Jerred Blanchard has recently joined Baker & McKenzie’s Tax Practice as Counsel in the Houston office, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience advising U.S. and multinational corporations in the area of complex M&A transactions, US consolidated return regulations and a multitude of international tax planning issues.
“Jerred is considered one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the US on corporate M&A transactions and particularly on consolidated return issues, having co-authored one of the leading treatises on that subject” said Thomas Linguanti, Chair of the Firm’s North American Tax Practice. “With his deep experience in complex transactional tax issues, Jerred will be an outstanding asset to our clients.”
Mr. Blanchard’s practice will continue to focus on federal income tax planning for corporations and shareholders, consolidated return regulations, the preservation of tax attributes in connection with insolvency proceedings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
“Jerred will augment our long-established and full service transactional practice in Houston. His prominence in the tax field, as well as his broad skill set, will further bolster and complement our highly-regarded tax practice in Houston and across North America,” said Jonathan Newton, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Houston office. “We are proud to welcome him to the Firm and Houston office.”
Mr. Blanchard joins Baker & McKenzie from the Houston office of EY He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1973, his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1976, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1980. He was a member of the 11th District Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank at Dallas from 2010 through 2013. In addition to his being co-author of one of the leading treatises on consolidated returns, Federal Income Taxation of Corporations Filing Consolidated Returns, Mr. Blanchard has written numerous articles in professional journals on multiple corporate tax topics. He is also a frequent speaker at continuing legal and professional education programs around the US.
Dykema, a national US law firm, has announced the addition of Gina M. Torielli to its Taxation Group as senior counsel in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.
Torielli, who was an associate with Dykema from 1991-96, rejoins the firm after serving as a consultant on municipal finance and state tax issues arising in the court-ordered mediation of the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
After her time as an associate with Dykema, Torielli went on to become the first woman to serve as president of a major Michigan law firm when she became President and CEO of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, a position she held for more than five years. After Howard and Howard, she served more than 10 years as a professor and Director of the Graduate Tax program at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she taught courses about tax practice and procedure, standards and ethics of tax practice, and tax-exempt organizations.
Torielli’s practice focuses on taxation and public finance, advising nonprofit organizations and governmental entities on issues relating to tax exemption, tax-exempt financing, and state and federal tax issues.
“We are very fortunate to add an attorney of Gina’s caliber to our taxation practice and our group” said Michael G. Cumming, Leader of Dykema’s Tax Practice Group. “Her reputation and substantial background precede her. The firm and its clients will benefit greatly from her knowledge of public finance and tax-exempt financing.”
Torielli is a past chairperson of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She was designated one of the Top 10 Business Women of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in the spring of 2003, and was also named one of Corp! Magazine’s 95 most powerful women in 2002.
Torielli received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her B.S., with high honors, from Michigan State University.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has announced that William D. Alexander, associate chief counsel (corporate) of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel, is joining the firm. Mr. Alexander, who will join Skadden’s global Tax Group as of counsel in April 2015, will focus on tax aspects of complex transactions, including U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and other business transactions.
Mr. Alexander has been with the Office of Chief Counsel since 1990, serving as associate chief counsel (corporate) since February 2003. In this role, he was the chief adviser to the IRS on interpretations of the corporate tax laws, such as provisions dealing with corporate mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate-shareholder relationships, the use of corporate losses and consolidated returns of corporate groups. Mr. Alexander played a major role in the government’s development of published and private guidance, and in the development and implementation of the IRS’s enforcement positions, in these areas. Mr. Alexander is well known for having run a successful private letter ruling program in the corporate tax area.
“Bill’s 25 years of service and leadership with the IRS will further strengthen our transactional tax practice and enhance our ability to help resolve clients’ tax issues creatively and efficiently,” said Matthew A. Rosen, co-head of Skadden’s Tax Group.
“I am excited to be joining Skadden, which is renowned worldwide for its preeminent tax practice in a broad range of areas and contexts,” Mr. Alexander said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer clients strategic solutions to their most complex business and tax needs.”
“Bill’s technical knowledge and experience also make him an ideal complement to our litigation and tax controversy practice, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the firm,” said Fred T. Goldberg, Jr., also co-head of Skadden’s Tax Group.
Mr. Alexander is a frequent speaker on corporate tax issues at bar association programs and other tax conferences.
A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Alexander received his law degree from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Alexander, while based in Skadden’s Washington, D.C. office, will closely collaborate with other attorneys handling matters in the firm’s global Tax Group, including those located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, London, Frankfurt and Paris.
Bruce H. Weinrib has joined Shearman & Sterling LLP as Of Counsel as of October 2014 and is a member of the firm’s Tax Group in New York.
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Bruce was a Managing Director in Barclays’ Strategic Transaction Group where he worked on and developed a wide-variety of capital markets, financing and M&A transactions for both Barclays’ own account and for the benefit of Barclays’ clients.
Before joining Barclays in September 2007, Bruce was a National Office Tax Partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Over his 26 year career at EY, Bruce had a number of different roles, including leading E&Y’s International Capital Markets Practice.
GAMCO Investors, Inc. has re-hired Vince Capurso into the management team of GAMCO as General Tax Counsel.
He will also re-assume the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GGCP, GAMCO’s controlling shareholder.
Vince originally joined GAMCO in 2000 as Vice President and Tax Counsel and GGCP in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“We are delighted to have Vince rejoin us and we are confident that his proven cross- functional skills will continue to provide great value to all our constituents, clients, teammates and shareholders”, said Mario J. Gabelli, CEO of GAMCO.
A CPA and tax attorney, Vince has led the tax function and participated in numerous transactions of Fortune 500 and multinational companies during his career of over three decades as a senior financial executive in multiple industries.
Most recently Vince was Senior Vice President, Tax and Senior Tax Counsel of AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:AMCX). During Vince’s tenure of more than three years, AMC Networks was spun-off from Cablevision and completed a $1 billion international acquisition of Chellomedia from Liberty Global.
Before AMC Networks, Vince led the tax function of Barnes & Noble for over five years during its digital and international expansion. Prior to joining GAMCO in 2000, Vince led the tax function of global investment banking and private equity firm Wasserstein Perella Group, Inc. for over five years.
Ropes & Gray has announced promotions for partners and counsel.
Geoffrey Mason (Boston) has been made a partner.
He advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, including sophisticated gift and estate tax planning and trust administration, and serves as trustee of numerous family trusts. He also advises trust companies and major charitable organizations on charitable giving and charitable trust administration.
- Represented founder and executive of major technology company in estate, gift and charitable planning matters from early stages of company through IPO.
- Assisted with the development and implementation of plan to transfer ownership of privately-held company to second and subsequent generations over several years.
- Worked with donor to develop a $20 million charitable commitment to a university, including outright gifts, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.
- Represents State Street Global Advisors’ Charitable Asset Management Group in connection with their administration of charitable trusts and gift annuity programs.
- Developed and implemented gift program, including taxable gifts and GRATs, for owner of large, privately-held company.
Kat Saunders Gregor (Boston) has been promoted to Counsel. She joined the firm in 2005.
She focuses her practice on tax controversy matters, as well as partnership and international tax issues. She regularly represents clients before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the IRS, as well as non-U.S. tax authorities. Ms. Gregor has worked extensively on fund investment and secondary transactions, and she advises private equity and hedge funds clients on a variety of tax issues relating to formation and investment activities.
Kat previously practised as a CPA with the Middle Market Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she advised venture capital funds and their portfolio companies on tax compliance, planning, and controversy matters.
The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Curtis Beaulieu is joining PRG as Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. Beaulieu will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of tax policy matters.
Beaulieu joins PRG from Capitol Hill, where he served since 2011 as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. As tax counsel, he co-wrote the Tax Reform Option Paper on energy taxes for Senate Finance Committee members, organized hearings on income distribution and oil and gas tax expenditures, including intangible drilling costs, dual capacity, and the Section 199 manufacturing deduction, and negotiated extension of expiring tax provisions involved in the “fiscal cliff,” including “tax extenders,” RA/JGTRRA tax rates, and the estate and gift tax.
Beaulieu has wide-ranging Capitol Hill experience working for both the Senate and the House. Prior to working on the Senate Finance Committee staff, he served as tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from 2008-11 and, in 2007-8, to Representative Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who was then ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee. He also worked in various legislative capacities for Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana).
“Curt is a dedicated professional with a proven track record in understanding the challenges and complexities of the U.S. tax code. I’ve always valued his expertise and counsel and know he’ll do well in this new endeavor,” said Senator Hatch.
“We are excited to have Curt join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal. “His experience on tax policy, particularly related to energy, natural resources and manufacturing issues, will greatly benefit our clients. As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to discuss and debate a wide range of tax issues, from comprehensive tax reform to extenders and inversions, Curt will strengthen our practice with his skills and almost decade-long experience in serving as a top tax policy advisor on Capitol Hill. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and throughout the private sector.”
“We proudly welcome Curt to our firm’s tax team,” said Liz McGinley, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s tax section. “Our corporate clients are increasingly focused on the federal tax implications of their current operations and strategic initiatives. Curt’s tax policy experience, together with our strong transactional tax capability, will allow us to provide exceptional service to our clients.”
“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Beaulieu. “I was attracted to PRG by the firm’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof, as well as its outstanding reputation in Washington for substance and knowledge of tax and other issues.”
Beaulieu received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center; a J.D. from the California Western School of Law; and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas.
Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives. PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.
McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Philip D. Morrison has joined the Firm as Counsel in its U.S. and International Tax Practice Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Morrison recently retired as a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP where he led Deloitte’s U.S. international tax quality control effort. In that position he provided tax planning and compliance advice to international tax practitioners, directed training on international tax issues, and acted as a liaison with the federal government. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Morrison was a partner at another leading international law firm.
From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Morrison served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s international tax counsel, the government’s chief legal advisor on international tax matters (including international tax legislation and regulations), chief negotiator of tax treaties, and director of the Office of International Tax Counsel. He also represented the U.S. at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and at other multilateral tax fora. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Morrison has more than 30 years of experience as a tax lawyer, with over 20 years exclusively in international tax. He will focus his practice on international tax, including inbound and outbound planning, treaty issues, transfer pricing and controversy work.
“We are delighted to welcome Phil to the Firm,” said Lowell S. Yoder, partner and head of McDermott’s US & International Tax Practice Group. “Phil is a leading authority on some of today’s most complex international and U.S. tax issues. With the rapid growth of our international tax practice, Phil brings to the Firm considerable knowledge and expertise that will be of tremendous value to our clients with business interests around the globe.”
“With more than three decades of sophisticated tax experience, Phil further deepens our capabilities and strengths as a leading firm in international tax,” added McDermott tax partner Blake Rubin, partner and head of McDermott’s Washington Tax Practice. “Clients operating around the world today are facing increasing challenges and uncertainties in the tax arena. Phil enhances our ability to provide the best counsel and advice available.”
Mr. Morrison is a member of the Committee on U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section, The Tax Council, the tax committee of the National Foreign Trade Council, the International Fiscal Association, and a Washington-based international tax study group. He has regularly been selected as a leading tax advisor and a leading transfer pricing advisor for the International Tax Review/Legal Media Group’s expert guides. He has spoken and published widely on various international tax subjects and is a regular contributor to the Tax Management International Journal’s “Leading Practitioner Commentary.”
Mr. Morrison received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (with honors) and his A.B. (with high honors) from Princeton University.