Function and specialization
Bernita L. Thigpen
is a Tax Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of KPMG's Chicago office.

Education, licenses and certifications
JD, with honors, DePaul University College of Law
BA, Purdue University

Professional and industry experience

Bernita consults on corporate tax matters, including corporate restructurings such as mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and other distributions or divestitures and liquidations. She also assists clients on matters relating to attribute carryovers, consolidated returns and troubled company workout issues.

Bernita frequently speaks on the taxation of corporate reorganizations and consolidated returns and teaches internal and external continuing professional education courses.

Bernita joined KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice in April 2000 and joined the Chicago Mergers and Acquisition practice in 2002. Prior to that time, she served as Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel (Corporate) in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. In that position, she had technical responsibility for Subchapter C, consolidated return matters, and some bankruptcy issues. Bernita reviewed published guidance, such as regulations, revenue rulings and procedures, notices, and announcements. She also resolved substantive tax issues in taxpayer-specific guidance, such as private letter rulings and technical advice memoranda. Bernita previously served as a Branch Chief in the Office of Assistant Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions & Products) and as the National Office Coordinator for the Industry Specialization Program for the Banking and Savings & Loan Industries.