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Todd F. Maynes

Todd F. Maynes

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Todd Maynes is a tax partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. He focuses his practice on the tax aspects of debt restructurings, bankruptcy and insolvency, and tax litigation. Todd has served as Chair of the Planning Committee for both the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Federal Tax Institute. He teaches bankruptcy taxation at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago, previously taught advanced income taxation at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and lectures regularly at the University of Michigan Law School. Todd is the only currently practicing tax attorney who is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an organization created by Congress to provide advice and counsel in connection with the federal bankruptcy laws.

Todd is co-chairman of the Kirkland & Ellis Finance Committee, chairman of the Kirkland & Ellis Benefits Committee, member of the Firm’s Administrative Committee, administrator for the Firm's retirement plans, and is Tax Matters Partner for the Firm. Todd was named Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law in Chicago for 2015, as awarded by Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, he was named one of the inaugural 500 members of Law360’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the Brigham Young University Law School’s Alumni Achievement Award. And from 2013 to 2017, he served as the President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, where he led that organization’s efforts to provide clean, safe and affordable housing for all Chicagoans. 

Todd has represented corporations and individuals before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Claims, federal district court and various state courts. He has been named in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004. Todd has been the lead tax advisor in some of the largest bankruptcies and restructurings of all time, including TXU (Energy Future Holdings), United Airlines, Conseco, Calpine, Charter Communications, Visteon, Tronox, Linn Energy, and WR Grace. The Chambers USA 2014 edition praised him as a “terrific lawyer” who is “integral on an international basis.” Chambers USA also said that Todd has a “spectacular” reputation in the bankruptcy tax area, and is a “talented and very smart man.” Todd has obtained favorable IRS ruling in many transactions, including the Charter Communications bankruptcy that was called by the federal bankruptcy court as perhaps the “largest and most complicated prepackaged bankruptcy in history.”

In addition to his experience in handling major bankruptcies and restructurings, Todd has been involved extensively in the representation of airlines and automobile manufacturers. Among his prominent court victories are his victories for United Airlines in the United States Tax Court and in the United States Court of Claims, both of which dealt with the tax treatment of per diem payments made by airlines to flight crews, and his victory in the United States Tax Court on behalf of General Motors to determine the tax treatment of low interest-rate loans offered by car manufacturers through their financing subsidiaries.

Todd F. Maynes is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, December 06, 2017, Los Angeles, CA
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