John T. Lutz advises clients on federal and state taxation, particularly the taxation of structured finance, derivative, structured products and hedge funds. He also counsels clients on matters related to tax examinations and controversies, insurance products, investment tax credits, conventional US and cross-border securities offerings, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. John is partner-in-charge of the New York office.

John handles all aspects of developing derivatives products and new structures for financings and other capital market transactions, including the structuring of cross-border tax-advantaged financings and asset-backed securities. He represents banks and investment managers in connection with collateralized loan obligations, structured notes and repackagings. 

John is a recognized leader in the tax aspects of municipal derivatives and tax-exempt bond securitizations. He provides tax advice to derivative products dealers in the domestic and cross-border contexts, advising on US and international tax issues related to equity swaps, repurchase agreements, structured notes and offshore structured finance vehicles. 

Internationally, John provides advice to banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, investment managers, sponsors and other market participants in a wide variety of investment transactions.
Previously, John served as chief counsel to US Senator Jeff Chiesa.


  • Chambers USA 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 to 2018, Tax Law
  • Super Lawyer 2009 to 2017
  • The Legal 500
  • World Tax, International Tax Review 2017
  • American College of Tax Counsel, fellow
  • New York State Bar Association, Tax Section, Executive Committee (2000 to 2004, 2008 to 2017)
  • American Bar Association
  • International Tax Institute, board member


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