions for private equity funds and global companies and is particularly strong in the energy sector. It advised CPP Investment Board and The Broe Group on an agreement to acquire Denver Julesburg Basin oil and gas assets in Colorado from Encana Oil & Gas for $900m. Riverstone Holdings, Apollo Global Management and PetroRio are also clients. Houston-based George Gerachis leads the department. Thomas Crichton in Dallas is also a name to note.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has ‘prowess in the energy sector’ as well as experience in technology-related deals, and is often engaged by US and international clients on cross-border transactions. Houston-based Derek Green heads the team; Don Lonczak splits his time between the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices and has ‘strong expertise’.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP advises on a range of tax-efficient M&A structures, restructuring and capital markets transactions, and represents domestic and multinational corporations, private equity firms and investment banks. The team is advising Procter & Gamble on the $15bn pending split-off and tax-free merger of 43 of its beauty brands with Coty. New York-based Linda Swartz heads the team. Since publication, David Miller has moved to Proskauer Rose LLP.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP advises major public companies, private equity and hedge funds, and financial institutions. It advised Access Industries on the sale of its interest in TNK-BP to Rosneft, and also advised the Republic of Turkey on its sale of a 23.9% stake in Halkbank. William Cavanagh in New York heads the department.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP regularly handles the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, and is advising Santiago Calatrava on a range of matters, including a $15m project in Qatar. Gordon Food Service, Centro Fashion Group and Access Industries are also clients. Alan Berlin heads the team from New York, where the ‘very experienced’ William Bricker is also based.

Benefitting from its global network, Dentons advises on outbound and inbound transactions, international investment, and transfer pricing and compliance. It acted for Feiyu Technology International Company in its IPO, and the related listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It also advises Gávea Investimentos on its operations and investment arrangements. The team is led by Marc Teitelbaum in New York. John Harrington in Washington DC is also recommended.

The New York-based team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP acts for corporations and individuals, and regularly advises on the structuring and negotiation of corporate transactions as well as on tax planning and controversy. It advised Merck & Co. on its $9.5bn acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, and assisted AMC Networks with its $200m acquisition of a 49.9% stake in BBC America. The ‘fantastic’ Andrew Braiterman heads the team and Alexander Anderson is also singled out for praise.

The ‘smart’ team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has the ‘ability to cut right through to the answer’ and ‘always responds rapidly’. Its clients include multinational and mid-size corporations, private equity and hedge funds, and high-net-worth individuals. Barry Herzog is advising the first lien noteholders in the Caesars Entertainment Operating Company bankruptcy, and acted for Genco Shipping & Trading in the acquisition of Baltic Trading. The team is led by Howard Rothman; Pamela Capps is also recommended. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Highlights for the team at Proskauer Rose LLP included advising Montagu Private Equity on the successful closure of its fifth fund, and acting for SJP Properties in the sale of a 45% equity interest in Eleven Times Square to the Government Pension Fund of Norway. Other clients include Ares Management, American Realty Capital and BTG Pactual. In New York, Ira Bogner heads the team and Martin Hamilton is also noted. Since publication, David Miller has joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Reed Smith LLP’s international tax and transfer pricing team advises multinational clients on cross-border transactions, planning and pricing structures. Its clients include Alterna Capital Partners and Wilmington Trust. James Tandler heads the team from New York, where David Hryck is also based. Jeffrey Korenblatt in Washington DC is ‘a strong technical international tax lawyer’ and ‘a nimble problem solver’.

The ‘top-quality’ team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘very responsive’ and ‘really knows its stuff’. The group is led out of Washington DC by Robert Rizzi and Lisa Zarlenga, who recently returned to the firm after a spell as tax legislative counsel at the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy. Recent work includes advising a financial institution on various international and domestic tax issues. Washington DC-based Philip West is ‘excellent’, and Beth Tractenberg joined the New York office in 2015 from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

The ‘highly recommended’ Boston-based department at Sullivan & Worcester LLP advises US clients on foreign investments, and also acts for foreign investors on the tax implications of investments in the US. Recent work includes advising Equinix on its REIT conversion and its associated global restructuring. Department chair Douglas Stransky is ‘very smart, customer-oriented’ and ‘understands the interrelationship between business and tax’. Ameek Ashok Ponda, Christopher Curtis and of counsel David Kaplan are also recommended.

Thompson & Knight LLP delivers advice on inbound and outbound investments and tax planning. It also advises various organizations on cross-border philanthropic and charitable matters. Clients include Vitro, Oil India Limited and EnCap Investments. In Dallas, department head John Cohn is recommended, as is Joe Rudberg. Houston-based Roger Aksamit is another name to note.

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