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Mayer Brown

1221 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10020-1001, USA
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Work +1 212 506 2500
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Jason Bazar

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Work +1 212 506 2323
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Mayer Brown

Work Department

Tax Transactions & Consulting

Position

As Co-Chair of the firmwide Tax Transactions and Consulting practice, Jason Bazar advises corporate, banking and investment fund clients on the tax aspects of financing and business combination transactions. His guidance to domestic and foreign clients includes planning the tax aspects of taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and restructurings. Jason also counsels clients on the capitalization and structuring of inbound and outbound operations, including branches and subsidiaries, and general corporate and international tax planning matters. Jason regularly advises clients on the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic financing transactions, including leveraged financings, asset-based loans, securitizations and other structured financings, as well as lease transactions. In the capital markets area, Jason counsels clients on the tax aspects of debt, equity and hybrid securities offerings, U.S. and non-U.S. financial instruments and other capital markets transactions.

Education

California Western School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1996; Managing Editor, California Western Law Review; International Law Journal, 1995-1996, Dean's List New York University School of Law, 1997; LLM, Taxation James Madison University, BA, 1993


United States: Tax

Financial products

Within: Financial products

Mayer Brown is praised for its 'unique position on the tax consulting side in dealing with the taxation of global equities'. Recently, the team acted for DNB Markets, a Norwegian investment bank, in the private placement of $108m in investment-grade-rated project notes, to finance two Uruguayan solar power plants, operated by Atlas Renewable Energy; New York-based Russell Nance  led this matter. Nance also represented investment funds managed by CarVal Investors in the acquisition of a portfolio of non-prime credit card receivables from Signet Jewelers. In fund formation, Anne Marie Konopack in Chicago  represented LaSalle Investment Management in the formation of LaSalle Property Fund, an open-ended real estate fund. Other key names include Thomas Humphreys and the 'outstanding' Mark Leeds in New York, as well as Remmelt Reigersman in Palo Alto; they work with large banks and other financial institutions on debt products. New York-based Michael Marion's clients include Northcross Capital Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Backed Securities Corporation. James Barry and Jason Bazar lead the team. Incomings included JoonBeom Pae, who joined in New York in October 2018 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Michael Lebovitz, who joined in Los Angeles from PwC the following month; and Zal Kumar, who joined in August 2018 was previously a director at the New York City department of finance. Jared Goldberger was recently made up to partner.

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International tax

Within: International tax

In what has been a successful period for Mayer Brown's international tax practice, James Barry in Chicago led on the tax aspects of Nestlé's $7.15bn agreement for a perpetual license with Starbucks to market, sell and distribute Starbucks consumer and food products globally, outside of Starbucks’ coffee shops. Jason Bazar in New York advised Altice, a Dutch television broadcast company, on its spin-off of Altice USA and group reorganization of Altice Europe. Kenneth Klein and Jason Osborn in Washington DC are also recommended. Recent team changes included Jared Goldberger's promotion to partner in New York in January 2018. In 2018, Remmelt Reigersman and Thomas Humphreys joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto and New York respectively. In October 2018, JoonBeom Pae joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Michael Lebovitz joined  in November 2018 from PwC.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: Leading lawyers

Jason Bazar - Mayer Brown

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Mayer Brown¬†provides ‚Äėa one stop shop‚Äô for clients and is best known for its capabilities in handling complex cross-border M&A transactions, capital markets issuances, financings and restructuring.¬†Moreover, the team has¬†‚Äėstrategic knowledge‚Äô of tax planning and investment funds. The New York office has expanded its capabilities in SALT matters and private equity and fund formation with the recruitment of¬†JoonBeom Pae, who joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and¬†Zal Kumar, who previously served as director of business tax at the New York City Department of Finance. Additionally,¬†Michael Lebovitz¬†joined the¬†Los Angeles office from PwC in November 2018. Chicago-based James Barry¬†acted for¬†Nestl√© in the sale of its US confectionary business to The Ferrero Group for $2.8bn, and also advised the client on the structuring of a $7.2bn agreement for a perpetual license with Starbucks to sell and distribute its product range globally. Jason Bazar¬†in New York acted for Caesars Entertainment in its $1.7bn acquisition of Centaur Holdings. Also in New York,¬†Jared Goldberger¬†was made partner in November 2017.¬†Thomas Humphreys¬†and Remmelt Reigersman¬†joined the Palo Alto office from¬†Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†in February 2018.

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