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Practice Areas

Practice focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and financial instruments. She has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including strategic acquisitions and private equity buyouts, in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, oil and gas, food, defense and energy.


Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 2000. Prior to joining Wachtell Lipton in 1997, She was an assistant professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (1995-1997) and an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law (1994-1995).She is rated a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Professional Memberships

Active member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.


Received an AB from Harvard University in 1986, a JD from Harvard Law School in 1989 and an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1994. She is a frequent speaker at Practising Law Institute, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association conferences on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and related topics.