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New winner at Americas Tax Awards

Davis Polk & Wardwell won the award for North America tax firm of the year for the first time at International Tax Review's fifth annual Americas Awards in New York on September 29. PricewaterhouseCoopers won the award for Latin America tax firm of the year.

Davis Polk & Wardwell won the award for North America tax firm of the year for the first time at International Tax Review's fifth annual Americas Awards in New York on September 29. PricewaterhouseCoopers won the award for Latin America tax firm of the year.

The in-house tax team award, for the company tax department that displayed outstanding achievement in tax planning, compliance or dispute resolution, went to Dan Goff and the team at Xilinx, a technology company. Xilinx was successful earlier this year in a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court ruled that the company did not have to contribute to the costs of employee share options in a cost-sharing arrangement with its Irish subsidiary.

Douglas Shulman, Commissioner of the IRS, received the editor's choice award, which goes to the person or organisation that has had a significant impact on tax in the last year. Shulman also chairs the OECD's Forum on Tax Administration, which brings together 43 tax commissioners from around the world to discuss tax compliance issues.

Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers each took home nine awards, tying for the most of the evening. Deloitte won both Latin America indirect tax firm of year and Latin America transfer pricing firm of the year. In addition to Latin America tax firm of the year, PricewaterhouseCoopers also took home the award for Latin America energy tax firm of the year.

New awards this year went to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for North America media & entertainment firm of the year and Estudio O'Farrell for the equivalent in Latin America; Stikeman Elliott for North America energy tax firm of the year; Latham & Watkins for best banking tax firm in North America, Lefosse Advogados/Linklaters which won the same award in Latin America, Weil Gotshal & Manges for North America private equity tax firm of the year, and Marval O'Farrell & Mairal for best private equity tax firm in Latin America.

Sixty eight awards were presented to firms in 15 jurisdictions or US metropolitan areas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru; US: Chicago; US: Houston & Dallas; US: Los Angeles; US: New York; US: San Francisco Area; US: Washington, DC; Uruguay and Venezuela.

In July and August 2010, International Tax Review asked law firms and tax advisory firms to submit examples of their best work in both the transactional and dispute resolution contexts. The magazine's editorial staff then considered these submissions and the information obtained through interviews with tax directors, as well as peer interviews, to compile shortlists and choose winners for each of the country and regional awards.

Winners in bold

TAX FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi - Taxand, Deloitte, Estudio O'Farrell, Mitrani Caballero Rosso Alba Francia Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, Negri & Teijeiro Abogados, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão – Taxand Brazil, Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados, efosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Machado Associados, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Junior e Quiroga Advogados, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados

Canada Tax Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McCarthy Tetrault, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Thorsteinssons

Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Barros y Errazuriz - Taxand, Carey y Cia, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Philippi Yrarrázaval Pulido & Brunner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Godoy y Hoyos, Deloitte, KPMG, Lewin & Wills, Prieto & Carrizosa, Quiñones Cruz Ltda. Abogados

Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Chévez Ruíz Zamarripa y Cía, Mijares Angoitia Cortes y Fuentes - Taxand Mexico, Munoz Manzo y Ocampo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tron Abogados

Peru Tax Firm of the Year

Estudio Echecopar, Hernandez y Cia, Miranda y Amado Abogados, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rodrigo Elias y Medrano

Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte, Estudio Bergstein, Ferrere, Guyer & Regules, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Candal Taxand, Deloitte, Despacho de Abogados miembros de Macleod Dixon, PricewaterhouseCoopers

US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown

US: Houston & Dallas Tax Firm of the Year

Baker Botts, Ernst & Young, Bracewell & Giuliani, Vinson & Elkins

US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell

US: San Francisco Area Tax Firm of Year

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Fenwick & West, McDermott Will & Emery

US: Washington, DC Tax Firm of the Year

Dewey & LeBoeuf, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McDermott Will & Emery, Miller & Chevalier, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Deloitte

North America Capital Markets Tax Team of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Shearman & Sterling

North America M&A Tax Team of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, McCarthy Tetrault, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Sullivan & Cromwell, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Latin America M&A Tax Team of the Year

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão – Taxand Brazil, Chévez Ruíz Zamarripa y Cia, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Machado Associados, Miranda & Amado - Taxand Peru, Munoz Manzo y Ocampo, PricewaterhouseCoopers

North America Tax Restructuring Firm of the Year

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Davis Polk & Wardwell, DLA Piper, McCarthy Tetrault, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Latin America Tax Restructuring Firm of the Year

Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi - Taxand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Negri & Teijeiro

North America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker & McKenzie, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Latin America Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Miranda & Amado, Estudio Ferrero, PricewaterhouseCoopers

North America Energy Tax Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Borden Ladner Gervais, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Dewey & LeBouef, Stikeman Elliott, Vinson & Elkins

Latin America Energy Tax Firm of the Year

Candal Taxand, Godoy y Hoyos, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Mijares Angoitia Cortes y Fuentes - Taxand Mexico, PricewaterhouseCoopers Mexico

North America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year

Cravath Swaine & Moore, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Latin America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the Year

Estudio O'Farrell, Godoy y Hoyos, Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters

North America Banking Tax Firm of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, McCarthy Tetrault, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Latin America Banking Tax Firm of the Year

Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Godoy y Hoyos, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano

North America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year

Cravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Gibson Dunn, Kirkland & Ellis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Latin America Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year

Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão – Taxand Brazil, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

International Law Firm in the Americas

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Loyens & Loeff

Best Newcomer

Passarella Abogados, Peters Advisors, Turanzas Bravo & Ambrosi

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand

Best use of Internet

Deloitte, KPMG, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sullivan & Cromwell, Taxand

Editors' Choice

Douglas Shulman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service

Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Bichara Barata Costa & Rocha Advogados, Deloitte, Estudio Ferrero, KPMG

In-house Team of the Year

Dan Goff and team, Xilinx

Latin America Capital Markets Firm of the Year

Carey y Cia, Chévez Ruíz Zamarripa y Cía, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Miranda & Amado - Taxand, Munoz Manzo y Ocampo


AMERICAS TAX AWARDS 2010 - TRANSFER PRICING

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Estudio O'Farrell, Mitrani Caballero, Rosso Alba Francia Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, Negri & Teijeiro, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão - Taxand, Deloitte, Lacaz Martins Halembeck, Pereira, Neto Gurevich & Schoueri, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Gowlings-Taxand, McCarthy Tétrault, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Salcedo y Cia

Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prieto & Carrizosa

Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Rodrigo Elías & Medrano

Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte, Estudio Bergstein, Ferrere

US: Chicago Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Ceteris, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Mayer Brown

US: Houston & Dallas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Ceteris, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Gardere Wynne Sewell

US: Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young

US: New York Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Ceteris, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young

US: San Francisco Area Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Fenwick & West, PricewaterhouseCoopers

US: Washington DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, McDermott Will & Emery, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Candal Taxand, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

North American Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Blake Cassels & Graydon, Ceteris, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand

Latin American Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers

AMERICAS TAX AWARDS 2010 - TAX DISPUTES

Argentina Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi-Taxand, Mitrani Caballero Rosso Alba Francia Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, Negri & Teijeiro, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brazil Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Bichara Barata Costa e Rocha Advogados, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Machado Associados, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Junior e Quiroga Advogados

Canada Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon, Deloitte, Fraser Milner Casgrain, McCarthy Tétrault, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Chile Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Carey y Cia, Cariola Diez Pérez-Cotapos & Cia, Phillipi Yrarrázaval Pulido & Brunner

Colombia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Godoy y Hoyos, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prieto & Carrizosa, Quiñones Cruz Abogados

Mexico Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, Basham Ringe y Correa, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tron Abogados

Peru Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Estudio Echecopar, Estudio Ferrero Abogados, Miranda & Amado-Taxand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rodrigo Elías & Medrano

Uruguay Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Estudio Bergstein, Ferrere, Rueda Abadi & Pereira

US Tax Court Award Firm of the Year

Dickinson Wright – TG Missouri Corporation, Shearman & Sterling – Deere & Company, Thompson & Knight – Container Corporation

Venezuela Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie, D'Empaire Reyna Abogados, Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núnez

Latin America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Bichara Barata Costa & Rocha Advogados, Estudio Ferrero Abogados, Godoy & Hoyos, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand

North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Alston & Bird, Bingham, Blake Cassels & Graydon, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Dewey & LeBoeuf, DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Tax Court of Canada Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon – HSBC Bank Canada, Fraser Milner Casgrain – Heron Bay Investments, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt – TD Securities, Thorsteinssons – Garron Family Trust


 

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