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Joshua Holmes

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Joshua M. Holmes joined the Tax Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as an associate in 1999 and was elected partner in 2007. He focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and financial instruments. Mr. Holmes has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross border transactions in a wide range of industries.


Mr. Holmes is recognized as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USAWho’s Who Legal 100, Leaders League, and Super Lawyers.  He is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, in addition to being a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, the USA branch of the International Fiscal Association, and the New York Committee of Realty Trust Tax Lawyers.


Mr. Holmes is a member of the Tax Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He also is a member of the New York Committee of Realty Trust Tax Lawyers.


Mr. Holmes received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1996, a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1999 and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2004.

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz assists global businesses with the tax aspects of corporate reorganizations, M&A, financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Jodi Schwartz is a key name and has previously represented Irish life sciences firm Medtronic with its $6.1bn sale of a portion of its patient monitoring and recovery division to Cardinal Health. Other noted attorneys include T Eiko Stange, who advises clients in the telecoms, technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, media and entertainment, real estate and retail industries. Joshua Holmes is a senior team member, and Tijana Dvornic is also notable and has previously advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s New York tax practice supports the firm's busy corporate team in a variety of transactions and organizational matters, including reorganizations, spin-offs and restructurings. Joshua Holmes is advising Celgene on its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb for approximately $74bn. Deborah Paul and Jodi Schwartz are active in a range of transactions, including strategic acquisitions and private equity buyouts, particularly in the telecoms, oil and gas and energy sectors. T Eiko Stange has substantial experience leading on major transactions in the pharmaceuticals, financial services, media and entertainment and real estate sectors.

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