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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 Cunninghamimmediately.

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 - SkaddenArps 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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