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Our Tax practice plays an integral role in the firm’s transactional work, providing strategic tax planning advice and representation on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings, restructurings and issues involving the formation and operation of investment vehicles.  We also provide planning advice to clients on a wide variety of tax issues, ranging from the treatment of financial products to international restructurings.  In addition, we have a well-regarded tax controversy practice.

We represent multinational companies in cross-border transactions and financial offerings in multiple jurisdictions, providing state-of-the-art advice on global tax law developments.  We also advise these companies on expatriate taxation, reducing overall tax costs in multiple jurisdictions, creating tax-efficient investment and operating structures, and developing tax-sensitive management/employee compensation packages.

For example:

We advised Liberty Global, Inc. on its $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media Inc. in a stock and cash merger transaction. The combination of multiple and, in some cases, competing facets in one transaction required a highly innovative approach, drawing on our deep tax expertise in the fields of public M&A, cross-border and outbound U.S. tax rules,  markets and stamp duty. We worked seamlessly with our tax and corporate colleagues in London and New York so that the resulting structure achieved the client’s objectives. 

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“Practicing tax law in our Washington, DC office has been a unique and satisfying experience. Our work is consistently challenging and cutting-edge. While I work with clients from all around the world, I am able to remain involved in the tax legislative and administrative developments occurring in Washington.”
Michael Shulman
Partner
Tax