Speakers / Authors:
Internal Revenue Service
William D. Alexander is the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) at the Internal Revenue Service. He has been with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Corporate) since 1990. Prior to joining the IRS, he was associated with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Bryan Cave LLP
John P. Barrie is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, where his practice focuses solely in the areas of federal and state tax controversy and transactional matters. His transactional practice includes representing public and private businesses in taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, spin-offs, divestitures and restructurings, as well as representing clients before the IRS National Office in connection with ruling requests and technical advice.
Mr. Barrie is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California, Missouri and New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Barrie earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings in 1972 and a LL.M. from New York University in 1973.
Michael Hirschfeld is a partner in the New York office of Dechert LLP. He gives taxation advice in connection with corporate, international, partnership, real estate, workouts, and leasing matters. He is recognized as a leading tax lawyer both nationally and internationally in publications including The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.
Mr. Hirschfeld is chair of the Federal Taxation of Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Section as well as the co-chair of the Katrina Task Force of the Association’s Tax Section. He has previously served as the Tax Section’s vice chair for committee operations, council director for its international committees, chair of its government submissions and real estate committees and chair of its 9/11 task force.
Mr. Hirschfeld is also a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the Committee on Business Entities of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and The Tax Review. Mr. Hirschfeld is on the board of editors for Business Entities, The Journal of Taxation and Investments, Mergers and Acquisitions (The Monthly Tax Journal), and The Journal of International Taxation.
Mr. Hirschfeld earned his B.E.E. in 1972 from City College of New York, summa cum laude. In 1975, he earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and in 1980, his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Deborah L. Paul is a partner in the New York office of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. She focuses focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and financial instruments. Ms. Paul has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including strategic acquisitions and private equity buyouts, in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, oil and gas, food, defense and energy. She was elected partner in 2000.
Ms. Paul is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association. Prior to joining the Firm in 1997, Ms. Paul was an assistant professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (1995-1997) and an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law (1994-1995). She clerked for Chancellor William T. Allen of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (1989-1990).
Ms. Paul received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1994.
Michael L. Schler
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Michael L. Schler is a partner in the Cravath Tax Department. His practice includes corporate tax, corporate finance (including structured finance and securitizations), mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.
Mr. Schler is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, and he remains an active member of the Tax Section Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the chair of the New York Tax Forum, a trustee and the former president of the American Tax Policy Institute, a past Consultant in tax programs of the American Law Institute, the author of many published tax articles, and a frequent speaker at tax conferences. He is the co-chair of the annual merger and acquisition tax institute co-sponsored by Penn State Dickinson School of Law and the New York City Bar.
He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1970, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1979. After a clerkship with Hon. Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he joined Cravath in 1974 and became a partner in 1982.