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Dechert LLP - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an international tax practice that plans, structures and advises on corporate transactions, particularly M&A and divestitures. Frequently represents private equity clients, mutual funds and life sciences companies. Expertise includes advising on regulatory matters such as Dodd-Frank Act risk retention issues. Also advises on tax matters involving distressed debt.

Strengths A client describes the team as "top-notch," adding: "I would trust them with the most difficult challenges."

Another interviewee considers the firm to have a "very, very solid tax practice."

Work highlights Represented private equity client MSD Partners in its acquisition of Hayward Industries, a global manufacturer of residential and commercial pool equipment and industrial flow control products.

Advised Concentra Group Holdings and Select Medical Holdings on a definitive agreement under which Select Medical and Dignity Health will combine Concentra, an occupational medicine and urgent care provider, with U.S. Healthworks. The transaction is valued at approximately $753 million.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Edward Lemanowicz is highly regarded as an expert in his field. He is revered for being a "wise counselor" and demonstrates particular expertise in matters relating to federal tax law, particularly as it applies to the foreign activities of US corporations and the US activities of foreign corporations.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Tax Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International tax practice providing tax and transactional planning advice to a wide range of clients, including individuals, partnerships and limited liability companies. Distinguished for its expertise in investment fund formations and operation. Also noted for its strength in tax issues arising from capital markets transactions, drawing on deep SEC expertise.

Notable practitioners

William Zimmerman offers extensive experience in tax planning matters, including as they pertain to M&A, reorganizations and recapitalizations. He handles tax matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses investment fund formation and operation.

Paul Gordon is identified as a rising star of the tax space, advising on a range of federal tax matters, including tax planning regarding M&A transactions. Interviewees regard him as a "fabulous tax lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

With more than 80 tax lawyers resident in 10 offices across the United States and Europe, our deep bench of tax team members represents clients in virtually all major industries (including technology, consumer products, energy, life sciences, banking/finance, and transportation) and across all aspects of our national tax practice: from controversy and litigation to planning and transactional support. Our tax lawyers are market leaders in a large number of the specialty areas of our broad national tax practice, including transfer pricing, tax controversy, transactional tax matters (such as tax planning and tax structuring), partnership taxation, inbound and outbound international planning, benefits and payroll tax, tax-exempt organizations, state and local tax, and the research and development tax credit.

We represent a full range of clients, including multinational corporations, partnerships, estates, individuals, and tax-exempt organizations. When administrative resolution is not possible, our clients trust us to litigate their most significant disputes, and we have litigated an array of large, complex, cutting-edge tax issues. Our team—which includes former US Department of Justice tax litigators, international tax counsel for the US Department of the Treasury, and IRS Chief Counsel attorneys including an IRS Chief Counsel—brings substantive tax knowledge, strategic insight, and decades of experience to these important matters.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Tax Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excels at representing clients in cross-border transactions and in federal tax controversies. Maintains a diverse client base, which includes private equity funds and a range of public and private companies. Recent activity includes providing tax planning counsel to life sciences entities undertaking international expansions.

Work highlights Acted for Steel Partners Holdings on structuring its acquisition of the remaining share of Handy & Harman.

Served as tax counsel for Advent International regarding its investment into Oberthur Technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Joan Arnold is considered by peers to have a "very, very solid tax practice." She is an expert in international and federal tax law and has extensive expertise in connection with the taxation aspects of private equity transactions.

The "very smart" Howard Goldberg is noted for his handling of the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A. He is also able to advise on securities offerings, reorganizations and restructurings.

About the Team (content provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP)

Pepper Hamilton’s tax practice group assists clients with proactive tax planning, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, reorganizations, restructurings, liquidations and structured finance vehicles. Our lawyers are integrally involved in the structure and formation of partnerships, and have significant experience in private equity, hedge and mezzanine funds. Our federal tax practice provides tailored business services to address client needs in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley Act environment, and we have handled state tax appeals for Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and individuals.
We have extensive experience with administrative matters and regularly represent Fortune 500 companies before the IRS National Office. We handle federal tax controversies from the IRS audit through the administrative appeal, and in litigation. We have represented Fortune 500 companies in IRS audits, administrative appeals, and in litigation before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. We also have represented privately held corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, and high-net-worth individuals in tax controversies. Pepper lawyers also have substantial experience in handling collection matters, including collection issues involving trust fund penalties against corporate officers and other “responsible persons” under Internal Revenue Code Section 6672.



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Reed Smith LLP - Tax Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded Pittsburgh-based firm with a broad-reaching tax practice. Particularly famed for its high-quality state and local tax group, which possesses expertise in tax planning and controversy. Draws on strong national presence to advise on state tax issues arising across the country. Also offers considerable strength handling the tax aspects of major corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and reorganizations.

Work highlights Acted for Level 3 Communications before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, successfully arguing that its wholesale internet access services should not be subject to Pennsylvania sales and use tax.

Notable practitioners

Lee Zoeller is head of the firm's state tax practice. He handles the full range of state and local tax matters and receives warm praise from market sources.

Leo Hitt is recognized for his handling of the tax aspects of business transactions, including M&A and securities offerings.

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Ballard Spahr LLP - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enters the rankings following broad market approval for its handling of the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Also advises in connection with state and local tax matters and tax controversies.

Strengths A client notes: "My colleagues and I all felt very comfortable with the Ballard team, knowing that they had every detail covered."

Another interviewee attests: "They are technically superior to others that I have dealt with, know my business and are always there when I need them."

Work highlights Advised PVH, a global apparel company, on its acquisition of True&Co, a direct-to-consumer apparel e-commerce retailer.

Advised Financo on the recapitalization and internal corporate restructuring transactions to facilitate equity investment.

Notable practitioners

Wendi Kotzen coheads the Ballard tax group. She is noted for her broad transactional tax practice encompassing both real estate and corporate transactions. Sources consider her to be "extremely intelligent" and note that she is "able to understand highly sophisticated facts and issues, and explain such issues to business people of many different backgrounds."

Saba Ashraf is noted for her expertise in all aspects of corporate and partnership tax. Interviewees attest to her "excellent knowledge" of tax matters.

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Blank Rome LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers experienced counsel in corporate transactions and tax issues concerning employee benefits and executive compensation programs. Notable strength in real estate deals, including those involving foreign investors. Also recognized for its fund formation practice.

Strengths A client enthuses: "I've been thrilled with the service."

Work highlights Advised Symphony Health Solutions on its $530 million acquisition of PRA Health Sciences.

Represented nonprofit Life Extension Foundation in defense of a proposed IRS revocation of its tax-exempt status.

Notable practitioners

Cory Jacobs advises on a broad range of corporate tax matters, including executive compensation matters and the tax aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions. A client comments: "He's responsive, smart and he has the right attitude. He comes up with thoughtful, well-documented solutions."

Daniel Blickman focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters and the tax aspects of the investment fund space. One client attests: "He is a genius. He has always provided a solution to every one of our problems."

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

We advise on tax matters with federal, state and local, and foreign implications, regarding the tax aspects of corporate, financial and real estate transactions; estate planning; and tax aspects of employee benefits/executive compensation. We handle state and local tax planning, controversies, audit defense, and litigation, and advise private clients on tax consequences of matrimonial matters, estate planning and charitable giving.

In advising on tax aspects of investment fund formation, we assist sponsors and investors in the formation of, and transactional work for, private equity and venture capital funds, real estate funds, and hedge funds, and related compensation arrangements, including design of carried interests. We're nationally known for advising foundations and endowments with billions in assets.

Thanks to our experience representing real estate investment trusts on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, credit facilities, and financings, we've achieved considerable success for clients in Section 1031 exchanges, and in structuring foreign investments in U.S. real estate.

Our practice leader's former experience as a CPA in leading global accounting firms has strengthened our advice on tax accounting and tax financial management issues.

Our employee benefits/executive compensation practice was strengthened in 2017 when we welcomed a top team from Pepper Hamilton, with 70 years of combined experience and who have worked together for over 20 years.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded group noted for its experience advising on tax matters associated with transactions. Expertise in state and local concerns as well as federal controversy work. Broad practice includes regional and international M&A, capital markets deals and private equity transactions.

Work highlights

Stephen Hamilton is esteemed for his expertise in structuring a broad range of of transactions. He demonstrates particular strength in areas such as international planning. Interviewees regard him as a "highly imaginative and inventive" counselor in the space.

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Duane Morris LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong transactional tax practice that advises a range of domestic and international clients on structuring deals. Also noted for its handling of state and federal controversy work, which includes acting on criminal proceedings.

Strengths One client considers Duane Morris to be "truly one of the best firms I have worked with."

Work highlights Advised Diamond Offshore Drilling regarding a $500 million debt offering.

Notable practitioners

Hope Krebs is described as "a critical thinker" who provides "useful and practical solutions" to complex tax issues. She comes recommended for her handling of a broad range of cross-border transactions, including credit facility negotiations and restructurings.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

The Tax Practice Group is an integral part of the firm's transactional practice. We work closely with our business lawyers to structure and effectuate complex transactions from a tax perspective to better fit our client's business objectives. We also maintain an independent tax practice that focuses on public and private domestic and foreign business entities (corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies), private clients and tax-exempt organizations, including federal, state and local tax controversy matters for all of the foregoing.

Many of our lawyers are recognized authorities in their fields, consultants to other professional advisors, frequent speakers and panelists at tax conferences and authors of tax articles and treatises.

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  • Business Transactions​• State and Local Tax Matters
  • International Tax Matters
  • Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy Practice
  • Private Clients

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Band 1

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Joan Arnold is considered by peers to have a "very, very solid tax practice." She is an expert in international and federal tax law and has extensive expertise in connection with the taxation aspects of private equity transactions.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Bright of Cozen O'Connor enjoys an outstanding reputation for his handling of both contentious and noncontentious matters, including controversies and tax planning. He is particularly noted for his work in the state and local tax space, with one interviewee naming him as "the dean of the state and local tax Bar."

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Band 1

Stephen D. D. Hamilton

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Hamilton is esteemed for his expertise in structuring a broad range of of transactions. He demonstrates particular strength in areas such as international planning. Interviewees regard him as a "highly imaginative and inventive" counselor in the space.

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Edward Lemanowicz

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Edward Lemanowicz is highly regarded as an expert in his field. He is revered for being a "wise counselor" and demonstrates particular expertise in matters relating to federal tax law, particularly as it applies to the foreign activities of US corporations and the US activities of foreign corporations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cory Jacobs advises on a broad range of corporate tax matters, including executive compensation matters and the tax aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions. A client comments: "He's responsive, smart and he has the right attitude. He comes up with thoughtful, well-documented solutions."

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Band 2

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Kevin Johnson of Baker & Hostetler LLP is held in high regard for his tax controversy practice, which draws on previous experience in-house at the IRS. He is also recognized for his handling of cross-border planning matters.

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Band 2

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wendi Kotzen coheads the Ballard tax group. She is noted for her broad transactional tax practice encompassing both real estate and corporate transactions. Sources consider her to be "extremely intelligent" and note that she is "able to understand highly sophisticated facts and issues, and explain such issues to business people of many different backgrounds."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

William Zimmerman

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Zimmerman offers extensive experience in tax planning matters, including as they pertain to M&A, reorganizations and recapitalizations. He handles tax matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses investment fund formation and operation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lee Zoeller is head of the firm's state tax practice. He handles the full range of state and local tax matters and receives warm praise from market sources.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Saba Ashraf is noted for her expertise in all aspects of corporate and partnership tax. Interviewees attest to her "excellent knowledge" of tax matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Blickman focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters and the tax aspects of the investment fund space. One client attests: "He is a genius. He has always provided a solution to every one of our problems."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Howard S. Goldberg

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart" Howard Goldberg is noted for his handling of the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A. He is also able to advise on securities offerings, reorganizations and restructurings.

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Band 3

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leo Hitt is recognized for his handling of the tax aspects of business transactions, including M&A and securities offerings.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Hope Krebs is described as "a critical thinker" who provides "useful and practical solutions" to complex tax issues. She comes recommended for her handling of a broad range of cross-border transactions, including credit facility negotiations and restructurings.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Shapiro of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is noted for his strength in tax planning matters. He is held in high regard by peers, who consider him to be "a talented transactional lawyer."

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Band 3

Stewart Weintraub

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

From the Chambers USA guide

Stewart Weintraub of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry is described by one interviewee as a "very, very good tax litigator," with another source calling him "an excellent lawyer." He comes recommended for his impressive state and local tax practice.

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Band 4

Jerald David August

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerald David August joins Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry from New York based Kostelanetz & Fink. He advises on both federal and state income taxation and offers enviable experience of bankruptcy tax issues, with international capabilities.

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Up and Coming

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Gordon is identified as a rising star of the tax space, advising on a range of federal tax matters, including tax planning regarding M&A transactions. Interviewees regard him as a "fabulous tax lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table