Tax Group Of The Year: Kirkland

Law360 (January 15, 2020, 3:12 PM EST) -- Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s tax group has innovated novel approaches to headline-grabbing mergers and acquisitions — including Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $90 billion deal to buy Celgene, the largest M&A transaction in 2019 — placing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

Guided by Kirkland, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s acquisition of Celgene Corp. didn’t stand out solely because of its enterprise value of $90 billion. The deal, which the companies announced last January, was also notable for its novel structure that minimized the income tax liability associated with migrating Celgene debt to Bristol-Myers Squibb debt.

Dean Shulman, a tax partner in Kirkland’s...

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