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Stephen E. Wells

Stephen E. Wells

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Stephen (Steve) E. Wells focuses his practice on the taxation of transactions involving US and non-US corporations, including formation of corporate ventures, reorganizations and other restructurings of corporate enterprises, corporate distributions and liquidations, and corporate acquisitions and dispositions, including spin-offs. He advises publicly held multinational corporations as well as privately owned companies.

Steve has been instrumental in structuring and implementing many of the largest corporate mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and spin-offs undertaken by many of the most prominent public and private multinational corporations. He has also developed and implemented numerous innovative tax strategies for utilization by clients in connection with major corporate transactions, and in pursuing or defending against hostile tender offers.

Steve lectures and writes frequently on current corporate tax issues and strategies for legal and other professional programs. Previously, he was employed in various capacities in the Reorganization Branch, Corporation Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service national office.


  • Chambers USA
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 to 2016, Tax Law
  • SuperLawyers


  • Institute For Research on the Economics of Taxation, served as vice chairman



  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1975
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, 1977
  • University of Maryland, BS, 1971


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