Tax Conference Speakers & Panelists

William Alexander

Bill Alexander focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and other business transactions.

Before joining Skadden in 2015, Mr. Alexander served as Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel. He had been with the Office of Chief Counsel since 1990, serving as Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) since November 2001. In this role, he was the chief adviser to the IRS on interpretations of the corporate tax laws, such as provisions dealing with corporate mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate-shareholder relationships, the use of corporate losses and consolidated returns of corporate groups. Mr. Alexander played a major role in the government’s development of published and private guidance, and in developing and implementing the IRS’ enforcement positions in these areas. Prior to joining the IRS, he worked in private practice in New York.

Mr. Alexander is a frequent speaker on corporate tax issues at bar association programs and other tax conferences.  He is active in the Tax Sections of the American Bar Association, for which he is the current chair of the Corporate Tax Committee, and the NY State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Consolidated Returns Committee.  He is the co-chair of Practicing Law Institute's Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings Conference and the chair of Bloomberg BNA's Corporate Taxation Advisory Board.

Mr. Alexander is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York, and has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Benjamin Applestein

Ben Applestein is a principal in the Passthroughs group in the National Tax Office of Deloitte Tax LLP in San Francisco, where his practice focuses on the use of partnerships and limited liability companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, restructurings, and capital markets. 

Prior to joining Deloitte, Ben worked as a Senior Vice President in Tax Advisory at Macquarie Holdings (USA), an Australian investment bank in New York and as a tax associate at Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett in New York and Palo Alto, where he worked on a number of notable acquisitions, capital markets offerings, and private equity funds.

Ben has represented a wide array of clients including some of the largest private equity firms in the country. 

Education & Certifications

  • Attorney, licensed to practice in California and New York
  • New York University – LL.M. (Tax)
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – J.D.
  • Duke University – A.B.

Kim Blanchard

Kim Blanchard is a partner in Weil’s Tax Department and is based in New York. Ms. Blanchard’s practice encompasses a variety of largely international transactions involving corporate acquisitions and mergers, internal restructurings, business formations and joint ventures. Ms. Blanchard also advises domestic, foreign and multinational clients in connection with venture capital investment and fund formation, partnerships, real estate, executive compensation and exempt organization issues.

Ms. Blanchard has lectured and published extensively on topics ranging from international tax planning for U.S. businesses to the special tax issues facing foreign persons, pension plans and other exempt investors who invest in U.S. private equity partnerships and in U.S. real estate.

Ms. Blanchard is consistently recognized as a leading Tax lawyer by Chambers USAChambers GlobalLegal 500 USBest Lawyers in America and The Best of the Best USA. Ms. Blanchard is ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA where clients note that she is “very smart, very knowledgeable…an expert.” She was recognized as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for the area of Tax Law in New York City and named among the 2019 Top 30 “Best of the Best” attorneys for Tax by Legal Media Group. She is also listed in the International Tax “Hall of Fame” by Legal 500 US. Ms. Blanchard has been recognized for Tax by Super Lawyers 2006 – 2019 and was named among 2015 “Top Women” for Tax in New York by Super Lawyers. In addition, Ms. Blanchard was recognized by Expert Guides’ 2014 “Women in Business Law” publication for Tax, named a “Most Highly Regarded” lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax 2012, and was named “Best in Tax” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Women in Business Law Awards in 2013.

Ms. Blanchard is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. She is active with the American Bar Association's international tax committees and is a member of both the Tax Forum and the Tax Review paper and discussion groups. Ms. Blanchard is the immediate past President of the International Tax Institute. She is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management International Tax Advisory Board and the author of the Tax Management Portfolio on PFICs, a “Leading Practitioner Contributor” to the Tax Management International Journal and a member of Practical Law Company’s U.S. advisory board. In addition, Ms. Blanchard is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the American Indian College Fund and of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

Patricia A. Brown

Patricia A. Brown is the Director of the Graduate Programs in Taxation and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment at the University of Miami School of Law.  She began her career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, specializing in the taxation of cross-border financial transactions and financial institutions.  She joined the U.S. Treasury Department in 1994, and in 1997 became the Deputy International Tax Counsel (Treaty Affairs), with responsibility for the U.S. tax treaty program.  From 2007 to 2011, she was a Senior Advisor, Financial Transactions, for the OECD projects on collective investment vehicles and TRACE.  Ms. Brown received her B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and her J.D. from the University of California (Berkeley).

Nicholas J. DeNovio

Nicholas J. DeNovio is a Partner in the Washington, DC Office of Latham & Watkins LLP, and has represented large US and non-US-based multinational corporations on complex cross-border transactions involving mergers & acquisitions, spin-offs, financings and group structuring. He is a board member of the George Washington University/Internal Revenue Service International Tax Program and served as Chair of the University of Chicago’s Federal Tax Conference.

Mr. DeNovio is consistently ranked by The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as a leading tax lawyer in Washington, D.C. In addition, The Legal 500 US and Chambers Global regularly recognize him for his international tax work.

Michael J. Graetz

Michael J. Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, is a leading expert on national and international tax law.

His recent scholarship, including his book The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Linda Greenhouse), Simon & Schuster, 2016, has focused on U.S. legal history and problems around economic inequality. Graetz has written several books on federal domestic and international taxation, including a leading law school text, as well as books on energy policy and social insurance, and more than 80 articles on a wide range of tax, international taxation, health policy, and social insurance issues. His latest book The Wolf at the Door: Fighting the Menace of Economic Insecurity (with Ian Shapiro) is forthcoming in January from Harvard University Press.

He joined the Columbia Law School’s faculty in the fall of 2009 after holding faculty positions at Yale Law School for more than 25 years. Prior to his time at Yale, Graetz was Professor of Law and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology; and professor of Law at the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia.

In addition to his teaching career, Graetz has held several positions in the federal government. He was assistant to the secretary and special counsel for the Department of the Treasury in 1992, and deputy assistant secretary for tax policy at the Department of the Treasury from 1990 to 1991. He also served previously on the commissioner's advisory group of the Internal Revenue Service, and in the Treasury Department’s office of tax legislative counsel.

Graetz has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and received an award from Esquire Magazine for courses and work in connection with the provision of shelter for the homeless. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 2013, he was awarded the Daniel M. Holland Medal by the National Tax Association for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of public finance.

Graetz earned his LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1969 and his B.B.A. from Emory University in 1966.

Kristin Hickman

Professor Kristin Hickman is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law, and Associate Director of the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School.  She presently serves as one of forty public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States and recently served as Special Adviser to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C.   Professor Hickman has written extensively on issues of federal tax administration and judicial review in the federal income tax and general administrative law contexts.  Her academic work has been cited in several U.S. Supreme Court opinions and is cited regularly in judicial opinions and court briefs.  Before joining the legal academy, Professor Hickman practiced tax law with the Skadden, Arps law firm and clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Before law school, she practiced for several years as a certified public accountant handling a variety of tax matters. 

Joseph "Jud" Judkins

Joseph "Jud" Judkins is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice Group. He serves on the group’s Tax Controversy Steering Committee. Mr. Judkins clerked for the Honorable Herbert L. Chabot at the US Tax Court and also served as the Tax Court’s legislative counsel. Before the Tax Court, Mr. Judkins served in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he focused on civil and criminal litigation. He continues to serve as a commander in the US Navy Reserve.

Mr. Judkins concentrates on federal tax controversy matters at every phase of a dispute, including audit, IRS Appeals, and litigation. The application of administrative law principles to Treasury regulations and IRS guidance is a core component of his practice. Mr. Judkins advises clients on a broad spectrum of international and domestic tax disputes, including challenges to the validity of regulations, participation in the agency rulemaking process through the submission of comments and testimony at public hearings, issues involving transfer pricing, employment tax, the section 199 domestic production activities deduction, and the research credit.

Rachel Kleinberg

Rachel is a tax partner in the Northern California office of Davis Polk.  She advises on nearly all aspects of tax law, with a focus on advice to corporate and private equity fund clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and reorganizations. She also has significant experience in the areas of corporate finance and derivatives.

Rachel is the Chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers Committee, a longstanding member of the Advisory Board for the GW Law/IRS Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation and a frequent speaker on corporate tax, international tax and financial products topics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, has been cited as a leading tax practitioner by Chambers USA and the Legal 500, and was recognized by the International Tax Review as one of the “Women in Tax Leaders.”  Rachel received her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Andrew W. Needham

Andrew W. Needham is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice concentrates on tax advisory work in mergers and acquisitions and partnership taxation.

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 2019; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2014 through 2019; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2019; The Best Lawyers in America from 2011 through 2020; and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2011 through 2018.  From 2017 through 2019, he was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the International Tax category.

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 Bloomberg BNA Corporate Advisory Board, 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 also the author of many published articles.

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.

David G. Noren

David G. Noren is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office.  He focuses his practice on international tax planning for multinational companies.  David’s work in this area covers a wide range of both “outbound” and “inbound” issues, with particular focus on subpart F, the recently enacted GILTI, FDII, and BEAT regimes, bilateral income tax treaties, and the treatment of cross-border flows of services and intellectual property rights under transfer pricing and other rules.

Prior to joining the Firm, David served for nearly five years as legislation counsel to the Joint Committee on Taxation in the U.S. Congress, where he advised the House Ways & Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other members of Congress on proposed international tax legislation.  He played a major role in the development of several international tax bills, including the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.  He also advised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the review and ratification of several tax treaties and protocols, carried out the international tax aspects of special investigations and studies requested by members of Congress, and assisted in the Joint Committee staff's review of large tax refunds in the international area.  Prior to working in Congress, David taught in the tax program at the New York University School of Law and practiced tax law in the Chicago office of another prominent law firm.

David is a frequent writer and speaker on international tax issues.  His articles have appeared in the BNA Tax Management International Journal, the IBFD International Transfer Pricing Journal, the Tax Law Review, Taxes--The Tax Magazine, and Tax Notes, and he is a co-author of the BNA Tax Management Portfolios on CFCs--General Overview and CFCs—Foreign Personal Holding Company Income.  David has spoken at conferences and seminars hosted by the American Bar Association, BNA Tax Management Advisory Board, District of Columbia Bar, George Washington University, International Fiscal Association, International Tax Institute, National Tax Association, Tax Council Policy Institute, Tax Executives Institute, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.  David also has testified in Congressional hearings on international tax issues, and he has served as chair and vice-chair of the International Tax Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Taxation Section.

David earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and his A.B., with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University.  David is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Illinois.

Joshua D. Odintz

Joshua D. Odintz is a partner in and on the management committee of Baker McKenzie’s North American Tax Practice Group. Joshua held high-level government positions with both the US Department of the Treasury and the Senate Finance Committee. He previously served as a Senior Advisor for Tax Reform to the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of the Treasury, where he advised Senior Treasury officials on tax reform options and issues. Joshua also served as the Chief Tax Counsel to the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and was instrumental in formulating the tax proposals that were contained in the Commission’s report, entitled the Moment of Truth. Additionally, Joshua served as the Acting Tax Legislative Counsel at the Treasury.

Joshua is a frequent speaker at IFA, TEI, ABA Tax Section, NY State Bar Tax Section, Practicing Law Institute and Federal Bar Association tax meetings and conferences. Joshua focuses on tax policy, tax controversy, and withholding tax matters. He advises clients on domestic and international tax controversy matters at all phases, from audit and administrative appeals through litigation. He has handled cases involving transfer pricing, section 199, research credit, tax accounting, privilege and work product, among others.

Deborah L. Paul

Deborah L. Paul is a Partner in the Tax Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where she focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and financial instruments.  Ms. Paul has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including strategic acquisitions and private equity buyouts. 

Ms. Paul is the 2019 Chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and a frequent speaker at Practising Law Institute, International Fiscal Association, New York State Bar Association and other conferences on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and related topics.  She is rated a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Ms. Paul received an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Elena Romanova

Elena Romanova is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. She brings extensive experience in tax matters related to equity derivatives and other financial products as well as U.S. taxation of multinational financial institutions. Ms. Romanova provides clients with firsthand industry experience and a deep understanding of unique tax issues faced by broker-dealers and banks in both institutional and retail businesses. Ms. Romanova is regularly called upon to speak at tax conferences to discuss issues relating to derivatives and to the financial industry.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Romanova was a Managing Director at Citigroup, where she served as the Global Head of the Business Tax Advisory, supporting the Institutional Clients Group and the Consumer Bank. She also practiced for several years at another major New York firm and prior to that, served as a Tax Policy Fellow at the US Treasury Department, Office of Tax Policy. During her tenure at Citigroup, Ms. Romanova served on the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Tax Association.

John J. Rooney

John J. Rooney is a director in the Washington National Tax office of KPMG LLP.   John specializes in the taxation of partnerships, LLCs, and other pass-thru entities with an emphasis on the use of partnerships in international joint ventures and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining KPMG, John was an Associate Tax Legislative Counsel with the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was extensively involved with legislative developments and regulatory guidance involving corporations, partnerships, and other pass-thru entities.  John has also been a principal and a director in the Washington national tax offices of two other international accounting firms and was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Miller & Chevalier.  He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Seton Hall University, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

John is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and the Tax Section’s Partnership Committee.  He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and has authored and co-authored articles appearing in numerous publications, including The Journal of Passthrough Entities, Tax Management Memorandum, and the Practicing Law Institute.  John has also lectured at many conferences, including the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the District of Columbia bar, the NYU Federal Tax Institute, and the Southern Federal Tax Institute.

H. David Rosenbloom

H. David Rosenbloom is the James S. Eustice Visiting Professor of Taxation and Director of the International Tax Program at New York University School of Law.  He is also a member of Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, a law firm he rejoined in 1981 after serving as International Tax Counsel and Director of the Office of International Tax Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department from 1978 to 1981.  Born in 1941, Mr. Rosenbloom graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1962 and, after a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florence in Italy, attended Harvard Law School.  He graduated magna cum laude in 1966 and was President of Volume 79 of the Harvard Law Review.  Mr. Rosenbloom served as assistant to Ambassador Arthur Goldberg at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and then as clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas.  A frequent speaker and author on tax subjects, Mr. Rosenbloom has taught international taxation and related subjects at Stanford, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and New York University Law Schools, and at educational institutions in Taipei, Mexico City, Milan, Bergamo, Bologna, Bari, Sydney, Mainz, Heidelberg, Rio de Janeiro, Pretoria, Melbourne, Vienna, Lisbon, Leiden, Padova, and Neuchâtel.  He has also served as Tax Policy Advisor for the U.S. Treasury, the OECD, AID, and the World Bank in Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Senegal, Malawi, and South Africa.  In recent years he has been an expert witness on international tax matters in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Bahar Schippel

Bahar Schippel is a partner in Snell & Wilmer LLP’s Phoenix, Arizona office and is Chairperson of the Firm’s Tax Group.  Bahar specializes in tax planning for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate transactions, drafting LLC and partnership agreements, tax planning in connection with fund formation and operations, structuring tax-efficient debt workouts, designing service provider equity compensation for LLCs and partnerships and representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. She served on the Council of the ABA Tax Section and is a Past Vice Chair (Pro Bono and Outreach) thereof. Bahar is a Past Chair of the ABA Tax Section Partnership Committee. She is currently a member of the ABA's National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs. Bahar is also the Past Chair of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Arizona and Past Chair of the Arizona Tax Advisory Commission, which oversees the tax specialization program in Arizona. She is a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel, and a member of the Bloomberg BNA Real Estate Advisory Board and the Wolters Kluwer Legal Tax Advisory Board, which all include some of the nation's leading authorities on tax law. Bahar frequently speaks at national and regional tax conferences and contributes articles to top-tier tax publications.

Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Bahar served as Attorney-Advisor for the United States Tax Court in Washington, DC, Teaching Assistant to the Honorable David Laro at Georgetown University Law Center, and Associate at Combs, Mack and Lind.  She received her B.S. in 1992 from Arizona State University; her J.D. in 1996 from Arizona State University, where she was a four-time Pedrick Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif; and her LL.M. in 1998 from the University of San Diego.

David Schnabel

Mr. Schnabel is the head of Davis Polk’s Tax Department. He advises clients on a full range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, financing, PIPEs, partnership and other flow through investments, joint ventures, fund formation and related issues, and inversions. He is Former Chair Tax Section, New York State Bar Association; Former Co-Chair of various committees of the NYSBA Tax Section; Member, Planning Committee, University of Chicago Law School Tax Conference; Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel; and frequent speaker on the tax aspects of M&A and private equity as well as a frequent writer on tax issues, and is the author of numerous New York State Bar Association Reports on tax issues.

Gretchen T. Sierra

Gretchen Sierra is a Partner in Deloitte's Washington National Tax-International Tax Services group. She advises U.S. and foreign-based multinationals on a broad range of international tax matters, including supply chain structuring, IP migrations, U.S. income tax treaties, inbound planning, financing transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and e-commerce transactions.

Prior to joining Deloitte in January 2009, Ms. Sierra was Deputy International Tax Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury Department. As Deputy International Tax Counsel, she had responsibility for a broad spectrum of U.S. tax treaty and international tax regulatory and legislative matters, including the contract manufacturing regulations. Prior to joining the Treasury Department in 2005, she was Legislation Counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress, where she advised the House Ways & Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other members of Congress on proposed international tax legislation, including the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Ms. Sierra is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a coauthor of the Bloomberg/BNA Tax Management Portfolio Planning Matrix for U.S.-Based Multinational Corporations.

Karen Gilbreath Sowell

Karen Gilbreath Sowell is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department. Based in Washington, D.C., Karen serves as a co-leader of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and leader of the Global Transactions Network.  Karen advises the firm’s most significant clients on complex transactions, and leads the firm’s practice involving corporate spin-off transactions.

Karen was the US Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy from July 2007 to January 2009. She worked closely with the leadership of the Treasury Department during the financial crisis. She participated in the legislative process for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008, and played a leadership role in the expedited issuance of important guidance projects directed at economic stabilization. She was co-leader of the Treasury Department’s promulgation of standards for the executive compensation requirements of EESA. She received the Treasury Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions.

Among her other duties as Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, Karen worked closely with the Internal Revenue Service to issue a substantial amount of significant regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices and other guidance.

Karen first served at the Treasury Department from 1997 to 2001, where she was Associate Tax Legislative Counsel. She was primarily responsible for matters relating to corporate taxation in a period of prolific guidance, including regulations and other guidance governing spin-off transactions, taxable transactions, and the check-the box regime. 

Karen was the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2018. She is also a former chair of the Corporations Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.

Moshe Spinowitz

Moshe Spinowitz is a tax partner in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He advises multinational companies in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and post-acquisition restructuring and integration transactions. He also represents clients on a range of tax controversy matters during all phases of IRS audits and appeals.  Mr. Spinowitz’s experience includes advising multinational companies in connection with the integration and restructuring of their operations following large cross-border acquisitions, and advising pharmaceutical and technology companies in connection with the structuring of their intellectual property holdings.  He also advises multinational enterprises with respect to the impact of the TCJA on their international operations, including the application of the new GILTI, FDII, 245A, BEAT, and foreign tax credit regimes to their operations.

Prior to joining Skadden, Moshe served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Michael Boudin, on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Gordon E. Warnke

Gordon is the Principal in Charge of KPMG’s U.S. and Global Complex Transactions Group and Co-Principal in Charge of KPMG’s Washington National Tax M&A group.

Prior to joining KPMG, Gordon was the U.S. and global head of tax at Linklaters LLP, and, prior to that, the U.S. and global head of tax at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (as well as its predecessor firm, Dewey Ballantine LLP).

Gordon’s primary areas of concentration are U.S. federal income tax considerations relating to domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings, bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts, consolidated returns, and foreign tax credit, basis, earnings and profits and other tax attribute matters. He also has significant experience in the taxation of private equity funds and other collective investment vehicles as well as the taxation of complex financial arrangements and products.

Gordon has been recognized in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and other publications as a leading tax individual in the United States.

Gordon is currently the Second Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the New York Bar Association Tax Section and is a former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section’s Committee on Reorganizations and Committee on Cross-Border Capital Markets. He is also a former chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Committee on Affiliated and Related Corporations.

Gordon speaks frequently at professional education programs on federal income tax topics and has written extensively on corporate reorganization and other tax subjects. Among the forums at which Gordon has been a regular speaker are the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the International Tax Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, and the Texas Federal Tax Institute.

Bill Wilkins

Bill Wilkins is a Managing Director in PwC's Washington National Tax Services practice.  Bill joined PwC in April of 2018, after serving as the Chief Counsel for the IRS from 2009-2017. He was previously a partner in the WilmerHale law firm and Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Senate Finance Committee.  He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in the 2008-2009 term.  He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.  

Sara Zablotney

Sara Zablotney is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  She focuses her practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, both domestic and cross-border. She also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, bankruptcy and restructuring, and investment fund formation. 

Sara was recognized by Chambers USA for Tax [NY] from 2017–2019, as a Law360 MVP for Tax in 2017, as a “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law in 2014, and is recommended by The Legal 500 U.S.  Sara received her B.A. from Duke University (magna cum laude) in 1999 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law (cum laude) in 2002, where she received the Leonard J. Schreier Memorial Prize in Ethics and the Norma Z. Paige Award.  She speaks frequently on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and private equity.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section’s Executive Committee, where she is Co-Chair of the Partnerships Committee.  She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Kenan Institute of Ethics at Duke University, and formerly sat on the Advisory Board for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.