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James Peaslee

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James M. Peaslee is a partner based in the New York office. Mr. Peaslee's practice focuses on tax matters. He is the co-author of Federal Income Taxation of Securitization Transactions (4th Edition,, as well as a number of articles on tax subjects.


Mr. Peaslee joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1984.


Mr. Peaslee is a member of the Bar in New York and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Tax Section since 1983. He was Chair of the Tax Section in 1991.


Mr. Peaslee received an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1979 and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1976. He received an M.A. degree in economics, magna cum laude, and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1973.

United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

According to one client, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton possesses ‘one of the most distinguished tax practices in the US’ and leverages its ‘strong’ corporate team in transactional M&A work, in addition to maintaining a strong track-record in capital markets transactions and real estate matters. In a display of its skills in private equity and investment funds, Jason Factor and Corey Goodman are continuing to act for long-term client Warburg Pincus and its portfolio companies in various transactions, such as Allied Universal's recently closed $1bn acquisition of US Security Associates from Goldman Sachs. Factor and Meyer Fedida also worked on the formation of various private equity funds and transactions on behalf of TPG, including TPG Asia VII, the seventh fund in the TPG Asia and its investments in Uber Technologies. Other highlights include assisting Honeywell on the tax-free spin-off of its Homes and ADI Global Distribution business, and structuring the $1.1bn business cooperation agreement between its client, Alphabet, and HTC Corporation. William McRae is the ‘go-to’ figure for structuring in-bound investments, private equity and REITs. James Duncan, Erika Nijenhuis, Yaron Reich and senior counsel James Peaslee are also of note. All lawyers are based in New York.

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