Steven Surdell is a Principal at Ernst & Young LLP and is head of the firm's international mergers & acquisitions practice.
Steven represents both U.S. and non-U.S. multinational corporations in cross border mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, spin-offs, dispositions, financings and joint ventures. He has represented some of the world's largest corporations in the technologies, pharmaceutical, financial services, natural resources, chemicals and manufacturing industries.
Steven was named one of the world's leading cross border M&A tax advisors by International Tax Review in each year from 2003 through 2012 as well as one of the world's leading international tax advisors by Euromoney in each year from 1999 through 2012.
Steven is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches an advanced class on cross border M&A transactions. He is a frequent speaker before a variety of tax organizations including the American Bar Association, The Tax Executives Institute, and the Practicing Law Institute. Steven has authored (or co-authored) tax articles for the Journal of International Taxation, Taxes, the Practicing Law Institute Handbook on Mergers and Acquisitions, the Journal of Taxation of Financial Products, and Tax Notes. Steven is also on the Planning Committees of the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference. Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Steven was a partner at a major international law firm.
Steven is an honors graduate of St. Ambrose College and the University of Notre Dame Law School and he was admitted to the practice by the Illinois Bar (1985).