Paul Hastings LLP

Tax Department

California
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What the team is known for Calls on notable strengths in transactional tax structuring, as well as tax controversy right up to the trial level. Offers particular expertise in real estate and funds tax matters, alongside wider strengths in tax credits. Enviable client base includes household-name financial institutions, technology and private equity firms.

Strengths One client commends the firm's depth and notes that "the lawyers have excellent academic pedigrees and deal sophistication," further adding: "I especially appreciate their practical, business-driven deal experience."

The team is "very responsive and very good at communicating with the client," reports one source, adding that it is "very professional overall."

The firm also receives praise for "constantly thinking outside of the box."

Work highlights Advised Haim Saban on the tax aspects of its $522 million sale of the Power Rangers brand to Hasbro.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Schaaf is vastly experienced with handling transactional tax matters on behalf on behalf of private equity funds and corporations. Clients say: "He is an excellent advocate and attorney, and always makes himself available."

Thomas Wisialowski is "a brilliant tax strategist," reports one client, further adding: "To have that insight on my side of the table was invaluable." He maintains an impressive transactional tax practice, offering particular prowess in the tax structuring of investment funds.