Mr Dean Shulman > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Dean Shulman represents clients on a wide range of domestic and international tax matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts and IPOs. Dean has extensive experience advising on and structuring complex transactions for numerous private equity clients, including Blackstone, KKR, Silver Lake Partners and Carlyle. He also regularly represents high-profile public companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline, Wyndham, Huntsman, Danaher and Spectrum Brands.


New York University School of Law, L.L.M., Taxation, 1993; New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991; Muhlenberg College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1988.

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United States > Tax > International tax

New York-based Dean Shulman and Chicago’s Mike Carew are key names in Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s practice. Shulman recently advised Spectrum Brands Holdings, a global consumer products company, on the sale of its Global Consumer Battery Business to Energizer Holdings for $2bn. Carew has been advising Apax Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Healthium MedTech Private Limited, a leading India-based medical devices company. Todd Maynes continues to advise Tronox Limited on the tax aspects of the acquisition of the titanium dioxide business of Cristal, a privately held global chemical and mining company, valued at $2.2bn.  Lee Morlock is recommended. Maynes and Morlock are both based in Chicago.

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

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The ‘excellent and business savvy’ tax department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP demonstrate ‘impressive knowledge of the market and latest developments’ and is able to ‘communicate technical tax issues effectively to non-tax practitioners’. M&A and private equity transactions, fund formation, real estate and restructuring are key areas of activity, and recent mandates in these areas included Chicago partners Gregory Gallagher, Polina Liberman and Jeff Ekeberg handling several matters on behalf of Bain Capital Private Equity, including the sale of BMC Software to KKR for approximately $8bn and its recapitalization of TriTech Software Systems. Gallagher is also advising iHeartMedia on restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Jared Rusman and Vin Thorn in New York are advising General Motors on a $2.3bn investment by the SoftBank Vision Fund in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle business. In another highlight from the same office, Sara Zablotney and Dean Shulman, ‘both well-rounder tax experts with superb business-acumen’, advised Wyndham Worldwide on the sale of its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3bn, the $1.9bn cash purchase of La Quinta Holdings and the spin-off of the hotel business to become two separate publicly traded companies. Shulman and Todd Maynes co-chair the practice, which has recently added Devin Heckman and Karen Lee to its Palo Alto office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, respectively; Lane Morgan and David Wheat joined the newly opened Dallas office from KPMG in the summer of 2018. Other arrivals include Josh McLane in Los Angeles from CareTrust REIT in December 2017, Scott Cockerham in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in July 2018, and Alec Campbell and Marguerite Lombardo, who joined the Boston office from Proskauer Rose LLP in April 2018.