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Todd Maynes

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Todd Maynes focuses his practice on the tax aspects of bankruptcy and tax litigation. He was the lead tax lawyer on many of the most significant restructurings in recent history, including EFH, United Airlines, Conseco, Calpine, Charter Communications and W.R. Grace, and is the only active tax attorney elected to the National Bankruptcy Conference. He is former chairman of the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference and the Chicago-Kent Federal Tax Institute and is adjunct professor of taxation at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University.


BYU, J.D., 1987; BYU, B.A., 1984.

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong focus on public M&A and private equity deals, and is also extremely adept in restructurings, reorganizations, financings, executive compensation arrangements and other transactions with complex tax implications. New York’s Dean Shulman and Chicago’s Mike Carew advised global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals Huntsman on its combination agreement with Swiss-based global specialty chemical company Clariant through an all-stock tax-free cross-border merger, with enterprise value of approximately $20bn. Assisting global pediatric nutrition business Mead Johnson with its $17.9bn cross-border sale to UK-based consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser is another recent highlight. Chicago-based Todd Maynes is also recommended, as is Lee Morlock, who recently joined the Chicago office from Mayer Brown.

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US taxes: contentious

Within: US taxes: contentious

The ‘excellentKirkland & Ellis LLP assists clients at all stages of the tax controversy process, from pre-audit planning to audit through administrative appeals and post-appeals mediation. Chicago-based Todd Maynes and Natalie Keller have been acting for WR Grace in bankruptcy court litigation seeking a refund from the IRS of excess interest collected on an income tax deficiency. Rachel Cantor and JoAnne Nagjee, who are also located in Chicago, are other key contacts.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: Leading lawyers

Todd Maynes - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ‘excellent and professional’ tax team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable in tax structuring and provides very detailed and quick responses to questions’. Public and private M&A, restructuring and real estate taxation are the primary areas of activity. A recent highlight was advising on the sale of client Avista to Canadian energy company Hydro One for $5.3bn. The ‘responsiveGregory Gallagher in Chicago regularly represents Bain Capital Private Equity, for example during its sale of Consolidated Container to Loews for $1.2bn. Dean Shulman in New York and Mike Carew advised Micro Focus International on acquiring Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business via a Reverse Morris Trust for $8.8bn, while Todd Maynes assisted LINN Energy with its bankruptcy-related reorganization plans, which contained $8bn of funded indebtedness. Also recommended are Rachel Cantor, Lee Morlock and Kevin Coenen. Named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise specified.

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