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Mayer Brown

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George Craven

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Mayer Brown

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Tax Transactions & Consulting


George Craven is highly regarded as a leading practitioner of corporate tax law and international tax planning. In the course of his practice, George advises clients across a broad spectrum of domestic and international tax issues and tax-related controversies. His particular focus involves tax issues pertinent to insurance companies (especially offshore companies), tax aspects of financing, and investments in India. George brings comprehensive, well-informed experience to clients' service. In the area of corporate tax law, he counsels on business acquisitions and dispositions, including structured financing, and securitization transactions. He also addresses tax aspects of new financial products, such as Section 483 Notes, Liquid Yield Option Notes, and others. George’s international focus includes Subpart F issues, cross-border tax arbitrage, advising on behalf of captive and offshore insurance companies, and comprehensive tax planning for offshore insurance entities.


Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1976 University of Notre Dame, BA, summa cum laude, 1973 Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), 1970

United States: Tax

Financial products

Within: Financial products

Mayer Brown provides an ‘excellent service in terms of time, cost and quality of response’ and the highly rated Mark Leeds is a ‘global leader in the tax aspects of financial products and an excellent source of tax information’. The team works across offices in New York, Chicago and Charlotte for a broad range of clients, including CarVal Investors, Societe Generale and Macquarie Group. Recently the team advised NationStar Mortgage on the tax aspects of the $400m securitization of a pool of non-performing reverse mortgages. Another highlight was advising Ally Bank on an offshore Irish issuing vehicle for a $535m securitization of US receivables to access foreign markets. Key partners include Chicago-based George Craven and Steven Garden, Jeffrey Cantrell in Charlotte, and New York’s Michael Marion. The firm’s ambitions in this area were demonstrated by the recruitment of two extremely well-regarded partners from Morrison & Foerster LLP, leading lawyer Thomas Humphreys in New York, and Remmelt Reigersman in Palo Alto.

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