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International Tax

The hallmark of Vinson & Elkins’ International Tax practice is the ability to handle the complexities of international taxation in a practical, commercial manner. We represent foreign and domestic clients across a broad range of industries, including energy, finance, technology, and real estate. Whether structuring new “inbound” or “outbound” investments or advising on the U.S. or UK tax aspects of cross-border transactions, we are equipped to handle the most sophisticated transactions. With V&E’s decades of experience handling matters around the globe, we are able to provide creative and practical solutions to emerging international tax issues.

V&E’s services encompass a broad spectrum of international tax planning, including:

  • Formations of new financing and ownership structures
  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions and public offerings
  • Expansions into new markets
  • Cross-border commercial transactions
  • Transfer pricing planning and implementation
  • Strategic international tax planning and restructuring
  • Restructurings in response to U.S. and international tax reform

Global Reach

V&E’s International Tax practice includes a dedicated team of lawyers based in our U.S. and London offices. In addition, we have built close working relationships with leading tax practitioners in local markets who share our philosophy of client service. Leveraging these relationships, we can help our clients assemble the right team for the project. Our international tax team has a global reputation, receiving numerous awards and accolades, including being named US: Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year (2017) and awarded a  “2017 European Deal of the Year” by International Tax Review, as well as recognition in “International Tax” by Legal 500 US 2017.

Experience Highlights

  • Buckeye Partners, L.P., as special tax counsel, in its $10.3 billion sale to IFM Investors to take the company private 

  • NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. as special tax counsel in its merger with Core Paneuro 2019 13 Sarl

  • Enbridge as special tax counsel with respect to the $6.8 billion simplification (at signing) of its corporate structure via cross-border mergers of its public corporate and MLP subsidiaries

  • Special tax counsel to Akita Drilling Ltd. in the $209 million acquisition of Xtreme Drilling Corp. 

  • Direct Energy in its $300 million sale of Clockwork, a home services franchise platform, to Authority Brands

  • Meritage Midstream and Riverstone in the $449 million sale of the company and its Canadian midstream infrastructure assets to a SemGroup and KKR joint venture

  • Caelus Natural Resources Alaska in its sale of the Oooguruk oil field to Eni 

  • Omega Protein in its $500 million sale to Cooke, a global seafood company based in Canada

  • Maxar Technologies in its $3.6 billion merger with DigitalGlobe, creating a leading provider of satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data solutions and analytics

  • CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company, in connection with its $225 million acquisition of JOTEC AG, a German-based developer of medical devices for aortic and peripheral vascular disease

  • Apache Corporation on its agreement to potentially transfer all of its operated participating interest in the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) System to Ancala Partners. The SAGE system is comprised of the 323 kilometre SAGE pipeline and the SAGE Gas Processing Terminal, located north of Aberdeen, Scotland. The transaction also includes all of Apache’s operated participating interest in the interconnecting Beryl Pipeline

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