Corporate Tax Team Joins McDermott’s Premier Tax Practice


WASHINGTON, DC (May 3, 2016) – McDermott Will & Emery announced today that Jay M. Singer has joined the Firm as a partner in its Tax Practice Group. Mr. Singer will be joined by counsel, David Sherwood; and both will be based in Washington, DC. Together, they bring with them extensive experience advising some of the world’s largest multinationals on the tax aspects of complex corporate transactions, financial products and partnerships.

Mr. Singer previously headed the corporate tax practice of a leading boutique tax firm. He focuses his practice on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, particularly domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tax-free spin-offs and internal restructurings. Mr. Singer has represented some of the world’s largest multinationals in the tax aspects of their M&A transactions; and private equity firms on the tax structuring of complex acquisitions and dispositions. He was previously a Senior Manager at Deloitte Tax LLP. Prior to that, he served as an attorney in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service, drafting corporate tax regulations and other published guidance.

Mr. Sherwood was previously a partner in the corporate tax practice of a leading boutique tax firm. He focuses his practice on corporate and partnership taxation. He also advises on the tax treatment of stock and financial products, as well as the disclosure of tax shelters and other reportable transactions. Mr. Sherwood incorporates his training in economics, mathematics and business valuation to provide comprehensive and practical tax advice from a legal and financial perspective.

“Jay is a highly regarded tax attorney who brings a sophisticated and very desirable skill set to McDermott’s tax practice,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. “We have no doubt that Jay, together with David, will be of tremendous value to our clients which include multinational corporations who look to McDermott for advice on their most complex transactions around the globe.”

“McDermott has long enjoyed a reputation as a tax powerhouse, and the addition of highly experienced lawyers such as Jay and David ensures that we will continue to deepen and diversify our offerings,” added McDermott co-chair Jeffrey E. Stone.

“Jay has represented some of the world’s largest corporations in headline-making deals. David brings with him tremendous experience advising on domestic tax issues such as the treatment of spin-offs, consolidated returns, deductibility and disposition of stock, as well as partnership allocations,” added Lowell Yoder, partner and head of McDermott’s Tax Practice Group. “We are confident that both Jay and David will further enhance our growing tax practice and carry on the tradition of excellence that McDermott is known for.”

Mr. Singer received his BA from Saint Louis University, a JD from American University – Washington College of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University. He is frequently quoted by the tax press as an expert on corporate tax issues, and is the Vice-chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Affiliated & Related Corporations Committee and Vice-chair of the DC Bar Corporate Tax Committee.

Mr. Sherwood received his BA in economics-mathematics from Columbia University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, an MA in Economics from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.

McDermott Will & Emery’s tax practice includes more than 250 lawyers practicing in the areas of US and international taxation, estate and gift taxation, state and local taxation, and employee benefits. Among this group of exceptional lawyers is our US & International Tax Practice Group, comprised of 100 lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia, who provide counsel in all areas of taxation to a wide range of public and private multinational companies with operations in more than 60 countries. They assist with mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international tax planning, internal restructurings, transfer pricing, controversies, joint ventures, legislative matters and compliance.

McDermott was named “Tax Law Firm of the Year” in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” survey published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This is the second time in four years that the Firm has received this prestigious recognition. McDermott was also named “Law Firm of the Year in Tax Law” in 2013, “Law Firm of the Year in Tax Litigation” in 2014, and “Law Firm of the Year in Employee Benefits” in 2012, all in the Best Law Firms rankings published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.

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