Global law firm Proskauer announced today that Robert Gaut will join as
partner and head of the firm's Tax
practice in London.
Mr. Gaut has represented many of the world's preeminent multinational
corporations, investment banks and private equity funds on a full range
of UK and international tax strategies relating to inbound and outbound
transactions, capital market offerings and financing matters. He has
advised on transactions with an aggregate value exceeding US$26 billion
in the past 12 months alone. He also counsels clients on timely issues
such as the UK's proposed changes to the treatment of partnerships and
LLPs structures, and tax considerations for technology companies
investing in the U.S.
"Our clients come from a broad spectrum of industries and require a
sophisticated understanding of the evolving tax environment and how to
address challenges that can arise when operating on a global basis,"
said Proskauer Chairman Joseph
M. Leccese. "Robert's extensive cross-border M&A and private equity
experience and in-depth knowledge of UK tax schemes will be a great
complement to our expanding Corporate and Private Investment Funds
W. Dollinger, head of Proskauer's London office, stated "We have a
robust corporate platform and Robert's arrival is an important step
forward in the continued development of our London office as we
replicate the firm's strengths globally. Having experienced and
respected tax expertise is a critical component as we increase our
presence in the UK and Europe."
"Tax issues play an integral role in the successful execution of a deal,
particularly in cross-border matters," said Ira G.
Bogner, Chair of Proskauer's Tax department. "The international
scope of Robert's practice will be a valuable resource for clients and
greatly enhance our continued efforts to broaden the reach of our tax
practice across multiple jurisdictions."
Mr. Gaut joins Proskauer from Fried Frank, where he was a partner since
Proskauer has strategically enhanced its Capital
Investment Funds and Business
Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy capabilities
in the U.S., Europe and Asia, contributing to the firm's increasing
involvement in sophisticated international transactions. For example,
Proskauer recently represented Enel, the Italian utility conglomerate,
in connection with its €1.7 billion debut offering of hybrid capital
securities and its subsequent US$1.25 billion offering of New York
law-governed hybrid capital securities. The firm also advised European
buyout firm HgCapital on the closing of two funds with a combined value
of £2.4 billion and on the closing of its £380 million Mercury Fund,
among other client mandates. The firm handled fund closures with a total
value of more than US$9 billion in the past year, resulting in its
nomination for "Law Firm (Fund Formation) of the Year in Europe" by
Private Equity International.
Proskauer's highly diversified Tax Department is involved in the most
complex and challenging matters of the day, advising a broad range of
clients, including Fortune 500 corporations and other business entities,
investment funds, institutional investors, tax-exempt organizations and
executives. Our lawyers provide practical and innovative tax advice to
clients and possess sophisticated knowledge of the latest laws,
regulations, decisions and trends in this ever-changing area. Our
extensive experience and skill set enable us to be a true partner with
our clients and to assist them in achieving their goals from a tax and
Founded in 1875, Proskauer is a global law firm serving clients'
critical legal needs from offices in Beijing, Boca Raton, Boston,
Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark,
Paris, São Paulo and Washington, DC. Additional information about the
firm can be found at www.proskauer.com.
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