THE FIRM Sidley Austin represents big-name clients such as eBay, Western Union and Tyson Foods in domestic and cross-border M&A, insurance, securitization and bankruptcy work. With diverse breadth, the Chicago office also includes tax crossover groups in hedge funds/private equity and low-income housing.
Sources say: "They're really very good and are doing a great job!"
KEY INDIVIDUALS Suresh Advani maintains a practice centered around M&A, bankruptcy and securitization matters for clients such as GE Healthcare, Penhall and Station Casinos. Peers described him as "a very smart tax planner" and "a pleasure to work with."
Sharp Sorensen co-coordinates the firm's national tax practice and heads the Chicago tax group. He focuses on M&A, joint venture and capital market transactions and recently handled the tax matters concerning Western Union's $976 million purchase of the global business payments division of Travelex Holdings.
Jay Zimbler devotes most of his time to controversy and international tax planning. He continues to act in tax court litigation for Tyson Foods, which has seen him handle several separate matters, the most recent pertaining to a claim made by the company regarding a research credit, which concerns particular R&D efforts.
Lee Christie works exclusively in insurance tax matters and is highly sought after by investment banks and insurance companies.
Tracy Williams has a broad tax insurance practice, which encompasses controversy and cross-border fund work. She draws specific praise from sources for her "extensive knowledge of tax statutory language."