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James R. Barry

James R. Barry

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"...advises mammoth companies on the planning of their worldwide structures...'very well versed in this highly technical area'..."

Chambers USA 2006

James R. Barry is a partner and one of the firm’s practice leaders of the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP.  He represents US corporations and individuals in tax planning for foreign and domestic operations, as well as foreign corporations and individuals in tax planning for US operations. His work includes tax planning for restructuring of existing foreign and US corporate groups, spin-offs, and acquisitions of foreign and domestic corporations, including obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service. He has been described as someone who is "very well versed in this highly technical area" (Chambers USA 2006).

Jim also represents sponsors and investors in real estate funds, hedge funds, and other investment entities, as well as offshore insurance companies regarding US taxation of their income and related issues. He represents creditors and debtors in tax planning for workouts of financially troubled companies to minimize tax costs of restructuring and preserve tax attributes (including several detailed matters under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code). In addition, Jim represents corporations and investment bankers regarding tax implications of issuing financial instruments and securitization and other financing, as well as the impact of the alternative minimum tax.

Mr. Barry has been ranked as a leading tax lawyer by various publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Illinois Super Lawyers.

Mr. Barry is a frequent lecturer and writer on tax topics.  He has spoken at the University of Chicago Tax Conference, where he is a member of the planning committee, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, OFII, TEI, ATLAS, Strategic Research Institute and other groups and has authored papers that have appeared in Taxes Magazine, PLI – Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings and other publications.

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