Speakers / Authors:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
David P. Dubner is a vice president in the New Products Group within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He focuses on structuring complex M&A and financing transactions, including corporate restructurings, joint ventures and hybrid equity offerings.
Mr. Dubner received a J.D., summa cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. in accounting, summa cum laude, from American University. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Taxation of Business Entities.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Julie A. Divola is a partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and is the leader of the firm’s San Francisco tax practice. She is experienced in federal income tax planning for business and financial transactions. Her practice focuses on corporate and partnership taxation with particular emphasis on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; integration transactions and other corporate reorganizations; partnerships and joint ventures; and private equity transactions. She has worked extensively with a variety of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, technology, media, energy, life sciences, real estate and construction.
Ms. Divola is chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation, a member of the executive committee of the California State Bar Association Tax Section and a former president of the San Francisco Tax Club. She serves on the editorial board of the Practical Tax Lawyer and as co-chair of the ALI-ABA Course of Study on Corporate Taxation. She has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation.
She is listed as a leading tax attorney in a variety of publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers; International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers, International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, International Tax Review; Global Counsel 3000, PLC Which Lawyer?, and Law & Politics Media, Inc.
Ms. Divola received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986, and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980. She is admitted to practice in California.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Michael L. Schler is a tax partner in the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He practices in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate tax, consolidated returns, financial products, and asset-backed securitization. He joined the firm in 1974 and was elected a partner in 1982.
Mr. Schler has long been active in the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He was chair from 1994 to 1995, and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 1985. Mr. Schler is a trustee and vice president of the American Tax Policy Institute. He is also the chair of the New York Tax Forum. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel. He has been a consultant to the American Law Institute Federal Income Tax Project on Integration of the Individual and Corporate Income Taxes, and to the Institute’s Project on Taxation of Private Business Enterprises. Mr. Schler is the author of numerous published articles, including recent articles on consolidated returns, spin-offs, section 1032, and the dividend exclusion.
Prior to joining Cravath, Mr. Schler was a clerk for the Honorable Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in 1970, and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. He also earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1979.
Ernst & Young
William P. Wasserman is a principal in the Joint Venture & Partnership Tax Services Group of the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, Calif. He has over 35 years of tax experience and has been involved in all aspects of partnership and corporate taxation, particularly involving corporate joint ventures, real estate, and family wealth planning.
He is a frequent lecturer in the field of taxation and has lectured at programs sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, The University of Southern California, New York University, American Law Institute-American Bar Association and other organizations. He serves on advisory committees for the Practising Law Institute and BNA Tax Management.
Mr. Wasserman holds a B.A from The University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.