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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Michael Alter

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Mr. Alter focuses on federal income taxation, with particular emphasis on the structuring and negotiation of taxable and tax-free acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations and spin-offs, as well as tax planning for debt and equity securities offerings and financings. Mr. Alter's significant representations include Knight Transportation, Inc. in its merger with Swift Transportation Company; Thomson Reuters in its acquisition of Clarient Global LLC and Avox Limited; Lockheed Martin in its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft; Coach in its acquisitions of Kate Spade & Company and Stuart Weitzman Holdings; Dean & DeLuca in its acquisition by Pace Development; Merck & Co. in its sale of its consumer care business, its divestiture of Sirna Therapeutics and its €1b offering of Euro-denominated notes; and Media General in its acquisition of LIN Media, its merger with New Young Broadcasting and its merger with Nexstar Broadcasting Group.


He joined the Firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.




Mr. Alter received his JD from George Washington University Law School, with honors in 1997 and his BA from Union College, magna cum laude, in 1993.

United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s New York- and Washington DC-based tax team is ‘excellent in all regards’, with a ‘great ability to understand business’ and a ‘practical knowledge of markets’. The practice is best known for its hedge and equity fund formation, asset management, public M&A and financing tax work. David Shapiro assists BlackRock Investment Management with the activities of its Global Renewable Power Fund II, including investments into renewable energy projects in OECD member countries. Another recent highlight was advising on the sale of client Humana to Aetna for $37bn. Corporate tax partner Alan Kaden has ‘unbelievable tax knowledge, problem-solving ability and a talent to convey complex tax rules in an understandable manner’, and the ‘easy-to-work-withMichael Alteris great at presenting complicated issues’. Also recommended are the ‘smart and creativeRobert Cassanos, and Joseph Fox, who is ‘very good in the debt instrument area’. Associate Reid Thompson is also worthy of note.

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