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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 inbold

TAX FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Argentina Tax Firm of the YearBruchou 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 YearBarbosa, 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 YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McCarthy Tetrault, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Thorsteinssons
Chile Tax Firm of the YearBarros y Errazuriz - Taxand, Carey y Cia, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Philippi Yrarrázaval Pulido & Brunner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Colombia Tax Firm of the YearGodoy y Hoyos, Deloitte, KPMG, Lewin & Wills, Prieto & Carrizosa, Quiñones Cruz Ltda. Abogados
Mexico Tax Firm of the YearBaker & 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 YearEstudio Echecopar, Hernandez y Cia, Miranda y Amado Abogados, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rodrigo Elias y Medrano
Uruguay Tax Firm of the YearDeloitte, Estudio Bergstein, Ferrere, Guyer & Regules, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Venezuela Tax Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Candal Taxand, Deloitte, Despacho de Abogados miembros de Macleod Dixon, PricewaterhouseCoopers
US: Chicago Tax Firm of the YearAlvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown
US: Houston & Dallas Tax Firm of the YearBaker Botts, Ernst & Young, Bracewell & Giuliani, Vinson & Elkins
US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the YearDLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
US: New York Tax Firm of the YearDavis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell
US: San Francisco Area Tax Firm of YearAlvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Fenwick & West, McDermott Will & Emery
US: Washington, DC Tax Firm of the YearDewey & LeBoeuf, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McDermott Will & Emery, Miller & Chevalier, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
North America Tax Firm of the YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Deloitte
North America Capital Markets Tax Team of the YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Shearman & Sterling
North America M&A Tax Team of the YearBlake 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 YearBarbosa 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 YearAlvarez & Marsal Taxand, Davis Polk & Wardwell, DLA Piper, McCarthy Tetrault, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Latin America Tax Restructuring Firm of the YearBruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi - Taxand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Negri & Teijeiro
North America Indirect Tax Firm of the YearAlvarez & Marsal Taxand, Baker & McKenzie, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Latin America Indirect Tax Firm of the YearDeloitte, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Miranda & Amado, Estudio Ferrero, PricewaterhouseCoopers
North America Energy Tax Firm of the YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Borden Ladner Gervais, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Dewey & LeBouef, Stikeman Elliott, Vinson & Elkins
Latin America Energy Tax Firm of the YearCandal 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 YearCravath Swaine & Moore, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Latin America Media & Entertainment Tax Firm of the YearEstudio 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 YearDavis 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 YearLefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Godoy y Hoyos, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano
North America Private Equity Tax Firm of the YearCravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Gibson Dunn, Kirkland & Ellis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Latin America Private Equity Tax Firm of the YearBarbosa, Müssnich & Aragão – Taxand Brazil, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal
International Law Firm in the AmericasAllen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Loyens & Loeff
Best NewcomerPassarella Abogados, Peters Advisors, Turanzas Bravo & Ambrosi
Latin America Tax Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand
Best use of InternetDeloitte, KPMG, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sullivan & Cromwell, Taxand
Editors' ChoiceDouglas Shulman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
Americas Tax Policy Firm of the YearBichara Barata Costa & Rocha Advogados, Deloitte, Estudio Ferrero, KPMG
In-house Team of the YearDan Goff and team, Xilinx
Latin America Capital Markets Firm of the YearCarey 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 YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Estudio O'Farrell, Mitrani Caballero, Rosso Alba Francia Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, Negri & Teijeiro, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão - Taxand, Deloitte, Lacaz Martins Halembeck, Pereira, Neto Gurevich & Schoueri, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Gowlings-Taxand, McCarthy Tétrault, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Salcedo y Cia
Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prieto & Carrizosa
Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Rodrigo Elías & Medrano
Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearDeloitte, Estudio Bergstein, Ferrere
US: Chicago Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Ceteris, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Mayer Brown
US: Houston & Dallas Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearCeteris, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Gardere Wynne Sewell
US: Los Angeles Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearDeloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young
US: New York Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearCeteris, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young
US: San Francisco Area Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Fenwick & West, PricewaterhouseCoopers
US: Washington DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearDeloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, McDermott Will & Emery, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Candal Taxand, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers
North American Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Blake Cassels & Graydon, Ceteris, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand
Latin American Transfer Pricing Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers
AMERICAS TAX AWARDS 2010 - TAX DISPUTES
Argentina Tax Disputes Firm of the YearAbeledo Gottheil Abogados, Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi-Taxand, Mitrani Caballero Rosso Alba Francia Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, Negri & Teijeiro, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Brazil Tax Disputes Firm of the YearBichara 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 YearBlake Cassels & Graydon, Deloitte, Fraser Milner Casgrain, McCarthy Tétrault, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Chile Tax Disputes Firm of the YearCarey y Cia, Cariola Diez Pérez-Cotapos & Cia, Phillipi Yrarrázaval Pulido & Brunner
Colombia Tax Disputes Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Godoy y Hoyos, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prieto & Carrizosa, Quiñones Cruz Abogados
Mexico Tax Disputes Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, Basham Ringe y Correa, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tron Abogados
Peru Tax Disputes Firm of the YearEstudio Echecopar, Estudio Ferrero Abogados, Miranda & Amado-Taxand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rodrigo Elías & Medrano
Uruguay Tax Disputes Firm of the YearEstudio Bergstein, Ferrere, Rueda Abadi & Pereira
US Tax Court Award Firm of the YearDickinson Wright – TGMissouriCorporation, Shearman & Sterling – Deere&Company, Thompson & Knight – ContainerCorporation
Venezuela Tax Disputes Firm of the YearBaker & McKenzie, D'Empaire Reyna Abogados, Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núnez
Latin America Tax Disputes Firm of the YearBichara Barata Costa & Rocha Advogados, Estudio Ferrero Abogados, Godoy & Hoyos, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taxand
North America Tax Disputes Firm of the YearAlston & 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 YearBlake Cassels & Graydon – HSBC Bank Canada, Fraser Milner Casgrain – Heron Bay Investments, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt – TD Securities, Thorsteinssons – Garron Family Trust

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