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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

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Washington DC, New York

United States

Top-tier recommendations


United States: Finance

Within Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy), tier 6

A top choice for unique cases’, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered occupies a niche position in advising official committees of asbestos claimants in bankruptcy matters. Notable recent mandates include advising the official committee of asbestos personal injury claimants in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy case. It is also acting for the asbestos personal injury creditors’ committee in the bankruptcy of Pittsburgh Corning. New York-based Elihu Inselbuch heads the team jointly with Trevor Swett and Peter Van Lockwood in Washington DC – ‘all are a pleasure to work with and put their egos aside to get the job done’.

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Within Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations), Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is a second tier firm,

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is a tax boutique with an excellent reputation for its work with exempt organizations. The firm advises clients on organization and restructuring, compliance with lobbying restrictions and private foundation rules, IRS audits and Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) liability. The bench of experienced lawyers features Marcus Owens, Douglas Varley, Mark Matthews and William Klimon, all of whom are based in Washington DC. The team acts for private foundations, churches and political organizations.

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United States: Labor and employment

Within Employee benefits and executive compensation, tier 4

Washington DC firm Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered has a stand-alone practice group that is bolstered by its renowned tax expertise. Co-led by Joanne Youn and Richard Skillman, the practice advises retirement plan service providers, employees, governments, private foundations and public charities on all stages of retirement as well as health and welfare plan administration. Youn and Patricia Lewis are advising longstanding client SKF on post-transaction retirement plan mergers, covering amendments to the contribution plan and revision of their summary plan descriptions. ACA-related advisory work is a growing area.

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United States: Tax

Within International tax, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is a third tier firm,

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered’s international tax team is ‘outstanding’, ‘responsive’ and ‘pleasant to deal with’. Its lawyers have extensive experience in handling complex domestic and international tax matters, with a roster of clients that includes numerous large multinational corporations. In Washington DC, Peter Barnes has a longstanding reputation in the international tax arena, Clark Armitage (formerly at Bingham McCutchen LLP) advises multinational corporations on transfer pricing, and Patricia Gimbel Lewis also focuses on transfer pricing issues as well as other aspects of international taxation. Mark Allison in New York is another name to note. The firm’s client list includes Horst Frisch Incorporated and AIG.

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Within Tax controversy, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is a first tier firm,

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is the ‘crème de la crème of US tax controversy’, with ‘extremely client-friendly’ lawyers who have ‘very technical and specialist knowledge in the international tax arena’. Its expertise includes voluntary disclosures, IRS investigation procedures and off-shore-related matters. The ‘very talented team’ is co-headed by Scott Michel in Washington DC and the ‘smart’ Mark Allison in New York. In an ongoing matter the firm is advising six separate Swiss financial institutions as US lead counsel on the DOJ’s program for Swiss banks, which requires participating Swiss banks to provide detailed information about their business practices, US-related accounts and related matters to the DOJ Tax Division, within the framework of negotiations for a non-prosecution agreement. Mark Matthews, Charles Ruchelman and Christopher Rizek are also recommended. Additional client names on its roster are AIG, the Estate of Eleanor Close Barzin, and Hard Rock Café co-founder Peter Morton.

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