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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Todd Maynes focuses his practice on the tax aspects of bankruptcy and tax litigation. He was the lead tax lawyer on many of the most significant restructurings in recent history, including EFH, United Airlines, Conseco, Calpine, and Charter Communications, and is the only active tax attorney elected to the National Bankruptcy Conference and to be inducted to the American College of Bankruptcy. He is former chairman of the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference and the Chicago-Kent Federal Tax Institute.


BYU, J.D., 1987; BYU, B.A., 1984.

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United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

(Hall of Fame)

Todd MaynesKirkland & Ellis LLP

The internationally renowned team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP works with a broad spectrum of industry leaders on the full gamut of tax matters. The team is especially known for its prolific Chapter 11 restructuring capabilities, as well as its involvement in numerous big-ticket M&A transactions and investment fund formations. The practice is jointly headed up by Chicago-based Todd Maynes, a debt restructuring and tax litigation specialist, and New York-based Dean Shulman, a highly experienced advisor in all manner of transaction structuring mandates. Also in New York, Sara Zablotney is recognized for her capabilities in big-ticket transactions, with recent highlights including a series of high-value acquisitions for some of the country’s leading private equity firms. Gregory Gallagher and Mike Carew are noted for their respective strengths in domestic and cross-border deal structuring, while New York-based David Grenker focuses on restructurings, and public and private debt issuances. The Chicago-based William Levy possesses decades of experience in real estate transactions, restructurings and corporate reorganizations. In recent months, the firm has been on a significant hiring streak, with notable recent additions including the REIT-focused Mark Schwed from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in April 2021 and the renewable energy tax specialist Sophia Han from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in May 2021. All named lawyers are based in Chicago unless noted otherwise.

United States > Tax > US taxes: contentious

The tax disputes team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a ‘strong deep bench for tax disputes’ in federal and state courts, administrative appeals, and dispute resolution before litigation stage. It is especially experienced in transfer pricing controversy proceedings and representing private equity funds in tax audits and proceedings. Based in Houston, practice co-lead Richard Husseini represents public and private companies and high net worth individuals before the IRS, courts, and regulatory bodies. Operating out of Chicago, co-lead Natalie Keller is experienced in transfer pricing disputes, particularly for clients in automotive, medical product, and pharmaceutical industries. She works alongside Todd Maynes, a tax litigation, debt restructurings, and insolvency specialist, and counsel JoAnne Nagjee, who represents clients in administrative appeals and post-appeal mediation.

United States > Tax > International tax

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted for its expertise regarding tax aspects of international M&A, investment fund formation, and restructurings. Practice co-chair Dean Shulman operates out of New York and covers M&A transactions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, and real estate investment trusts. Also in New York, Sara Zablotney and David Grenker are key contacts for international tax matters related to transactions and offshore private equity funds, respectively. In Chicago, practice co-chair Todd Maynes focuses on debt restructuring and tax litigation, while Rachel Cantor specializes in tax matters related to cross-border M&A. They work alongside Mike Carew, Lee Morlock, both also in Chicago, and Jared Rusman in New York, well-regarded experts in cross-border tax aspects of M&A transactions. 2021 saw an influx of new partners, including tax structuring specialist Stanley Ramsay from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in May, and transactional tax lawyers Michael Masri and Sophia Han from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March and May.