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Americas Tax Awards 2015: Shortlists revealed

The nominees have been finalised for International Tax Review's Americas Tax Awards 2015.

This year's awards ceremony will take place in New York on September 17. The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue will be the host for the evening.

The awards recognise the leading tax and transfer pricing firms in 21 jurisdictions or US metropolitan areas, as well as the top firms by region in North and South America. There are also four in-house awards for corporate teams in North and South America.

If your firm worked on any of the nominated deals but is not listed, please get in touch with Ralph Cunningham immediately.

If you wish to attend the ceremony, please contact Megan Poundall (+44 207 779 8325)

AMERICAS TAX AWARDS 2015

NATIONAL TAX AND TRANSFER PRICING FIRMS OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTS

Firms made submissions for work done between January 1 2014 and December 31 2014.

The awards were judged according to:

  • Size (Not conclusive, though it does indicate what a tax team is capable of taking on)

  • Innovation (Did the advice the firm gave show something more than the straightforward answer that is commonly used?)

  • Complexity (Did the matter address tax issues that were out of the ordinary and did the firm show ingenuity to solve them?)

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, Taxand Argentina

Deloitte

Estudio O'Farrell

Goldemberg Saladino Hermida Roland

Grupo GNP

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

Mitrani Caballero Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

Rosso Alba Francia & Asociados

Teijeiro & Ballone

Bolivia Tax Firm of the Year

Araujo & Forgues

Benitez Rivas Perez & Asociados

Tufino & Villegas

Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Barbosa, Mussnich & Aragao, Taxand Brazil

Deloitte

Demarest Advogados

Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

Machado Associados

Machado Meyer

Mattos Filho

Trench, Rossi e Watanabe

Canada Tax Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Deloitte

Fasken Martineau

KPMG

McCarthy Tetrault

Osler

Stikeman Elliott

Central America Tax Firm of the Year

Arias & Munoz

EY

GIINTAX

Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Carey

Deloitte

Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uria

PwC

Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Brigard & Urrutia

Garrigues

Godoy & Hoyos

Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Basham, Ringe y Correa

Creel, Garci­a-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez

Deloitte

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, Taxand Mexico

SKATT

Peru Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Estudio Echecopar (Baker & McKenzie)

Estudio Olaechea

EY

Muniz, Ramirez, Perez - Taiman & Olaya

Osterling

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Perez

Rodrigo Elias & Medrano

Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Bergstein Abogados

Deloitte

Ferrere

Guyer & Regules

KPMG

Rueda Abadi Pereira

US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte Tax

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: Houston & Dallas Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Baker Botts

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Norton Rose Fulbright

Vinson & Elkins

Weil Gotshal & Manges

US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte Tax

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown

US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Debevoise & Plimpton

Deloitte Tax

Dentons

Kirkland & Ellis

McDermott Will & Emery

Norton Rose Fulbright

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell

US: San Francisco Area & Silicon Valley Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte Tax

DLA Piper

Fenwick & West

Mayer Brown

US: Washington, DC Tax Firm of the Year

Alston & Bird

Baker & McKenzie

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Miller & Chevalier

Norton Rose Fulbright

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell

Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Norton Rose Fulbright

Taxand Venezuela

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Base Firma

Grupo GNP

Litvak Daneri

Rosso Alba

Teijeiro y Ballone

Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Baptista Luz

Barbosa Mussnich & Aragao

Bratax

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

Deloitte

Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

Machado Associados

Mattos Filho

Siqueira Castro

Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Deloitte

Gowlings, Taxand Canada

Grant Thornton

KPMG

Osler

Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

BaseFirma

Deloitte

PWC

Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

BaseFirma

Brigard & Urrutia

Deloitte

Godoy Hoyos

Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Base Firma

Basham Ringe y Correa

Chevez, Ruiz Zamparripa & Cia

Deloitte

SKATT

Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BaseFirma

Deloitte

Estudio Echecopar (Baker & McKenzie)

Estudio Olaechea

Grant Thornton

Rodrigo Elias & Medrano

US: Chicago Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

McDermott Will & Emery

DLA Piper

Mayer Brown


US: Houston & Dallas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alvarez  & Marsal Taxand

Deloitte

McDermott Will & Emery

Baker & McKenzie

Vinson & Elkins

US: Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

McDermott Will & Emery

DLA Piper

US: New York Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

Deloitte

BaseFirma

US: San Francisco & Silicon Valley Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Fenwick & West

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

US: Washington, DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alston & Bird

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

McDermott Will & Emery

Miller & Chevalier

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell

Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Ferrere

Grant Thornton

Guyer & Regules

KPMG

Rueda Abadi Pereira

Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

BaseFirma

Deloitte

Norton Rose Fulbright

Taxand Venezuela

Brazil Tax Court Firm of the Year

Bichara Advogados

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

Demarest Advogados

Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

Machado Meyer

Mattos Filho

Canada Tax Court Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Borden Ladner Gervais

Osler

Thorsteinssons

Mexico Tax Court Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Basham Ringe y Correa

Deloitte

SKATT

US Tax Court Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Fenwick & West

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Sullivan & Cromwell

Americas Banking Tax Deal of the Year

BB&T acquisition of Susquehanna Bancshares - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Sullivan & Cromwell

National Bank Holdings acquisition of Pine River Bank - KPMG; Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Americas Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year

Privatisation of Bell Aliant - Goodmans

NextEra Energy IPO and spin-offs of wind and solar energy projects - McCarthy Tetrault

Issuance of notes by UNACEM under Rule 144-A - Muniz, Ramirez, Perez - Taiman & Olaya

Syndicated trade receivables securitisation for Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ client- Mayer Brown

Fhipo's IPO - Davis, Polk & Wardwell; Munoz, Manzo y Ocampo; Paul Hastings

B/E Aerospace spin-off of KLX- Shearman & Sterling

Synchrony's IPO and subsequent financings - Weil Gotshal & Manges

Tallgrass Energy IPO - Baker Botts; Vinson & Elkins

Shell Midstream Partners' IPO - Baker Botts; Vinson & Elkins

Americas Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year

Amaya Gaming Group acquisition of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars - Appleby; Greenberg Traurig; Herzog Fox & Neeman; Osler; Stikeman Elliott

Becton Dickinson's acquisition of Care Fusion and the acquisition financing - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

JM Smucker acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Parmalat's acquisition of Quesos la Esmeralda - Creel Garcia-Cuellar Aiza y Enriquez

SAP's acquisition of Concur Technologies - Fenwick & West

Americas Energy Tax Deal of the Year

Repsol / Republic of Argentina negotiation - Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

Jupiter Resources and Apollo Global Management's acquisition of Encana's Bighorn upstream oil and gas and associated midstream assets - Blake Cassels & Graydon

Sale of Talisman Energy to Repsol - Fenwick & West; KPMG; Norton Rose Fulbright

PTTEP Canada's acquisition of Thornbury, Hangingstone and South Leismer oil sands areas from Statoil Canada - Stikeman Elliott

Design of the international tax structure for the internationalisation and expansion of ISAGEN in Latin America - Brigard & Urrutia

Kinder Morgan / El Paso M&A - Weil Gotshal & Manges; Bracewell & Giuliani

Sale of Apco Oil & Gas International to Pluspetrol Black River Corporation - Weil Gotshal & Manges

Baytex Energy's acquisition of Aurora Oil & Gas - Mayer Brown

Regency Energy Partners / Energy Transfer Partners consolidation - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Baker Botts; Latham & Watkins; Richards Layton & Finger

Transocean Partners' IPO - Baker Botts; Vinson & Elkins

Americas Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year

Arthur J Gallagher & Co acquisition of Noraxis - Fasken Martineau

Assured Guaranty's acquisition of Radian Assset Assurance - Miller & Chevalier
Offering of promissory notes by Cielo - Lefosse Advogados; Vaz, Barreto, Shingaki e Oioli Advogados
Element Financial Corporation's C$2.8-billion prospectus financing - Blake Cassels & Graydon

Royal Bank of Canada's $2 billion structured note programme and National Bank of Canada's $3.5 billion linked note programme - McMillan

Americas Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year

Symphony Communications Services' JV - Fenwick & West

Agilent Technologies' spin-off of Keysight Technologies - Baker & McKenzie

Cielo / BB Elo - Lefosse Advogados; Mattos Filho

Quintiles/ Quest Diagnostics - Baker & McKenzie

Americas M&A Tax Deal of Year

Kroton Educacional / Anhanguera Educacional Participacoes merger -BMA, Taxand Brazil

Burger King / Tim Hortons combination - Blake Cassels & Graydon; Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg; Fenwick & West; Kirkland & Ellis; Osler

Valeant / Pershing Square Capital Management / Allergan transaction - Osler

Prologis's acquisition of the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners and its affiliates - Mayer Brown; Weil Gotshal & Manges

National Pump & Compressor's sale to United Rentals - Norton Rose Fulbright

Johnson & Johnson's acquisition of Synthes - McDermott Will & Emery; Shearman & Sterling

xpedx / Unisource Worldwide merger - Debevoise & Plimpton

Williams Partners $50 billion merger with Access Midstream - Andrews Kurth; Baker Botts; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Latham & Watkins; Richards Layton & Finger

Americas Media & Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year

Charter Communications's acquisition of Bright House Networks - Sullivan & Cromwell; Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz 
Dreamworks Animation spin-off - Kirkland & Ellis

NewsCorp acquisition of Harlequin Media - Hogan Lovells; McCarthy Tetrault; Stikeman Elliott

Verizon's purchase of AOL - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Americas Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year

Charterhouse Capital Partners' acquisition of Mirion Technologies - Davis, Polk & Wardwell; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Acquisition of GE Capital real estate assets by funds managed by Blackstone - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dechert; Hogan Lovells; Simpson Thacher Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Americas Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year

Brescia Group tax planning - Ferrero Abogados
Inversiones Alaria restructuring - Estudio Olaechea

Forum Energy Technologies reorganisation - Mayer Brown

ITR Concession Company restructuring - Kirkland & Ellis

Kimberly-Clark spin-off of Haylard Health - Alston & Bird; Baker Botts
LBR restructuring - Mattos Filho
Melrose Industries' global reorganisation - Gowlings, Taxand Canada

Americas Technology and Telecommunications Tax Deal of the Year

Acquisition by Telefonica Brasil of shares issued by GVTPar - Machado Meyer; Pinheiro Neto

BCE's acquisition of Glentel - Blake Cassels & Graydon

Spansion / Cypress Semiconductor merger - Fenwick & West

Acquisition of Nextel Mexico by AT&T - Creel, Garci­a-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez

Lattice Semiconductor's acquisition of Silicon Image - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink - Mayer Brown; Paul Hastings

North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Fenwick & West

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Miller & Chevalier

Norton Rose Fulbright

Osler

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Sulllivan & Cromwell

Vinson & Elkins

Latin America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Demarest Advogados

Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

PwC

Taxand

Americas Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Taxand

North America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Taxand

Latin America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Taxand

Americas Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

Taxand

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Deloitte

Mayer Brown

Miller & Chevalier

McDermott Will & Emery

Osler

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

PwC

Taxand

Americas Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Mayer Brown

Taxand


North America In-house Tax Team of the Year

Liberty Global

Melrose Industries

Shell's US downstream tax team

Tallgrass Energy


Latin America In-house Tax Team of the Year

Cielo

Isagen

Lactalis do Brasil

Telefonica Brasil


Best Newcomer in the Americas

Bratax

Creel Garcia-Cuellar Aiza y Enriquez

SKATT

Americas Tax Compliance & Reporting Award

Deloitte

EY

Ryan

Americas Tax Innovation Award

Deloitte

Thomson Reuters

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US

Americas Tax Technology Award

Deloitte

Vertex

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US

International Firm in the Americas

A&L Goodbody

Arthur Cox

DLA Piper

Garrigues

Americas Tax Policy Team of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Deloitte

Godoy y Hoyos

Miller & Chevalier

Americas Tax Pro Bono Award

Bichara Advogados

Rueda Abadi Pereira

North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

McDermott Will & Emery

Mayer Brown

Taxand

Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

BaseFirma

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

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