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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

ONE THOMAS CIRCLE, NW, SUITE 1100, WASHINGTON, DC 20005, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 862 5000
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Fax +1 202 429 3301
Web:
www.caplindrysdale.com
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Washington DC, New York

United States

Recommendations


United States: Finance

Within Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy), tier 6

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is ‘dedicated to getting the job done right, on time, and in a cost-efficient manner’ and clients assert that ‘no job is too complex for them to master’. The firm’s specialist expertise in advising official committees of asbestos claimants ensures that it is a top choice in this area, but it has a broad scope of creditor-side experience and it is also representing the union of US Airways pilots in the American Airlines bankruptcy. In New York, Elihu Inselbuch, Trevor Swett and Peter Van Lockwood are the key contacts and all are ‘excellent litigators with a keen sense of how to win bankruptcy cases at trial’.

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Within Not-for-profit, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is a second tier firm,

Premier tax boutiqueCaplin & Drysdale, Chartered is ‘a real leading firm in the field of exempt organizations’, and is ‘well known in DC’. The firm’s ‘great bench’ includes former director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division Marcus Owens who ‘understandably has an excellent reputation’ as ‘a leading audit and regulatory lawyer’ and has ‘unbelievable insight’ when it comes to tax controversy, as well as a strong work ethic. Douglas Varley also has a ‘very good reputation in the field’. Former IRS deputy commissioner Mark Matthews and William Klimon are also highly recommended. The firm holds a preeminent reputation among private foundations for establishment, restructuring and corporate governance issues, and is also highly active in litigation. Other clients include charities, churches and trade associations.

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United States: Labor and employment

Within Employee benefits and executive compensation, tier 4

Washington DC-based Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered has an excellent reputation for tax-related work. Its EBEC team advises on the design and administration of qualified plans, legislative and regulatory changes, compliance with Title I of ERISA, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, tax-exempt and governmental employer representation, financial institution and service provider counseling, and employee benefits dispute resolution, as well as representing clients before the IRS. The group’s ‘industry knowledge is outstanding’. It advised the Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc on Affordable Care Act issues relating to its health plan. Other clients include The World Bank, SKF USA Inc, IMF and Ingersoll-Rand. The highly experienced Richard Skillman, Patricia Lewis and Joanne Youn are all recommended.

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United States: Tax

Within Domestic tax: East Coast, tier 5

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered has an excellent reputation for contentious tax matters and advice to tax-exempt organizations. In addition to its highly rated tax controversy practice, the domestic team is also active for high-net-worth individuals in high-profile trust and estate planning. Beth Kaufman and Michael Pfeifer are key partners with a wealth of experience in tax planning and controversy matters. The practice was boosted by the addition of trusts and estates lawyer Anne O’Brien, who joined in September 2013 from Arnold & Porter LLP. O’Brien acted as an expert witness to testify on behalf of Chevy Chase Trust with respect to trust law under the Uniform Trust Code as adopted by the District of Columbia and federal fiduciary income tax and transfer tax law. The attorneys named are all based in Washington DC.

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

The ‘outstanding’ team at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered is ‘responsive’ and ‘pleasant to deal with’. The firm’s international tax practice was enhanced in October 2013 by the lateral hire of Peter Barnes, former international tax counsel for GE, and transfer pricing expert J Clark Armitage from Bingham McCutchen LLP. Patricia Gimbel Lewis heads the ‘technically strong’ and ‘personable’ team, and has notable transfer pricing expertise. Other key figures are Mark Allison and H David Rosenbloom, who has a very good reputation and extensive experience assisting multinational corporations and financial institutions across multiple jurisdictions. The highly regarded Cono Namorato is a former director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the IRS, and Scott Michel is also recommended. The attorneys named are all based in New York.

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

The ‘outstandingCaplin & Drysdale, Chartered is ‘among the best in the country’; with a deep bench of experienced lawyers in Washington DC and New York, it is ‘very responsive’, ‘pleasant to deal with’ and ‘value for money’, and represents high-profile clients across the spectrum of tax controversy matters. The ‘technically strong’ Scott Michel leads the practice, and other key partners include the ‘personable’ Mark Matthews and ‘very smart’ Mark Allison. Charles Ruchelman is leading the firm’s representation of American International Group in litigation in the US Court of Federal Claims, relating to payment of over $30m in interest derived from a tax overpayment for the 1991 tax year. The firm also continues to assist numerous US citizens and residents across the world in compliance issues arising from failures to report foreign bank accounts, foreign trusts, and foreign businesses.

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