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's most recent papers and articles include:


“Negotiating Taxable Acquisition Agreements: Tax Traps for the Unwary (And The Wary Too!),” Practicing Law Institute, 2020

“U.S. Tax Reform In-bound and Out-bound Investments – Who Comes Out on Top,”

International Fiscal Association, May 15, 2019

“Hot Tax Topics for 2019 Closely-Held Businesses-Tax Traps and Opportunities,” USC Gould School of Law 2019 Tax Institute, January 28, 2019

“Hot Tax Topics: Selected Current Federal and State Tax Planning and Tax Litigation Issues,” 76th Annual NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, October 2018

“Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017) Hard Hit on Global Supply Chain Structures,”

International Tax Institute, Inc., April 10, 2018

“Tax Planning with BEPS: How Many People Does it Take to Earn Profits Offshore -- –

An Interim Report, Plain English Version,” Tax Forum, May 2, 2016

“Partnership Tax Allocations – Theory and Practice” or “Why I don’t liquidate in accordance with capital accounts anymore (no matter what the learned commentators say),” University of Virginia Tax Law Conference, April 11, 2014

“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 was 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.