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Mayer Brown

71 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60606, USA
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Work +1 312 782 0600
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James Barry

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Work +1 312 701 7169
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Mayer Brown

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Tax Transactions & Consulting

Position

James R. Barry is a partner and one of the firm’s practice leaders of the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP. He represents US corporations and individuals in tax planning for foreign and domestic operations, as well as foreign corporations and individuals in tax planning for US operations. His work includes tax planning for restructuring of existing foreign and US corporate groups, spin-offs, and acquisitions of foreign and domestic corporations, including obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service. He has been described as someone who is "very well versed in this highly technical area" (Chambers USA 2006). Jim also represents sponsors and investors in real estate funds, hedge funds, and other investment entities, as well as offshore insurance companies regarding US taxation of their income and related issues. He represents creditors and debtors in tax planning for workouts of financially troubled companies to minimize tax costs of restructuring and preserve tax attributes (including several detailed matters under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code). In addition, Jim represents corporations and investment bankers regarding tax implications of issuing financial instruments and securitization and other financing, as well as the impact of the alternative minimum tax. Mr. Barry has been ranked as a leading tax lawyer by various publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Illinois Superlawyers. Mr. Barry is a frequent lecturer and writer on tax topics. He has spoken at the University of Chicago Tax Conference, where he is a member of the planning committee, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, OFII, TEI, ATLAS, Strategic Research Institute and other groups and has authored papers that have appeared in Taxes Magazine, PLI – Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings and other publications.

Education

DePaul University College of Law, JD, with Honors, 1985 DePaul University, 1982; BSc (Accounting) with high honors


United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

Mayer Brown delivers ‘a high level of service’ in transactional tax matters, tax planning, transfer pricing, and cross-border tax controversies. The firm acted as co-counsel to multinational power management company Eaton (along with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) in a tax court victory against the IRS in which it was determined that the IRS’s cancelation of two advanced pricing agreements (ABAs) was an abuse of discretion; the ABAs governed the transfer pricing of products manufactured by Eaton in its Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic facilities and sold to its US subsidiaries. Other recent highlights include advising TransCanada on the sale of its US Northeast Power business to Helix Generation. The ‘excellentJason Bazar in New York, Chicago’s James Barry and Washington DC-based Kenneth Klein and Jason Osborn are all recommended. Lee Morlock moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in August 2017.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: Leading lawyers

James Barry - Mayer Brown

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Mayer Brown’s tax practice ‘always delivers a high level of tailored service and has a strong bench of talent to call upon’. Its core clientele includes financial institutions, funds and international corporations, which it assists with tax planning, M&A, financing transactions, securitizations, derivatives taxation and SALT matters. Major highlights included advising Altice USA on its $1.9bn IPO on the NYSE and assisting TransCanada with the sale of its US Northeast Power division for $2.2bn. Macquarie, Nestlé and Société Générale were also clients in 2017. In New York, Jason Bazar is ‘quick to understand issues and very easy to deal with’ and transactional partner Michael Marion is also recommended. Chicago-based James Barry heads the practice together with Bazar. In February 2018, the practice was boosted by the arrivals of former Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman, who joined in New York and Palo Alto respectively.

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