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Katz and Paulos join Akin Gump partnership

Ryan Katz and Dan Paulos have become tax partners of Akin Gump in the firm’s New York office.

Katz, pictured right, represents clients in a variety of domestic and international corporate transactions, including public and private M&A, private equity and hedge fund investments, venture capital transactions, debt financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate restructurings. He also advises on corporate governance and general corporate matters and day-to-day corporate legal services for a variety of fund clients.

For example, Katz served as lead corporate counsel for Luxor Capital Group, the lead investor in two recent private placement transactions with American Realty Capital Properties and regularly represents pharmaceutical investment funds in acquisitions and financings, including representing funds managed by Pharmakon Advisors in the financings of Vivus and Corcept Therapeutics.

Paulos, pictured left, advises on a broad range of US and international tax matters, with a focus on the formation and operation of domestic and offshore private investment funds, and has developed a special expertise in international tax law. He regularly advises foreign clients on the international tax issues to do with investing in the US (including investors subject to special US tax treatment) as well as overseas investments by US investors. Real estate taxation is another specialism.

Paulos’s recent matters include advising Blackstone Strategic Opportunities Fund on a co-investment in tanker ships, working on an acquisition and restructuring of a distressed roofing company for the Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund and working for Rizvi Traverse Management in its restructuring and sale of the ICM catalogue to one of its limited partners, Domain Capital Advisors.

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