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The sizable team at Baker McKenzie LLP provides tax and legal advice to multinational companies on a wide range of international tax matters, including multi-jurisdictional post-acquisition supply chain integration and other restructuring matters. New York-based Thomas May and others have been advising FedEx on tax matters relating to its post-acquisition integration with TNT Express, while Washington DC’s James Wilson has been assisting luxury fashion brand Coach with its post-acquisition integration with Kate Spade. Johnson & Johnson and McCormick are other key clients. Jonathan Martin and Kai Kramer in Houston, Jeff Maydew and Julia Skubis Weber in Chicago, Dallas-based Melinda Phelan and Palo Alto’s Stewart Lipeles are also recommended.

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The ‘very strong team’ at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advises on multinational M&A transactions, foreign direct investment, international capital markets transactions, new financial products, tax structuring, restructuring and other matters. Corey Goodman and Jason Factor advised long-term client Google and its parent company Alphabet on a number of cross-border transactions, including Google’s $1.1bn business agreement with HTC and an $800m investment into Alphabet company Verily Life Sciences by Temasek in exchange for a minority stake. Yaron Reich, who assisted Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management with its investment into real estate trust ARC Hospitality, is also recommended. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advises clients on the full gamut of tax issues associated with international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures and private equity deals. Lauren Angelilli and Stephen Gordon assisted multinational chemical company Ashland with the tax-free separation of its Valvoline business into an independent publicly traded company, while Andrew Needham advised British American Tobacco on its $97bn merger with Reynolds American. Of counsel Michael Schler is also recommended. Christopher Fargo and recently made partner Kara Mungovan are stars of the future.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP handles complex tax matters related to cross-border acquisitions (including post-acquisition integration) and joint ventures, reorganizations of multinationals, and inbound and outbound investments. Avishai Shachar’s team advised the Houston- and London-based Baker Hughes on an agreement to create a North American land pressure pumping company with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners. Assisting ExxonMobil with matters related to the $2.5bn acquisition of InterOil Corporation is another highlight. Neil Barr, Michael Mollerus and Menlo Park-based Rachel Kleinberg are other names to note. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

The ‘excellentDebevoise & Plimpton LLP team advises on tax issues relating to M&A, private equity (including fund formation), financing transactions, capital markets deals, derivatives and insurance matters. The ‘very creative, responsive and smartPeter Schuur assisted American International Group (AIG) with the sale of its Japan life insurance business, AIG Fuji Life Insurance, to FWD Group, while Peter Furci advised the private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its acquisition of Capco from FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, which involved significant US and UK tax planning. The ‘outstanding’ Gary Friedman is also strongly recommended. Rafael Kariyev was promoted to partner in July 2017. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s areas of strength include advising multinational corporations on complex tax matters associated with cross-border M&A and other deals as well as assisting such clients with international tax controversies. Washington DC-based practice head Nicholas DeNovio assisted the UK public company Ensco with its acquisition of Atwood Oceanics, a Houston-based offshore drilling contractor. Another highlight was advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its first-ever international sukuk issuance, worth $9bn, making it the largest in history. Jiyeon Lee-Lim and Jocelyn Noll in New York and Los Angeles-based Samuel Weiner are other names to note.

The ‘outstanding’ group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is adept at handling the US tax aspects of cross-border transactions, international tax planning, cross-border tax controversies, and complex and potentially contentious transfer pricing arrangements. The team assisted London-based offshore drilling contractor Ensco with a large controversy before the IRS concerning a $700m transfer pricing adjustment received by the client in connection with the contribution of rigs to a UK partnership. The client portfolio also includes Honeywell, Procter & Gamble and Walmart. Chicago-based practice head Lowell Yoder is ‘an eminent practitioner with an impeccable nationwide reputation and is a fabulous person to work with’, and Damon Lyon (also in Chicago) is an ‘exceptional’ professional with ‘a deep mastery of international tax issues and a quick intellect’.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP specializes in designing tax strategies and advising clients on various corporate and transactional tax matters, with a focus on the interplay between the US tax system and those of other major financial centres in Canada, Europe and Asia. Jeffrey Samuels and Patrick Karsnitz have been assisting Qualcomm with its subsidiary’s acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors. Brad Okun advised Minnesota-based frozen food company Bellisio Foods on its $1.07bn sale to Thailand-based agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods, while Scott Sontag acted for Lendlease in its establishment of a $5bn infrastructure joint venture with Japan-based SoftBank to develop telecom infrastructure assets in the US. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advises clients on a wide range of cross-border transactions and structuring issues, including acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, joint ventures, transfer pricing arrangements, restructurings and financing deals. Washington DC-based Jessica Hough and Cliff Gross and Boston’s Moshe Spinowitz assisted MassMutual International with the tax aspects of its $1.7bn sale of MassMutual Asia (Hong Kong) to an investor group led by Yunfeng Financial Group (Hong Kong). Washington DC’s Hal Hicks has been advising Liberty Mutual Group on tax matters concerning the acquisition of a foreign corporation, including corporate work and related international tax planning. Of counsel Paul Oosterhuis, who is also based in Washington DC, is a widely recognized expert in international and corporate tax law.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is noted for its tax planning expertise and its skill in resolving tax controversies, and has a particular focus on strategic and complex cross-border deals. Practice head Ronald Creamer has been advising Bayer AG on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Monsanto, and has been assisting the Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge with tax issues pertaining to its merger agreement with Houston-based Spectra. Advising US-based multinational industrial gases company Praxair on the tax aspects of its merger of equals with German chemical company Linde AG was another key matter, led by Davis Wang. Of counsel Andrew Solomon and Isaac Wheeler, who was made partner in November 2017, are other names to note. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

The ‘terrificFenwick & West LLP handles transfer pricing, cross-border M&A and joint ventures, international inversion transactions and international tax controversies. Recent highlights include acting for a consortium of more than 40 leading financial institutions from over 15 countries that made a $107m capital investment in R3, the largest consortium of global financial institutions collaborating to develop a platform and commercial applications for distributed ledger technology; and assisting US-based life sciences company Grail with the acquisition of Hong Kong-based Cirina. ‘US tax starJames Fuller and the ‘extremely intelligent and responsiveDavid Forst are strongly recommended, as are Larissa Neumann and Andrew Kim. All attorneys mentioned are based in Mountain View, California.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong focus on public M&A and private equity deals, and is also extremely adept in restructurings, reorganizations, financings, executive compensation arrangements and other transactions with complex tax implications. New York’s Dean Shulman and Chicago’s Mike Carew advised global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals Huntsman on its combination agreement with Swiss-based global specialty chemical company Clariant through an all-stock tax-free cross-border merger, with enterprise value of approximately $20bn. Assisting global pediatric nutrition business Mead Johnson with its $17.9bn cross-border sale to UK-based consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser is another recent highlight. Chicago-based Todd Maynes is also recommended, as is Lee Morlock, who recently joined the Chicago office from Mayer Brown.

Mayer Brown delivers ‘a high level of service’ in transactional tax matters, tax planning, transfer pricing, and cross-border tax controversies. The firm acted as co-counsel to multinational power management company Eaton (along with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) in a tax court victory against the IRS in which it was determined that the IRS’s cancelation of two advanced pricing agreements (ABAs) was an abuse of discretion; the ABAs governed the transfer pricing of products manufactured by Eaton in its Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic facilities and sold to its US subsidiaries. Other recent highlights include advising TransCanada on the sale of its US Northeast Power business to Helix Generation. The ‘excellentJason Bazar in New York, Chicago’s James Barry and Washington DC-based Kenneth Klein and Jason Osborn are all recommended. Lee Morlock moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in August 2017.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is well versed in international tax planning and in advising on complex cross-border transactions and tax controversies for global corporates, financial institutions and other clients. Washington DC-based Ethan Harris and Nathan Tasso, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, advised GE on its agreement with Baker Hughes to create a world-leading oilfield technology provider. Menlo Park’s Larry Crouch assisted the Toronto-based financial holding company Fairfax with its acquisition of the Swiss insurance broker Allied World Assurance. New York-based Laurence Bambino is another name to note.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP advises on complex cross-border M&A, financing and capital markets transactions, fund formation, financial products and restructurings for multinational companies, banks, investment funds and other clients. Robert Holo assisted Minnesota-based Mosaic Company with its acquisition of Brazilian fertilizer company Vale Fertilizantes, while John Hart advised Blackstone on the sale of 25% of the shares of Hilton Worldwide to Chinese tourism industry group HNA for $6.5bn. Alibaba and CVC Capital Partners are other notable clients. Jonathan Goldstein is also recommended. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

The largely New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the tax implications of cross-border M&A and restructurings. Kenneth Heitner assisted the board of directors’ transaction committee of tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American with the tax aspects of the $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, while Kimberly Blanchard and Stuart Goldring have been advising the US arm of Japan-based auto parts company Takata on the tax aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the related $1.6bn asset sale to Key Safety Systems. Mark Schwed acted for the Chinese HNA Group regarding tax issues relating to its $6.5bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings from affiliates of Blackstone.

White & Case LLP’s cross-border expertise covers tax planning, transfer pricing, tax controversy, post-acquisition integration, investigative matters and tax legislative initiatives. The team advised Saudi Arabia’s national petroleum company Aramco on its joint venture with Dow to build and operate a $20bn integrated chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia, and assisted public Chinese company Shenzhen Pharmaceutical and its US subsidiary Hepalink with the acquisition of Scientific Protein, a global manufacturer and supplier pharmaceutical ingredients. Washington DC’s Kim Boylan and New York’s William Dantzler are the main contacts.

At the ‘highly respectedCaplin & Drysdale, Chartered, Clark Armitage, Patricia Lewis and David Rosenbloom specialize in transfer pricing, with a particular emphasis on the negotiation of advance pricing agreements between taxpayers, the IRS and foreign tax authorities. Kirsten Burmester, the ‘absolutely phenomenalScott Michel and the ‘knowledgeable and experiencedMark Matthews are well versed in tax controversies arising from inbound and outbound operations. ‘"Go to" tax lawyerMark Allison and Jonathan Brenner lead the cross-border transaction team from New York, which is also where ‘great resourceZhanna Ziering is based. Michael Pfeifer and Anne O’Brien focus on expatriation planning. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Clifford Chance is ‘among the very best’, according to one client, and is noted for advising clients on a wide range of international financial and business transactions, including those relating to investment funds, private equity funds, employee co-investment and management equity arrangements, corporate acquisitions and restructurings, real estate, joint ventures and various forms of financing. David Moldenhauer, who has ‘excellent all-round knowledge’, and Avrohom Gelber assisted Mubadala Development Company and Public Investment Fund with their respective $15bn and $45bn investments in SoftBank Vision Fund’s $100bn technology-focused investment fund. Richard Catalano advised Empire State Realty Trust on a $622m investment through which Qatar Investment Authority acquired a 9.9% interest in the REIT on a fully diluted basis. Philip Wagman is another name to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘incredible depth of knowledge’ across a number of tax-intensive areas, including cross-border tax planning, M&A, financing, real estate deals, investment fund structures, remuneration planning and corporate reorganizations as well as international tax audits, controversies and criminal proceedings. Boston’s ‘very responsive and helpfulMichael Hardgrove has been assisting the technology company MKS Instruments with the structuring and post-acquisition integration of Newport Corporation via design and implementation of an internal reorganization and repatriation. Another highlight for the team was advising online backup service Carbonite on post-acquisition integration following the 2016 acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed software company. San Francisco’s Sibel Owji, Silicon Valley’s Sang Kim and New York’s Philip Rogers are other key contacts.

The ‘highly skilled and very professional’ team at Dentons handles matters for US and multinational companies across multiple jurisdictions, focusing on outbound, inbound and international investment, transfer pricing and compliance, as well as on project financing, restructuring and tax treaty interpretation. Washington DC-based John Harrington led a US-Canadian team’s advice to BW Canada Holdco regarding its acquisition of the assets of Ottawa-based digital advertising company MaxBounty. The client portfolio also includes Mizuho Trust & Banking and James Hardie International Finance. New York-based Marc Teitelbaum, Rich Williams and Jon Hutchens, who was promoted to partner in April 2017, are other key contacts.

Dechert LLP’s areas of strength include financial services, asset management and investment funds, structured finance and securitization, as well as middle-market private equity. Daniel Dunn has been assisting global hedge fund investor EnTrustPermal with its ongoing cross-border restructuring, including complex treaty, tax sharing, risk allocation and tax credit work, while Steven Clemens advised independent financial services company ECN, headquartered in Toronto, on the sale of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PNC Bank for approximately $1.25bn. Andrew Bloom and Boston’s Adrienne Baker are leaders in asset management matters. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises clients on international corporate structuring, transfer pricing, M&A, joint ventures and partnerships, reorganizations, private equity matters, capital markets transactions and structured finance, among other matters. New York’s ‘very knowledgeableRobert Scarborough assisted SEC-registered investment adviser MSD with the tax aspects of the formation of a joint venture with private equity firm KKR to acquire German research firm GfK, while Washington DC’s Claude Stansbury advised London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) on its $685m acquisition of The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices from Citigroup. Washington DC’s Reed Carey is a rising star.

Linklaters LLP provides tax advice across all manner of planning and structuring issues as well as in M&A, private equity, capital markets and financing transactions. New York-based Andrew Morris handled SoftBank’s launch of the SoftBank Vision Fund, the world's largest-ever private equity fund having raised $93.15bn. The practice also regularly assists investment company Triton with respect to its largest funds and most important deals. David Brockway, who heads the Washington DC office, is also recommended.

New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz works with large international businesses on the tax aspects of corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, dispositions, financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Jodi Schwartz assisted Ireland-based Medtronic with its $6.1bn sale of a portion of its patient monitoring and recovery division to Cardinal Health, while Eiko Stange handled Tesla Motors’ acquisition of German machine industry company Grohmann Engineering. Joshua Holmes is another name to note, as is Tijana Dvornic, who assisted Canada-based multinational Valeant Pharmaceuticals with the $1.3bn sale of its CeraVe, Ambi and AcneFree brands and related assets to L'Oréal USA.

Based out of New York, Allen & Overy LLP’s international tax practice advises clients on the federal income tax aspects of major domestic and cross-border financial and corporate transactions, including in relation to regulated funds, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and structured funds. Jack Heinberg assisted Credit Suisse Securities’ managers with the issuance of RMBS notes by Towd Point Mortgage Funding 2016-Vantage 1 PLC, the payments for which are made from revenue received from a portfolio of loans secured by UK residential properties. Dave Lewis advised Thomson Reuters on tax, HR, antitrust and IP aspects of the sale of its intellectual property and science business to Onex and Baring for $3.55bn. The client portfolio also includes Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and DXC Technology. Associates John Hibbard, Caroline Lapidus and Brian Schultz are other names to note. Craig Cohen moved to Chapman & Cutler LLP in April 2017.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is well versed in transfer pricing, tax treaty, inversion regulations and foreign tax credit issues, as well as in tax controversy. The international tax practice is based in Washington DC, with Paul Schmidt, John Bates and John Lehrer as the main contacts. Other partners are based in New York, Philadelphia and Denver.

Eversheds Sutherland, which results from the February 2017 merger between Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and the UK-based Eversheds, has ‘strong technical expertise combined with great client service and pragmatism’. Jeffrey Friedman, Robert Chase and Michele Borens in Washington DC and Atlanta-based Eric Tresh are key partners in the group, which advises global businesses on structuring and restructuring cross-border transactions and joint ventures as well as on cross-border withholding tax, application of bilateral income tax treaties, overseas currency, taxable presence and transfer pricing matters. Comcast Corporation, Cox Enterprises and Great-West Life are notable clients.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Christine Lane assisted glass manufacturer PPG Industries with the $755m carve-out of its entire flat glass business to Mexico City-based Vitro, a producer of flat glass and specialty products. New York’s Jeffrey Tolin acted for multinational Valeant Pharmaceuticals in the sale of its subsidiary Dendreon to privately owned Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group. The client portfolio also includes Cisco Systems and 21st Century Fox. Siobhan Rausch in Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based Babak Nikravesh are other key partners. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC except when otherwise indicated.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered is a leading Washington DC-based tax boutique and advises multinational clients on global tax optimization, transfer pricing and cash management planning, as well as on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and contentious tax matters. David Zimmerman, Layla Asali and Rocco Femia advised British American Tobacco on the $49bn acquisition by its US subsidiary BATUS Holdings of Reynolds American’s publicly held stock. Coca Cola and oil company Merey Sweeny are other notable clients. Other key contacts include George Hani, Kevin Kenworthy and Jarrett Jacinto, who was made partner in January 2018.

At Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York-based Thomas Humphreys and San Francisco’s Remmelt Reigersman have been advising Bank of America and its affiliates on tax issues related to various securities offerings across US, UK, Canada, Australia and other jurisdictions. San Francisco’s Bernie Pistillo assisted the government of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek with its investment into Verily Life Science, Alphabet’s health-focused subsidiary. The client portfolio also includes British multinational infrastructure group Balfour Betty and Royal Bank of Canada.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP advises on global tax planning, transfer pricing, joint ventures, private equity transactions, cross-border M&A (particularly in the energy, finance, and healthcare sectors) and contested tax matters, among other things. The practice, which is led by Houston’s Andrius Kontrimas, has gained 14 new tax partners from the June 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke. New York’s William Cavanagh assisted Enel Américas (formerly known as Enersis), in a $22bn corporate reorganization to organize its electricity generation, distribution and transmission businesses by geographic focus, which involved the demerger and subsequent re-merger of two spin-off companies. The Kingdom of Bahrain, Enbridge Energy and Brookfield infrastructure are other notable clients.

Paul Hastings LLP’ areas of strength include the complex tax aspects of large-scale cross-border restructurings, M&A transactions, private equity deals and high-profile financing transactions. The practice caters for international market leaders in entertainment, real estate, venture capital, aircraft finance and cross-border investments. Andrew Short acted for multinational Prudential Real Estate Investors (known also as PGIM Real Estate) in relation to its formation of a real estate debt fund anticipated to generate more than $1bn of capital commitments, while Joseph Opich assisted animal health company Elanco US with an agreement to acquire a biopharmaceutical asset portfolio from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. David Makso, who was made partner in November 2017 and is active in the firm’s Latin America practice, is another name to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York, but tax partners are also located in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Orange County, Chicago and Houston.

At the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableProskauer Rose LLP, Stuart Rosow and Martin Hamilton advised Barcelona-based global healthcare company Grifols on a number of transactions, including the $1.85bn acquisition of the blood screening business of Hologic and the acquisition of a 44% interest in GigaGen. Another recent highlight was assisting AccorHotels in its agreement with Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) and its shareholders in which the client will take over the management of 26 hotels currently owned or managed by BHG. Ares Management and Pacific Exploration & Production are other notable clients. Tax department chair Ira Bogner and David Miller are other key contacts. Malcolm Hochenberg and Boston’s Brian Huber were promoted respectively to partner and senior counsel in November 2017. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP is well versed in tax-efficient cross-border M&A and reorganizations, foreign tax credit utilization, migration of intellectual property to tax-favored jurisdictions, capital structures and repatriation strategies, and transfer pricing, among other things. Douglas Stransky and his team assisted Spain-based publicly traded bank Alantra with its merger with CW Downer, an investment bank based in Boston with offices in Germany and France. Ameek Ashok Ponda has been advising Equinix, a public company operating data centers globally, on its REIT compliance from a tax and structuring perspective. Attorneys mentioned are based in Boston.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team specializes on taxation within the energy sector, advising upstream, midstream and downstream companies as well as energy-focused private equity funds. M&A, business reorganizations and joint ventures are particular areas of strength. Houston’s John Lynch assisted Canada-based diversified energy infrastructure business AltaGas with tax aspects of its agreement and merger plan to acquire public utility holding company WGL in a $6.4bn all-cash transaction. Dallas’ David Peck advised Saudi Arabia-based petroleum and gas company Aramco as one of ten member companies providing a $1bn pioneering investment in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative to address climate change. Houston-based George Gerachis is another key contact.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is especially adept in energy and technology taxation and often advises on the tax aspects of a variety of cross-border transactions. The practice is led by Houston-based Richard Husseini and Derek Green. Washington DC’s Tamar Stanley assisted global media and entertainment company Starz with its sale to Lionsgate for a combination of cash and stock totaling $4.4bn. Don Lonczak, who is also located in Washington DC, advised Houston-based oilfield equipment and service private equity firm Pelican Energy on its significant growth equity investment in Alberta-based Quinn Artificial Lift Services.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s team advises on the tax aspects of cross-border restructurings, workouts and other distressed situations, as well on M&A, spin-offs, inversions, Reverse Morris Trust transactions and joint ventures. Linda Swartz advised Procter & Gamble on an $11.4bn tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction with multinational beauty products manufacturer Coty. Together with Edward Wei, she also acted as international and restructuring counsel for the ad hoc committee of convertible noteholders in a cross-border transaction involving the restructuring of approximately $780m of vodka producer Roust’s bond liabilities alongside the provision of new money by existing stakeholders. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

The client base of the ‘very responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeableCurtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP includes private and public corporations, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, investment and private equity fund managers, and states and state-owned entities, which are advised on cross-border investments, acquisitions, restructurings, fund management, compliance as well as on tax controversies. The practice has been assisting the government of India with a prominent tax controversy involving a bilateral investment treaty dispute brought by Vodafone against the Indian government over its contested liability for a $2.6bn tax transfer of assets. Merrill Lynch and Glencore are other notable clients. Co-chairs Klas Holm and Marco Blanco, who divides between the New York, Paris and Geneva offices, are recommended. Counsels Kuang-Chu Chiang and Olga Beloded are other names to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York except when otherwise indicated.

The ‘excellentGreenberg Traurig, LLP’ areas of strength include international tax planning, the US federal tax aspects of cross-border M&A and corporate reorganizations, taxation of real estate investments, securities offerings by US and foreign corporations, as well as treaty issues, foreign tax credits and withholding taxes. New York’s Mary Voce heads the practice. Miami’s Seth Entin advised Southern Ports Holdings, which owns a more than 50% interest in the Colombian port operator Compañía de Puertos Asociados (Compas), on the $136.5m sale by the client’s former joint venture partner, Grupo Argos, of its remaining equity interests in Compas to investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs. Miami’s Erika Litvak and Washington DC’s Robert Simon are other names to note.

The New-York based practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises clients on the tax aspects of multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, bankruptcies, reorganizations, placement of off-shore investment funds, securitizations and securities offerings. Equipment and aviation finance is another area of strength. Andrew Braiterman acted for Wafra Capital Partners in its acquisition of Oxford Finance, a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to life sciences and healthcare services companies, and assisted the Republic of Paraguay with its first sovereign bond issuance since early 2016. Spencer Harrison is another key partner.

At the ‘excellentReed Smith LLP, James Tandler assisted an independent music company with its acquisition of a leading independent music publisher, and acted for a publicly traded technology company in the sale of its commercial satellite communications division to an Australian company. Partners David Hryck and Elan Keller, who joined from Arnold & Porter in April 2017, and associates Matthew Maggiacomo and Brent Vegliacich are other names to note. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP assists public and private clients with a number of international tax issues, including tax treaties, foreign tax credits, internal restructuring transactions and debt/equity issues. Recent highlights include assisting a US-based conglomerate with various domestic and international tax matters, including analysis of operating agreements; and advising numerous high-net-worth individuals on corporate, partnership and individual tax matters with significant cross-border aspects. Practice chair Philip West, Amanda Varma, Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi, who are all based in Washington DC, are the names to note.

Thompson & Knight LLP advises multinational corporations and overseas-based businesses and families on the tax aspects of migration out of or to the US, as well as on cross-border estate planning, executive compensation and employee benefit plans, IRS appeals and various private equity matters. The practice is also strong in mergers and acquisitions, with a specific focus on offshore oil and gas services companies and equipment providers. Dallas-based John Cohn and Todd Keator assisted London-based investment group Warwick Capital Partners with its US investments, including oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Oil India and EnCap Investments are other active clients. International principal Joe Rudberg, who is also based in Dallas, is another key contact.

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