Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Tax Department

New York
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What the team is known for Admired for providing useful and pragmatic federal tax advice to clients. Experienced in advising on both domestic and cross-border matters involving private equity, fund formation and debt financing. Has particular expertise in advising on bankruptcy-related tax matters. First choice for clients from a multitude of industries, including financial services, real estate and technology.

Strengths Sources regard the firm as having "a strong bench" with "well-regarded practitioners" in the tax arena.

Clients also praise the team's "top-notch tax expertise" and its "excellent customer service."

Work highlights Acted for Dow Inc. on its $40 billion spinoff from DowDuPont.

Notable practitioners

Kimberly Blanchard
is considered to be "on the cutting edge of international tax thinking." She continues to be a popular choice for clients seeking advice on complex cross-border transactions. "She's a talented, very smart tax lawyer," comments a peer, adding: "She's incredibly knowledgeable, experienced and she's a good communicator."

Mark Schwed
focuses his practice on advising private equity funds and corporations on the tax aspects of complex transactions, including M&A, financings and divestitures. He has notable expertise in the real estate sector, often assisting with the formation of REITs. "He's super practical, very commercial and has the industry experience to advise across a broad range of matters," comments a source.

Noah Beck
offers wide-ranging expertise in tax issues, covering mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and private equity fund formation. "He's smart, commercial and easy to work with," reports one market source. Another notes that "he has good knowledge in the M&A area."

Robert Frastai
has experience in a broad array of tax issues, ranging from fund formation to M&A. "He has the ability to take highly technical issues and break them down into basic, plain language," notes an impressed client.

Stuart Goldring
wins market-wide recognition for his unparalleled expertise in bankruptcy-related tax issues. He advises a wide range of clients, including creditors, investors and debtors across a variety of sectors. "He really knows the restructuring area of tax cold," comments one interviewee. Another agrees: "He's handled so many bankruptcies and he remembers every issue in fantastic detail."