Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Mark H. Leeds (New York) received a “Distinguished Legal Writing Award (Law Firm)” in the 2015 Burton Awards. Published by Mayer Brown in 2014, Mr. Leeds’ article—“The Harder They Come: An Overview of Financial Instrument and Institution Provisions in the Ways and Means 2014 Tax Reform Proposals”—was one of 35 winners selected by law professors from Harvard, Stanford and Columbia from nominations submitted by the nation's 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms. “The finest law firm writers of 2015,” firm winners “demonstrate clarity, knowledge, and innovation in their published legal articles,” the Burton Foundation said. (Read Mr. Leeds’ article.)
At Mayer Brown, Mr. Leeds focuses his practice on the tax consequences of a variety of capital markets products and strategies, including over-the-counter derivative transactions, swaps, tax-exempt derivatives and strategies for efficient utilization of tax attributes. He advises on the tax aspects of capital markets, structured finance, derivatives, financial products and insurance transactions, and he has extensive experience working with both buyers and sellers to develop and structure complex derivatives.
A frequent writer and speaker on tax topics affecting the capital markets, Mr. Leeds is also the editor-in-chief of the monthly publication Derivatives: Financial Products Report.
Founded by Burton's Legal Thesaurus author William C. Burton, The Burton Foundation is an academic, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the performance and stature of the legal profession. Its annual awards program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress, recognizes “major achievements in law.”