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Clients bring their most complex tax challenges to Cravath. The Firm’s “market‑leading and premium‑quality” Tax Department is “held out as a marquee name.” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019 edition)

Our Tax Department is closely involved in clients’ complex U.S. and international transactions, designing tax‑efficient structures for mergers, spin‑offs, joint ventures and private equity acquisitions. Chambers USA 2019 reports the Firm demonstrates “high-level expertise across an impressive range of transactions,” with “noted strength” in cross-border matters. Our tax lawyers typically join a deal team at the outset of a transaction, as early direction on tax issues is often critical for success. We also advise on the tax aspects of all types of capital markets and banking and credit transactions. Our tax lawyers have developed innovative financing structures in both the U.S. and international markets, with tax features that minimize financing costs to issuers and maximize returns to investors. In addition, we provide clients with sophisticated tax planning advice and assistance with their tax controversies. These clients span such diverse industries as telecommunications, media and entertainment, energy, industrials and chemicals, healthcare, transportation and blockchain and financial technology (FinTech).

Our tax lawyers combine extensive legal knowledge, sound business judgment and the highest ethical standards. Tax issues can be complex and difficult and we are experts in the finer points of tax law, with special expertise in Inversions, Reverse Morris Trusts, REITs, Master Limited Partnerships, Up‑C Structures and Leveraged Partnerships. Just as important, Cravath tax lawyers are practical and able to explain complex issues in a clear and understandable way.