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James Duncan

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Partner in Law Firm
New York, NY, USA


Jim Duncan is a partner in Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on tax aspects of acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures; structural planning for complex multinational businesses; and tax issues relevant to financial services businesses and their customers. He has devoted a significant proportion of his time in recent years to tax controversies.

Mr. Duncan joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1979 and became a partner in 1988. He has split his career between the United States and Europe, and was based  in the firm’s London office for 16 years before returning to New York in 2008.

Mr. Duncan is distinguished as one of the country's leading tax lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S. and Turnarounds & Workouts.  Mr. Duncan served as a general reporter for the consideration of the tax treatment of hybrid financial instruments in cross-border transactions at the IFA Congress in Munich in 2000; he lectures and is widely published on international tax matters.

Mr. Duncan received an L.L.M. from New York University Law School in 1984, a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979, and a B.A., cum laude with distinction in English, from Yale in 1975. He serves on the governing board of the Yale University Art Gallery.

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