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USA Guide

Tax — Texas

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第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Eminent practice held in high regard for advising on the full range of domestic and international tax structuring matters and high-value corporate transactions. Regularly provides counsel on SALT, as well as sensitive controversy and litigation issues. Has a wealth of experience advising clients in the energy industry.

Strengths The team elicits significant praise from clients for the level of service on offer: "They are very responsive and practical with their advice."

Work highlights Acted for Halliburton on the tax implications of its $35 billion definitive agreement with Baker Hughes International to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction.

Assisted Hunt Power as the leader of a consortium with its $17 billion bid to obtain Oncor Electric Delivery Company from Energy Future Holdings.

Significant clients Archrock Services, Chesapeake Energy, Hines Interest, Sunnova Energy, Noble. 

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Marcus chairs the Dallas tax team and is praised by peers as "great to work with." He has substantial expertise in REIT and MLP matters, with particular experience advising on tax structuring involving the oil and gas industry. Clients enthuse: "He is very helpful," with others adding: "He drills down to the tax issue well."

Chair of the firm's MLP and yieldco tax group Mike Bresson has a well-regarded federal tax practice and is particularly adept at handling MLP matters. One client enthuses: "He is always available on short notice and is very good at thinking through complicated tax issues on the fly; you can hit him with unexpected questions and he can answer them immediately on the phone," adding: "He is just good to work with."

Derek Green garners praise from peers for his international tax expertise and is a popular choice for companies in the oil and gas industry. His practice includes tax planning, M&A and international joint ventures. He recently acted for Schlumberger on its $14.8 billion merger agreement with Cameron International.

Renn Neilson leads the firm's state and local practice, and regularly advises on unclaimed property and incentives matters. Recent highlights include taking a lead role in advising Tenaris on the property tax incentives relation to its new $1.3 billion seamless pipe manufacturing facility.

Chair of the firm's tax practice Richard Husseini centers his practice on controversy matters, with an emphasis on those involving clients in the energy industry. Highlights include representing MoneyGram in a case heard in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals disputing the Tax Court's decision that for the purposes of Sections 581 and 582 it was not a bank.

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第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Outstanding practice popular among oil and gas companies for the full gamut of tax issues. Well equipped to handle federal and local tax issues affecting complex corporate transactions, as well as high-value controversies, extending to Tax Court litigation and appellate work. Held in high regard for its handling of MLP matters.

Strengths The strength of the team is repeatedly highlighted by clients, who note: "They have a deep bench," with others praising its "oil and gas expertise."

Work highlights Assisted Memorial Resource Development with the tax aspects of its $4.4 billion merger with Range Resources.

Acted for Anadarko Petroleum on the tax elements of the $420 million sale of a portion of its future royalties associated with existing soda ash and coal leases in Sweetwater County.

Significant clients Antero Midstream Partners, Big Star Oil & Gas, Black Stone Minerals, C&J Energy Services, Columbia Pipeline Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "very highly regarded" George Gerachis is praised by peers as "outstanding and seasoned." He leads the tax and executive compensation and benefits department at the firm, with clients ranging from individuals to multinational companies. He focuses on controversy matters, in which he is widely considered an expert, and also advises on a range of tax planning. 

Judith Blissard maintains an excellent reputation in the market, with tax expertise spanning transactional, planning and financing concerns. She regularly acts for clients on both domestic and international tax matters. She recently assisted Group 1 Automotive with the tax aspects relating to its $300 million private placement.

John Edward Lynch is praised for his "technical expertise and experience." He focuses his practice on transactional matters, and regularly advises private equity funds and privately held companies. One client enthuses: "He is really articulate, and he can break down complicated tax concepts, communicate them and apply them to benefit his clients."

Ryan Carney has a growing profile in the Texas market and is praised by peers for the strength of his practice. He has particular experience regarding MLPs and also advises publicly traded partnerships and private equity funds on related tax matters. He recently advised Enviva Partners on the tax aspects of its $131 million acquisition of a pellet plant from its sponsor's joint venture.

David Peck has a well-regarded practice and is particularly known for advising on private equity matters. His practice spans domestic and international transactional work, with additional expertise in REITs and MLPs. He recently assisted Apollo Global Management with the tax aspects of its funds and with a $175 million equity commitment and formation of Pegasus Optimization Managers.

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Accomplished practice with vast experience in international and domestic transactional tax planning. Regularly advises on the establishment and reorganization of MLPs, and the operational concerns of REITs. Possesses a longstanding reputation for acting for clients in the oil and gas industry.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its flexible handling of matters in the face of changes during a transaction: "They are very responsive and aware of the evolution of tax changes."

The group receives high praise as "very good, with strong people in the MLP and energy space."

Work highlights Assisted Archer Well Company with its disposition of the outstanding equity interests in particular North American subsidiaries to Quintana Energy Services.

Acted for Sunoco on its $2.26 billion dropdown from Energy Transfer Partners.

Significant clients Ashford Hospitality Prime, Ashford Hospitality Trust, Barclays, Enterprise Products Partners, First Reserve.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise the "very strong" Thomas Ford for his ability to successfully handle "complex issues with commercial implications." His respected practice spans the gamut of corporate transactions, with particular expertise in matters concerning the oil and gas industry. Advised FourPoint Energy on its $385 million acquisition of Chesapeake Energy's remaining Western Anadarko Basin oil and gas assets.

Noted for his MLP expertise, Robert McNamara advises clients on a range of tax planning and transactional issues. One client enthuses: "He is a great package of experience, technical capacity and understanding of the business." He recently acted for Williams Partners on the tax aspects of its $37.7 billion acquisition by Energy Transfer Corp.

Thomas Popplewell has particular expertise in REIT tax concerns, and also advises on securitization and M&A tax. His clients include private equity firms, pension fund advisers and tax-exempt organizations. He recently assisted On-X Life Technologies with its $130 million acquisition by CryoLife.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Renowned practice for international tax work, complemented by its extensive global footprint. Regularly advises clients on a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and securities offerings, and garners substantial recognition for its controversy work. Possesses particular strength in the energy and healthcare sectors.

Strengths "The tax team is very deep and strong," according to clients, who praise it in particular for being "creative, detailed, technical and results-oriented."

The team is praised for its ability to spot potential issues. One source remarks that "they are very insightful, always seeing things that I had not," adding: "They are efficient and very quick to respond."

Work highlights Acted for Tersoro Logistics on its $500 million acquisition of crude oil and refined product storage and pipeline assets.

Represented Simmons & Company on the $139 million sale of its equity in Piper Jaffray & Co.

Significant clients LINN Energy, Nabors Industries, Shell Oil, Vega Energy, Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Allender is "a talented strategist who can work issues where tax is central or tangential," according to clients. He remains a respected authority in the market, across both planning and controversy, with particular expertise in corporate matters.

William Bowers maintains a prominent position in the market for his wealth of expertise in federal tax matters, drawing on his experience as senior counsel in the Office of Tax Policy of the Treasury Department. His recent work includes taking a lead role in representing DuPage Medical Group on the tax structuring aspects of a $250 million investment by Summit Partners.

The highly regarded Jasper Taylor has a wealth of expertise in controversy matters spanning administrative proceedings to litigation. His clients hail from a broad array of industries, from energy to professional services.

Global head of tax Andrius Kontrimas impresses clients with his "very efficient and to-the-point" approach. His broad practice spans tax-exempt organizations, transfer pricing and global tax planning matters. 

The respected William Caudill advises a broad range of clients including real estate, partnerships, oil and gas and tax-exempt organizations. His broad practice includes handling partnership and bankruptcy matters.

Charles Hall remains a longstanding figure in the Texas tax market, garnering the respect of peers for his controversy expertise. He continues to act for many of the firm's significant clients and recently led the team advising Bluescape Resources in challenging the IRS determinations regarding $800 million in deductions.

Robert Morris is hailed as a "a rising star" in tax controversy. Clients enthuse: "He is very good, providing great overall service and you never have to chase him down." His recent highlights include taking a lead role in advising Baker Hughes on a Federal District Court refund concerning the IRS’s disallowance of a $52 million bad debt deduction.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Acclaimed tax practice noted for its quality counsel to companies in the energy sector, as well as private equity funds. Possesses substantial resources, enabling the team to advise on private and public transactions, in addition to representing clients in high-stakes tax controversy cases. Also frequently called upon to provide guidance on international tax planning matters.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "When we have mundane issues they're very good at being practical, and when we have issues that are more challenging, they've been exceptional with their flexibility and knowledge of the law to get us to an excellent result."

Clients value the team's breadth of expertise. "Their knowledge is top-notch in all areas," sources assert, adding: "They are very quick to respond; it is excellent service."

Work highlights Acted as Special Counsel for Energy Future Holdings on tax matters related to its large non-financial bankruptcy case.

Assisted Victory Packaging in its $615 million sale to Kapstone.

Significant clients Black Mountain Disposal, Highland Capital Management, Hunt Consolidated, Mary Kay, Natural Gas Partners.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Emily Parker maintains an excellent reputation among peers for her tax controversy practice, and is noted as a "great tax litigator." Her particular areas of strength include partnership concerns, as well as tax matters affecting clients in the petroleum and natural resources sectors.

Mary McNulty is praised by sources as "extremely smart." Her practice spans the gamut of tax controversy and planning and her clients hail from a broad array of industries spanning private equity, real estate and energy, and include tax-exempt organizations. She recently acted for Peregrine Group on a $26 million adjustment case in the Tax Court.

Clients view Roger Aksamit as "extremely knowledgeable and very experienced." He centers his practice on transactional and tax planning matters, advising on private equity fund formation, capital deployment and M&A. He has particular experience in the energy sector and recently advised EnCap Investments on the sale of FelixEnergy to Devon Energy.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-respected team that maintains a fine reputation for advising on the full range of corporate transactions, including securities offerings, REITs and M&A. Possesses a fine reputation for an array of tax litigation work and also has capabilities in state and local tax. Particularly adept at handling matters in the energy, real estate and investment management sectors.

Strengths Clients describe the high level of service they receive, saying: "They are always there when I need them," and praise the team's "quick responses and good results."

Work highlights Advised CenterPoint Energy on a $363 million investment by Enable Midstream Partners.

Acted for Summit Midstream Partners on several matters, including a $255 million drop-down acquisition of a number of subsidiaries' equity interests by Bison Midstream.

Significant clients Cinemark, Viper Energy Partners, Sanchez Energy, EOG Resources, Memorial Production Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Daniel Micciche for being "exceedingly conscientious, easy to work with and very practical," and value his ability to "help assess risk and make a good decision." His broad practice spans both federal and state tax, with a wealth of experience in tax planning and additional expertise in controversy. Highlights include acting for Gulfport Energy on its $406 million acquisition of Utica Shale acreage and assets from American Energy.

Thomas Weir regularly advises on a range of corporate and transactional issues, with particular expertise in advising clients in the energy industry and MLPs. He recently played a key role in advising Northern Tier Energy on its $1.6 billion merger with Western Refining.

Alison Chen has particular experience in transactions involving companies in the energy sector. Her practice includes both domestic and international tax advice, with notable expertise in MLPs. Her recent highlights include representing EP Energy with its $420 million agreement to sell its assets in the Haynesville and Bossier Shales to Covey Park Gas.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Prominent tax advisory group with a global office footprint, able to call on resources to tackle complex tax issues at state, federal or international level. Areas of expertise include transfer pricing, post-acquisition restructurings and redomestications. Also acts in a variety of tax disputes in court and before government bodies.

Strengths Clients praise the department for its "creativity and desire to find a solution," concluding: "It is an excellent service."

One client says: "They always do amazing work for us under tremendous time pressure scenarios and deliver superior results."

Work highlights Acted for Cardtronics on its $1.8 billion redomiciliation transaction to the UK.

Assisted The Manitowoc Company with the tax elements of the spin-off of its food service business to public shareholders.

Significant clients Alere, American Airlines, Anadarko Petroleum, Baker Hughes, Baylor College of Medicine.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Albaral has a respected tax controversy practice and is described by sources as a "terrific lawyer." He regularly advises multinational companies on a variety of matters, including administrative appeals and judicial proceedings. He successfully acted for Pilgrim's Pride on its $100 million appeal of income adjustments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Clients indicate that he "has a steady and calm demeanor in dealing with unexpected or difficult situations."

The "very well regarded" Susan Stone garners respect from peers for her international tax practice. She has particular expertise in international infrastructure projects involving the energy, oil and gas industries. Highlights include playing a lead role in advising Towers Watson on its $18 billion merger with Willis Group Holdings.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice noted for its expertise in tax matters in the energy space. Regularly advises across the full range of public finance issues and corporate transactions. Possesses additional strength in assisting municipalities and tax-exempt entities, and has a wealth of experience in handling tax concerns affecting MLPs.

Strengths One client reports: "They are warm and easy to do business with, as well as knowledgeable and detail-oriented," adding: "They are there when we need them and supportive in every way."

One client praises the team as "responsive, cost-effective and very efficient," adding: "They are very smart and experienced, especially in the oil and gas space."

Work highlights Assisted Global Infrastructure Partners, Global Infrastructure Partners II and affiliated funds in a strategic $2.675 billion joint venture with Hess Corporation.

Advised Concho Resources on the tax implications related to its joint venture with Frontier Midstream Solutions.

Significant clients Enbridge Energy Management, Baker Hughes, Prosperity Bancshares, Houston Airport System, Delek Logistics Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Gregory Bopp is particularly well regarded for his expertise in MLP matters. His practice also includes M&A, joint ventures, tax structuring and capital markets transactions. He recently was part of the team that advised Kinder Morgan on its $1.6 billion SEC-registered offering of 32 million depositary shares.

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第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Established practice with a sound reputation for astute counsel on energy-related transactional work. Regularly sought by energy entities as well as private equity firms and banks for advice on the range of corporate deals, including M&A and IPOs. Possesses additional experience advising on debt restructurings and workouts.

Work highlights Advised Energy Transfer Equity on several transactions totaling over $37.7 billion.

Acted for Rentech Nitrogen Partners on its $900 million merger with CVR Partners.

Significant clients Phillips 66, ArcLight Capital Partners, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, Linn Energy, Hess Corporation.

Notable practitioners  

Deemed a "superstar in MLPs," Tim Fenn is acknowledged by sources as "incredibly practical and smart, which is a great combination." They add: "He recognizes all of the issues that could arise and is also incredibly commercial, looking for ways to solve issues and get us to achieve our goals within the confines of the tax code." He regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets matters.

Bryant Lee focuses his practice on transactional tax work, and has particular experience in partnerships. Clients praise his "fantastic work" and enthuse: "He is technically very good and really picks up on the details."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Excellent profile for high-stakes tax controversy and litigation work. Impressive strength in transfer pricing and well supported by its team of in-house accountants and economists. Regularly advises an impressive list of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals.

Strengths The team draws high praise for its "great client service," with observers commenting: "They are well organized and think together as a team to provide timely information, as well as to consider future concerns or planning opportunities. "

One client reports: "They are very responsive, bringing a broad range of expertise."

Work highlights Represented Fluor Corporation in a $100 million adjustment case in the US Tax Court.

Acted for a large engineering, procurement and construction client on a tax-sharing dispute following a demerger and sale.

Significant clients DuPont, Total, Nintendo, Ensco, PepsiCo. 

Notable practitioners  

Chair of the firm's tax controversy practice Todd Welty maintains an excellent reputation in the market for his tax controversy and litigation expertise. One impressed source comments: "His knowledge and trial expertise was phenomenal." His impressive list of clients includes multinationals and Fortune 100 companies. He recently had a lead role in successfully representing Schaeffler in an IRS examination of a $13 billion corporate refinancing and restructuring.

Cym Lowell's well-regarded practice spans tax planning and controversy matters. He remains a prominent figure in the Texas tax market, with peers noting that he is "very strong in transfer pricing." He regularly advises Global Energy on international taxation and transfer pricing matters.

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Successful tax group consisting of a notable bench of former in-house lawyers from the IRS and DOJ. Assists clients with the full range of tax work, including planning and transactional matters. Also noted for its depth of expertise in controversy.

Notable practitioners  

Larry Campagna maintains an excellent reputation for his tax controversy practice spanning federal, state and local tax issues. Sources highlight him as a "very knowledgeable" practitioner.

Juan Vasquez focuses his practice on tax controversy, advising clients on matters ranging from administrative proceedings to trial. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, multinationals and privately held businesses.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Handles a range of local, state and federal tax matters. Possesses broad experience across the team, with areas of focus including M&A transactions, partnerships and investment funds. Possesses particular strength in the real estate sector, regularly advising REITs and real estate mortgage investment conduits.

Strengths One client enthuses that "they have been invaluable with the quality of people and their ability to help us navigate" issues. 

Work highlights Advised American Electric Power on the $590 million sale of AEP River Operations.

Assisted The Company of Trinity Forest Golfers with tax incentives and venture structuring of a nonprofit golf course to serve as PGA tournament site.

Significant clients Crow Holdings Capital Partners, E Smith Realty Partners, Gables Residential, Woods Capital, Highgate Hotels.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Dorrill is a key tax contact at the firm.

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides high-end advice on the full range of local, state and federal tax concerns arising in complex corporate transactions. Possesses extensive experience representing clients in controversy matters in court and before the IRS. Regularly advises on issues spanning a range of sectors, from energy to insurance.

Strengths The attorneys impresses clients with the "quality of their advice and the quality of their service."

Work highlights Advised Fortis Minerals on its $250 million purchase of mineral interests and royalty interests from EnCap Energy Capital Fund.

Acted for Felix Energy on Devon Energy's $1.9 billion acquisition of 80,000 acres of the Anadarko Basin STACK play.

Significant clients Lucid Energy Group II, AmTrust Financial Services, White Oak Resources VI, The Energy & Minerals Group, Waste Connections.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair of the firm's tax practice Mitch Tiras regularly advises private equity firms and public and private corporations. He focuses his practice on structuring, organization and capitalization. Clients enthuse: "He is practical and provides great service," while commending his "strong background in both corporate and tax" and adding: "He is a very effective advocate."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Dedicated Dallas-based tax boutique that provides impressive expertise in the full range of tax planning and litigation. Notable prowess in defending white-collar tax controversies. Acts for a range of companies and individuals.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Meadows is a trial lawyer held in high regard for his adept handling of contentious tax matters, ranging from litigation and appellate work to criminal cases. Sources indicate that he is "terrific at defending tax matters with white-collar issues."

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Senior Statesmen

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Jack Allender is "a talented strategist who can work issues where tax is central or tangential," according to clients. He remains a respected authority in the market, across both planning and controversy, with particular expertise in corporate matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Osterberg of Mayer Brown LLP remains a prominent senior figure in the Texas tax market, being lauded by sources as a "dean of tax law." He has a wealth of experience and is particularly noted for his expertise in complex planning, transactional and international tax. Clients value his "decades of tax experience," adding: "He is so helpful and always on top of things."

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Eminent Practitioner

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Gregory Bopp is particularly well regarded for his expertise in MLP matters. His practice also includes M&A, joint ventures, tax structuring and capital markets transactions. He recently was part of the team that advised Kinder Morgan on its $1.6 billion SEC-registered offering of 32 million depositary shares.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

William Bowers maintains a prominent position in the market for his wealth of expertise in federal tax matters, drawing on his experience as senior counsel in the Office of Tax Policy of the Treasury Department. His recent work includes taking a lead role in representing DuPage Medical Group on the tax structuring aspects of a $250 million investment by Summit Partners.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Deemed a "superstar in MLPs," Tim Fenn is acknowledged by sources as "incredibly practical and smart, which is a great combination." They add: "He recognizes all of the issues that could arise and is also incredibly commercial, looking for ways to solve issues and get us to achieve our goals within the confines of the tax code." He regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets matters.

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients praise the "very strong" Thomas Ford for his ability to successfully handle "complex issues with commercial implications." His respected practice spans the gamut of corporate transactions, with particular expertise in matters concerning the oil and gas industry. Advised FourPoint Energy on its $385 million acquisition of Chesapeake Energy's remaining Western Anadarko Basin oil and gas assets.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of Paul Hastings LLP's Houston office and energy practice Gregory Nelson is regarded as "very strong" by market commentators. He has particular expertise in private equity, partnership and tax-efficient structuring. His recent highlights include advising Tall Oak Midstream on the $1.55 billion sale of two of its subsidiaries to a subsidiary of EnLink.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Marcus chairs the Dallas tax team and is praised by peers as "great to work with." He has substantial expertise in REIT and MLP matters, with particular experience advising on tax structuring involving the oil and gas industry. Clients enthuse: "He is very helpful," with others adding: "He drills down to the tax issue well."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients praise Daniel Micciche for being "exceedingly conscientious, easy to work with and very practical," and value his ability to "help assess risk and make a good decision." His broad practice spans both federal and state tax, with a wealth of experience in tax planning and additional expertise in controversy. Highlights include acting for Gulfport Energy on its $406 million acquisition of Utica Shale acreage and assets from American Energy.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jared Rusman of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP maintains an excellent reputation in the market, with particular expertise in partnership and corporate matters. He is particularly adept at handling deals with cross-border elements, an example of which being his work with Sanofi on the tax aspects of its $20 billion exchange of Merial for Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Judith Blissard maintains an excellent reputation in the market, with tax expertise spanning transactional, planning and financing concerns. She regularly acts for clients on both domestic and international tax matters. She recently assisted Group 1 Automotive with the tax aspects relating to its $300 million private placement.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brent Clifton of Winstead PC has a wealth of experience representing institutional investors, real estate developers and fund sponsors. He has additional expertise as a licensed CPA. His practice includes partnership, corporate and tenant-related tax issues.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

David Cowling of Jones Day is described by clients as a "consummate professional with tremendous experience and depth of subject matter expertise." His practice includes both transactional and controversy work.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Helfand of Winstead PC has a broad practice spanning tax advise corporate and litigation matters. He receives plaudits for his client service, with one observer remarking: "He responds in a timely manner and has our best interests in mind."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Global head of tax Andrius Kontrimas impresses clients with his "very efficient and to-the-point" approach. His broad practice spans tax-exempt organizations, transfer pricing and global tax planning matters. 

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Edward Lynch is praised for his "technical expertise and experience." He focuses his practice on transactional matters, and regularly advises private equity funds and privately held companies. One client enthuses: "He is really articulate, and he can break down complicated tax concepts, communicate them and apply them to benefit his clients."

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Noted for his MLP expertise, Robert McNamara advises clients on a range of tax planning and transactional issues. One client enthuses: "He is a great package of experience, technical capacity and understanding of the business." He recently acted for Williams Partners on the tax aspects of its $37.7 billion acquisition by Energy Transfer Corp.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Sinak of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP counts federal and franchise taxation as mainstays of his practice. His broad practice also spans controversy and planning, with particular expertise in private equity matters.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well regarded" Susan Stone garners respect from peers for her international tax practice. She has particular expertise in international infrastructure projects involving the energy, oil and gas industries. Highlights include playing a lead role in advising Towers Watson on its $18 billion merger with Willis Group Holdings.

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Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients view Roger Aksamit as "extremely knowledgeable and very experienced." He centers his practice on transactional and tax planning matters, advising on private equity fund formation, capital deployment and M&A. He has particular experience in the energy sector and recently advised EnCap Investments on the sale of FelixEnergy to Devon Energy.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's MLP and yieldco tax group Mike Bresson has a well-regarded federal tax practice and is particularly adept at handling MLP matters. One client enthuses: "He is always available on short notice and is very good at thinking through complicated tax issues on the fly; you can hit him with unexpected questions and he can answer them immediately on the phone," adding: "He is just good to work with."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Carney has a growing profile in the Texas market and is praised by peers for the strength of his practice. He has particular experience regarding MLPs and also advises publicly traded partnerships and private equity funds on related tax matters. He recently advised Enviva Partners on the tax aspects of its $131 million acquisition of a pellet plant from its sponsor's joint venture.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

The respected William Caudill advises a broad range of clients including real estate, partnerships, oil and gas and tax-exempt organizations. His broad practice includes handling partnership and bankruptcy matters.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Green garners praise from peers for his international tax expertise and is a popular choice for companies in the oil and gas industry. His practice includes tax planning, M&A and international joint ventures. He recently acted for Schlumberger on its $14.8 billion merger agreement with Cameron International.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Renn Neilson leads the firm's state and local practice, and regularly advises on unclaimed property and incentives matters. Recent highlights include taking a lead role in advising Tenaris on the property tax incentives relation to its new $1.3 billion seamless pipe manufacturing facility.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Peck has a well-regarded practice and is particularly known for advising on private equity matters. His practice spans domestic and international transactional work, with additional expertise in REITs and MLPs. He recently assisted Apollo Global Management with the tax aspects of its funds and with a $175 million equity commitment and formation of Pegasus Optimization Managers.

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Popplewell has particular expertise in REIT tax concerns, and also advises on securitization and M&A tax. His clients include private equity firms, pension fund advisers and tax-exempt organizations. He recently assisted On-X Life Technologies with its $130 million acquisition by CryoLife.

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Locke Lord LLP

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Cochair of the firm's tax practice Mitch Tiras regularly advises private equity firms and public and private corporations. He focuses his practice on structuring, organization and capitalization. Clients enthuse: "He is practical and provides great service," while commending his "strong background in both corporate and tax" and adding: "He is a very effective advocate."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Weir regularly advises on a range of corporate and transactional issues, with particular expertise in advising clients in the energy industry and MLPs. He recently played a key role in advising Northern Tier Energy on its $1.6 billion merger with Western Refining.

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Up and Coming

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alison Chen has particular experience in transactions involving companies in the energy sector. Her practice includes both domestic and international tax advice, with notable expertise in MLPs. Her recent highlights include representing EP Energy with its $420 million agreement to sell its assets in the Haynesville and Bossier Shales to Covey Park Gas.

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Up and Coming

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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James Chenoweth is hailed by sources as being "good to work with, very thoughtful and a deep thinker." He is particularly adept at handling MLP matters and regularly advises clients in the energy sector. He has recently joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP from Baker Botts.

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Up and Coming

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

"Rising star" Sam Megally of K&L Gates centers his practice on state and local tax, and regularly advises clients on tax planning and transactions. He also advises on controversy issues, with one client enthusing: "He respected my time and budget, while achieving a great result."

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Associates to watch

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryant Lee focuses his practice on transactional tax work, and has particular experience in partnerships. Clients praise his "fantastic work" and enthuse: "He is technically very good and really picks up on the details."

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