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Todd Maynes

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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, Charter Communications and W.R. Grace, and is the only active tax attorney elected to the National Bankruptcy Conference. He is former chairman of the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference and the Chicago-Kent Federal Tax Institute and is adjunct professor of taxation at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University.


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

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

New York-basedĀ Dean Shulman and Chicagoā€™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.Ā  Lee Morlock is recommended. Maynes and Morlock are both based in Chicago.

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US taxes: contentious

Within: US taxes: contentious

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLPĀ advises clients on a range of tax controversy matters, from pre-audit planning, to audit through administrative appeals and post-appeal mediation. Todd MaynesĀ focuses on the tax litigation aspects of bankruptcies and debt restructurings. Collaborating with Natalie Keller, he secured a favorable decision for WR GraceĀ 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 CantorĀ and JoAnne NagjeeĀ are other key names. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: Leading lawyers

Todd Maynes - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ā€˜excellent and business savvyā€™ tax department at Kirkland & Ellis LLPĀ demonstrate ā€˜impressive knowledge of the market and latest developmentsā€™ and is able to ā€˜communicate technical tax issues effectively to non-tax practitionersā€™. 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 LibermanĀ and Jeff EkebergĀ 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 RusmanĀ and Vin ThornĀ in New York are advising General Motors on a $2.3bn investment by the SoftBank Vision Fund in General Motorsā€™ autonomous vehicle business. In another highlight from the same office, Sara ZablotneyĀ and Dean Shulman, ā€˜both well-rounder tax experts with superb business-acumenā€™, 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 MaynesĀ co-chair the practice, which has recently added Devin HeckmanĀ and Karen LeeĀ to itsĀ Palo Alto office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & RosatiĀ and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, respectively; Lane MorganĀ and David WheatĀ joined the newly openedĀ Dallas office from KPMG in the summer of 2018. Other arrivals include Josh McLaneĀ in Los Angeles from CareTrust REIT in December 2017, Scott CockerhamĀ in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPĀ in July 2018, andĀ Alec CampbellĀ and Marguerite Lombardo, who joined theĀ Boston office from Proskauer Rose LLPĀ in April 2018.

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