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Mike Carew

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Mike Carew is a tax partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, buyouts and private equity investing, with a special emphasis on cross-border and international transactions. He also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and debt and equity restructurings. Mike has worked on numerous private equity and M&A transactions for clients including: Bain Capital, Baxalta Incorporated, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Summit Partners, GTCR, Apax Partners, and Blackstone.


American Bar Association, Tax Section; International Fiscal Association.


Harvard Law School, JD, 2004; University of Rochester, BS, Computer Science, BA Mathematics, 2000, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: Next generation lawyers

Mike Carew - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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: non-contentious

Within: Next generation lawyers

Mike Carew - 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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