Mayer Brown announced that Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton has received the “Distinguished Legal Writing Award (Law Firm)” as part of the 2016 Burton Awards.* Mr. Burton’s winning article, “How Can a Renewable Energy Plant Be Sold For a Capital Gain as Opposed to an Ordinary Gain?,” was co-authored by former colleague Richard Page and published in 2015 by Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report.

Mr. Burton was one of 35 law firm winners selected for demonstrating “clarity, cogency, and persuasive legal writing,” according to the Burton Foundation. Law professors from Harvard, Stanford and Columbia evaluated nominations from 1,000 of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and selected the winners.

Mr. Burton is co-editor of Mayer Brown’s Tax Equity Times blog, which addresses issues at the intersection of renewable energy and tax policy in the United States. Leader of Mayer Brown’s Renewable Energy group in New York, Mr. Burton advises clients on a wide range of US tax matters, with a particular emphasis on project finance and energy transactions. In addition, he counsels clients on tax matters regarding the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore investment funds. Mr. Burton has extensive experience structuring tax-efficient transactions for the acquisition and financing of renewable energy assets. He is a frequent speaker at renewable energy, equipment leasing and asset finance industry events and has written dozens of articles for a variety of tax and renewable energy publications.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.

*Mr. Burton is of no relation to the Burton Foundation.

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