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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Mike focuses his practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, buyouts and private equity investing, with a special emphasis on cross-border and international transactions. He also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and debt and equity restructurings. Mike has worked on numerous private equity and M&A transactions for clients including: Ares Capital, Bain Capital, CVC Credit, Huntsman Corporation, the Softbank Vision Fund and Summit Partners. He is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he teaches a class on the tax aspects of private equity transactions. Mike is also a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches “Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions.”


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude 2004; University of Rochester, B.S., Computer Science, B.A., Mathematics, magna cum laude 2000, Phi Beta Kappa.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

(Next Generation Partners)

Mike CarewKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is rated for its deep bench and strong international reputation, working on many of the most high-profile transactions and restructurings taking place in the market. Jointly led by New York-based Dean Shulman and Todd Maynes in Chicago, the tax department has handled the majority of the largest corporate bankruptcies in the past year, acting for a variety of high-profile retailers, telecoms providers and airline operators, among other clients. In addition, the team is regularly involved in major acquisitions, debt financings and fund formation matters, working closely with the firm’s corporate and finance departments. In the New York office, Sara Zablotney is recommended for her broad experience in corporate transactions, securities deals, and bankruptcies. Also based in New York, Mike Beinus maintains a varied investor client base, including REITs, private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds. Looking to the Midwest, Mike Carew and Gregory Gallagher in Chicago are noted for their broad transactional experience. Mark Schwed joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Michael Masri from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

United States > Tax > International tax

(Next Generation Partners)

Mike CarewKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s international tax practice maintains a reputation as a go-to team for high-end transactions in the corporate and private equity fields. An integral part of what is a top-tier firm in the restructuring space, the team is well placed to handle the recent uptick in distressed M&A, insolvencies and workouts; in this regard, practice co-heads Todd Maynes and Dean Shulman (based in Chicago and New York, respectively) advised on a number of headline bankruptcies in the aviation, retail, travel, leisure and energy sectors. The group is also active in the burgeoning SPAC space, where Lee Morlock, Rachel Cantor and Mike Carew in Chicago, and Jared Rusman, Sara Zablotney and David Grenker in New York are names to note. New York-based Mike Beinus handles complex partnership transactions and REIT structuring. Multibillion-dollar, tax-driven investment fund formation is another strength for the team.