Latham & Watkins LLP

Tax Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Well-regarded tax group with an excellent reputation for tax controversy work. Also offers expertise in international tax planning and structuring matters on behalf of an impressive list of multinational corporations, with particular strength in heavyweight cross-border transactional work, as well as fund formation.

Strengths"You get a personalized service from the team, which is very efficient, very pleasant and fantastic," reports one source, further adding: "Negotiation skills are the team's strength and they are absolutely outstanding trial attorneys."

Another interviewee notes: "All Latham personnel assigned to our engagements are extremely technical and experienced, and also very user-friendly. I have been very impressed with the team, whose strengths are their experience and global reach."

A client says: "Their attorneys have been very easy to work with and provided really on-point advice that gets to the heart of issues."

Work highlights Advised LLR Partners on tax issues associated with the formation of and fundraising for its fifth investment fund.

Notable practitioners

Cheryl Coe
focuses on representing private equity funds in transactional tax matters. A client comments: "She is very thorough and has a very strong commercial mindset to complement her technical strength in tax law."

Jean Pawlow
is "very good with difficult and complex tax cases concerning multiple jurisdictions and difficult clients," according to market sources. She is proficient in handling a wide array of tax controversies.

Miriam Fisher
is held in high regard for her expert handling of high-stakes tax controversies, including IRS audits and Tax Court litigation. Interviewees regard her as an "incredible lawyer who is tremendous with clients and very strategic."

Nicholas DeNovio
offers considerable expertise in the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions. A source says: "In terms of his skills, he's great. He's authoritative, smart and has seen everything. He was very commanding in negotiations."