Alvarez & Marsal hires two senior M&A Tax Advisers from the Big 4

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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), the independent, privately-held global professional services firm, has been steadily building its talent base and capabilities to serve the transaction needs of private equity investors, hedge funds and corporate acquirers. Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group, LLC, an affiliate of A&M, and Alvarez & Marsal Tax Advisory Services, LLC, an affiliate of A&M and one of the largest tax practices in the world, have expanded the firm’s formidable financial and tax due diligence capabilities with the addition of several new professionals in New York and Chicago.

Joining Alvarez & Marsal Tax Advisory Services in New York in support of the Transaction Advisory Group are experienced mergers & acquisitions tax advisors Lauren Byrne, formerly of Ernst & Young, and Martin Williams, formerly of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Both have been named senior directors.

Ms. Byrne focuses on advising financial and strategic buyers and sellers on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including reorganizations, spin-offs, financings, repatriations and bankruptcies. She has advised on domestic and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries such as media and entertainment, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Byrne was a senior manager with the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young, where she worked on both domestic and cross-border transactions, focusing on tax due diligence, structuring and merger integration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Villanova University; a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a juris doctorate from Albany Law School. Ms. Byrne is admitted to the state bars of New York and Massachusetts.

Mr. Williams specializes in advising financial and strategic investors on tax aspects associated with mergers and acquisitions and other transactional related matters including leveraged buyouts, reorganizations, spin-offs, cross-border financing, and cash repatriation. Prior to joining A&M, he was a senior manager with the Mergers and Acquisitions Tax practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before that, he spent several years with the Financial Services audit practice of KPMG. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from McGill University; a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Pace University; a juris doctorate, with a concentration in taxation, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; and a master of laws degree in taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Williams is admitted to the state bars of New York and New Jersey and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York.

Alvarez & Marsal Tax Advisory Services, LLC, an affiliate of Alvarez & Marsal, a leading global professional services firm, is an independent tax group comprised of experienced tax professionals dedicated to providing customized tax advice to clients in a broad range of industries. Its professionals extend Alvarez & Marsal’s commitment to offering clients a choice in tax advisors free from audit-based conflicts of interest, serving clients with knowledge, experience and a commitment to excellence in client service.

Alvarez & Marsal Tax Advisory Services, LLC, is a founding member of the Taxand global alliance which is comprised of independent tax firms in countries around the world which provide our multinational clients with international tax advice. With more than 1,500 global tax professionals and 250 global tax partners worldwide, Taxand provides clients with an alternative to the Big Four audit firms for global tax services.

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