Michael Lebovitz is a partner in Mayer Brown's Tax practice and a co-leader of the International Tax & Transfer Pricing team. Mike advises on the tax aspects of international joint ventures, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, post-transaction integration, international corporate finance, capital market transactions and general international tax planning matters across multiple industries including life sciences, media and entertainment, telecom, technology, oil and gas, and industrial and consumer products.
Mike has successfully led teams advising multinationals restructuring in advance of a sale or spin-off of a division, as well as designing and implementing integration plans following a global merger or acquisition. Mike has led integration teams in over 100 countries.
Mike advises multinational companies on intellectual property and supply chain planning in connection with transactions, US and Global Tax Reform and overall business operations. He has led global transfer pricing teams in connection with planning and documenting transfer pricing strategies.
A frequent speaker on international tax matters, Mike has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia for organizations including the Tax Executives Institute, IFA, IBFD, IBA, Bloomberg/BNA, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations and the California Society of CPAs. Mike has written frequently on international tax topics, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications in the US and Europe. Mike is ranked by Chambers USA in the Tax – Southern California category. Chambers states, "He has a fantastic ability to provide a big-picture view on extremely complex structures." He has also been recognized in Legal 500 as a leading international tax advisor.
Mike also focuses on international philanthropy matters advising international nonprofits and foundations on cross-border fundraising and governance issues. Mike participates extensively in international pro bono matters. His notable projects include leading a global team to prepare an international report on legislative and judicial processes to combat the illegal trade in wildlife on behalf of the United for Wildlife Coalition. He also designed and led the instruction of a course on international taxation for the law school at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Mike joined Mayer Brown in 2018 and has over 35 years of international tax experience working in both the Big-4 and global law firm environments. Mike earned his BS (cum laude) in Accounting from California State University Long Beach and his JD (cum laude) from Loyola Law School Los Angeles. Mike is a member of the Bar in California and is licensed as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Areas of Focus
November 07 – 082022
California State University, Long Beach, BS, cum laude, Accounting
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD, cum laude
- England and Wales
- Lecturer in Law – USC Gould School of Law
- Trustee, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
- Board Member, Shakespeare’s Globe USA
- Tax Advisory Board Member, International Senior Lawyers Project