Gary Huffman > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States
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Gary Huffman’s practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning, tax transactions, and litigation, with an emphasis on partnerships, financial products and natural resources. For more than 30 years, Gary has advised major multinational corporations, including some of the world’s largest banks and oil and gas exploration and production companies, on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions. He has a depth of experience in handling the tax aspects of structuring and raising capital for master limited partnerships (MLPs). Gary has led major corporate acquisitions, dispositions, and spin-off transactions, and has structured countless strategic alliances and joint ventures around the globe.

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United States > Tax > International tax

Vinson & Elkins LLP advises clients in the energy, finance, technology, and real estate sectors on tax matters concerning cross-border M&A and public offerings, REITS, and SPACs. In Houston co-department head George Gerachis and recently promoted Dallas-based co-head David Peck both cover cross-border M&A and transfer pricing planning. Operating out of Houston, John Lynch specializes in federal tax aspects of international energy and infrastructure transactions, while in Washington DC Natan Leyva advises multinationals on US tax compliance. She works alongside Gary Huffman, a key resource for international tax planning and litigation. Ron Nardini joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in June 2021. He is noted for his work on tax aspects of international investment of venture capital and hedge funds.

United States > Tax > US taxes: contentious

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents clients in financial services, health care, real estate, and energy industries on both domestic and international tax disputes before tax authorities, as well as tax disputes between private parties. The firm has seen an increase in representing partnerships often owned by high-net-worth individuals or major corporations, as well as filing amicus briefs. Based in Houston, tax controversy team lead George Gerachis represents clients in Tax and Federal District Courts. He works alongside David Cole, who specializes in tax controversy, ranging from audits to IRS appeals and litigation. In Washington DC, Gary Huffman focuses on high-profile financial institutions and oil and gas corporations, and is a key resource regarding tax dispute resolution matters.

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Based across multiple offices on the East Coast and throughout Texas, Vinson & Elkins LLP is especially strong in the fields of renewable and conventional energy taxation, working with a number of public and private corporations, funds, and other institutional investors. Partnerships, SPACs, and REITs are also core workflows for the interdisciplinary team. Houston-based practice co-head George Gerachis is highly experienced in both transactional and contentious matters, while Dallas-based practice co-head David Peck is regularly sought out by private equity houses for his expertise in fund formations and investment partnerships. Also in Houston, Ryan Carney is a prolific advisor with respect to Master Limited Partnerships, while John Lynch ‘s energy and infrastructure-focused practice encompasses company formations, asset sales, and restructurings. In Washington DC, Chris Mangin and Gary Huffman are noted for their respective strengths in REITs and partnership tax planning.  The ‘incredibly bright and creativeRon Nardini, who joined in June 2021 from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP,  focuses on credit, health care, and entertainment sector matters, working from the firm’s New York office.