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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 > 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: contentious

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP advises clients on a range of tax controversy matters, from pre-audit planning, to audit through administrative appeals and post-appeal mediation. Todd Maynes focuses on the tax litigation aspects of bankruptcies and debt restructurings. Collaborating with Natalie Keller, he secured a favorable decision for WR Grace in a bankruptcy court litigation, seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from the IRS of excess interest collected by the IRS on an income tax deficiency. Rachel Cantor and JoAnne Nagjee are other key names. All named attorneys are 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.