Biography

Linda Z. Swartz is the Chair of Cadwalader’s Tax Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. She focuses her practice on structuring complex global mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, and restructurings, and on foreign tax planning strategies. She is consistently recognized as one of the country’s leading tax lawyers by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Euromoney Publications, Expert Guides, International Tax Review, International Who’s Who, The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, Tax Directors Handbook, and Who’s Who in American Law, among other industry guides.

Linda has advised clients in numerous high-profile transactions, including:

  • Procter & Gamble in the split-off and tax-free merger of its Specialty Beauty business with COTY in a Reverse Morris trust transaction; the tax-free exchange of its Duracell business for P&G shares held by Berkshire Hathaway; the sale of the Pringles Group to Kellogg; the proposed tax-free distribution and acquisition of its Snack business to Diamond Foods; and the tax-free distribution and immediate acquisition of its Folgers Coffee business by J.M. Smucker;
  • The Medicines Company in the sale of its infectious disease business to Melinta Therapeutics in the sale of three of its marketed cardiovascular products and related assets to Chiesi Farmaceutici.
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals in its $15.6 billion acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and previously in its terminated combination with Cosmo Technologies, a subsidiary of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, to form Salix Pharmaceuticals, plc;
  • Elan in the tax-free distribution of its stock of Prothena and subsequent sale to Perrigo, representing the largest U.S.-to-Ireland inversion in 2013;
  • Pfizer in its acquisitions of Wyeth, Warner-Lambert and Pharmacia, and the respective sales of its Capsugel and consumer health businesses;
  • U.S. Treasury Department Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry with respect to the bankruptcy filings of General Motors and Chrysler; and
  • LyondellBasell as lead debtor’s counsel in its chapter 11 case. 

Linda is widely published on transactional tax issues and frequently speaks on a broad range of topics, including each year at the PLI conferences on corporate, partnership, and real estate tax issues. She is a Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section and is the former Chair of the Tax-Free Reorganizations, Bankruptcy, Consolidated Returns, Real Property, and Tax Accounting and Basis Committees of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987 and her B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University in 1984.