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energy tax partners jobsTroutman Sanders LLP has announced that Adam Kobos has joined the firm as a tax partner in its Portland office. As part of his national practice, Kobos will collaborate with a number of the firm’s practice areas, including Energy, Project Finance, and Corporate. He also will work closely with the firm’s Orange County office as it expands the firm’s corporate practice in the region. Kobos joins Troutman Sanders from Stoel Rives.

Kobos represents clients in a wide variety of federal and state tax matters, with a primary focus in the energy industry. Kobos represents clients who develop, acquire, and invest in renewable energy projects (including wind, solar, geothermal, waste-to-energy, biomass, hydroelectric and other renewable energy generation facilities), energy storage facilities, and electric vehicle charging and other alternative fuel refueling facilities. He also has significant experience in representing alternative fuel producers, blenders, and sellers in connection with federal and state fuel excise tax matters, including registration and credit qualification matters. Kobos helps clients qualify for federal and state tax incentives and implements transaction structures that maximize the value of those incentives, including partnership flips, sale-leasebacks, inverted leases, prepaid PPAs, and other tax-efficient structures. Kobos also represents utility clients in a wide range of federal income tax matters.

“We are delighted that Adam has joined the firm as he is a great fit in a number of ways,” said Craig Kline, a leading renewable energy lawyer and a Troutman Sanders partner in New York. “He will be a great addition for our national corporate practice as he not only brings an insightful approach to tax law but also provides our Energy practice with additional bench strength focusing on our project finance transactions that use partnership structures.”

“I have been familiar with the quality of the lawyers and the caliber of the clients at Troutman Sanders for years,” said Kobos. “I am very excited by the opportunity to join a growing national firm that is doing such sophisticated work for its clients in the energy industry, and I am looking forward to growing the firm’s tax practice generally.”

“Adam is a fantastic addition for us,” said Lara Skidmore, office managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. “He not only broadens our corporate capabilities in this market, but he also increases the breadth of tax services we can offer to a wide variety of clients on the west coast and throughout the United States.”

“Recent Developments in the Taxation of Transferable State Tax Credits,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, July/Aug. 2011

“IRS Issues Settlement Guidelines for Application of Section 118 to Location Tax Incentives,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2011

“Bosamia: The Tax Court Revisits Section 481 and Accounting Method Changes,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Mar./Apr. 2011

“Bergbauer Expands the Danielson Rule While Narrowing Section 83,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Sept./Oct. 2010

“Rev. Rul. 2009-39 Provides Guidance for Correcting Employment Tax Errors,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2010

“Schering-Plough Corp. Createli Confusion,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Jan./Feb. 2010

“ARRA Alters the Landscape of Renewable Energy Project Finance,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Nov./Dec. 2009

“Proposed Regulations Extend ‘Share-by-Share Approach’ to Basis Recovery in Distributions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2009

“Final Regs. Simplify Continuity-of-Interest Rule for Insolvent Corporations,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Mar./Apr. 2009

“Renewable Energy Aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Biofuels International, Mar. 26, 2009 (coauthor)

“Rev. Rul. 2008-25 Refines (and Revises) the Law of Two-Step Acquisitions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Sept./Oct. 2008

“Federal Tax Incentives for Green Buildings,” Sustainable Land Development Today, July/Aug. 2008 (coauthor)

“Final Regulations Concerning Allocations of Boot and Basis in Reorganizations and Section 355 Distributions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2008


Rajah Tann Tax JobsHern Kuan has joined Rajah Tann as a tax partner in the Singapore office.


Hern Kuan was introduced to tax law in 1991. He was, prior to joining Rajah & Tann LLP in 2014, the Chief Legal Officer of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for 10 years. Prior to his 14 year stint in IRAS, he was a tax manager with KPMG and PwC, and a lecturer with the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

While at IRAS, he was, with his colleagues, involved in providing all manner of legal and tax advice to IRAS’ operational divisions, tax law interpretation, tax rulings, international matters, enforcement proceedings, audit, investigation and criminal prosecution matters, and drafting of tax legislation. He has also represented IRAS as lead counsel in civil and criminal court proceedings in the various boards of review and the Supreme Court.

Notable Cases & Transactions

AQQ v CIT [2014] SGCA 15, [2012] SGHC 249, [2011] SGITBR 1
AQP v CIT [2013] SGCA 3
BQM v CIT (2011) MSTC 50-004 (SGITBR)
Clifford Development v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2009] SGCA 17, [2008] SGHC 168
City Developments Limited v Chief Assessor [2008] SGCA 29, [2007] SGHC 227, (2007) MSTC 5,598 (SGVRB)
UOL Development (Novena) Pte Ltd v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2007] SGHC 173
First DCS Pte Ltd v Chief Assessor [2007] SGHC 82
IE v CIT (2007) MSTC 5,656 (SGITBR)
Comptroller of Income Tax v IA [2006] SGCA 24, [2005] SGHC 229, (2005) MSTC 5,456 (SGITBR)
Comptroller of Income Tax v HY [2006] SGCA 7, [2005] SGHC 137, (2005) MSTC 5,439 (SGITBR)
T Ltd v Comptroller of Income Tax [2006] SGCA 13, [2005] SGHC 115
JD v Comptroller of Income Tax [2005] SGCA 52, [2005] SGHC 92, (2005) MSTC 5,391 (SGITBR)
HZB v CIT (2005) MSTC 5,508 (SGITBR)
UDPL v CIT (2005) MSTC 5,331 (SGITBR)
Kuok (Singapore) Ltd v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2003] SGHC 81
BCH Retail Investment Pte Ltd v Chief Assessor (2003) MSTC 7,439 (SGHC)
MMR v CIT (2001) MSTC 5,305 (SGITBR)

Memberships / Directorships

Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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WilmerHale Tax Partner JobsWilmerHale has welcomed Matthew Schnall as a partner in the Boston office and a member of the Tax Practice Group.

Mr. Schnall represents clients in tax controversies, transactional planning, administrative ruling requests, and tax regulatory compliance. Mr. Schnall boasts substantial experience advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and split-offs, equity and debt financings, registered and private investment funds, business liquidations, restructurings and workouts, as well as international and partnership tax issues. He has handled tax controversies before a variety of state and federal tribunals and joins WilmerHale from the Boston office of a major law firm.

“WilmerHale is a highly successful and widely-respected firm, I look forward to joining them.” noted Mr. Schnall. “I have worked with and across from WilmerHale’s tax lawyers in a number of contexts over many years. I have the utmost respect for them, and am excited to work as part of their team.”

Since 2004, Mr. Schnall has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax lawyer in Massachusetts. He is also consistently ranked as a top tax lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America and among the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Mr. Schnall is an adjunct professor in the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program and speaks frequently on topics in federal, state and international taxation. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his AB from Harvard College.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has announced that Dean S. Shulman has joined the Firm’s New York office as a partner in the Tax Practice Group.

“Dean is a top-of-market tax lawyer with a perfect blend of intellect, experience and energy that complements and bolsters our existing strong tax practice,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

Mr. Shulman is among the country’s preeminent tax attorneys. He represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and fund formation. He has represented public companies, private equity firms, real estate developers, regulated investment companies, publicly traded partnerships and investment partnerships, among other clients. Mr. Shulman was previously a partner in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Mr. Shulman has been recognized repeatedly as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, and his work has been featured in the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, The American Lawyer’s “Big Deals” column and in Law360. He earned a LL.M. in taxation and a J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law.
“Dean will provide immediate and valuable contributions to our Tax Practice Group, an important area for our New York transactional practice,” said David Fox, a corporate partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

paris tax partner jobsEuropean law firm Fieldfisher has hired Antoine Gabizon as a partner in its Paris office. He joined the firm on 1st July 2014.

Antoine joins as a tax partner from UGGC Avocats. He specialises in corporate tax, the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, international tax structuring and transfer pricing, tax litigation, private asset management, employee benefits, the creation of investment funds and VAT.

Antoine has built a strong client following, having practised at UGGC since being admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. He acts for French private equity funds, French and international corporates and private individuals.


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tax litigation jobsDaniel Rosen has joined Baker & McKenzie’s Global Tax Practice as partner, boosting the Firm’s capabilities representing multinational clients in tax controversies and litigation matters.

“During his 16-year career with the IRS, Dan was responsible for litigating some of the largest and most complex cases before the United States Tax Court,” said Thomas Linguanti, chair of the Firm’s North America Tax Practice. “His significant trial experience and governmental insight will be invaluable to our clients. We are fortunate that Dan has decided to join us and couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Firm.”

As a special trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Mr. Rosen gained considerable trial experience litigating dozens of cases over a 16-year span. During his career, he worked closely with the US Department of Justice, Tax Division on several major cases and advised IRS Large Business and International Division executives, managers, and examiners on tax controversy matters, including settlement initiatives. In addition to his courtroom experience, Mr. Rosen has substantial knowledge of alternative dispute resolution processes and techniques.

“Dan’s experience both in the courtroom and with alternative dispute resolution forums will be a great asset to our clients and complements the Firm’s leading team of tax controversy attorneys,” said James Colihan, managing partner of the Firm’s New York office.

Baker & McKenzie’s Global Tax Practice Group is one of the most highly rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. With a team of more than 850 tax practitioners, economists and financial analysts in 47 countries, the practice provides a strong network of tax professionals offering complete tax planning and dispute resolution services to multinational corporations. In North America, the tax practice was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as the 2014 “Tax Law Firm of the Year” and by Law360 in its inaugural listing of “Tax Practice Groups of the Year.”

Mr. Rosen is the latest in a series of partners to join the Tax Practice in North America. Earlier this year, Alex Pankratz and Peter Clark joined the Firm in Toronto and Marc Kushner joined the Firm in Chicago.

“Baker & McKenzie has an unsurpassed reputation in the tax controversy and litigation area,” said Mr. Rosen. “I am delighted to join the Firm and look forward to working with my colleagues around the world.”

Mr. Rosen was a key participant in the drafting of published guidance and administrative directives involving judicial doctrines for the IRS Large Business and International Division. While at the IRS, he was awarded the Treasury Legal Division Research and Writing Award, the National Outstanding Litigator Award, the National Litigation Team Award, and the Commissioner’s Award.

Mr. Rosen is a recognized and frequent speaker on a wide variety of domestic and international tax issues, including for George Washington University School of Law, the Practising Law Institute, Tax Executives Institute (“TEI”), and the American Bar Association. Additionally, Mr. Rosen is an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in 1991 and his JD in 1996 from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Hofstra Law Review.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Robert A. Jacobson has joined the firm as a tax partner in its Houston office. Jacobson focuses his practice on a wide range of tax matters, particularly the structuring of federal income tax effects on partnerships, corporations and individuals involved in complex domestic and international business transactions. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, with a focus on transactions involving master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Jacobson has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 20 public offers of equity securities of MLPs and has also represented MLPs in numerous asset acquisitions. In addition, he has represented several leading global private equity firms with the formation of strategic partnerships.

“Robert’s strong tax background and experience handling MLP transactions will further the firm’s capabilities to assist our clients,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “We are excited to have Robert join the firm.”

Formerly at Vinson & Elkins, Jacobson received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, graduating with honors. He also received an M.P.A. and B.B.A., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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PwC US tax jobsPwC US has announced that Doug Arveseth will be admitted into the firm’s partnership, effective July 1, 2014. He will serve as a tax partner in PwC’s Salt Lake City office, where he will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day tax compliance and consulting needs for a wide range of public and privately-held companies, including multi-national companies, in various industries that include professional services, direct-selling, software, manufacturing, real estate and industrial products.

Arveseth brings more than 12 years of public accounting experience to the partnership. He previously worked in the firm’s Washington D.C. office prior to relocating to the Salt Lake City market in the fall of 2008. He has advised public, private and closely held business clients in such areas as income tax, partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions, cost segregation studies, accounting methods, and federal, foreign and multi-state taxation.

“On behalf of the Salt Lake City office, I’m proud to congratulate Doug on this important milestone in his career,” said David Cook, managing partner of PwC’s Salt Lake City office. “He brings more than a decade of tax experience to our clients and is a tremendous asset to our firm and local community.”

Arveseth graduated from the University of Utah, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant, licensed in Utah and Virginia.

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