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ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021: The winners

The winners of the ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021 have been announced!


ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 16th annual ITR Americas Tax Awards.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom picked up the prestigious Americas Tax Firm of the Year award, achieving widespread national and regional success across the region. Skadden was also recognised as the North America Litigation & Disputes Firm of the Year, North America Tax Firm of the Year and the Tax Court Firm of the Year.

Deloitte, which dominated across the award categories, was crowned Americas Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and scooped awards for Latin America Tax Firm of the Year and Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. 

Morgan Lewis and Brazilian firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados also distinguished themselves, taking home the trophies for North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and Latin America Litigation & Disputes Firm of the Year, respectively.

The winners of the in-house team of the year categories included Uber and The Coca-Cola Company. Lisa Wadlin of Netflix picked up In-house Tax Director of the Year. The awards also recognised the most impactful cases of 2020 and named 10 Impact Deals of the Year, along with the tax advisers and lawyers that worked on them. 

Given the continued travel restrictions and the international nature of the awards, ITR was unable to host an in-person ceremony this year. However, the ITR team remains passionate about celebrating and supporting impactful and innovative tax and TP work and is excited to be able to present this year’s winners.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact ITR awards researcher John Harrison.

For any commercial queries relating to the awards and to find out about how to promote your success, please contact ITR associate publisher Tanya Gujral.

A full list of shortlisted firms for the ITR Americas Tax Awards 2021 was released in August 2021.

Jurisdiction Awards

Argentina Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Deloitte & Co
Estudio O'Farrell
Perez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen
Rosso Alba & Rouges, Lataxnet/WTS Global
Tavarone Rovelli Salim & Miani

Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie
BaseFirma
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Estudio O'Farrell
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
Rosso Alba & Rouges, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Bolivia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Villegas Aldazosa & Asociados

CR & F Rojas
Ferrere
PPO Abogados

Bolivia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: TPC Group

Ferrere
PPO Abogados
Villegas Aldazosa & Asociados

Brazil Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Machado Associados, Lataxnet/WTS Global
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Brazil Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte Brazil

Bocater Camargo Costa e Silva Rodrigues Advogados
Demarest Advogados
Lefosse Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto 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: Guzmán Ariza

Canahuate Rouchés
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
OMG
Pellerano & Herrera

Caribbean Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Guzmán Ariza

Pellerano & Herrera
TPC Group

Central America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Arias

BLP
Consortium Legal
EY
Sfera Legal
TPC Group

Central America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arias
Consortium Legal
EY
TPC Group

Chile Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Carey
Deloitte
Fischer y Cía
KPMG
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
PwC

Chile Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: PwC

BaseFirma / Bruzzone & González Abogados
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
TPC Group

Colombia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Posse Herrera Ruiz

Brigard Urrutia
DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
EY
GodoyHoyos Goh
Gómez-Pinzón Abogados
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Colombia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: BaseFirma

Dentons C&C
DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
EY
GodoyHoyos Goh
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Posse Herrera Ruiz

Ecuador Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Deloitte
Fabara Abogados
Robalino
Spingarn

Ecuador Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: TPC Group

Deloitte
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Robalino
TP Consulting Ecuador

Mexico Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa
Deloitte
Galicia Abogados
Garrigues
Ritch Mueller y Nicolau
Skatt

Mexico Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
MAAT Asesores
QCG Transfer Pricing Practice
Skatt
TPC Group

Paraguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: BKM | Berkemeyer

Deloitte
Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global

Peru Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados

Deloitte
Estudio Echecopar
EY
Garrigues
Hernández & Cía
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Peru Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

BaseFirma
CMS Grau
Deloitte
Estudio Echecopar
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados

Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Guyer & Regules

Brum Costa Abogados
Deloitte
Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global
Grant Thornton

Uruguay Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Grant Thornton

Deloitte
Ferrere, Lataxnet/WTS Global
KPMG
TPC Group

US: Chicago Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis 
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: Dallas & Houston Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Vinson & Elkins

Baker Botts
Baker McKenzie
Mayer Brown
Weil Gotshal & Manges

US: Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Aptis Global
Baker McKenzie
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown

US: New York Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Debevoise & Plimpton
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Weil Gotshal & Manges

US: San Francisco and the Bay Area Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis

Baker McKenzie
Fenwick
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis 
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US: Washington DC Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Weil Gotshal & Manges

Baker McKenzie
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Mayer Brown
Miller & Chevalier 
Morgan Lewis 
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Debevoise & Plimpton
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis 
Weil Gotshal & Manges

US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Morgan Lewis 

Alston & Bird
Baker McKenzie
Fenwick
Mayer Brown
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case

Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Altum Abogados
Deloitte
D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Venezuela Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Altum Abogados
BaseFirma
D'Empaire Reyna Abogados
Mendoza Delgado Labrador & Asociados

Individual Awards

North America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: David Polster – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Brian Schwam – WTP Advisors
Jerald Worstman – Torys
Linda Swartz – Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Mark Dumalski – Deloitte
Monica Biringer – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Carenza – Gowling WLG

Latin America Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Ricardo Andrés Ruiz – KPMG

Alfredo Rodríguez Mahuad – Consortium Legal
Carolina Flores – Arias
Catalina Hoyos – GodoyHoyos Goh
Héctor Mancia – EY
Luis Barahona – Arias
Yanira Armas – Deloitte

North America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Christine Ramsay – Deloitte

David Kemp – Charles River Associates
Guy Sanschagrin – WTP Advisors
Kathrine Kimball – Aptis Global
Richard L Slowinski – Alston & Bird
Susan Fickling – Duff & Phelps

Latin America Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Magaly Casasola – TPC Group

Andrés Parra – EY
German Andres Bohorquez – Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas Abogados
Jenny Moron – Deloitte Peru
Joseph Soto – Deloitte Ecuador
Karilin Arenas – TP Consulting Ecuador
Pablo Llamoca – BDO

North America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Brian Kittle – Mayer Brown

Al Meghji – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
David Kemp – Charles River Associates
John Sorensen – Gowling WLG
Maria O'Toole Jones – Miller & Chevalier 
Martha MacDonald – Torys
Sanford Stark – Morgan Lewis 

Latin America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Carolina Rozo – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

César Cermeño – DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
Fernando Zuzunaga Del Pino – Zuzunaga Assereto & Zegarra Abogados
Margarita Salas – EY
Paola Robalino – ECIJA GPA
Sergio Farina Filho – Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Yanira Armas – Deloitte Peru

North America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Doug Myrden – Deloitte

Adam P Feinberg – Miller & Chevalier 
Alan Kenigsberg – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Latin America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Carolina Palma – EY

Andrés González – DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
Carmen Simone – Pérez Bustamante & Ponce
Eduardo Medina Zapata – Jáuregui y Del Valle
Jairo Higuita Naranjo – Jiménez Higuita Rodríguez y Asociados

In-House Awards

Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Uber

Ambev
Cameco Corporation
Latam Airlines
Natura
Netflix

Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Winner: Coca-Cola Company

Facebook
Medtronic
Microsoft
Walmart

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Uber

Airbnb
Amazon
Google
Samsung

Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Lisa Wadlin – Netflix

Daniella Gomide – Natura
Francois Chadwick – Volta
Jose Madariaga – Latam Airlines
Juan Manuel Rios – Ecopetrol
Randy Belosowsky – Cameco Corporation
Victor Diaz Infante – Uber

Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Winner: Tim McDonald – P&G

Cintli Chacon – Puma Energy
Jennifer Chen – Facebook
Katherine Amos – Johnson & Johnson
Terri Ziacik – Microsoft

Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Erich Tschopp – Airbnb

Brian Kuntz – Uber
Gary Bendes – Amazon
Michael Mojabi – Google
Soraya Keiko Alves – Samsung

Deals and Cases

Impact Deals of the Year

AbbVie acquisition of Allergan: Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer, Baker McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Airbnb IPO: Latham & Watkins, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Gardner Denver’s Reverse Morris Trust combination with Ingersoll-Rand's industrial: Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell

Intuit acquisition of Credit Karma and concurrent disposals: Mayer Brown, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

KKR and Coty’s strategic partnership: Baker McKenzie, Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Lefosse Advogados, McDermott Will & Emery, Pietratoni Mendez & Alvarez, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Trench Rossi Advogados

Neiman Marcus restructuring: Cravath Swaine & Moore, Hogan Lovells, Kirkland & Ellis

Sprint Corporation merger with T-Mobile: DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Stone Pagamentos acquisition of Linx: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Spinelli Advogados, White & Case

Teladoc Health merger with Livongo Health: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

UBS partnership with Banco do Brasil: Lefosse Advogados, Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Impact Cases of the Year

ADPF No. 198: Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica Tributária, Board of Trade of the Federal District

Altera Corporation & Subsidiaries v Commissioner: Baker McKenzie, Mayer Brown, US Department of Justice

ARE 665.134/MG: Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Extraordinary Appeal (RE) No. 598677: Pimentel & Rohenkohl Advogados Associados

RE No. 1090591: Jose Messias Siqueira Advogados, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

RE No. 946648: Bussab Endres Advogados, Caneiro Brito Consultores e Lawyers, Firjan, Grupo de Estudos Técnicos (GET) Tributários do Conselho Regional de Contabilidade de Minas Gerais (CRCMG), Machado Associados Lataxnet/WTS Global, Neves Battendieri, Panconsult, Procuradoria Geral da Fazenda Nacional (Ministry of Finance), Ramos & Felice Advogados, Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados, Zilveti Advogados

The Queen v Cameco Corporation: Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General of Canada, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Whirlpool Financial Corporation & Consolidated Subsidiaries v Commissioner and Whirlpool International Holdings Maytag Corporation & Consolidated Subsidiaries v Commissioner: Baker McKenzie, Internal Revenue Service, Whirlpool Corporation

Regional Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Winner: Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Bichara Advogados
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Lefosse Advogados
McDermott Will & Emery
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
TozziniFreire

Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Winner: Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Acedo Santamarina
Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
TozziniFreire

Best Newcomer Firm of the Year

Winner: Aptis Global

Junqueira Ie Advogados
MJ Alves & Burle Advogados & Consultores
PPO Abogados
SanintRivas
Villegas Aldazosa

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

Winner: Uría Menéndez

CMS
DLA Piper
Garrigues

Tax Innovator of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

DLA Piper
Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich e Schoueri Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
RSM

Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Bichara Advogados
KPMG
Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados
RSM
Sovos

Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

EY
Fenwick
Mayer Brown
McDermott Will & Emery
RSMTCP Group

Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Winner: Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Baker McKenzie
Galicia Abogados
Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
MJ Alves & Burle Advogados & Consultores
TP Consulting Peru

Tax Court Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie
Bichara Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Demarest Advogados
EY
Machado Associados, Lataxnet/WTS Global
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

North America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie
Barsalou Lawson Rheault
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Torys

Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Bichara Advogados
Chavez Ruiz Zamarripa
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Demarest Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

North America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Alston & Bird
Deloitte
Fenwick & West
Mayer Brown
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Latin America Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

BaseFirma
Bocater Camargo Costa e Silva Rodrigues Advogados
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
PwC
Trench Rossi Watanabe

North America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Blake Cassels & Graydon
Goodmans
Kirkland & Ellis
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Latin America Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Arias
Consortium Legal
EY
Ferrere
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
PwC

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie
EY
Mayer Brown
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
PwC
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Weil Gotshal & Manges

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