Andrew W. Needham is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice concentrates on tax advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, spin‑offs, private equity and hedge funds, REIT taxation, partnership taxation and general tax planning for the preservation of net operating losses and other tax attributes.
Mr. Needham’s clients have included BDT Capital Partners, Cincinnati Bell, Crown Castle, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, MarkWest, Martin Marietta, Weyerhaeuser and The Williams Companies, as well as numerous investment banking firms.
In 2012, Mr. Needham served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section and is currently a member of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of The Harvard Tax Club, the Private Investment Funds Tax Forum and the REIT Tax Club, as well as a frequent speaker at various tax conferences.
Mr. Needham is the author of many published articles, including “The Problem with Stuffing Allocations,” 141 Tax Notes 737 (2013); “Do the Market Discount Rules Apply to Distressed Debt?: Probably Not,” Journal of Tax’n of Financial Instruments (2009); “Private Equity Funds,” 735‑3rd T.M. Portfolio (2015); “Hedge Funds,” 736‑2nd T.M. Portfolio (2015); and “A Guide to Tax Planning for Private Equity Funds and Portfolio Investments,” 95 Tax Notes 1215 (May 20, 2002) (Part 1), 95 Tax Notes 1381 (May 27, 2002) (Part 2).
Mr. Needham has been repeatedly recognized as a leading tax practitioner by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2008 through 2016; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2014 through 2016; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2016; The Best Lawyers in America from 2011 through 2016; and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2011 through 2015.
Mr. Needham received a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1982, a J.D. and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, in 1986 and 1990, respectively, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1992. He joined Cravath in 2005 as a Tax Partner.
Mr. Needham may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1440 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.