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Americas Awards 2011

01 November 2011

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One of the few transfer pricing cases to go to trial in the US in the last decade won an Americas Tax Award from International Tax Review for Symantec, the taxpayer at the centre of the litigation.



Methodology

In July and August 2011, International Tax Review asked law firms and tax advisory firms to submit examples of their best work in M&A and capital markets tax transactions, tax disputes, indirect tax, restructuring and transfer pricing, and for best use of the internet. Additional awards for the best tax teams in energy, media and entertainment, banking and private equity, as well as the international tax law firm of the year and the tax policy firm of the year awards were judged from these submissions.

Firms could rely on their World Tax 2012 submissions to enter for these awards, but were encouraged to make separate entries as the World Tax research questionnaire does not break down practice areas in the way the methodology for the Americas Awards does.

International Tax Review's editorial staff considered these submissions and the information obtained through interviews with tax directors, as well as peer interviews, for World Tax 2012, to compile shortlists and choose winners for each of the country and regional awards.


The Veritas case, which came to an end in November 2010 after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) decided that it would not appeal the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, covered the value of the transfer of marketing and technical intangibles in a cost-sharing agreement between Veritas, a software company, and its Irish subsidiary. The tax authorities argued that the cost of the transaction should have been $1.5 billion more than was paid.

Symantec, which subsequently bought Veritas, won the North America In-house Tax Team of the Year award at the Americas Tax Awards, which were presented in New York on September 27. In Latin America, the equivalent honour went to the Argentine unit of Monsanto, the agri-business multinational.

Other big winners included PwC, which was named the Latin America Tax Firm of the Year, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which won the same award for North America. Deloitte was recognised as transfer pricing firm of the year in both North and Latin America.

Awards were presented to the best firms for tax and transfer pricing in eight South American jurisdictions, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and six US cities. An award for the best tax disputes firm of the year was also presented in each of these locations, except for the US.

Each of these categories was also included in the North and South America regional awards, which also comprised awards for industry sectors: banking, energy, media & entertainment and private equity, specialist awards for areas such as capital markets and M&A tax.

The only individual winner was John DiCicco, head of the Tax Division at the US Department of Justice, though he was unable to attend the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Argentina Tax Firm of the Year
Argentina Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Brazil Tax Firm of the Year
Brazil Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Canada Tax Firm of the Year
Canada Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Chile Tax Firm of the Year
Chile Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Colombia Tax Firm of the Year
Colombia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Mexico Tax Firm of the Year
Mexico Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Peru Tax Firm of the Year
Peru Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Panama Tax Firm of the Year
Puerto Rico Tax Firm of the Year
Puerto Rico Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year
Uruguay Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
US: Chicago Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year
US: Dallas/Houston Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: Dallas/Houston Tax Firm of the Year
US: New York Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: New York Tax Firm of the Year
US: Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year
US: San Francisco Area Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: San Francisco Area Tax Firm of the Year
US: Washington DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year
Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year
Venezuela Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Latin America Banking Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America M&A Firm of the Year
Latin America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
Latin America Indirect Tax Team of the Year
Latin America Energy Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America In-House Tax Team of the Year
North America In-House Tax Team of the Year
North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year
North America Energy Tax Firm of the Year
North America Tax Restructuring Team of the Year
North America Capital Markets Tax Team of the Year
Tax Court of Canada Firm of the Year
North America M&A Tax Team of the Year
North America Banking Tax Firm of the Year
US Tax Court Firm of the Year
North America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year
Best use of the Internet
North America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year
International Law Firm in the Americas
North America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year
Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year
Latin America Capital Markets Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America Tax Restructuring Firm of the Year
Latin America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year
North American Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
North America Tax Firm of the Year

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi - Taxand
Deloitte
MCRLex
Negri & Teijeiro Abogados
Winner: Deloitte

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi -Taxand
Negri & Teijeiro Abogados
Deloitte
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
MCRLex
Winner: Negri & Teijeiro Abogados

Argentina Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi - Taxand
Negri & Teijeiro Abogados
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
MCRLex
Winner: Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi - Taxand

Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Barbosa, Müssnich and Aragao - Taxand
Ernst & Young
Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
PwC
Winner: Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters

Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ernst & Young
KPMG
Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Machado Associados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga
Pinheiro Neto
PwC

Winner: Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga

Brazil Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Barbosa, Müssnich and Aragao - Taxand
Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri
Machado Associados
Winner: Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados

Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Gowlings - Taxand
KPMG
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
PwC
Winner: Gowlings - Taxand

Canada Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake, Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Deloitte
Gowlings - Taxand
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Winner: Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Canada Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake, Cassels & Graydon
Fraser Milner Casgrain
Gowlings - Taxand
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Winner: McCarthy Tétrault

Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie-Santiago
Ernst & Young
PwC Chile
Salcedo & Cia
Sapag & Gonzalez
Winner: Salcedo & Cia

Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Carey y Cia
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG
PwC
Salcedo & Cia
Winner: PwC

Chile Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Cariola Diez Pérez
Carey y Cia
Winner: Baker & McKenzie

Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Godoy y Hoyos Abogados
KPMG
Lewin & Wills
Prieto & Carrizosa
Winner: Deloitte

Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Godoy y Hoyos
KPMG
Lewin & Wills
Prieto & Carrizosa
Winner: Deloitte

Colombia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Godoy y Hoyos Abogados
KPMG
Prieto & Carrizosa
Winner: Godoy y Hoyos Abogados

Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Ortiz, Sosa Ysusi y Cía
PwC
Winner: PwC

Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Basham, Ringe y Correa
Deloitte
Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo
Ortiz, Sosa Ysusi y Cía
PwC
Tron Abogados
Winner: PwC

Mexico Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Basham, Ringe y Correa
Deloitte
Tron Abogados
Winner: Basham, Ringe y Correa

Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados
Winner: Deloitte

Peru Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Estudio Echecopar
Hernandez y Cia
Miranda & Amado Abogados
PwC
Winner: Hernandez y Cia

Peru Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Estudio Echecopar
Miranda & Amado-Taxand
PwC
Rodrigo Elías & Medrano
Winner: Miranda & Amado-Taxand

Panama Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ernst & Young
PwC
Taxand Panama
Winner: Ernst & Young

Puerto Rico Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa
Deloitte
McConnell Valdés
O’Neill & Borges
PwC
Zaragoza Alvarado - Taxand
Winner: Zaragoza Alvarado - Taxand

Puerto Rico Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa
Goldman Antonetti & Córdova
McConnell Valdés
O’Neill & Borges
Zaragoza Alvarado - Taxand
Winner: McConnell Valdés

Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Grant Thornton
KPMG
PwC
Rueda Abadi Pereira
Winner: Grant Thornton

Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte Uruguay
Ferrere
Grant Thornton
Guyer & Regules
Rueda Abadi Pereira
Winner: Guyer & Regules

Uruguay Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ferrere
Guyer & Regules
Rueda Abadi Pereira
Winner: Ferrere

US: Chicago Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Ceteris
Ernst & Young
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Winner: Ernst & Young

US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Sidley Austin
Winner: Mayer Brown

US: Dallas/Houston Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker Botts
Ceteris
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Gardere Wynne Sewell
Vinson & Elkins
Winner: Ceteris

US: Dallas/Houston Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Alvarez & Marsal Taxand
Andrews Kurth
Bracewell & Giuliani
Deloitte
Locke Lord & Bissell
Winner: Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

US: New York Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ceteris
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Winner: Deloitte

US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Cleary Gottlieb
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Deloitte
Dewey & LeBeouf
Mayer Brown
Shearman & Sterling
Sullivan & Cromwell
Winner: Sullivan & Cromwell

US: Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Winner: Deloitte

US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
DLA Piper
Pillsbury Winthrop
PwC
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Winner: DLA Piper

US: San Francisco Area Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ceteris
Charles River Associates
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Winner: Charles River Associates

US: San Francisco Area Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Armanino McKenna
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Fenwick & West
McDermott Will & Emery
Winner: DLA Piper

US: Washington DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Bingham McCutchen
Caplin & Drysdale
Cherry Bekaert & Holland
Ernst & Young
PwC
Sutherland
Winner: Ernst & Young

US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Alston & Bird
Baker & McKenzie
Bingham McCutchen
KPMG
Mayer Brown
Miller & Chevalier
PwC
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case
Winner: Bingham McCutchen

Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Candal/Taxand
Deloitte
PwC
Winner: Candal Taxand

Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Candal/Taxand
Deloitte
Macleod Dixon
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Winner: Baker & McKenzie

Venezuela Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Winner: Deloitte

Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Deloitte
Grant Thornton
PwC
Salcedo & Cia
Winner: Deloitte

Latin America Banking Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Ferrere
Guyer & Regules
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Winner: Guyer & Regules

Latin America M&A Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados
Deloitte
Godoy y Hoyos
Hernández & Cía
KPMG
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Miranda & Amado Abogados - Taxand
Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo
PwC
Winner: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Latin America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Basham, Ringe y Correa
Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados
Carey y Cia
Ferrere
Godoy & Hoyos
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga
Rueda Abadi Pereira
Winner: Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga

Latin America Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Basham, Ringe, and Correa
Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi (Taxand)
Deloitte
Lefosse Advogados (Linklaters)
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga
Negri & Teijeiro Abogados
Winner: Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga

Latin America Energy Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi - Taxand
Cariola Diez Pérez
Deloitte Colombia
Godoy & Hoyos
Guyer & Regules
Lefosse Advogados (Linklaters)
Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo
Winner: Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters

Latin America In-House Tax Team of the Year

Nominees
Camuzzi Gas
Monsanto Argentina
Philip Morris Brasil
Winner: Monsanto Argentina

North America In-House Tax Team of the Year

Nominees
Diamond Foods
Exxon Mobil
Google
Tronox
Veritas (Symantec)
Winner: Veritas (Symantec)

North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Deloitte
Fraser Milner Casgrain
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Tetrault
McDermott Will & Emery
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Pillsbury Winthrop
Winner: Blake Cassels & Graydon

North America Energy Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Dewey & LeBeouf
Linklaters
Pillsbury Winthrop
Vinson & Elkins
White & Case
Winner: Dewey & LeBoeuf

North America Tax Restructuring Team of the Year

Nominees
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Deloitte
Dewey & LeBeouf
KPMG Canada

Winner: Deloitte

North America Capital Markets Tax Team of the Year

Nominees
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Debevoise & Plimpton
Linklaters
McCarthy Tétrault
Pillsbury Winthrop
Sullivan & Cromwell
Winner: Debevoise & Plimpton

Tax Court of Canada Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Fraser Milner Casgrain
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Winner: Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

North America M&A Tax Team of the Year

Nominees
Alvarez & Marsal Taxand
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Deloitte
McCarthy Tetrault
Pillsbury Winthrop
Shearman & Sterling
Torys
White & Case
Winner: Shearman & Sterling

North America Banking Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fasken Martineau
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Pillsbury Winthrop
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US Tax Court Firm of the Year

Nominees
Cooley
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Winner: Cooley

North America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Alvarez & Marsal Taxand
Baker & McKenzie
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC
Winner: PwC

Best use of the Internet

Nominees
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
PwC
Winner: PwC

North America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk
DLA Piper
Winner: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

International Law Firm in the Americas

Nominees
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Winner: DLA Piper

North America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Alvarez & Marsal Taxand
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk
Kirkland & Ellis
McCarthy Tétrault
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Nominees
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Deloitte Canada
KPMG
Miller & Chevalier
White & Case
Winner: Deloitte Canada

Latin America Capital Markets Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Guyer & Regules
Hernández & Cía
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Miranda & Amado Abogados - Taxand
Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo
Winner: Guyer & Regules

Latin America Tax Restructuring Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados
Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi - Taxand
KPMG
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Negri & Teijeiro Abogados
Prieto & Carrizosa
Winner: Negri & Teijeiro Abogados

Latin America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Carey y Cia
Estudio O’Farrell
Godoy y Hoyos Abogados
KPMG
Winner: Carey y Cia

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Basham, Ringe, & Correa
Candal/Taxand
Deloitte
KPMG
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga
Miranda & Amado Abogados - Taxand
PwC
Winner: PwC

Latin America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Prieto & Carrizosa
Rodrigo Elias & Medrano
Veirano Advogados
Winner: Veirano Advogados

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Nominees
Bingham McCutchen
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Cleary Gottlieb
Davis Polk
DLA Piper
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Tétrault
McDermott Will & Emery
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Winner: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

North American Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Nominees
Baker & McKenzie
Ceteris
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Ernst & Young
Winner: Deloitte






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