Mayer Brown LLP

Tax Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its strong controversy practice, which sees it act on disputes venued across the USA. Also noted for its significant transactional capabilities, acting on domestic and cross-border planning issues and deals such as restructurings and M&A. Maintains a strong corporate client base, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Regularly acts for private equity, real estate companies and REITs.

Strengths Sources say: "It is fantastic - the team is thorough and very commercial."

Another adds that this is a "very smart" team.

Work highlights Advised Prologis on an $8.4 billion stock-for-stock transaction, which involved the acquisition of DCT Industrial Trust, an industrial real estate company.

Notable practitioners

George Craven
has extensive experience handling corporate tax matters for a broad range of clients. Interviewees draw attention to his expertise in tax issues as they relate to the insurance sector, and describe him as a "fantastic, very knowledgeable lawyer."

James Barry
offers considerable expertise in tax matters arising from high-value acquisitions and sales, advising a broad roster of domestic and international clients. According to an interviewee, "in addition to being brilliant in international tax, he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet - he's a really great person who gets stuff done for clients."

Joel Williamson
comes highly recommended as a "transfer pricing expert." He has significant trial experience, and routinely acts for clients facing seminal cases before the US Tax Court. "He is one of the leading names in tax controversy," reports an impressed peer.

John Hildy
has a strong tax controversy practice that takes in high-stakes litigation for a wide range of corporate clients. He often handles IRS administrative proceedings and cross-border tax matters.

Scott Stewart
is a longstanding tax controversy specialist with extensive trial experience. He is frequently sought after for his expertise in transfer pricing matters. Interviewees note that he is "highly respected for his high-end tax litigation practice."

Thomas Kittle-Kamp
is a leading tax controversy expert. He handles an array of IRS disputes including challenges to partnership structures and tax refunds. He is highlighted by sources as "a really capable and practical" attorney.