The Tax Group at Skadden handles all aspects of tax law in transactions worldwide. Skadden tax lawyers bring years of experience gained in both private practice and in government to each engagement with the goal of creative and value-added tax solutions. Our Tax Group coordinates its efforts with Skadden lawyers in other disciplines to provide a team approach to each client matter.

Skadden’s tax attorneys are experienced in virtually every type of matter that presents significant tax issues. Our tax professionals also have played leading roles in developing creative controversy resolutions, such as global settlements, fast-track appeals settlements, prefiling agreements and similar expedited resolution strategies. If litigation is required, the firm has well-known senior tax litigators experienced in substantial tax controversies.

We draw from all these resources to form appropriate teams that can achieve innovative and efficient solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs and preferences. Skadden tax lawyers’ work has included:

  • tax-free and taxable acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, spin-offs, and dispositions, often with crossborder components; 
  • corporate finance and funding transactions, recapitalizations and leasing transactions; 
  • real estate investment trusts (REITs) and registered investment companies (RICs);
  • partnerships, LLCs, joint ventures and disregarded entities in a variety of unusual contexts and in virtually every industry sector; 
  • Chapter 11 reorganization cases and nonjudicial restructurings; 
  • private equity and hedge fund transactions; 
  • international tax planning, including transfer pricing, foreign tax credits and advance pricing agreements; 
  • tax accounting, including capitalization, cost recovery, mark-to-market and accounting method change questions; 
  • advising tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of matters, including formation and structuring; M&A, joint ventures and other transactions; obtaining exemption determinations, private letter rulings and other guidance from the IRS; and regulatory compliance and controversy resolution, including IRS audits and appeals; 
  • tax audits including CAP, LIFE and other special programs, prefiling agreements and fast-track resolutions; 
  • appeals, including early referral, mediation and arbitration; 
  • global resolutions of complex matters involving multiple years, issues and stages of controversy within the IRS (and sometimes also including the Department of Justice); 
  • tax litigation, involving a wide array of corporate and individual issues, representation of practitioners in proceedings under Circular 230 and representation of taxpayers and professionals in controversies involving tax penalties and tax return preparer penalties; and 
  • state tax planning and controversy.

The firm was named Americas Tax Firm of the Year at the 2017 International Tax Review Americas Awards, at which we also were named Tax Firm of the Year for North America, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The firm ranked #1 for tax in Vault’s Law 100 Rankings from 2010-2018, every year since the rankings’ inception. Skadden received two awards at the 2016 International Tax Review Americas Awards: Americas M&A Deal of the Year award for our work advising E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and the Americas Technology and Telecom Tax Deal of the Year award for our role advising Broadcom. We were named among Law360’s Tax Groups of 2016 and ranked as a top-tier firm by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017, Chambers Global 2017 and International Tax Review’s World Transfer Pricing 2017. The Tax Group and its members also are repeatedly named as leaders in their field in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Europe and Legal 500.