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Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a multi-disciplinary tax team comprising lawyers, economists and analysts. The firm offers services in international tax, tax planning and controversy defence. The practice also has teams involved in planning, controversy and transfer pricing.

Erik Christenson is a key partner in the firm's San Francisco office. Christenson provides advice to multinational corporations on a broad range of tax matters. He also advises on all aspects of taxation relating to cross-border transactions. 

Clients include many Fortune 500 companies, such as Applied Materials, CommScope, Microsoft Corporation and Western Digital.

The firm’s recent experience includes work for luxury fashion brand Tapestry on the post-acquisition integration of Kate Spade. The advice follows Tapestry’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Kate Spade in July 2017.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s US tax practice encompasses large scale M&A and post-merger integration, cost-sharing and IP migration, APAs, sophisticated transfer pricing analysis and documentation and complex IRS controversies.

The team’s recent experience can be exhibited in its representation of Conair in multiple actual or potential tax controversy matters spanning multiple countries.

The team recently welcomed Jessica Tien as principal economist, Sanjeev Kumar as managing director and Madhura Maitra as managing economist.

Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West’s tax group handles large, complex international joint venture transactions, often as special tax counsel. 

Fenwick & West's tax team consists of nine partners and 10 other fee earners. Adam Halpern is the tax practice group leader. Other key members in the team include partner Jim Fuller, whose practice focuses on international tax planning, federal tax dispute resolution and domestic and international transactions for US and foreign-based multinational companies

During the research period the firm has worked on the tax aspects of joint ventures that have involved General Motors, Chrysler (Italy and Japan), General Electric (Chile), DirecTV (satellite to home TV) and Fox Entertainment. 

Other work highlights include work for Amazon in securing the largest online retail platform in the Middle East by acquiring the Emirati company Souq.com. The firm has represented six of the Fortune Top 10 companies and 50 of the Fortune 100 largest US companies in US federal tax matters.

The team’s recent experience in some of the largest M&A transactions to date can be exhibited in its representation of Amazon in its acquisition of the Emirati company, Souq.com, the largest online retailer in the Arab world.

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis’s US tax practice group has a strong reputation for providing sophisticated tax counselling on US and foreign tax issues and effectively representing its clients in tax disputes worldwide. 

The group is divided into non-contentious, which advises on tax planning in connection with domestic and foreign mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, fund formations, restructurings, bankruptcy reorganisations, financings, executive compensation arrangements; and contentious, which includes tax controversy, pre-audit planning, post-appeals mediation and tax litigation in federal and state courts.

The firm’s recent experience in transactional tax matters includes advising Vista Equity Partners on the sale of Chicago-based Vivid Seats to GTCR. Vivid seats is the largest independent marketplace for tickets to live sports, concerts, and theatre events. The transaction involved complex structuring to implement intended economics of sale and rollover. 

The team in California recently added Josh McLane as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown offers services in every aspect of corporate, partnership and individual taxation, including taxation of domestic and cross-border issues at the national, state and local tax level. The firm also advises on transactional planning. Its sub practices include transactions, consulting and planning, audits, administrative appeals and litigation, transfer pricing and government relations. 

The firm often represents San Francisco and Silicon Valley companies, including Agilent Technologies, Bare Escentuals, GoPro, Machine Zone, McKesson, Netflix and Ross Stores.

During the research period the firm advised Vertex, a leading provider of comprehensive and intergrated tax technology solutions, in obtaining IRS review under its industry issue resolution program of Vertex’s new global income tax software compliance product for multinational corporations. The software will increase the efficiency of tax audits by the country tax administrators.

The team in California recently welcomed Remmelt Reigersman as a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Morgan Lewis & Bockius represents some of the largest corporate taxpayers and private equity funds in California and the US. The firm also regularly address Californian and multistate tax issues at both planning and controversy stages. 

Bill Colgin leads the firm’s California practice together with Bart Bassett, the group’s firmwide practice leader. 

The team’s recent experience includes work for Google in litigation against the IRS that involves a tax deduction in connection with a stock option issued to another company. The legal question involves Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 83 as applied to cutting-edge technological developments and business models.

Over the last year, the firm added a number of new partners in the US, including Thomas Linguanti, Jenny Austin, Adam Beckerink, Michael Liu, Matthew Mock, Joshua Richardson; as well as of counsel’s Michelle Andrighetto, Nelson Yates, and Justin Cupples; and Jason Dimopoulos as a senior associate.