Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Tax: Corporate & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Maintains an enviable profile for its work advising private equity funds on transactional tax matters, as well as offering broad corporate capabilities. Strong global practice sees it regularly represent its wide-ranging client roster in cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Noted sector-specific experience pertaining to the private equity, technology, pharmaceutical and media industries, among others. Top practice for insurance-related tax advice. Offers capabilities in tax issues concerning hedge fund formation and private financings.

Notable practitioners

Gary Friedman is highly regarded for his provision of tax advice in the context of big-ticket M&A. "He has extraordinary subject-matter expertise and a very deep knowledge of the tax issues we face," says a client; "he's very careful and deliberate, combining this with his creativity and depth of knowledge."

Peter Schuur is recommended for his deep knowledge of the insurance sector. He handles the tax aspects of both policy and transactional matters, with sources describing him as "very technical, experienced and detail-oriented."

Peter Furci "is extremely smart," says a client, "with a solid base of experience in deals and a good sense of market trends." He assists household-name clients with the tax structuring of M&A, financings and buyouts.