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Global Guide

Tax — Israel

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pinhas Rubin and Daniel Paserman
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team recommended for its depth of knowledge regarding tax law in Israel. Handles tax issues for blue-chip corporations and high net worth individuals. Stands out for its prolific tax litigation practice. Also advises on tax matters in relation to transactions and reorganisations as well as indirect taxes.

Strengths An interviewee commended the team's approach, saying: "They have had a very solid strategy in representing their client and co-operating with the tax authorities in a professional manner."

The team is described as "very knowledgeable with deep expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Medinol on tax litigation pertaining to a tax assessment of an indemnity received from a US company.

Handled several appeals for Del-Pak Systems relating to the implementation of the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law.

Significant clients CA Technologies, PepsiCo, IBM, Fattal Group, Broadcom.

Notable practitioners  

Pinhas Rubin is a versatile practitioner with an impressive breadth of expertise. Sources state that he is "very professional, has vast experience and provides excellent client service." He has a strong track record in tax litigation.

Sources say Gil Grady is a "brilliant tax lawyer and extremely knowledgeable" in the field. His practice includes assisting with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious tax issues, with a focus on corporate tax.

Daniel Paserman is "very professional and has technical knowledge," one interviewee noted. He represents clients before the Israel Tax Authority as well as assisting international clients with their Israeli tax planning.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Meir Linzen
- 14 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Leading team that enjoys an excellent reputation for its ability to handle a diverse range of tax issues. Notably assists blue-chip multinationals with the tax aspects of their Israeli operations. Offers an integrated approach, drawing on expertise from other leading practices within the firm such as the corporate and banking groups.

Strengths One client enthused: "I think the team is very professional, knowledgeable and capable. The service is great."

One source concluded: "The tax team of Herzog Fox & Neeman is of the highest international standard."

Work highlights Acted for Fosun on the tax aspects of its ILS290 million acquisition of AHAVA.

Represented Mellanox in its merger with EZchip Semiconductor and related tax structuring, as well as obtaining a tax ruling.

Significant clients Microsoft, Facebook, 888 Holdings, GE, Julius Bär.

Notable practitioners  

The "very intellectually savvy and capable" Guy Katz enjoys an excellent reputation for his understanding of tax in Israel and further afield. One source stated: "He has a really strong grasp of Israeli tax law. He has the ability to anticipate any issues that may arise," and: "He doesn't look at Israeli issues in a vacuum; he has a sense before what the issues may be and tailors his advice accordingly."

Yuval Navot "is an exceptional lawyer," according to one source, who continued: "Not only is he very knowledgeable and commercial, but he also has the right approach towards his clients. Specifically, I was very impressed by his thorough analysis." He frequently assists clients with corporate tax matters.

The distinguished Meir Linzen is "highly experienced and client-oriented," according to one source. Another commentator stated: "He's bright, has wide knowledge and gets results in difficult circumstances." He assists international corporations with strategic tax planning in Israel.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Moshe Shekel
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique tax firm that is considered to be a leader in the market for its in-depth knowledge of domestic tax matters. Possesses significant expertise representing clients before the courts and tax authorities in contentious issues. Notable expertise acting for clients in the energy, financial and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Interviewees state: "The team is highly experienced, with vast knowledge and a deep understanding."

One source commended the team on its ability to "get excellent results."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Maccabi Health Care Services, Clalit Health Care Services and Meuhedet Sick Fund on VAT reclassification of over-the-counter sales, allowing them to retain their status as non-profit organisations.

Advised Tadiran on a Supreme Court appeal pertaining to the sale of a name and logo asset and its classification for tax purposes.

Significant clients Noble Energy, Mellanox, Bezeq, Derech Eretz, Tnuva.

Notable practitioners  

Moshe Shekel is regarded as "the whole package" by clients when it comes to Israeli tax issues. He is the firm's founding partner and frequently writes and speaks on the subject of taxation. He is also appreciated by clients when liaising with the tax authorities.

Yaniv Shekel concentrates his practice on international taxation matters. A client enthused: "He is brilliant." He is also able to utilise his commercial law expertise when advising on tax issues.

Ofer Elboim has a good track record representing clients before the Israel Tax Authority and in tax disputes before the courts. He heads the VAT and real estate tax practice at the firm.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Tal Atsmon and Yaron Sever 

What the team is known for Highly regarded group that ably assists domestic and international clients with a broad range of tax issues. Identified for its skilful handling of customs matters. Frequently advises on tax matters relating to commercial transactions and increasingly active in tax litigation.

Work highlights Advised Nestlé on the tax aspects of its acquisition of the remaining minority shares in Osem via a reverse triangular merger.

Assists Israel Chemicals with the full range of its tax matters.

Significant clients Applied Materials, UBS, Credit Suisse, ARM, EMC.

Notable practitioners  

Tal Atsmon is singled out for his "high technical knowledge, commercial awareness and very good client service." He advises on transactional tax matters for Israeli and international corporations. He also assists high net worth individuals with their tax planning.

Yaron Sever is skilled at advising on transactional tax issues. He advised Jordan Valley Semiconductors on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Bruker, valued at over USD50 million.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Impressive boutique that maintains an excellent reputation. Consistently recommended for its strong offering in real estate tax.

Strengths The team is considered a "market leader" in real estate tax.

Significant clients Shikun & Binui, Azorim, Migdal, Municipality of Tel Aviv, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Meir Mizrahi is a "very well-known and very good practitioner," according to sources. He remains a dominant force in the real estate taxation space.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eldar Ben-Ruby
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sought after for its skilful handling of commercial and transactional tax matters. Also advises investment funds on their tax structuring as well as assisting with real estate tax and customs issues.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's Israeli and foreign tax knowledge: "I've always been extremely impressed by their responsiveness, their understanding of the issues and their knowledge of tax law. They have a good understanding of the USA and Israel tax interplay. They give practical advice."

One source appreciated the team's "high-level service and deep resources."

Work highlights Acted for Melisron on an appeal to the Supreme Court regarding the classification of shopping centres as subjects of real estate taxation.

Advised Oracle on the tax aspects of its acquisitions of Israeli Ravello Systems and Crosswise.

Significant clients Mylan, Leaba Semiconductor, Salesforce.com, Bolt, Team8.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm's tax group Eldar Ben-Ruby continues to garner praise as a "top-notch tax lawyer" who "understands tax laws inside out." Clients report that "he's smart, he cares about his clients, he's thoughtful and he's always available." His core remit is international tax and his broader experience spans tax planning for individuals as well as transactional tax issues.

Shaul Grossman is experienced at advising on both Israeli and US tax issues. Sources say:"He's a very experienced litigator. He also has strong technical knowledge. He's very strategic in terms of how he approaches problems – a great combination of being strategic and practical."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anat Tenne and Amichai Pery
- 6 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Skilled tax boutique with a well-rounded practice that acts for domestic and international companies on tax matters. Notably active representing clients in the hi-tech sector on the tax aspects of commercial transactions.

Strengths Sources say that the team "is known for their professionalism and devotion" to clients' tax issues.

Work highlights Acted for the Meron Estate on a tax dispute before the Supreme Court relating to land betterment tax.

Significant clients Siemens, Broadcom, Bank Hapoalim, HP Indigo, Engelinvest, Amot Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Anat Tenne is considered "an excellent lawyer," with one client pointing to her adept handling of negotiations. She is notably active in tax disputes and also writes and speaks on the subject.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Yaron Mehulal, Noa Lev Goldstein and Ehud Kronfeld
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised name in the Israeli tax market with a diverse practice. Advises on a range of matters spanning direct and indirect tax. Frequently assists clients in customs disputes.

Work highlights Successfully represented Agantech in a customs dispute relating to wristwatches that also act as heart rate monitors.

Acted for Ersaban Imports on tariff classifications relating to its imports of flavoured spreads.

Significant clients McCann Erickson, Boston Consulting, Osem, Beser Group.

Notable practitioners Key contacts at the firm include heads of department Yaron Mehulal, Noa Lev Goldstein and Ehud Kronfeld.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ayal Shenhav and Oren Biran
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently advises companies in the hi-tech arena on tax matters. Offers specific expertise in assisting venture capital funds with tax issues. Also active acting for high net worth individuals and advising on the voluntary disclosure programme.

Strengths Interviewees commend the group's work in the field, describing the lawyers as "very good and professional" and "an excellent team."

Work highlights Assisted TowerSec with the tax considerations relating to its acquisition by US-based Harman.

Advised Viber Lab on the tax issues concerning its acquisition of NextPeer.

Significant clients Ravello Systems, Implisit, Takipi Technologies, YL Ventures.

Notable practitioners  

Ayal Shenhav is regarded as a "tax expert who has built a great team." He specialises in assisting hi-tech companies and venture capital funds with their tax matters.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Leor Nouman
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A familiar name in the Israeli market, this group advises on contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Clients include some of the leading companies in Israel and internationally. Continues its activity assisting individuals with the voluntary disclosure programme.

Strengths One client enthused: "The service given is of the highest level." The same source added: "The team with whom we work also have a deep knowledge of both the relevant legal issues and the business environment in which we operate."

Work highlights Advised the Veolia Group on the tax aspects of the sale of its operations under its Veolia Environnement arm.

Acted for Dubek on customs disputes related to the importation of cigarettes as well as tax issues relating to their sale.

Significant clients Weizmann Institute, Paz Oil, UBS, Turkish Airlines.

Notable practitioners  

Leor Nouman is regarded as a "very good tax lawyer." One client stated: "I consider him part of my team because of the way he operates." His practice includes advising on all manner of tax matters as well as acting for clients in litigation. He represented Readymix Industries before the tax authorities in relation to several real estate sales.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Boutique tax firm that is highlighted for its focus on tax litigation. Assists Israeli companies on a variety of tax issues and is singled out for its handling of real estate taxation.

Notable practitioners  

Leading practitioner Ziv Sharon is described as a "bright guy" and is identified for his skilful handling of domestic tax disputes.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Doron Levy and Racheli Guz-Lavi

What the team is known for Assists individuals and corporations with tax planning and structuring. Notably active advising on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Also represents clients in tax disputes.

Work highlights Assisted Tidhar with tax matters connected to its construction of a large real estate project in central Israel.

Advised Tradis Gat on VAT issues in relation to compensation following a change in distribution rights by Allergan.

Significant clients Israel Infrastructure Fund, Clicksoftware Technologies, Emefcy, CPM Group, Meitav Dash Trade.

Notable practitioners  

Doron Levy is head of the firm's tax practice and advises on both direct and indirect tax matters. Sources say: "He's well known in Israel and very knowledgeable in international and Israeli taxation."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anat Shavit
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an increasing reputation for its ability to handle a range of tax matters. Active on tax issues arising in the context of corporate and real estate transactions. Also appears before the Israel Tax Authority on behalf of clients in contentious cases.

Work highlights Advised Effective Space Solutions on the Israeli tax aspects concerning its multi-jurisdictional structuring.

Acted for Mirland Development on its application for a tax ruling in relation to its debt arrangement.

Significant clients Israel Port Company, Ness Technologies, Social Finance Israel, B Communications, Clal Industries.

Notable practitioners  

Anat Shavit is described as an "excellent" lawyer who "knows her stuff." She represents clients in tax disputes and advises on domestic and international tax matters.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly appears before the tax authorities on behalf of clients. Offers a unique combined perspective on administrative and tax law. Also active advising on voluntary disclosure and criminal tax matters.

Significant clients Israel Railways, Mey Carmel, SodaStream, Tel Aviv University, Avi Cranes.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Bein is a well-regarded former judge who is frequently involved in tax disputes, including arbitration and mediation.

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Senior Statesmen

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

The distinguished Meir Linzen is "highly experienced and client-oriented," according to one source. Another commentator stated: "He's bright, has wide knowledge and gets results in difficult circumstances." He assists international corporations with strategic tax planning in Israel.

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Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the firm's tax group Eldar Ben-Ruby continues to garner praise as a "top-notch tax lawyer" who "understands tax laws inside out." Clients report that "he's smart, he cares about his clients, he's thoughtful and he's always available." His core remit is international tax and his broader experience spans tax planning for individuals as well as transactional tax issues.

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Gornitzky & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Pinhas Rubin is a versatile practitioner with an impressive breadth of expertise. Sources state that he is "very professional, has vast experience and provides excellent client service." He has a strong track record in tax litigation.

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Ziv Sharon & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Global guide

Leading practitioner Ziv Sharon is described as a "bright guy" and is identified for his skilful handling of domestic tax disputes.

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Shekel & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Moshe Shekel is regarded as "the whole package" by clients when it comes to Israeli tax issues. He is the firm's founding partner and frequently writes and speaks on the subject of taxation. He is also appreciated by clients when liaising with the tax authorities.

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Band 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Tal Atsmon is singled out for his "high technical knowledge, commercial awareness and very good client service." He advises on transactional tax matters for Israeli and international corporations. He also assists high net worth individuals with their tax planning.

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Gornitzky & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say Gil Grady is a "brilliant tax lawyer and extremely knowledgeable" in the field. His practice includes assisting with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious tax issues, with a focus on corporate tax.

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Band 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

The "very intellectually savvy and capable" Guy Katz enjoys an excellent reputation for his understanding of tax in Israel and further afield. One source stated: "He has a really strong grasp of Israeli tax law. He has the ability to anticipate any issues that may arise," and: "He doesn't look at Israeli issues in a vacuum; he has a sense before what the issues may be and tailors his advice accordingly."

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Band 2

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Doron Levy is head of the firm's tax practice and advises on both direct and indirect tax matters. Sources say: "He's well known in Israel and very knowledgeable in international and Israeli taxation."

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Meir Mizrahi & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Meir Mizrahi is a "very well-known and very good practitioner," according to sources. He remains a dominant force in the real estate taxation space.

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Gornitzky & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Paserman is "very professional and has technical knowledge," one interviewee noted. He represents clients before the Israel Tax Authority as well as assisting international clients with their Israeli tax planning.

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Shekel & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Yaniv Shekel concentrates his practice on international taxation matters. A client enthused: "He is brilliant." He is also able to utilise his commercial law expertise when advising on tax issues.

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Band 2

Shenhav & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Ayal Shenhav is regarded as a "tax expert who has built a great team." He specialises in assisting hi-tech companies and venture capital funds with their tax matters.

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Yaron Eldar Paller, Schwartz & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Tali Yaron-Eldar of Yaron Eldar Paller, Schwartz & Co advises clients on direct and indirect taxation. An interviewee described her as a "very skilled and experienced tax professional" who is rated for her ability to find "solutions to the most difficult tax matters."

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Band 3

Udi Barzily Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Ehud Barzily of Udi Barzily Law Firm is highlighted for his expertise regarding income tax, voluntary disclosures and criminal tax matters.

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Band 3

Yair Benjamini Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Yair Benjamini is the founding partner of Yair Benjamini Law Offices and is praised as a "professional, thorough and highly responsive tax lawyer." He is singled out for his representation of individuals in their tax planning. He also advises Israeli companies on tax issues in relation to their international investments.

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Band 3

Shekel & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Ofer Elboim has a good track record representing clients before the Israel Tax Authority and in tax disputes before the courts. He heads the VAT and real estate tax practice at the firm.

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Band 3

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

From the Chambers Global guide

Shaul Grossman is experienced at advising on both Israeli and US tax issues. Sources say:"He's a very experienced litigator. He also has strong technical knowledge. He's very strategic in terms of how he approaches problems – a great combination of being strategic and practical."

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Band 3

H-F & Co. Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Gil Mizrahi is a founding partner of H-F & Co. Law Offices who focuses his practice on corporate tax matters, with specific expertise advising companies involved in the hi-tech sector.

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Band 3

S Horowitz & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Leor Nouman is regarded as a "very good tax lawyer." One client stated: "I consider him part of my team because of the way he operates." His practice includes advising on all manner of tax matters as well as acting for clients in litigation. He represented Readymix Industries before the tax authorities in relation to several real estate sales.

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Band 3

Goldfarb Seligman & Co Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Yaron Sever is skilled at advising on transactional tax issues. He advised Jordan Valley Semiconductors on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Bruker, valued at over USD50 million.

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Band 3

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Anat Shavit is described as an "excellent" lawyer who "knows her stuff." She represents clients in tax disputes and advises on domestic and international tax matters.

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Band 4

Prof. Bein & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Dan Bein is a well-regarded former judge who is frequently involved in tax disputes, including arbitration and mediation.

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Band 4

Shibolet & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Miri Bickel of Shibolet & Co is considered "very capable and professional" when assisting clients with all manner of tax issues, including tax disputes. Alongside Benny Kalifi, she advised Atlas Ventures on its tax exemption following the sale of its portfolio of Israeli companies.

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Band 4

Shibolet & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Benny Kalifi of Shibolet & Co is regarded as an "excellent lawyer" in the tax space. He provides support on tax matters ranging from tax planning to litigation. Alongside Miri Bickel, he represented Aon in an appeal regarding international VAT.

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Band 4

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

Yuval Navot "is an exceptional lawyer," according to one source, who continued: "Not only is he very knowledgeable and commercial, but he also has the right approach towards his clients. Specifically, I was very impressed by his thorough analysis." He frequently assists clients with corporate tax matters.

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Raveh Haber & Co Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Gil Raveh of Raveh Haber & Co Advocates is identified for his handling of tax issues related to fund formation and international tax. One source commented: "He's extremely smart and a deal maker."

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Band 4

Alter Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Anat Tenne is considered "an excellent lawyer," with one client pointing to her adept handling of negotiations. She is notably active in tax disputes and also writes and speaks on the subject.

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