Lovells expands US tax team with hire of Kaplan

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Lovells is developing its US tax team with the recruitment of New York-based tax partner Jason Kaplan. Jason is a specialist in US federal tax law, focusing on cross-border corporate transactions and international capital markets. Jason joins from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP where he held the role of Counsel.

Jason’s practice has involved him playing a significant role in structuring transactions for reinsurance companies and advising clients in the hedge fund, mezzanine fund, pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing and financial sectors.

Commenting on Jason’s appointment, Lovells managing partner David Harris said:

“We are continuing to grow our US presence and Jason’s recruitment is very much part of our strategy for reinforcing our position in key areas in this market. Last year was very successful for us in the US, achieving revenue growth of around 20% and excellent levels of profitability.”

Lovells US regional managing partner Joe McCullough said:

“Jason brings with him a deep and broad base of experience, having worked on complex and cutting-edge capital markets and M&A transactions. Tax is one of a select number of areas that we are seeking to grow and develop in the US and Jason’s experience makes him attractive to a wide range of clients both in the US and internationally. A lot of our work has international aspects and the tax implications can play a central role in helping determine the economic success of those projects. We are looking to continue growing our tax capabilities.”

Jason Kaplan said:

“My practice has focused on clients with significant international interests and this is an area that I want to continue to develop alongside my domestic work. Lovells’ considerable presence in Europe and Asia provides an excellent platform for concentrating my practice on international tax matters. The New York and Chicago offices have been very successful in building up their insurance and reinsurance work and these areas, together with Lovells’ capital markets and corporate practices, have very good synergies with my previous experience.” Lovells’ US practice has offices in New York and Chicago. After more than doubling in size in the US over the last three years, the firm’s successful New York office recently moved to new space at 590 Madison Avenue to support further growth. the firm’s US practice is significant and growing. With more than 75 lawyers in the US, Lovells has expanded into areas where it has recognised market leadership, including dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, corporate restructuring and corporate finance, in order to serve its international client base. Lovells’ US lawyers have a range of transactional experience with a focus on capital markets and securities law, banking and taxation. The firm has a substantial US litigation and arbitration capability, which focuses on commercial disputes, securities, human rights, antitrust and complex litigation, as well as bankruptcy, insurance and reinsurance, and class action defense.

Lovells tax practice comprises 12 partners and more than 30 associates worldwide.

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