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William G. Cavanagh

William G. Cavanagh

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York, NY, USA


Bill Cavanagh, co-chair of the Norton Rose Fulbright US tax group, specializes in corporate, partnership and international tax matters.  He advises a broad array of U.S. and multinational clients on a wide variety of U.S. and cross-border tax issues.  In recent years, he has worked extensively with clients in structuring and negotiating significant domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, project finance transactions, securities offerings, financings and securitized loan transactions.  He has also represented clients in numerous tax controversy disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and with various state and local tax authorities.

During the last several years, Mr. Cavanagh has lectured at numerous conferences and seminars and has written extensively on tax issues.  Mr. Cavanagh has been a featured speaker at the prestigious New York University Institute on Federal Taxation for the past twenty-six years, served as the Chair of the 72nd Annual Institute, the 65th Annual Institute and the 57th Annual Institute and is a member of the Institute's Board of Advisors.  Mr. Cavanagh's most recent papers and articles include: 

  • “Hot Tax Topics in Small Bites for the Closely-Held Businesses,” USC Gould School of Law 2017 Tax Institute, January 23, 2017
  • “Tax and Tax-Related Provisions of U.S. Stock Purchase Agreements,” Practicing Law Institute, October 2016
  • “Hot Tax Topics:Selected Current Federal and State Tax Planning and Tax Litigation Issues,” 75th Annual NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, October 2016
  • “Tax Planning with BEPS:How Many People does it Take to Earn Profits Offshore and Other BEPS Quandaries – An Interim Report, Plain English Version,” Tax Forum, May 2, 2016
  • “Targeted Allocations Hit the Spot,” Tax Notes, p. 89, October 4, 2010

Mr. Cavanagh is listed in the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisors, Chambers and the Legal 500.  Mr. Cavanagh received his law degree from George Washington University and an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University School of Law.  Mr. Cavanagh previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Nims, III, who is a Judge on the United States Tax Court.  He is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

William G. Cavanagh is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters What Happens When Tax Mistakes Are Made—Equity in the Tax Law - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Tax and Tax-Related Provisions of U.S. Stock Purchase Agreements - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Tax and Tax-Related Provisions of U.S. Stock Purchase Agreements - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Negotiating Taxable Acquisition Agreements: Tax Traps for the Unwary (and the Wary Too!) (PowerPoint slides) - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements - Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, Friday, October 27, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements - Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, Friday, October 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements - Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, Friday, October 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, November 01, 2017, New York, NY
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