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Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie offers services in multi-jurisdictional tax planning, post-acquisition restructuring, transfer pricing and supply chain restructuring projects. It also offers a full range of state and local tax services. 

Robert Albaral and Susan Stone are the key figures in the team. Stone is experienced in international tax and business transactions and has advised clients on inbound and outbound transactions as well as in offshore inversion. 

Albaral is chair of the North American tax controversy sub-practice group and a member of the firm’s global tax disputes resolution steering committee. His practice focuses on administrative audit, appeals and litigation.

During the research period the firm advised Konica Minolta on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Ambry Genetics.

Deloitte

International professional services outfit Deloitte acts on outbound and inbound tax issues and indirect tax matters including VAT/goods and services tax, sales and use tax, customs duties, excise duties, insurance premium tax and more.

John Womack is the US managing partner for international tax, transfer pricing and indirect tax. Womack specialises in restructuring US-based multinational corporations. The firm works with clients across numerous industries, including state governments, consumer products, travel, hospitality and leisure, life sciences and automotive.

Deloitte also offers a number of resources to help clients stay on top of tax issues, including tax newsletters.

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis’s acts on transactional tax matters and tax disputes in the US and beyond. The group is divided into non-contentious, which advises on tax planning and contentious.

The team’s recent experience in the Houston market includes work for Alberta Investment Management Corporation on the tax aspects of its $563 million commitment to fund, along with a syndicate of financial sponsors, Howard Midstream Energy Partners’ strategic partnership with WPX Energy to develop crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure in the Delaware Basin.

The team in Houston hired partner Mark Dundon during the research period.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown’s Houston tax and tax controversy practices have experience in IRS examinations, appeals and tax litigation and transactional tax planning. The team works primarily with clients in the energy and financial services industries.

The firm’s experience in the Houston area in relation to tax controversy matters includes work for EOG resources in US tax court litigation involving a first impression on whether income derived from EOG’s hedging program should be included in the intangible drilling costs limitation for computing the alternative minimum tax.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax practice has experience in tax controversy, including audits, IRS appeals, summons enforcement and competent authority relief. The firm has developed a strong Houston practice including work on the only US-Egyptian competent authority case in the last 25 years. 

The firm merged with Chadbourne & Parke in 2017. Robert Morris was appointed as co-head once the dust settled on the merger.

The team’s recent experience includes work for Tema on the tax aspects of its merger with KLR Energy Acquisition Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production focused special purpose acquisition entity. The case was a collaboration between the firm’s Houston and New York offices.

The team recently hired Todd Schroeder and Carolyn Reers as partners.

Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins wider US practice is led by George Gerachis, an experienced tax practitioner with strong specialism in tax planning and tax controversy.

The practice focuses on transactional tax related to M&A, financings and REITs and the firm also advises on tax controversy cases at a federal level.

The team’s recent experience in tax controversy is highlighted by work for Energy Transfer Equity before the Delaware Supreme Court affirming the Delaware Chancery Court’s June 2016 post-trial opinion confirming the company’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with the Williams Companies due to the failure of a condition precedent.