George Gerachis > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
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HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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George is the head of the Tax department, where he represents individuals, partnerships and multinational corporations in tax planning and tax controversy matters.

During his more than three decades with V&E, George has tried cases in the United States Tax Court and Federal District Courts and handled many appeals. While he has been involved in many high-profile court cases, often establishing key precedents along the way, George is equally proud of the more numerous matters that never made headlines — ones where solutions were reached after sometimes tough, but always civil, debate with the government. By developing strategy early, preparing cases meticulously, and negotiating firmly, he and his team have frequently resolved their clients’ IRS audits and appeals on a cost-effective basis, avoiding court proceedings altogether.

Having sustained clients’ tax positions on a wide variety of contested matters, George brings a unique perspective to the structuring and documentation of complex transactions. He believes it is important also to take a multi-disciplinary approach to accommodate sometimes competing objectives, and so he regularly works closely with clients’ tax executives and in-house counsel, as well as financial and operating personnel, external auditors and various consultants. George particularly relishes the opportunity to address emerging issues at the intersection of tax law and other legal disciplines, such as intellectual property law. Like others in V&E’s tax practice, George takes a practical, commercial approach.

Lawyer Rankings

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.