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Clifford Chance

31 WEST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131, USA
Tel:
Work +1 212 878 8000
Fax:
Fax +1 212 878 8375
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Web:
www.cliffordchance.com

Philip Wagman

Tel:
Work +1 212 878 8133
Email:
Clifford Chance LLP

Work Department

Tax

Position

Philip Wagman advises clients on a range of domestic and international tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts, as well as structured finance and securitization transactions, equipment leasing, securities offerings and other financing transactions.

Education

Yale Law School (JD), 1994; Yale University (BA), 1991


United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Clifford Chance advises a range of investment banks, arrangers, finance and operating lessors, servicers, investors, airlines, export credit agencies and governmental authorities, on aviation finance transactions. Aviation capital markets transactions, including landmark debt and equity offerings and portfolio securitizations and EETC issuances, are a key areas of expertise. Zarrar Sehgal advised Aergo Capital on its second asset-backed securitization deal, METAL 2017-1, which is secured by a portfolio of 26 aircraft; he also advised the lead arranger and lender, Deutsche Bank, on the $579.8m Harbour Aircraft Investments securitization of 30 aircraft. Elsewhere, Emily Wicker, Philip Wagman and Lee Askenzai  advised Global Jet Capital, as servicer, and Business Jet Securities 2018-2, as issuer, on the issuance of $674m of secured notes in an asset backed securitization. Patrick O’Reilly  was instructed by lessor, AWAS (Ireland), on the sale and leaseback of five Boeing 737-MAX-8 aircraft with GOL Linhas AĂ©reas, coupled with lessor PDP financing for each aircraft. Also recommended is Madalyn Miller, who was promoted to partner in May 2019. John Howitt and Sehgal jointly lead the US asset finance team. Named lawyers are based in New York.

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United States: Tax

Financial products

Within: Financial products

Clifford Chance advises on numerous high-value debt programs. It advised Corporate Property Associates 17, a publicly held non-traded REIT, in connection with its merger with W.P. Carey, a commercial-focused net-lease REIT, valued at $6bn. The firm also has a strong CLO and CDO practice, and has advised on $21bn of products for a variety of clients, including Arbor Realty Trust, LoanCore, Money360 and other issuers. New York-based Richard Catalano leads the team, which also includes Philip Wagman, Avrohom Gelber, David Moldenhauer and Michael Seaton. Alan Kravitz  left to become counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in February 2018.

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International tax

Within: International tax

Clifford Chance's team assists on a wide variety of international businesses transactions, including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, investments and various financing and capital markets deals. In recent highlights, David Moldenhauer advised Development Bank of Japan on its $50m investment into Meridiam's third North American infrastructure-focused fund. Philip Wagman advised Hearst on its acquisition of the magazine and book businesses of health and wellness content company Rodale Inc., which publishes Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World and other titles. Richard Catalano was recently appointed head of tax in the Americas region. Avrohom Gelber, another key figure, advised the underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs and Evercore, on the IPO of Mexican energy and infrastructure investment trust CFE Fibra E. James Gouwar joined the practice in New York in September 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Based in New York, Clifford Chance’s five-partner team has expertise across a wide-range of tax areas, including M&A activities, joint ventures and REIT’s, with a particularly strong presence in the capital markets space. Recent highlights include Philip Wagman working alongside the banking and capital markets teams to advise Global Jet Capital on various capital markets issuances, and Richard Catalano advising ReNew REIT on its formation and initial capitalization pursuant to a joint venture with a sovereign wealth fund and real estate investment manager to acquire senior housing healthcare property. Other highlights include acting for Hearst Corporation in the acquisition of Rodale, a health and wellness content company, and 21st Century Media Newspaper. Avrohom Gelber, David Moldenhauer and Mike Seaton are other key lawyers. James Gouwar joined in September 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, while Alan Kravitz departed to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and William Cejudo left for Dechert LLP.

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