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The ‘very bright and extremely responsive’ New York tax group of ‘top-firmCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides high-level tax advice relating to domestic and international M&A, finance and investment, restructuring, real estate and funds matters. Particularly deep expertise exists in the financial services and banking sector. A major new matter was the representation of General Motors during the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group for €2.2bn. The team also advised longstanding client TPG on the respective multibillion-dollar acquisitions of RCN Telecoms Services and Grande Communications, as well as on the formation of its new fund TPG Asia VII. Elsewhere, Jason Factor handled matters on behalf of Warburg Pincus, and Corey Goodman continued acting as outside counsel for Google/Alphabet. ‘Top-notch’ international tax experts Yaron Reich and James Duncan are ‘very bright and thorough’ and have ‘good risk judgment’. Erika Nijenhuis focuses on income tax, financial products and representations in the private sector. Meyer Fedida is also a key name. Former partner James Peaslee moved into senior counsel role.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s six-partner tax department in New York provides crucial support in relation to M&A transactions, spin-offs, company formations, security and debt offerings, as well as financial transactions. Recently Lauren Angelilli and Stephen Gordon advised Disney on its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Another highlight for Angelilli and for Christopher Fargo was advising on Cable One’s acquisition of NewWave Communications. Andrew Needham and Leonard Teti were active for key client IBM in several matters, including the acquisition of Verizon Communications’ cloud and managed hosting service. Teti also advised Johnson & Johnson on its $4.32bn acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics. Kara Mungovan made partner in January 2017.

The tax group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises on transactions as well as handling standalone tax planning. Key areas of activity include M&A, joint ventures, spin-offs, acquisition finance, real estate, capital markets and restructurings. The technology and energy sectors were especially well represented in recent highlight matters. Department head Neil Barr and transactional lawyer David Schnabel advised Technip on its $17bn merger with FMC Technologies, while Avishai Shachar and newly promoted partner William Curran assisted with the combination of client Baker Hughes and GE’s oil and gas business. Po Sit and Lucy Farr supported Morgan Stanley with SEC-registered global notes offerings with an overall value of $40bn. Michael Mollerus advised Reckitt Benckiser on its acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition for $17.9bn. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘proactive and thoughtful’ New York-based team, ‘one of the top in tax’, mainly provides support on transactions and also assists with structuring and planning in connection with private equity fund formation, financial services, insurance and other areas. The ‘outstandingPeter Schuur, who is ‘very creative, responsive and smart’ advised International Paper on its partnership with Graphic Packaging worth $1.8bn, while Peter Furci assisted Clayton, Dubilier & Rice with its $2.5bn purchase of HD Supply’s Waterworks Division via a carve-out transaction. Gary Friedman ‘provides solid, practical advice’, for example during the $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Network Interactive by client Discovery Communications. Michael Bolotin supported Elliott Management with its $540m preferred-stock investment in Roadrunner Transportation Systems. Pacific Life Insurance Company and Schneider Electric are other active clients. Rafael Kariyev was promoted to partner in July 2017.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s New York- and Washington DC-based tax team is ‘excellent in all regards’, with a ‘great ability to understand business’ and a ‘practical knowledge of markets’. The practice is best known for its hedge and equity fund formation, asset management, public M&A and financing tax work. David Shapiro assists BlackRock Investment Management with the activities of its Global Renewable Power Fund II, including investments into renewable energy projects in OECD member countries. Another recent highlight was advising on the sale of client Humana to Aetna for $37bn. Corporate tax partner Alan Kaden has ‘unbelievable tax knowledge, problem-solving ability and a talent to convey complex tax rules in an understandable manner’, and the ‘easy-to-work-withMichael Alteris great at presenting complicated issues’. Also recommended are the ‘smart and creativeRobert Cassanos, and Joseph Fox, who is ‘very good in the debt instrument area’. Associate Reid Thompson is also worthy of note.

The ‘excellent and professional’ tax team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable in tax structuring and provides very detailed and quick responses to questions’. Public and private M&A, restructuring and real estate taxation are the primary areas of activity. A recent highlight was advising on the sale of client Avista to Canadian energy company Hydro One for $5.3bn. The ‘responsiveGregory Gallagher in Chicago regularly represents Bain Capital Private Equity, for example during its sale of Consolidated Container to Loews for $1.2bn. Dean Shulman in New York and Mike Carew advised Micro Focus International on acquiring Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business via a Reverse Morris Trust for $8.8bn, while Todd Maynes assisted LINN Energy with its bankruptcy-related reorganization plans, which contained $8bn of funded indebtedness. Also recommended are Rachel Cantor, Lee Morlock and Kevin Coenen. Named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise specified.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s tax practice, which has partners spread across its multiple US offices, typically advises on transactions within the technology, retail, pharmaceutical and banking sectors, among others, as well as on restructuring, finance, private equity and real estate matters. In Los Angeles, Pardis Zomorodi and Laurence Stein supported Entercom Communications in its $4bn Reverse Morris Trust merger with CBS Radio. Another highlight from this office was Samuel Weiner’s work for Golden Entertainment during its acquisition of American Casino & Entertainment Properties. Michael Brody, who structured the $7.6bn purchase of DuPont Fabros Technology for client Digital Realty Trust, is also recommended. In San Francisco, global head of tax Kirt Switzer advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on acquiring a 48% stake in GlobalLogic from Apax Funds. Andrea Ramezan-Jackson In Washington DC, Joseph Kronsnoble in Chicago, David Raab in New York and Timothy Fenn in Houston are other key advisers.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York tax practice is very deal-oriented and has expertise in M&A, finance, capital markets, private equity and bankruptcy matters. The partners also provide long-term strategic advice to clients. Co-chair Brad Okun served as a key adviser to Apollo Global Management in 2017 and supported the client during the financing of its acquisition of ClubCorp for $2.2bn, while Jeffrey Samuels represented the Tao Group regarding the purchase of a 62.5% equity stake by The Madison Square Garden Company. Another highlight was David Sicular’s advice to WaveDivision Holdings on the $2.36bn sale of Wave Broadband to RCN Telecom Services. Patrick Karsnitz assisted General Atlantic with its minority investment in Torchy’s Tacos. Scott Sontag and David Mayo are also key partners. Richard Bronstein retired at the end of 2016.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s tax group is split between New York and California and focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A deals, as well as capital market issuances, other types of fund raising and real estate matters. Rob Holo represented The Mosaic Company in its cash-and-stock acquisition of Vale’s Fertilizantes business for $2.5bn. Another highlight was Gary Mandel advising Team Health on its sale to funds affiliated with Blackstone for $6.1bn. Nancy Mehlman was active for Invitation Homes during its IPO of common stock shares worth $1.77bn, while Katharine Moir in Palo Alto advised Microsoft on its offering of senior notes worth $17bn. John Hart, who assisted CVC Capital Partners with the formation of their seventh private equity fund in Europe and North America, is recommended. Jonathan Goldstein is another name to note.

The multi-locational tax practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP covers tax planning, state and local tax (SALT) matters, and a wide variety of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, investments and financing. Washington DC-based Cliff Gross advised Mars Foods on its sale to Preferred Brands International, while Jessica Hough advised The Advisory Board Company on the sale of its healthcare business to OptumInsight for $2.6bn. Eric Sensenbrenner in Washington DC heads the practice; he assisted Gilead Sciences with its $11.9bn purchase of Kite Pharma. Steven Matays and Brian Krause are also key practitioners based in the New York office.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has ‘one of the top tax departments on Wall Street’, with ‘great market knowledge and a high level of responsiveness’. The team is especially active advising on M&A deals, but also advises on tax and regulatory aspects of capital markets and other financial transactions. Other industry strengths include real estate and oil and gas. Ronald Creamer advised Enbridge on its $43bn merger with Spectra Energy, while Andrew Mason and Isaac Wheeler, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, assisted AT&T with its purchase of Time Warner for $108.7bn. David Hariton advised PayPal on its spin-off from eBay as part of a structural reorganization. Further recommended are Eric Wang and the ‘very smart and creativeJeffrey Hochberg. Named attorneys are based in New York.

New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s team comprises 11 lawyers and handles both corporate and real estate transactions, as well as reorganizations and financial matters. Practice lead Jodi Schwartz provided advice to CenturyLink during its acquisition of Level 3 Communications for $34bn, and also represented CBS in the Reverse Morris Trust sale of CBS Radio to Entercom Communications. Deborah Paul assisted Apollo Global Management’s affiliated funds with the $5.1bn purchase of West Corporation. Eiko Stange, who acted for United Technologies during the $30.3 acquisition of Rockwell Collins, is another name to note.

The ‘very responsive’ practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPgives very practical advice’ in relation to M&A, capital markets, private equity, investment funds, bankruptcy, restructuring and REITs matters. Major highlights included Kenneth Heitner advising Reynolds American on its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, and Stuart Goldring’s work on the $9.8bn Chapter 11 of client Westinghouse Electric. Chayim Neubort advised General Electric on selling GE Industrial Solutions to Swiss company ABB for 2.6bn. In the funds space, Stanley Ramsay assisted Genstar Capital with the formation of its eighth buyout fund. The ‘solution-oriented and business-savvy’ Mark Schwed, who in 2017 advised on several M&A transactions for American Securities, and fund taxation lawyer Robert Frastai are also recommended. All mentioned partners are based in New York. In March 2018, Noah Beck joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

The five-partner team at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP advises on corporate transactions, bankruptcies, M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as financing deals and funds work. Linda Swartz acted as tax counsel during client Ashford Hospitality Trust’s $1.27bn unsolicited, non-binding proposal to acquire FelCor Lodging Trust. Together with Edward Wei, Swartz also advised real estate developer Howard Hughes on its private Rule 144A/Reg S offering of senior notes worth $800m. Another highlight for Swartz was advising Genpact on its acquisition of TandemSeven. Mark Howe, Gary Silverstein and Jason Schwartz, who was made a partner in January 2018, focus mainly on capital markets, real estate and funds matters. The attorneys are based in New York and Washington DC.

The ‘terrific’ tax team stationed in Fenwick & West LLP’s Mountain View office comprises ‘good listeners and client-collaborators’ who focus on public company M&A transactions in the technology, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. Other areas of activity include strategic tax planning and joint venture deals. Recent highlights include assisting Cisco with its acquisition of AppDynamics for $3.7bn, and advising an international consortium of more than 40 financial institutions on its $107m capital investment into R3. The client base also features Symantec and Grail. ‘Solid and dependable US tax starJames Fuller, David Forst, Larissa Neumann and Andrew Kim are the names to note.

Mayer Brown’s tax practice ‘always delivers a high level of tailored service and has a strong bench of talent to call upon’. Its core clientele includes financial institutions, funds and international corporations, which it assists with tax planning, M&A, financing transactions, securitizations, derivatives taxation and SALT matters. Major highlights included advising Altice USA on its $1.9bn IPO on the NYSE and assisting TransCanada with the sale of its US Northeast Power division for $2.2bn. Macquarie, Nestlé and Société Générale were also clients in 2017. In New York, Jason Bazar is ‘quick to understand issues and very easy to deal with’ and transactional partner Michael Marion is also recommended. Chicago-based James Barry heads the practice together with Bazar. In February 2018, the practice was boosted by the arrivals of former Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman, who joined in New York and Palo Alto respectively.

The ‘outstanding’ tax department at McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides ‘excellent service and quality responses and is full of technical strength’. The focus on the practice is less on singular deals, but rather on a long-term strategic tax approach for corporations, private clients and tax-exempt companies. The team also handles financial tax issues, SALT matters, joint ventures, restructurings and M&A transactions. Regular clients include Procter & Gamble, which is advised on transactions and supply chain tax issues related to foreign income, as well as Johnson & Johnson. Recent highlights include advising JAB on its $7.5bn acquisition of Panera Bread and acting as special tax counsel to Tyco International in relation to its $20bn merger with Johnson Controls. Based in Chicago, Lowell Yoder is ‘an eminent practitioner with an impeccable nationwide reputation’ and Damon Lyon has ‘a quick intellect and the ability to incorporate financial and other constraints in international tax issues’. The ‘best of the best’ team also includes SALT practitioners Chicago-based Jane Wells May, Arthur Rosen in Miami and Steve Kranz in Washington, DC.

Paul Hastings LLP’s team advises on real estate, capital markets, project finance and private equity tax matters. Andrew Short assisted Prudential Real Estate Investors with tax structuring concerning the formation of a real estate debt fund worth more than $1bn, while Chicago-based Ziemowit Smulkowski advised GI Partners on the acquisition of ViaWest by the client’s portfolio company Peak 10. The team advises key client Brack Capital Real Estate on the US tax implications of its real estate investments, and recently assisted with the investment structure regarding the restructuring and renovation of a Manhattan property. The ‘outstanding’ Joseph Opich advised Elanco US on its acquisition of a $900m biopharmaceutical asset portfolio from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. David Makso made partner in February 2018. Named lawyers are based in New York except where otherwise indicated.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘first-rate’ tax team is ‘extremely responsive, proactive, efficient and user-friendly’. Clients appreciate the lawyers’ ‘superior technical knowledge’, as well as their private equity and M&A expertise. Other areas of activity include capital markets, REITs, the financing of sports teams, healthcare, fund formation and advice to tax-exempt entities. Martin Hamilton and Stuart Rosow assisted Spanish healthcare company Grifols with several transactions, including the $6.3bn financing used to acquire the NAT blood donor screening unit from Hologic. David Miller, who is ‘top of the field in the financial instruments area’, advised Waypoint Capital, an investor in SimpliVity, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s $650m acquisition of SimpliVity. The ‘invaluableAmanda Nussbaum, who ‘looks out for the client’s needs during negotiations’, advised Church & Dwight on its $1bn acquisition of Water Pik, while ‘careful, methodical thinker’ Anne Kim advised on the $4bn acquisition of American Capital by client Ares Management. Malcolm Hochenberg made partner at the beginning of 2018. All mentioned practitioners, except Kim in Los Angeles, are based in New York.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s six tax partners devote most of their time to advising on international M&A and private equity transactions as well as financing matters. Ethan Harris in Washington DC advised General Electric on the $32bn merger of its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes and advised on the stock-for-stock exchange acquisition of client Straight Path Communications by Verizon for $3.1bn. New York-based Michael Shulman, who leads the tax department with Menlo Park-based Laurence Crouch, advised Viacom on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s offer to acquire its membership interests in EPIX. Laurence Bambino in New York assisted American Axle & Manufacturing with the $1.6bn acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group.

White & Case LLP is best known for its M&A and private equity tax work, particularly in the energy, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries, while another focus is tax advice to sovereign wealth funds. William Dantzler advised NeuroDerm on its $1.1bn all-cash sale to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, while David Dreier assisted Sempra Energy with its $18.8bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings. Ray Simon acted for The Walt Disney Company in several matters, including the establishment of its $4bn euro medium-term note program. Dantzler also advised Roark Capital and its portfolio company, restaurant group Arby’s, on the latter’s acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9bn. James Hayden and Sang Ji are also key M&A tax partners. All mentioned practitioners are based in New York.

The large tax group at Baker McKenzie LLP is recommended for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional tax matters, including cross-border M&A transactions and internal restructurings, and also handles SALT and long-term planning. Jonathan Stevens in New York advised Johnson & Johnson on several sale transactions, including the disposal of its Codman Neurosurgery business to Integra Life Sciences for $1.05bn. Stewart Lipeles in Palo Alto assists Western Digital with ongoing tax planning. Jonathan Martin in Houston, Jeff Maydew in Chicago and Melinda Phelan in Dallas lead the practice. John McDonald in Chicago is a ‘top-notch lawyer for international planning and tax reform issues’.

The ‘very good’ tax team at Clifford Chanceprovides a one-stop shop for clients’, especially when it comes to REIT, private equity, private investment fund and M&A matters. Richard Catalano represented Colony NorthStar in the $327m sale of its mortgage business Colony American Finance to Fortress Investment, while Mike Seaton advised Enstar Group on the formation of and capital raising for reinsurance company KaylaRe. ‘Very calmDavid Moldenhauer, who has ‘excellent all-round knowledge’, assisted Swiss company TBG with the acquisition of Telvent DTN from Schneider Electric for $900m. Philip Wagman acted for titanium dioxide producer Cristal during the sale of its TiO2 business to Tronox for $1.7bn and 24% equity interest. All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.

Eversheds Sutherland’s tax team ‘provides excellent legal service from a technical law as well as business perspective’. It is most renowned for its expertise in the TMT industry, where its lawyers advise on transactional tax, SALT issues, planning and investment tax structuring. Recent highlights include Robert Chase advising Philip Morris International in various public debt offerings with an aggregate value of $6bn. The ‘honest, down-to-earth and trustworthy’ Jeffrey Friedman and Michele Borens in Washington DC ‘have a deep and thorough understanding how the technical tax laws practically apply to technology companies, especially when it comes to emerging issues in this rapidly growing industry’.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s tax practice provides expertise in the energy, healthcare, real estate and financial sector, with key areas including private equity and transactional taxation, joint ventures, investment tax, fund formation, as well as capital markets tax matters. Paul Issler in Los Angeles advised Hawaiian Telcom Holdco on its $650m cash-and-stock merger with Cincinnati Bell, while David Rosenauer in New York assisted CVC Capital Partners with the disposal of its $2.5bn interest in Alix Partners to a consortium of new investors. Romina Weiss served as tax counsel during client MidAmerican Energy Company’s $850m two-tranche registered first mortgage bond offering, and Dallas-based David Sinak acted as tax counsel to Merit Energy Company regarding the closure of one of its oil and gas private equity funds. James Chenoweth joined the newly opened Houston office from Baker Botts L.L.P. in April 2017.

The seven-partner team at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles M&A, private equity, investment fund, financial restructuring, executive compensation and employee benefits taxation matters, and its sector expertise spans energy, space, transportation and telecoms. Russell Kestenbaum in New York assisted SEACOR Marine Holdings with the equity spin-off of its offshore marine services business, and also represented Boart Longyear in the key creditor negotiations for a recapitalization agreement. New York-based Andrew Walker served as special counsel in client KKR’s senior secured term loan facility structuring, which was used to acquire Staples in a $6.9bn leveraged buyout, while Los Angeles-based Michael Duff advised affiliates of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Berkshire Hathaway Energy as tax-equity investors on the financing of a wind generation construction project in Texas.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is ‘a very solid firm with attorneys who are great people to work with’. The tax team is best known for its expertise in the energy and healthcare industries, and received a boost in financial services and renewable energy expertise in July 2017 through its merger with Chadbourne & Parke, which added 14 tax partners. Recent highlights include advising on the $400m merger of client Rosemore and Tema Oil and Gas Company, and representing the lenders in the $290m financing of Block Island Wind Farm, which is the first successful offshore wind project deal in the US. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ William Bowers in Dallas is recommended. Steve Kuntz in Houston and Michael Masri in New York are notable joiners from Chadbourne & Parke. Robert Phillpott and Ron Scharnberg moved to Baker Botts L.L.P.’ Houston office in February 2017.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘responsive, extremely knowledgeable and business-savvy’ tax team is split between California and New York and focuses on the technology, entertainment, financial services, insurance and renewable energy sectors. Recent highlights include Jeff Walbridge and Robert Fisher advising UltraTech on its sale to Veeco Instruments for $815m, and Robert Blashek and Luc Moritz assisting DigitalGlobe with its $2.4bn sale to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Arthur Hazlitt in New York advised Citicorp North America on purchasing preferred equity interests in the Mississippi Solar II project. Alexander Anderson, who joined in New York from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in October 2017, is a ‘top-notch M&A tax lawyer’ and ‘provides clients with significant value’.

The tax department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPimpresses with its professionalism, knowledge and high service levels’. It has particular strength advising on tax matters related to projects, energy, capital markets, structured finance and public finance. In San Francisco, practice lead Charles Cardall and George Wolf assisted Goldman Sachs Urban Investment and Calvert Foundation with the $25m purchase of the first environmental impact bond in the US, issued by the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Wolf also advised Black Belt Energy on pre-financing natural gas supply in Alabama via gas revenue bonds. Eric Wall, also in San Francisco, advises Cisco Systems on an ongoing basis regarding tax-driven compensation matters related to acquisitions. New York partners Richard Chirls and John Narducci are also key lawyers.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP handles transactional, restructuring, SALT and international planning work, with particular experience in the insurance, construction and private client sectors. Additionally, the team regularly advises its clients on tax policy issues before Congress and the Treasury, which is sometimes followed by legislation reform advocacy. Washington DC-based Lisa Zarlenga, Ruth Madrigal, Amanda Varma and Phil West are key partners for this type of work, as is Zvi Hahn in the New York office.

The tax practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. focuses on M&A and restructuring work in the energy and technology sectors, and further specializes in advising MLPs on their IPOs. Recent highlights include Tamar Stanley advising Liberty Media on its acquisition of Formula One for $8bn from CVC Capital Partners, and Don Lonczak advising Westar Energy on its $14bn merger of equals with Great Plains Energy; both practitioners are based in Washington DC. Houston-based Michael Bresson is another key partner. Robert Phillpott, who advised Delek US on its $2.8bn acquisition of Alon USA Energy, joined the Houston office with Ron Scharnberg from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in February 2017, while James Chenoweth joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in April 2017.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s team mainly advises on M&A transactions for public companies and technology start-ups, but also assists with leverage buyouts in the private fund space and with tax compliance matters for growing companies. Recent matters include New York partners Gerald Rokoff and Drew Young advising Tilman J. Fertitta on his $2.2bn acquisition of the Houston Rockets NBA franchise. Other highlights included Silicon Valley-based Stacy Paz assisting Wind Point Partners with multiple transactions, such as its sale of Novolex to Carlyle Group. New York-based Frank Mugabi advised LLR Partners on various M&A matters, including its stock purchase of Codiscope for $10m. REIT and income taxation specialist Robert LeDuc in Minneapolis is recommended.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is especially strong in corporate, finance and public M&A tax work, as well as REIT and capital market taxation matters. Prentiss Feagles and Cameron Cosby advised Colony Capital as tax and Maryland counsel on its $17bn public merger with NorthStar Asset Management and NorthStar Realty Finance, while Mark Weinstein in New York advised The Anschutz Corporation on the $3.6bn sale of Regal Entertainment to Cineworld. Jasper Howard, who joined from Linklaters LLP in February 2017, acted as tax counsel to KSL Capital Partners and affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company concerning their acquisitions of Intrawest Resorts and Mammoth Resorts. The client roster further includes United Healthcare, Marvell Technology Group and Orbital ATK. Siobhan Rausch heads the team, which also includes Scott Lilienthal and Todd Miller. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s New York tax practice covers M&A, spin-offs, bankruptcy and restructuring, investment fund work, capital markets offerings, as well as equipment and aircraft finance. Employee benefits, trust and estate planning are other areas of activity for the five-partner team. Andrew Braiterman advised Wafra Capital Partners on its acquisition of Oxford Finance, a service firm specializing in the healthcare industry, and also acted for Madison Square Garden in its $181m purchase of a majority stake in TAO Group. Other highlights included advising the Republic of Paraguay on its sovereign bond issuance worth $500m and the legal guidance provided to Smithfield Group concerning Pure Safety’s simultaneous acquisitions of the British safety-equipment producer Guardian Fall Protection and Houston-based Web Devices.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice spanning Dallas, Houston and New York specializes in tax advice to energy and real estate clients, handling master limited partnership (MLP), trust and estate, and executive compensation work. Practice lead Thomas Ford acted for the underwriters in Hess Midstream Partners’ $390m IPO and, together with Allison Mantor, represented GSO as affiliate to Sanchez Energy in its $2.3bn purchase of Eagleford Shale assets in South Texas via a 50/50 joint venture with Blackstone Energy Partners. Robert McNamara and Angela Richards were active for NuStar Energy during its acquisition of Navigator Energy Services for $1.47bn, while Thomas Popplewell in Dallas advised Independent Bank Group on purchasing Carlile Bancshares for $434m. Six Flags is a notable client for New York-based Andrew Feiner. Terri Lacy is the key partner for personal tax planning, while Anthony Eppert handles executive compensation matters. Will Becker moved to Locke Lord LLP’s Dallas office in January 2018. Named attorneys are based in Houston except where otherwise indicated.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington DC is best known for its tax expertise in transactions, reorganizations and financial products for institutional clients in the utility, natural resources, manufacturing and financial services sectors. David Zimmerman and Layla Asali led the advice to British American Tobacco during its US subsidiary’s $49bn acquisition of Reynolds American’s publicly held stock. Zimmerman also advised Assured Guaranty on its $450m acquisition of CIFG Holding. Team head George Hani, Rocco Femia and James Warren are the other key partners.

The tax practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is particularly experienced in the energy, life sciences, real estate and financial sectors, advising on M&A, partnership and joint venture, private equity, hedge fund and investment taxation, as well as SALT and planning matters for tax-exempt organizations. Boston-based practice lead Daniel Nelson advised PGGM Investment Management on the restructuring of its joint venture with Monogram Residential Trust, as the latter was acquired by Greystar Growth and Income Fund, while Richard Zarin in New York represented Pearson in selling its 22% stake in Penguin Random House to Bertelsmann. In the Washington, DC office, Bill McKee and Scott Farmer are the key partners. Casey August in Philadelphia made partner in October 2017.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s tax practice is experienced in M&A, real estate, financial products taxation, and SALT matters. San Francisco-based Bernie Pistillo acted for SoftBank concerning its $1bn investment in OneWeb. Other highlights included Temasek’s investment of $800m in Verily Life Sciences, AccuShares’ ongoing fund share offerings, as well as client Restoration Hardware’s $117m acquisition of home appliance company WaterWorks. Bank of America is a regular client for security offering tax work. Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman moved to Mayer Brown in February 2018, while in June 2018 Anthony Carbone joined from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s tax practice covers corporate and transactional tax for public and private companies as well as private equity, mutual, sovereign wealth and hedge fund taxation and advice relating to tax-exempt entities. New York partners Leo Arnaboldi and Adam Greenwood assisted Lightower (LTS Group Holdings) with its sale to Crown Castle International for $7.1bn. David Saltzman in Boston acted for Multi Packaging Solutions International in its $2.28bn sale to WestRock, while Jay Milkes in New York represented Kohlberg & Company in the formation of its eighth private equity fund worth $2.2bn. Boston-based team lead Elaine Murphy advised Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Trust Fund on its $150m structured equity investment in the recapitalization of the development project ROW DTLA in Los Angeles. Investment fund tax lawyer James Brown, who joined the New York office from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in January 2017, is recommended.

The investment fund space is a core area for the New York-based team at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, which is hailed as ‘a top-notch firm for tax advice to US hedge funds’. M&A transactions, reorganizations and real estate matters are other areas of focus. Recommended tax co-chair Alan Waldenberg assisted Cerberus Capital Management with the formation of several flagship funds worth more than $7bn which invest in distressed assets. He also advised YP Holdings on its acquisition by Dex Media. Kurt Rosell represented Keane Group in its $508m IPO and later in its acquisition of RockPile Energy Services for $284m. Shlomo Twerski acted for Great Elm Capital concerning its $17bn merger with Full Circle Capital, while Philippe Benedict advised Oxford Properties on its joint venture with The Related Companies for the lease and development of $15bn real estate project Hudson Yards. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ tax team ‘provides a very high level of service, including complete and timely responses to queries’. Ameek Ashok Ponda, David Kaplan and Brian Hammell, the latter of whom made partner in January 2018, all have ‘very deep knowledge of REIT taxation rules’, which is the practice’s core area of expertise and covers tax compliance, transactions, capital markets offerings and REIT conversion tax. Other focus areas include M&A and estate planning, for which Christopher Curtis is recommended. Transactional tax planner Richard Jonesresolves issues in a very favorable manner’. Recent highlights include the representation of Equinix in its $7.7bn acquisition of 29 data center buildings from Verizon Communications, which was financed through cash, debt, equity and at-the-market offerings. American Tower Corporation, Hospitality Properties Trust, Iron Mountain, Senior Housing Properties Trust and Select Income REIT are notable clients in the REIT space. All mentioned attorneys are based in Boston.

Thompson & Knight LLP impresses with its ‘excellent, timely service, as well as helpful and up-to-date tax advice’. Key areas include private equity funds, SALT, private partnerships and internal restructuring, especially in connection with energy-related transactions and real estate projects. Todd Lowther in Houston represented EnCap Flatrock Midstream, which acted as a financial sponsor to EagleClaw Midstream Ventures during its $2bn sale to funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone Capital Partners, while Dean Hinderliter in Dallas advised publicly traded MLP Star Gas Partners on a potential ‘check-the-box’ tax election in order to be treated as a corporation for federal income tax purposes. ‘Very knowledgeable’ Dallas-based team lead John Cohn is recommended, as is Roger Aksamit in Houston, who is ‘very creative in assessing issues’. Brandon Bloom re-joined the Dallas office in August 2017 after having spent several years as managing tax counsel at Vistra Energy.

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles capital markets and M&A taxation, as well as MLP and fund formation matters, especially in the energy, transport and real estate industries. Washington DC-based Gary Huffman represented Sunoco Logistics Partners in its merger with Energy Transfer Partners, whereby the former acquired the latter in a $20bn unit-for-unit transaction. Other highlights included John Lynch’s work on client AltaGas’s $6.4bn cash acquisition of WGL Holdings. David Peck in Dallas assisted Saudi Aramco with its investment in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative. The current client roster further includes Royal Dutch Shell, Blackstone Energy Partners, Concho Resources and Hess Midstream Partners. George Gerachis leads the practice from the Houston office.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax team is ‘very good at finding solutions in complex matters’, particularly in relation to private equity, M&A transactions, financings, SALT and other tax planning issues. ‘Innovative thinkerEdmund Cohen, Deborah Goldstein and ‘rising star’ Rachel Ingwer in New York advised Renaissance Technologies on tax planning regarding several of their managed funds, including the Medallion Fund. Cohen also assisted the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust with the foundation of the Berggruen Institute. Robert Heller’s highlights included the all-cash acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life by client CF Corporation for $1.8bn. Chicago-based team lead Louis Weber, who represents JZ Capital Partners in tax planning and cross-border structuring matters, is recommended for his ‘business approach to tax issues’.

Arnold & Porter’s 2017 combination with Kaye Scholer brought complementary expertise in executive compensation, trusts and estates, and corporate and REIT-related tax matters. Other focus areas include nonprofit and charitable tax advice and tax planning issues in the California region. Washington DC-based co-lead James Joseph acts as primary tax counsel to Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, providing advice on its tax-exempt status, as well as in relation to intellectual property, employment, charity and partnership issues. Another ongoing work highlight is the representation of the New Venture Fund in its operations, including tax advice on funding structures and implementation. The current client portfolio also includes the United Nations Foundation. Laurie Abramowitz jointly leads the practice from the New York office.

Bracewell LLP’s main sector strengths are in energy, finance, technology and tax-exempt, in relation to which the team advises on transactions, MLPs, investments, restructuring, project development and financing. Tax chair Elizabeth McGinley and Michele Alexander in New York advised Great Plains Energy on its $14bn stock-for-stock merger of equals agreement with Westar Energy. McGinley also acted for DCP Midstream regarding the tax planning for the $11bn MLP combination of all assets and debt of DCP Midstream with DCP Midstream Partners, while Alexander represented Hydro One during its $5.3bn acquisition of Avista. Another highlight was Houston-based Gregory Bopp’s work for client Kinder Morgan regarding a $1.3bn joint venture between its investment funds managed by EIG global Energy Partners and Elba Liquefaction Company. Castleton Commodities, Philips 66 and HPS Investment Partners are other active clients.

Dechert LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax department offers a ‘quick turnaround, industry knowledge and sensible solutions’. It is best known for its expertise in advising asset management and healthcare companies on their transactions, as well as handling securitization, structured finance, private equity transactions and fund matters from a tax perspective. Practice lead Daniel Dunn advised HVAC Holdco on its sale of Service Logic to affiliates of Warburg Pincus. Andrew Bloom regularly represents Apollo Global Management, such as in the $729m reset of its 2012 CLO, and Steven Clemens assisted ECN Capital with the disposal of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PCN Bank for $1.25bn. Michael Rufkahr in Washington DC acted for Fannie Mae in the securitization of single-family rental loans worth $944.5m. Investment tax lawyer Adrienne Baker in Boston is recommended. Joseph Riley joined from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in February 2017. Named lawyers are based in New York except where otherwise specified.

Washington DC-based firm Ivins, Phillips & Barker serves as tax counsel in corporate, M&A, spin-off, joint venture, partnership, restructuring, tax planning, accounting, policy and FATCA matters. Recent highlights include the representation of Bayer in agreement negotiations, due diligence and integration planning regarding its $66bn acquisition of Monsanto. The team also advised Bayer’s American subsidiary on its $200m joint venture with Ginkgo Bioworks, as well as on another joint venture worth $100m with CRISPR Therapeutics. Practice head Jeffrey Moeller led the tax aspects on all three matters. Heléna Klumpp joined from her in-house position at Baxter International in March 2017.

Jones Day mainly covers tax advice in relation to M&A, joint ventures and spin-offs, as well as assisting with private equity fund, structured finance, bankruptcy and SALT matters. New York lawyer Edward Kennedy assisted Reynolds American with the acquisition of 57.8% of its common stock by British American Tobacco, and Joseph Goldman in Washington DC provides regular advice to Celgene Corporation, including in relation to its acquisition of Triphase Accelerator’s proteasome inhibitor assets. With his specialization in the pharma industry, Goldman also represented Ambry Genetics in its $1bn sale to a joint venture between Konica Minolta and Innovation Network. Long-term clients also include Marathon Petroleum and The Sherwin-Williams Company. Richard Nugent joined the New York office from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in February 2017, while former Reed Smith LLP partner Michael Wynne joined in Chicago three months later. New York-based Stephen Parrinello made partner at the beginning of 2017.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ tax team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLPtakes time to understand its client and ensures that its advice is geared specifically to them’. The practice has strong expertise in sports and entertainment transactions, as well as in relation to real estate and private equity deals. The ‘trustworthy and focused’ partners Howard Rothman and Pamela Capps are ‘unbeatable as a team’ and ‘able to explain complex issues clearly and concisely for laymen’. They represented an international music management company in its spin-off transaction, while Capps also advised a regulatory compliance and management service provider on the $60m sale of interests in a technology company to a private equity fund. Barry Herzog acted for the first-lien note holders in the $11bn Caesars Entertainment Operating bankruptcy, which involved a spin-off and a tax-free reorganization. All mentioned individuals are based in New York.

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta provides an ‘excellent, proactive and professional’ tax practice, particularly for mid-market companies with transactional or operational planning needs. Timothy Pollock is recommended for his ‘expertise in structuring real estate entities for the minimization of tax consequences’. Other focus areas include healthcare, technology and capital markets. Pollock advised Preserve Properties on a $91.7m high-rise apartment development joint venture, including loan negotiations. Anthony Boggs represented Sage Software in the $260m sale of its subsidiary Sage Payment Solutions to private equity firm GTCR. Charles Beaudrot supported the REIT team with his tax work for Cole Credit Property Trust V in relation to its securities public offering.

Linklaters LLP’s tax team advises asset managers, financial institutions, private equity firms and public corporations on the tax consequences of transactions, fund structuring and reorganizations, as well as on tax planning. Restructuring and international planning partner David Brockway in Washington DC and Andrew Morris in New York, who specializes in M&A and private equity activities, are the key partners in the practice. Morris represented Sibanye Gold in its acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company for $2.2bn. KKR is also a regular client of his in the fund space, with recent work including the structuring of its Americas XII fund. Other key clients are Steinhoff International and CGG.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s team has expertise in real estate, private equity, public healthcare, partnership and private client tax structuring, M&A, financing and bankruptcy matters. Steven Meier in Chicago advised CMBS master servicer Wells Fargo on New York REIT’s acquisition of a 49.9% indirect equity interest in the office building Worldwide Plaza - the mortgage and mezzanine loans for which are serviced by the client. Meier also serves as principal tax counsel to Inland Real Estate Group regarding its alternative real estate securities investment programs. New York-based John Napoli regularly advises Mack-Cali Realty Corporation on the structuring of transactions and REIT compliance.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP’s four-partner New York tax team handles private equity, private investment fund and corporate M&A matters, as well as real estate and financial restructuring taxation. Jeffrey Uffner and Mayer Greenberg represented a joint venture which served as owner in the $2.15bn recapitalization of 10 Hudson Yards, which included corporate and REIT as well as property transfer tax issues. Uffner also regularly acts for JP Asset Management, including in the structuring and formation of a $1.2bn fund of one for a sovereign wealth fund and its subsequent investment to acquire property. Micah Bloomfield and Mark Levy are other key partners. Michelle Jewett joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in March 2017.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s focus areas in its New York-based tax practice include M&A, private equity, partnership, fund formation and corporate reorganization support, especially in the insurance, real estate and technology sectors. Christopher Peters advised Level 3 Communications on its $34bn cash-and-stock acquisition by Century Link, while Henry Cohn assisted Colony Capital with a $17bn three-way merger involving NorthStar Asset Management and Northstar Realty Finance. Another highlight was the firm's work on the exchange offer, tender offer and comprehensive refinancing of client iPayment. James Brown and Joseph Riley moved to Ropes & Gray LLP and Dechert LLP respectively in 2017.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s multi-office tax group covers private equity and real estate investment tax, as well as SALT and internal tax restructurings during the course of transactions. Private wealth, employee benefits and tax-exempt entities are other areas of focus. Washington DC-based partners Paul Schmidt and John Bates assisted a client with its potential exit from an investment in a Luxembourg fund and further advised it on the tax consequences of its business relocation to China. Another highlight was the structuring of international permanent establishment and pricing arrangements related to a SaaS delivery for a different client. Mark Lange joined the Atlanta office from Holland & Knight LLP in April 2017.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s tax practice handles corporate and pass-through entity taxation, as well as SALT, real estate transaction and private client tax matters. Recent highlights include the advice given to Levin Furniture on its sale to Art Van Furniture, as well as the representation of Consol Energy in the spin-off separation of its coal and gas businesses into two public companies, Consol Energy (which was previously called Consol Mining) and CNX Resources. Bruce Booken in Fort Lauderdale, Richard Fox in Philadelphia and Mitchell Horowitz in Tampa are among the key individuals.

The ‘first-rate’ four-partner tax practice of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston is ‘responsive, practical and technically outstanding’. Focus areas include general tax planning and private equity investment taxation, especially in relation to the telecoms, software and pharmaceutical industries. ‘Top-class lawyer’ Louis Marett, who ‘gives advice that is easy to understand and properly applied to the facts’, assisted Bridgepoint Development Capital with acquiring Construction Claims Group from Hill International for $140m. He further acted for Riverside Partners and Bottom Line Systems during its acquisition of Medical Reimbursements of America. Timothy Becker advised Century Equity Partners on the sale of BrightClaim and its subsidiary National Vendor to Genpact International for $55m. PR Wireless, Ascenty and Ginkgo Bioworks are other active clients.

Cooley LLP’s tax practice is particularly experienced in advising start-ups and emerging growth companies throughout their tax life cycles, but it also has broad skills in M&A, investment fund and private estate planning, mostly in relation to technology and intellectual property issues. Boston-based partner William Corcoran, who joined from Canadian firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in April 2017, represented data protection company Datto in its sale to Vista Equity Partners and merger with the latter’s portfolio company Autotask, while Jeremy Naylor in New York advised Plated on its sale to grocery chain Albertsons, of which it became a subsidiary. Other highlights included San Diego-based Todd Gluth advising BroadSoft on its $1.9bn sale to Cisco, and Mark Windfeld-Hansen and Susan Cooper Philpot in New York advising Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its $575m exchangeable senior notes offering. In June 2018, former head of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s tax practice Alexander Lee joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s New York tax team is best known for its energy, investment fund and family office tax structuring expertise, but also handles a wide variety of other work. Marco Blanco regularly advises Merrill Lynch on its private equity funds and new formations. Other key clients include the Government of India, Glencore, Brevet Capital Management and AxiomSL Group. Klas Holm, William Bricker and Eduardo Cukier make up the core team.

The tax team at Dentons advises public corporations and pass-through entities on M&A, tax planning, real estate and restructuring, as well as private clients on their trust and estate matters. Spire Capital Partners, Xerium Technologies and James Hardie International Finance are some of the key clients. Bruce Davison in Kansas City and Thomas Stephens in Chicago head the 13-partner team, which promoted Jon Hutchens in New York to partner in 2017.

Goodwin’s tax practice is recommended for its ‘terrific knowledge, responsiveness and great value for money’, as well as its ‘extraordinary REIT expertise’. It is able to handle corporate transactions, recapitalizations, security offerings, private equity and fund matters. Neal Sandford in Boston served as lead tax counsel to American Farmland during its merger with Farmland Partners, which created the largest public farmland REIT in the US, while Daniel Karelitz advised Lysosomal Therapeutics on its stock-purchase acquisition by Allergan US. ‘Smart and commercial’ William Weiss in New York and the ‘talented’ Kelsey LeMaster in San Francisco are noted by clients.

Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles mostly focuses on tax planning, reorganizations, M&A, bankruptcy and investment structures for both companies and individuals. Elliot Freier is the key partner in the practice, whose highlights included advising Angiotech Pharmaceuticals on its sale to a consortium of investors led by Vivo Capital and ZQ Capital, and assisting Rosa Foods with securing a $50m Series B financing from several Silicon Valley investors, such as Google Ventures. Pinnacle Entertainment, Construct Connect and Tango Films have also been represented in 2017.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax practice regularly advises on mid-market M&A and private equity deals, and also handles reorganizations, spin-offs, financings, management compensation, tax-exempt and real estate matters. Recent highlights include advising Sterling Partners on several transactions, including its acquisition of World Fiber Technologies, and assisting Gamut Capital Management with the formation of Investment Fund I, which was worth $1bn at its first closing. Other key clients include Deerfield Management, Sheridan Capital Partners and Ford Motor Credit Company. ‘Sharp, intuitive and user-friendly’ practice head Saul Rudo in Chicago is recommended, as is Angelo Ciavarella in New York, who joined from Reed Smith LLP at the beginning of 2017. New York-based Jill Darrowis consistently the best for transactional tax work’.

Munger, Tolles & Olson’s California-based practice advises on tax issues relating to M&A deals, joint ventures, REIT matters and private equity transactions, as well as security offerings, financing, tax-exempt organizations, executive compensation and employee benefits. In a recent highlight, Peter Boos in Los Angeles advised Berkshire Hathaway on its acquisition of a minority stake in the family business Pilot Flying J. Other key clients include Americold and Air Lease Corporation. David Goldman, Robert Johnson and Samuel Greenberg, who was made partner in January 2017, are also names to note.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s tax practice covers advice on M&A, finance and securitization transactions, as well as private equity, real estate, restructuring and SALT matters. Following the opening of a new office in Miami, the practice grew with the arrivals in January 2017 of Michael Kosnitzky and Keith Blum from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Together they advised Cosmetic Dermatology on a $50m, tax-free S-corporation inversion transaction in order to optimize the individual shareholders’ monetization of interests, and they also acted for Imagine Entertainment on the tax structure for a third-party investment into the company and efficient estate planning for the owners. Other key clients include City National Bank of Florida, Livionex and River Break Distributing. James Chudy leads the firmwide tax team from New York.

Roberts & Holland is a specialist tax firm in New York which handles a broad variety of matters, from corporate and real estate taxation, to SALT, personal tax planning, executive compensation and support for tax-exempt entities. The 20-partner team includes Stuart Gross, David Kahen, Howard Levine and Lary Wolf.

WilmerHale’s main areas of tax expertise are M&A transactions, international tax planning and securities offerings, as well as executive compensation and assisting private companies go public. William Caporizzo and Julie Hogan Rodgers advised Sonus Networks on its merger with Genband, which resulted in the formation of a new public company. Hogan Rodgers also assisted Analog Devices with its $14.8bn acquisition of Linear Technology, while Robert Burke advised ThermoFisher Scientific on the purchase and integration of Finesse Solutions. Staples, Hilton Worldwide and Medtronic were also key clients in 2017. All mentioned attorneys are located in Boston.

Brown Rudnick LLP in New York is best known for its expertise in the tax implications of reorganizations, debt restructurings, bankruptcies and M&A deals. Recent highlights include advising Coast Crane Company on its sale by Essex Rental Corporation to Maxim Crane Works, as well as assisting Edwards Lifesciences with its acquisition of Harpoon Medical for initially $100m. Penn America Energy and Commonwealth Equity Services are also among the client roster. Vincent Guglielmotti, Barbara Kelly and Adam Cantor make up the core team. REIT and insurance tax lawyer Nicole Bouchard was elected to partner in early 2018.

Texas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP advises on M&A, operational, financial and estate planning tax matters, especially for clients in the energy and insurance brokerage sectors. James Howard in Houston acted as transactional tax counsel to Dril-Quip in its $143m acquisition of TIW Corporation, while Michael Abbott advised the client on benefit plan taxation. The ‘knowledgeable and effective’ Val Albright in Dallas is recommended.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides transactional, financial, structural and operational tax advice, including on M&A integration, joint ventures, investment funds and leasing issues. Seth Entin in Miami, Manuel Rajunov in Dallas and Noam Lipshitz in Fort Lauderdale advised Viakable on a $300m joint venture between its subsidiary Magnekon and Rea Magnet Wire Company. Entin further acted for Intec Pharma on its $57.7m public offering. Mary Voce leads the practice from her position in New York. Miami-based Ozzie Schindler, real estate taxation lawyer Kenneth Zuckerbrot in New York and transaction tax partner Robert Simon in Denver are also core team members.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax department ‘provides very responsive, accurate and business-oriented assistance and tailor-made advice’. Its main focus areas are business transactions, capital markets work and bankruptcy-related restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Lonza on its $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel, and assisting NES Rentals with its $965m sale to United Rentals. Schneider Electric, Opus Equity Partners and General Dynamics were active clients in 2017. The ‘knowledgeable, sensible and comprehensive’ Geoffrey Davis in Chicago is recommended. He leads the five-partner practice together with Washington DC-based Christian Kimball.

Jones Walker LLP’s tax team provides a broad spectrum of advice to healthcare, hospitality, oil and gas, and energy industry clients, including on transactions, estate planning, bankruptcies, SALT, employee benefits, executive compensation and tax policy. William Backstrom, Jesse Adams and Andre Burvant make up the key partners in New Orleans.

Loeb & Loeb LLP handles transactional and structural tax matters for businesses and individuals, especially in the renewable energy, entertainment and real estate sectors. Focus areas include tax planning, M&A, joint ventures, capital markets offerings, investments, executive compensation, employee benefits, bankruptcies and SALT. Thomas Lawson in Los Angeles and Alan Tarr in New York lead the practice. Other key partners include transactional tax lawyers John Settineri in New York and John Arao in Los Angeles, as well as New York-based employment tax lawyer Marla Aspinwall.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP’s three-partner tax team in Chicago is best known for representing technology, healthcare and real estate companies, as well as family offices and other private clients in their tax matters. Areas of expertise includes SALT, compliance, transactions and investments. Federal tax experts Scott Bakal and Jeffrey Shamberg and SALT expert John Biek are the lead advisers.

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