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Americas Tax Awards 2020: The winners

The winners of the ITR Americas Tax Awards have been announced through a webinar presentation.


The winners of the ITR Americas Tax Awards have been announced. Please watch the video below to find out the winning firms, in-house companies, individuals, deals and cases from the ceremony.



ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 15th ITR Americas Tax Awards. The awards were announced through a virtual presentation ceremony, attended by over 1,000 people on Tuesday, September 22 2020. Please watch the video above, which is available to view free on demand.

Deloitte was announced as the Americas transfer pricing firm of the year, achieving widespread national and regional success throughout the Americas.

EY and Baker McKenzie were crowned as Latin America tax firm of the year and Latin America litigation and disputes firm of the year, respectively. These two firms also won a string of awards across the Americas region in a number of categories. Skadden also had a strong year, winning several regional categories including Americas tax firm of the year.

Falabella Group claimed the title as the Americas in-house direct tax team of the year, while Louis Dreyfus, Diageo and iFood were recognised as the leading in-house transfer pricing, indirect tax, and tax technology teams, respectively. 

Base Firma, Pinheiro Neto, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga, Garrigues and Utumi Advogados were among the firms who won regional awards for their excellence. Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados picked up the much coveted tax prize for Brazil, while Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez retained its tax policy prize amid tough competition.

We remain keen to fulfil any promotions that firms would like to undertake on the back of their success and request that you contact ITR's head of business development for events, Margaret Varela-Christie, with any queries. For further inquires, contact the ITR team at: editorial@internationaltaxreview.com

A full list of shortlisted firms for the 2020 ITR Americas Tax Awards was released in August 2020. Reactions to the shortlist by nominated firms can be found here.


National Awards

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

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


Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: 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

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


Bolivia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Ferrere
• CR & F Rojas
• Criales & Urcullo


Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados
• Demarest Advogados
• Lefosse Advogados
• Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
• Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga Advogados
• Pinheiro Neto Advogados
• Trench Rossi & Watanabe


Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Pinheiro Neto Advogados
• BaseFirma
• Deloitte
• Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados
• Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
• Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga 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: OMG 
• Canahuate Rouchès
• Deloitte
• EY 
• Guzmán Ariza
• KPMG 
• Pellerano & Herrera


Central America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Arias
• Consortium Legal
• Deloitte
• EY
• Lexincorp
• Mayora & Mayora
• Sfera Legal


Central America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte
• Arias
• Consortium Legal
• EY
• Grant Thornton


Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC
• Baraona Fischer & Cía
• Carey
• Deloitte
• EY
• KPMG
• Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría


Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC
• Baraona Fischer & Cía
• Deloitte
• EY
• KPMG
• Mazars


Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

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


Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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


Ecuador Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Ferrere 
• EY
• Fabara & Compañia
• Perez Bustamante & Ponce
• Vivanco & Vivanco


Ecuador Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY
• Fabara & Compañia
• Ferrere
• Perez Bustamante & Ponce
• Spingarn & Marks


Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

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


Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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


Paraguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: BKM | Berkemeyer 
• Deloitte
• Ferrere
• Mersan Abogados


Peru Tax Firm of the Year

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


Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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


Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Guyer & Regules
• Brum Costa Abogados
• Deloitte
• Ferrere
• KPMG


Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Grant Thornton
• Bergstein Abogados
• Deloitte 
• Ferrere
• KPMG


US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

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


US: Dallas & Houston Tax Firm of the Year

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


US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
• Kirkland & Ellis
• Mayer Brown


US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

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


US: San Francisco Tax Firm of the Year

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


US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year

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


US Tax Firm of the Year

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


US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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


Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie
• Altum Abogados
• D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
• Deloitte
• Planincorp Consultores


Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: BaseFirma 
• Baker McKenzie
• D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
• Deloitte
• NLC Asesoría


Individual Awards

North America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

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

Latin America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Roberto Quiroga Mosquera, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga
• 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

North America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

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

Latin America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

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

North America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Kim Marie Boylan, White & Case
• Jacques Bernier, Baker McKenzie
• Jeffrey Erney, Dentons
• John Porter, Baker Botts
• 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

Winner: Jorge S Narváez-Hasfura, Baker McKenzie
• Álvaro Andrés Díaz, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
• 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

Winner: 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

Winner: Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira, Machado Associados Advogados & Consultores
• 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

In-house awards

Tax Team of the Year

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

Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Winner: Louis Dreyfus
• Bavaria
• Elecnor
• Falabella Group
• Grupo Sura
• Shell

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Diageo
• IBM Brazil
• Shell
• The HEINEKEN Company
• Uber

Tax Technology Team of the Year

Winner: iFood
• Airbnb
• Netflix
• Rappi
• Televisa
• Uber

Tax Director of the Year

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

Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

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

Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Maíra Oltra, The HEINEKEN Company
• Brian Kuntz, Uber
• Juan Pablo Wills, Uber (formerly)
• 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, Junqueira Ie Advogados, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Sullivan & Cromwell, Trench Rossi & Watanabe, Tudisco & Rodrigues 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

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

Americas Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Winner: Pinheiro Neto Advogados
• Brigard Urrutia
• Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza & Enriquez
• Ferrere
• 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

Winner: Garrigues
• Clifford Chance
• CMS
• DLA Piper
• Uría Menéndez

Americas Tax Innovator of the Year

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

Americas Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte
• ASBZ Advogados
• Global TaxUpdate
• Grupo GNP
• KPMG
• McMillan

Americas Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

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

Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Winner: 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

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

Americas Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

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

North America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

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

Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: 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

Winner: 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

Winner: BaseFirma
• Baker McKenzie
• Deloitte
• EY
• Ferrere
• Grant Thornton
• KPMG

North America Tax Firm of the Year

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

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

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

Americas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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

Americas Tax Firm of the Year

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

Editors' Choice

For his work as the head of tax of a leading multinational and for his voice on digital tax reforms

Winner: Francois Chadwick (Uber)

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