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ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021: The winners

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The winners of the ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021 have been announced!

 



ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 16th annual ITR Americas Tax Awards.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom picked up the prestigious Americas Tax Firm of the Year award, achieving widespread national and regional success across the region. Skadden was also recognised as the North America Litigation & Disputes Firm of the Year, North America Tax Firm of the Year and the Tax Court Firm of the Year.

Deloitte, which dominated across the award categories, was crowned Americas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and scooped awards for Latin America Tax Firm of the Year and Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. 

Morgan Lewis and Brazilian firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados also distinguished themselves, taking home the trophies for North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and Latin America Litigation & Disputes Firm of the Year, respectively.

The winners of the in-house team of the year categories included Uber and The Coca-Cola Company. Lisa Wadlin of Netflix picked up In-house Tax Director of the Year. The awards also recognised the most impactful cases of 2020 and named 10 Impact Deals of the Year, along with the tax advisers and lawyers that worked on them. 

Given the continued travel restrictions and the international nature of the awards, ITR was unable to host an in-person ceremony this year. However, the ITR team remains passionate about celebrating and supporting impactful and innovative tax and TP work and is excited to be able to present this year’s winners.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact ITR awards researcher John Harrison.

For any commercial queries relating to the awards and to find out about how to promote your success, please contact ITR associate publisher Tanya Gujral.

A full list of shortlisted firms for the ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021 was released in August 2021.


Jurisdiction Awards

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Deloitte & Co

Estudio O'Farrell

Perez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen

Rosso Alba & Rouges, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Tavarone Rovelli Salim & Miani

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

BaseFirma

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Estudio O'Farrell

Marval O'Farrell Mairal

Rosso Alba & Rouges, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Bolivia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Villegas Aldazosa & Asociados

CR & F Rojas

FerrerePPO Abogados

Bolivia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: TPC Group

Ferrere

PPO Abogados

Villegas Aldazosa & Asociados

Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Demarest Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

Machado Associados, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte Brazil

Bocater Camargo Costa e Silva Rodrigues Advogados

Demarest Advogados

Lefosse Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Canada Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Deloitte

Goodmans

McCarthy Tétrault

Torys

Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

Barsalou Lawson Rheault

Bennett Jones

Gowling WLG

Grant Thornton

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Caribbean Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Guzmán Ariza

Canahuate Rouchés

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

OMG

Pellerano & Herrera

Caribbean Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Guzmán Ariza

Pellerano & Herrera

TPC Group

Central America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Arias

BLP

Consortium Legal

EY

Sfera Legal

TPC Group

Central America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arias

Consortium Legal

EY

TPC Group

Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Carey

Deloitte

Fischer y Cía

KPMG

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

PwC

Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

BaseFirma / Bruzzone & González Abogados

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

TPC Group

Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Posse Herrera Ruiz

Brigard Urrutia

DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán

EY

GodoyHoyos Goh

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: BaseFirma

Dentons C&C

DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán

EY

GodoyHoyos Goh

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Ecuador Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Deloitte

Fabara Abogados

Robalino

Spingarn

Ecuador Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: TPC Group

Deloitte

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Robalino

TP Consulting Ecuador

Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

Deloitte

Galicia Abogados

Garrigues

Ritch Mueller y Nicolau

Skatt

Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

MAAT Asesores

QCG Transfer Pricing Practice

Skatt

TPC Group

Paraguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: BKM | Berkemeyer

Deloitte

Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Peru Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados

Deloitte

Estudio Echecopar

EY

Garrigues

Hernández & Cía

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

BaseFirma

CMS Grau

Deloitte

Estudio Echecopar

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados

Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Guyer & Regules

Brum Costa Abogados

Deloitte

Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Grant Thornton

Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Grant Thornton

Deloitte

Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global

KPMG

TPC Group

US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: Dallas & Houston Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Vinson & Elkins

Baker Botts

Baker McKenzie

Mayer Brown

Weil Gotshal & Manges

US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Aptis Global

Baker McKenzie

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Debevoise & Plimpton

Mayer Brown

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Weil Gotshal & Manges

US: San Francisco and the Bay Area Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie

Fenwick

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Weil Gotshal & Manges

Baker McKenzie

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Mayer Brown

Miller & Chevalier 

Morgan Lewis 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Debevoise & Plimpton

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Morgan Lewis 

Weil Gotshal & Manges

US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Morgan Lewis 

Alston & Bird

Baker McKenzie

Fenwick

Mayer Brown

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

White & Case

Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Altum Abogados

Deloitte

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Altum Abogados

BaseFirma

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

Mendoza Delgado Labrador & Asociados

Individual Awards

North America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: David Polster – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Brian Schwam – WTP Advisors

Jerald Worstman – Torys

Linda Swartz – Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Mark Dumalski – Deloitte

Monica Biringer – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Paul Carenza – Gowling WLG

Latin America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Ricardo Andrés Ruiz – KPMG

Alfredo Rodríguez Mahuad – Consortium Legal

Carolina Flores – Arias

Catalina Hoyos – GodoyHoyos Goh

Héctor Mancia – EY

Luis Barahona – Arias

Yanira Armas – Deloitte

North America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Christine Ramsay – Deloitte

David Kemp – Charles River Associates

Guy Sanschagrin – WTP Advisors

Kathrine Kimball – Aptis Global

Richard L Slowinski – Alston & Bird

Susan Fickling – Duff & Phelps

Latin America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Magaly Casasola – TPC Group

Andrés Parra – EY

German Andres Bohorquez – Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas Abogados

Jenny Moron – Deloitte Peru

Joseph Soto – Deloitte Ecuador

Karilin Arenas – TP Consulting Ecuador

Pablo Llamoca – BDO

North America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Brian Kittle – Mayer Brown

Al Meghji – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

David Kemp – Charles River Associates

John Sorensen – Gowling WLG

Maria O'Toole Jones – Miller & Chevalier 

Martha MacDonald – Torys

Sanford Stark – Morgan Lewis 

Latin America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Carolina Rozo – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

César Cermeño – DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán

Fernando Zuzunaga Del Pino – Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados

Margarita Salas – EY

Paola Robalino – ECIJA GPA

Sergio Farina Filho – Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Yanira Armas – Deloitte Peru

North America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Doug Myrden – Deloitte

Adam P Feinberg – Miller & Chevalier 

Alan Kenigsberg – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Latin America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Carolina Palma – EY

Andrés González – DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán

Carmen Simone – Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Eduardo Medina Zapata – Jáuregui y Del Valle

Jairo Higuita Naranjo – Jiménez Higuita Rodríguez y Asociados

In-House Awards

Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Uber

Ambev

Cameco Corporation

Latam Airlines

Natura

Netflix

Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Winner: Coca-Cola Company

Facebook

Medtronic

Microsoft

Walmart

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Uber

Airbnb

Amazon

Google

Samsung

Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Lisa Wadlin – Netflix

Daniella Gomide – Natura

Francois Chadwick – Volta

Jose Madariaga – Latam Airlines

Juan Manuel Rios – Ecopetrol

Randy Belosowsky – Cameco Corporation

Victor Diaz Infante – Uber

Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Winner: Tim McDonald – P&G

Cintli Chacon – Puma Energy

Jennifer Chen – Facebook

Katherine Amos – Johnson & Johnson

Terri Ziacik – Microsoft

Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Erich Tschopp – Airbnb

Brian Kuntz – Uber

Gary Bendes – Amazon

Michael Mojabi – Google

Soraya Keiko Alves – Samsung

Deals and Cases

Impact Deals of the Year

AbbVie acquisition of Allergan: Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer, Baker McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Airbnb IPO: Latham & Watkins, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Gardner Denver’s Reverse Morris Trust combination with Ingersoll-Rand's industrial: Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell

Intuit acquisition of Credit Karma and concurrent disposals: Mayer Brown, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

KKR and Coty’s strategic partnership: Baker McKenzie, Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Lefosse Advogados, McDermott Will & Emery, Pietratoni Mendez & Alvarez, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Trench Rossi Advogados

Neiman Marcus restructuring: Cravath Swaine & Moore, Hogan Lovells, Kirkland & Ellis

Sprint Corporation merger with T-Mobile: DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Stone Pagamentos acquisition of Linx: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Spinelli Advogados, White & Case

Teladoc Health merger with Livongo Health: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

UBS partnership with Banco do Brasil: Lefosse Advogados, Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Impact Cases of the Year

ADPF No. 198: Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica Tributária, Board of Trade of the Federal District

Altera Corporation & Subsidiaries v Commissioner: Baker McKenzie, Mayer Brown, US Department of Justice

ARE 665.134/MG: Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Extraordinary Appeal (RE) No. 598677: Pimentel & Rohenkohl Advogados Associados

RE No. 1090591: Jose Messias Siqueira Advogados, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

RE No. 946648: Bussab Endres Advogados, Caneiro Brito Consultores e Lawyers, Firjan, Grupo de Estudos Técnicos (GET) Tributários do Conselho Regional de Contabilidade de Minas Gerais (CRCMG), Machado Associados Lataxnet/WTS Global, Neves Battendieri, Panconsult, Procuradoria Geral da Fazenda Nacional (Ministry of Finance), Ramos & Felice Advogados, Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados, Zilveti Advogados

The Queen v Cameco Corporation: Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General of Canada, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Whirlpool Financial Corporation & Consolidated Subsidiaries v Commissioner and Whirlpool International Holdings Maytag Corporation & Consolidated Subsidiaries v Commissioner: Baker McKenzie, Internal Revenue Service, Whirlpool Corporation

Regional Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Winner: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Bichara Advogados

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Lefosse Advogados

McDermott Will & Emery

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

TozziniFreire

Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Winner: Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Acedo Santamarina

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

TozziniFreire

Best Newcomer Firm of the Year

Winner: Aptis Global

Junqueira Ie Advogados

MJ Alves & Burle Advogados & Consultores

PPO Abogados

SanintRivas

Villegas Aldazosa

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

Winner: Uría Menéndez

CMS

DLA Piper

Garrigues

Tax Innovator of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

DLA Piper

Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich e Schoueri Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

RSM

Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Bichara Advogados

KPMG

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

RSM

Sovos

Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

EY

Fenwick

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

RSMTCP Group

Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Winner: Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Baker McKenzie

Galicia Abogados

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

MJ Alves & Burle Advogados & Consultores

TP Consulting Peru

Tax Court Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie

Bichara Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Demarest Advogados

EY

Machado Associados, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

North America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie

Barsalou Lawson Rheault

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Torys

Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Bichara Advogados

Chavez Ruiz Zamarripa

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Demarest Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Alston & Bird

Deloitte

Fenwick & West

Mayer Brown

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

BaseFirma

Bocater Camargo Costa e Silva Rodrigues Advogados

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

PwC

Trench Rossi Watanabe

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Blake Cassels & Graydon

Goodmans

Kirkland & Ellis

McDermott Will & Emery

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arias

Consortium Legal

EY

Ferrere

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

PwC

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

EY

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

PwC

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

Weil Gotshal & Manges

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