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.
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.