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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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Tax Partner.  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 Jacobs Engineering in its pending acquisition of KeyW, the sale of its energy, chemicals and resources business, and its acquisition of CH2M Hill; Catalent in its acquisitions of Paragon Bioservices, Cook Pharmica, and Accucaps Industries; Tradeweb Markets in its up-C IPO and its acquisition of CodeStreet; Becton Dickinson in its acquisition of TVA Medical; Leidos in the sale of its commercial cybersecurity business; Lockheed Martin in its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft; Tapestry in its acquisitions of Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman; and Media General in its acquisition of LIN Media, its merger with New Young Broadcasting and its merger with Nexstar.  Additionally, Mr. Alter has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and funds, including Goldman Sachs, Onex, Stella Point Capital and OMERS, and their portfolio companies.


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

The ‘talented and creative’ tax group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP can ‘solve any complicated tax issue with ease and is great at translating technical tax issues to a variety of audiences’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record in public M&A, fund formation and capital markets transactions, where its counts Morgan Stanley and BlackRock as recent clients. Kenneth Rosenfeld and Washington DC-based Michelle Gold are ‘the leading experts in private equity’ according to some clients, and Eli Weiss is ‘a safe pair of hands for corporate tax law’. Joseph Fox, who was made partner in March 2018 and is ‘one of the best advisors for registered funds taxation’, handled several capital markets transactions on behalf of issuers ONEOK and T-Mobile. David Shapiro and Christopher Roman represented Bain Capital on its acquisition of Harvard Management Company’s real estate team. In Washington DC Alan Kaden advised Aleris on its acquisition by Novelis for approximately $2.6bn, and Michael Alter was involved in Jacobs Engineering Groups’ $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M Hill in a cash and stock transaction. Associate Shane Hoffmann is also recommended for structuring corporate acquisitions and spin-offs. Colin Kelly joined in July 2018 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and advises on tax issues relating to investment funds and asset managements. Daniel Paulos left for KPMG (New York) in April 2018. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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