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Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Washington DC practice comprises 38 highly skilled professionals. The team advises on matters ranging from international and domestic tax planning, M&A, tax policy, tax disputes, corporate restructuring and post-acquisition integration, tax controversy, state and local tax planning and transfer pricing.

Work highlights from the research period include work for FedEx on the tax aspects of the post-acquisition integration with Dutch rival TNT Express.

More specifically, the team in Washington DC advised 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.


Deloitte is one of the largest firms in the US with more than 11,000 active professionals. The firm provides a broad range of tax services including corporate tax, international tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax, multistate tax, tax management consulting, global employer services and M&A.

Steve Kimble is the chairman and the chief executive officer of the firm’s tax group. Tim Tuerff is the managing partner for the Washington national tax practice. 

The team advises on complicated tax issues and corporate tax risks. During the research period the firm has helped clients with documentation in accordance with new tax regulations.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is best known for its tax controversy practice and the firm is also recognised for its work on tax litigation. 

The Washington DC focuses on tax transactional, planning, tax controversy and transfer pricing matters.

During the research period the firm advised a Wall Street bank on the tax aspects of a financing provided to support a portfolio of commercial and industrial solar projects across the United States. 

The team in Washington recently hired Gary Wilcox, the former principal and co-leader of tax controversy and regulatory services at KPMG.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier’s tax and transfer pricing has a focus advising on federal income tax. 

During the research period the firm represented The Coca-Cola Company in a high stakes tax controversy and transfer pricing dispute before the US tax court. The suit was filed in response to an IRS determination that Coca-Cola owed $3 billion of additional US income taxes for the years 2007-9. In December 2017, the tax court ruled in favour of the client and held that the IRS was incorrect to deny the company more than $138 million in foreign tax credits from taxes paid by its Mexican branch to the Mexican government. 

The team in Washington recently welcomed Linda Carlisle, Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle to the team.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s Washington DC tax practice is helmed by Sanford Stark who, together with John Magee, also leads the firm’s transfer pricing controversy and litigation practice. 

During the research period the firm advised Dominion Energy, a Virgina based energy company, on the tax aspects of its proposed $14.6 billion acquisition of South Carolina based energy company SCANA Corp.

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling advises clients on matters relating to the US government and its regulatory and administrative bodies. In addition the firm advises multinational companies on cross-border M&A, tax-efficient investment and operating structures, tax-sensitive management/employee compensation packages and expatriate taxation.

The team has a number of people with experience in government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Commerce.

Clients of the firm are active in the banking and finance, insurance, technology, real estate and hospitality sectors.

Sullivan & Worcester

Sullivan & Worcester focuses on international tax work including advising US clients on foreign investments and advising foreign investors. 

The firm also advises on the tax aspects of M&A deals, financings, planning and IP migration.

During the research period the firm advised the largest public REIT in the country, American Tower Corporation and seven other large public REITs on a host of tax matters.

Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins's tax, executive compensation and benefits department is led by George Gerachis. The team consists of 24 partners and 35 other tax professionals that provide comprehensive tax advice in a broad range of industries. Transactional tax, tax controversy and planning are core areas for the firm.

During the research period the firm advised Sunoco Logistics Partners in a corporate tax case concerning its merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners.

The firm also advised Energy Transfer in a tax dispute worth $33 billion. In this case, Energy Transfer terminated its merger agreement with the Williams Companies after a tax opinion could not be produced at the closing of the merger.