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William L. McRae

William L. McRae

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Bill McRae is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in the New York office.  His practice focuses on the taxation of financial products, corporate transactions, and international mergers and acquisitions.

Bill regularly advises several sovereign wealth funds on the tax aspects of various transactions.  His recent experience includes advising a leading GCC sovereign wealth fund in its co-investment in the $67 billion merger between Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation and Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holdings in numerous transactions, including its participation in the going-private transaction of leading China-based telecommunications services company AsiaInfo-Linkage.  Bill also acts as counsel to private equity firms and their portfolio companies, including Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in the sale of its interest in Santander Asset management and Triton Containers, a Warburg portfolio company, in its merger of equals with TAL International to form a new company with $8.7 billion in revenue earning assets.

Bill frequently acts as counsel to companies in strategic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.  In the past year, Bill advised Verizon in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics, McDonald’s in its strategic partnership with CITIC Capital and The Carlyle Group to form a new company valued at $2.08 billion to operate McDonald’s businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong, and Tech Data Corporation in its $2.6 billion acquisition of the technology solutions business of Avnet, Inc.  He also advised Overseas Shipholding Group in the spin-off of its international business, International Seaways, and previously in the tax aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings and successful reorganization.

Bill also advises several banks in the formation of various conduit funds and their investments.  He recently assisted Deutsche Bank in the formation of its Global Select Funds and J.P. Morgan in the structuring and formation of two conduit funds to invest in Silver Lake Partners V.

Bill joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005.  He is a member of the Bar of New York, and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Tax Section Executive Committee, and is frequently recognized as one of the country’s best tax lawyers by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and Turnarounds & Workouts.  He received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College.

William L. McRae is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Financial Products Issues in M&A Transactions (Chicago PowerPoint slides) - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2016, Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Financial Products Issues in M&A Transactions (Chicago PowerPoint slides) - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Contingent Interest Convertible Bonds and the Economic Accrual Regime - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Everything I Know About New Financial Products I Learned from DECS - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2018, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
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