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Americas Tax Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the ITR Americas Tax Awards 2020 has been announced.

The ITR Americas Tax Awards recognise remarkable achievements and developments by international tax professionals from the North, Central and South American regions over a 12-month period.

Aside from the national awards in more than 15 jurisdictions, there are also awards in regional, individual and in-house categories for the best performers.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s winners of the Americas Tax Awards will be announced and published online on September 24 at 3pm BST, accompanied by a webinar on the most notable winners and key trends.

If you have any questions about the shortlist or research, please contact our team at editorial@internationaltaxreview.com. For the deals and cases awards, we strive to mention all the firms that took part in each deal. If your firm has been omitted, please contact ITR's editorial team.

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National Awards

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Deloitte
Estudio O’Farrell
Grupo GNP
Marval O'Farrell & Mairal
Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen
Rosso Alba Francia & Asociados


Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Estudio O’Farrell
Laiún Fernández Sabella & Smudt
Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen
Rosso Alba Francia & Asociados


Bolivia Tax Firm of the Year

Bufete Aguirre Quintanilla Soria & Nishizawa
CR & F Rojas
Criales & Urcullo
Ferrere
Villegas Aldasoza


Bolivia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

CR & F Rojas
Criales & Urcullo
Ferrere


Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Trench Rossi & Watanabe - a member firm of Baker McKenzie International


Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BaseFirma
Deloitte
Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados
Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Trench Rossi & Watanabe - a member firm of Baker McKenzie International


Canada Tax Firm of the Year

Blake Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Deloitte
Goodmans
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Torys


Canada Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Barsalou Lawson Rheault
Bennett Jones
Deloitte 
Gowling WLG
Grant Thornton
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt


Caribbean Tax Firm of the Year

Canahuate Rouchès
Deloitte
EY 
Guzmán Ariza
KPMG 
OMG 
Pellerano & Herrera


Central America Tax Firm of the Year

Arias
Consortium Legal
Deloitte
EY
Lexincorp
Mayora & Mayora
Sfera Legal


Central America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arias
Consortium Legal
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton


Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Baraona Fischer & Cía
Carey
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría


Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baraona Fischer & Cía
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Mazars


Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Brigard Urrutia
DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán
EY
Godoy & Hoyos Abogados
Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz


Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BaseFirma
Deloitte
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
EY
Godoy & Hoyos Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz


Ecuador Tax Firm of the Year

EY
Fabara & Compañia
Ferrere 
Perez Bustamante & Ponce
Vivanco & Vivanco


Ecuador Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY
Fabara & Compañia
Ferrere
Perez Bustamante & Ponce
Spingarn & Marks


Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Basham Ringe & Correa
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez
Deloitte
Ritch Mueller Heather & Nicolau
Sánchez Devanny


Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma
Basham Ringe & Correa
Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa
Deloitte
QCG Transfer Pricing Practice
Salles Sainz Grant Thornton


Paraguay Tax Firm of the Year

BKM | Berkemeyer 
Deloitte
Ferrere
Mersan Abogados


Peru Tax Firm of the Year

CMS Grau
Estudio Echecopa - a member firm of Baker McKenzie International
EY
Garrigues
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados
Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados


Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BaseFirma
CMS Grau
Deloitte
EY 
Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados/+Value
Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados


Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Brum Costa Abogados
Deloitte
Ferrere
Guyer & Regules
KPMG


Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Bergstein Abogados
Deloitte 
Ferrere
Grant Thornton
KPMG


US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


US: Dallas & Houston Tax Firm of the Year

Baker Botts
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose Fulbright
Vinson & Elkins 
Weil Gotshal & Manges


US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Debevoise & Plimpton
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case


US: San Francisco Tax Firm of the Year

DLA Piper
Fenwick & West 
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year

Crowell & Moring
Dentons
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Weil Gotshal & Manges


US Tax Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Vinson & Elkins 
Weil Gotshal & Manges


US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Duff & Phelps
Fenwick & West
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case


Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Altum Abogados
Baker McKenzie
D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
Deloitte
Planincorp Consultores


Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma 
D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
Deloitte
NLC Asesoría


Individual Awards

North America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Carrie Smit, Goodmans
Firoz Ahmed, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Francois Champoux, Deloitte
Joseph Pari, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Jessica Hough, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Raj Juneja, McCarthy Tétrault
Todd F Maynes, Kirkland & Ellis

Latin America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Carolina Flores, Arias
Catalina Hoyos, Godoy & Hoyos
Gerardo Nieto, Basham Ringe & Correa
Jessica Power, Carey
Marcelo Natale, Deloitte
María Inés Brandt, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal
Roberto Quiroga Mosquera, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga

North America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Brad Rolph, Grant Thornton
Brian Gleicher, White & Case
Jason Osborn, Mayer Brown
Jill Weise, Duff & Phelps
Natalie Hoyer Keller, Kirkland & Ellis
Sébastien Rheault, Barsalou Lawson Rheault
Tony Anderson, Deloitte

Latin America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Andres Parra, EY
Luciana Rosanova Galhardo, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Marcial Garcia, EY
Nicolas Juan, Grant Thornton
Simon Somohano, Deloitte
Stephanie Makin, Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores

North America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Jacques Bernier, Baker McKenzie
Jeffrey Erney, Dentons
John Porter, Baker Botts
Kim Marie Boylan, White & Case
Monica Biringer, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Raj Madan, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sanford Stark, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Latin America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Álvaro Andrés Díaz, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
Jorge S Narváez-Hasfura, Baker McKenzie
Karem Jureidini Dias, Rivitti & Dias
Liban Kusa, Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Lígia Regini da Silveira, Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão Advogados
Mauricio Martínez D´Meza Violante, Deloitte 

North America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Alan Kenigsberg, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
David B Blair, Crowell & Moring
Michael Bussmann, Gowling WLG
Nicolas Cloutier, McCarthy Tétrault
Renn G Neilson, Baker Botts
Richard Jones, Sullivan & Worcester
Zvi Halpern-Shavim, Blake Cassels & Graydon

Latin America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Andrés González Becerra, DLA Piper Martinez Beltran
Camila Galvão, Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados
Carolina Velloso Verginelli, Deloitte
Marcelo Marques Roncaglia, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Maria Fernanda Furtado, Trench Rossi & Watanabe - a member firm of Baker McKenzie International
Pablo Ordoñez, PPO Abogados
Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira, Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores

In-house awards

Tax Team of the Year

C&A
Diageo
Falabella Group
IBM Brazil
iFood
Orbis
Petrobras
Uber

Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Bavaria
Elecnor
Falabella Group
Grupo Sura
Louis Dreyfus
Shell

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Diageo
IBM (Brazil)
Shell
The HEINEKEN Company
Uber

Tax Technology Team of the Year

Airbnb
iFood
Netflix
Rappi
Televisa
Uber

Tax Director of the Year

Angelica Parga, Diageo
Carlos Ramirez, Orbis
Cristian Alfredo Gonzalez Rubilar, Falabella Group
Francois Chadwick, Uber
Luiz Guilherme De Medeiros Ferreira, IBM Brazil
Pablo Gentini, Johnson & Johnson
Rodolfo Araujo, iFood

Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Fernanda Amaral, Louis Dreyfus
Luiz Guilherme De Medeiros Ferreira, IBM Brazil
Mario Trindade, Shell
Pablo Gentini, Johnson & Johnson

Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Brian Kuntz, Uber
Juan Pablo Wills, Uber (formerly)
Maíra Oltra, The HEINEKEN Company
Vasco Gruber Franco, Telefonica Brasil


Deals and Cases

Impact deals

Akamai acquisition of Exceda: Jones Day, Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Morales & Besa, Sánchez Devanny, TozziniFreire Advogados, WilmerHale

Asterion acquisition of a portfolio of 11 data centers from Telefónica: Carey, Clifford Chance, Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez
EY, Graça Couto Advogados, Holland & Knight, Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano, Uría Menéndez, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho

Banco Santander acquisition of Santander Mexico: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Uría Menéndez

Bristol-Myers Squibb acquisition of Celgene: Baker McKenzie, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Brookfield Business Partners acquisition of Johnson Controls power solutions business: Baker McKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Engie-led consortium acquisition of TAG: Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão Advogados, Jones Day, Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados, Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel, Stocche Forbes Advogados, Tauil & Chequer Advogados - a member firm of Mayer Brown

Natura & Co acquisition of Avon: Baker McKenzie, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Sullivan & Cromwell, Trench Rossi & Watanabe - a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, Tudisco Rodrigues & Junqueira Advogados

Newmont acquisition of Goldcorp: Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Goodmans, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, White & Case

Raytheon acquisition of United Technologies: Shearman & Sterling, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Uber IPO: Cooley, Covington & Burling, Davis Polk & Wardwell 

Impact cases

Altera Corp v Commissioner: Baker & McKenzie, Fenwick & West, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Gupta Wessler, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Munger Tolles & Olson, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Steptoe & Johnson, Wilson Law Group

Amazon.com v. Commissioner: Baker & McKenzie, Caplin & Drysdale, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Steptoe & Johnson

Cameco Corporation v The Queen: Fenwick & West, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Eaton Corporation v Commissioner: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Mayer Brown, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Intercement Participações dispute: Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga

Wobben Windpower dispute: Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores


Regional Awards

Americas Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Baker Botts
Deloitte (US office)
Grupo GNP
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Mazars (US office)

Americas Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Brigard Urrutia
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez
Ferrere
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados

Best Newcomer Firm of the Year in the Americas

Diego Galbinski Advocacia
Epsilon Economics
SanintRivas

International Tax Law Firm of the Year in the Americas

Clifford Chance
CMS
DLA Piper
Garrigues
Uría Menéndez

Americas Tax Innovator of the Year

BaseFirma
Deloitte
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Stikeman Elliott

Americas Tax Technology Firm of the Year

ASBZ Advogados
Deloitte
Global TaxUpdate
Grupo GNP
KPMG
McMillan

Americas Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Brigard Urrutia
Coimbra & Chaves Sociedade de Advogados
Deloitte 
Fenwick & West
GIINTAX
Kostelanetz & Fink
Mayer Brown

Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez 
Deloitte
Mayora & Mayora Abogados
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
MJ Alves & Burle Advogados & Consultores
Rosso Alba Francia & Asociados Abogados
Villegas Aldazosa

Americas Tax Court Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Brigard Urrutia
Deloitte
Mayer Brown
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Americas Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Bichara Advogados
Brazuna Ruschmann & Soriano Sociedade de Advogados (BRATAX)
Deloitte
EY
Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

North America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Bennett Jones
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Baraona Fischer & Cía
Basham Ringe & Correa
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Rosso Alba Francia & Asociados Abogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Duff & Phelps
Fenwick & West
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma
Deloitte
EY
Ferrere
Grant Thornton
KPMG

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Torys

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Arias
Baker McKenzie
Consortium Legal
Deloitte
EY
Ferrere
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Americas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Americas Tax Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis
Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

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