Troutman 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.”
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WilmerHale 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.
Chris Bowers has left Bingham McCutchen to join Skadden Arps.
He advises clients on all aspects of international tax planning and controversy, representing many of the largest U.S. and international financial institutions, as well as large, multinational companies. He focuses on issues arising in cross-border financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and foreign tax credit planning.
Before joining Skadden in 2014, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen. Prior to that, he was a partner in the International Corporate Services Group at KPMG LLP’s Washington National Tax Office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowers clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Bowers is listed as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S. and International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.
Mr. Bowers has co-authored numerous articles on a wide range of international topics that have been published in leading tax journals, including Tax Management International Journal, Tax Notes and Tax Notes International. He also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international taxation, and served as an adjunct professor of law for corporate taxation at the George Mason University School of Law in 2004.
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.
European 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.
Perkins Coie has announced that Richard L. Sevcik has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Tax, Benefits & Compensation group. Sevcik was most recently a partner with K&L Gates in Chicago. He is the sixth partner and eighteenth attorney to join Perkins Coie’s Chicago office in the last 12 months.
“Rick’s representation of tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations is a great asset to our national business practice,” said Chris Wilson, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Chicago office. “Closer to home, his long-time work for many nonprofit institutions continues our firm’s commitment to supporting Chicago’s civic and charitable communities.”
Sevcik represents numerous nonprofit organizations, public charities, private foundations, healthcare systems and colleges and universities. His areas of counsel encompass entity formation, ongoing operations and management, reporting obligations, tax planning and issues that arise in transactions involving exempt organizations. He also has a substantive practice counseling healthcare providers and industry participants, including representing exempt healthcare systems and hospitals in connection with corporate governance, tax compliance, transactions and joint ventures, tax exempt bond financings and IRS reporting and community benefit issues.
“Rick is an extremely well-respected tax attorney and a welcome addition to our practice,” said Susan Daley, chair of Perkins Coie’s Tax, Benefits & Compensation practice. “His extensive experience representing public charities, tax-exempt health care systems, private foundations and colleges and universities is an area of practice that touches on many different practices in our firm.”
Sevcik earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Iowa (with highest distinction). He is a frequent author and speaker on issues facing nonprofits, and his presentations have included classification issues facing exempt organizations, higher education tax compliance, corporate governance, internet activities of exempt organizations and the rules impacting private foundations. Sevcik is as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association and the Lincoln Park Zoological Society. He serves on the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Attorneys in Perkins Coie’s Tax, Benefits & Compensation practice focus on advising publicly traded, privately held and tax-exempt entities on a broad range of international, federal, state and local tax matters and on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. The firm regularly assist clients with a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, restructurings, financings, real estate transactions, ERISA plan asset investments, workforce reductions and securities disclosures. Perkins Coie’s integrated approach to serving the tax, benefits and compensation needs of its clients also extends to practitioners in many other disciplines, such as corporate, securities, employment and litigation.
DLA Piper has announced that Hervé Israël, has joined the firm’s Tax practice as a partner in Paris.
Hervé, joins from Holman Fenwick Willan, where he was a partner and Head of the International Tax Group. Prior to joining Holman Fenwick Willan, Hervé was Head of Tax at Hogan Lovells in Paris.
Hervé brings with him extensive experience in corporate tax matters, in particular the structuring and financing of M&A transactions and LBOs, asset financing and securitisation transactions, acquisition structuring.
Hervé also has significant experience advising multi-nationals in the energy, oil, gas, renewables and mining sector, and is recognised as a “leader in his field” by Chambers & Partners.
Roderik Bouwman, International Group Head for Tax said: “We are delighted to welcome Hervé to the team. His significant expertise will enable our Paris tax team to continue to deliver the high quality French tax advice and experience our clients expect both locally and internationally.”
Guillaume Valois, Tax Partner at DLA Piper Paris added: “Hervé joins us with a market leading reputation and wealth of experience. His arrival compliments our current client offering and provides important additional reach for a number of our institutional CFG clients.”
Ernie Lai King has joined Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg.
Ernie was previously head of the China Group at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and will be heading up Hogan Lovells’ tax and China practices in South Africa. He has 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, structured finance and international tax.
Chambers Global and Legal 500 have recognised Ernie as a leading tax practitioner and earlier this year he received an Individual DealMaker of the Year Award.
Ernie has held a number of prominent positions at various institutions including the SA Chamber of Business Tax Committee and the Income Tax Special Court of Appeal (a State President appointment). He has also appeared regularly before the South African Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Finance to comment on tax reform. Currently, he is nominated to the Council SA Institute of Tax Practitioners.
Says Lavery Modise, Chairman of Hogan Lovells (South Africa): “We are thrilled that Ernie has joined our Johannesburg office. His exceptional tax expertise and commercial experience will add value to transactions and deal structuring of our commercial department’s clients. We are also excited about his in-depth knowledge of the Asia market.”
Ernie Lai King comments: “I am excited to join a tier-one global law firm of Hogan Lovells’ reputation and look forward to the challenge of growing the South African office’s tax and China practices.”