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January 26, 2016
Michael Eagan and James Stanley Join; Adam Benson and Christopher Howe are Promoted to Managing Director

New York, NY – Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC, an affiliate of leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal, announced that Michael Eagan has joined the firm’s federal tax practice as a Managing Director in Washington, D.C., while James Stanley, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, joins as a Managing Director based in San Francisco.

The appointments of Mr. Eagan and Mr. Stanley, along with the promotions of Adam Benson and Christopher Howe to Managing Director, illustrate the growing depth and breadth of A&M Taxand’s federal, global and transactional tax capabilities.

Mr. Eagan has more than 20 years of experience serving as a tax and business advisor for public and private companies and conducting mergers and acquisitions tax diligence and tax structuring. He brings extensive knowledge of consolidated corporate income tax issues, acquisition and disposition planning, structuring issues, ASC740 reporting standards, compliance, IRS audits, and international tax matters.

“Public and large private companies are constantly coming under increasing attacks by financial statement auditors over tax provisions and disclosures,” said Albert Liguori, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Taxand.  “Mike’s breadth and depth of experience in this area are critical to helping companies navigate these mounting risks.”

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Eagan was a partner at a CPA firm in Reston, Virginia.  In this role, he advised in all areas of income taxation including compliance and planning.  Previously, he led Beers & Cutler PLLC’s tax department and served as partner to the firm where he successfully advised public and private companies on a broad range of federal, state and international tax matters.

With more than 18 years of experience, Mr. Stanley has transactional experience in structuring all aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and reorganizations. He has counselled clients on a wide range of industries, including technology, financial services, life sciences, biotech, industrial products, business services and entertainment.  Mr. Stanley advises private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporations and investment banking firms on the tax and financial impacts around corporate finance, transactional deal structuring, due diligence, and the design and implementation of tax efficient financing structures.

“Jim has been at the epicenter of significant global M&A work particularly in the technology sector over the last decade,” said Ernie Perez, Global Practice Leader of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand and the firm's Transaction Advisory Tax practice. “Jim’s cross-border experience extends our world class tax expertise and enhances our ability to help clients create value across the globe.”

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Stanley led the M&A tax group out of Silicon Valley for PwC.  Previously, Mr. Stanley worked with KPMG in Northern California and in the firm’s National Office in Washington where he focused on global transactions, spin-offs, and obtaining private letter rulings for clients in the corporate tax space. 

The Managing Director promotions of New York-based Adam Benson and Christopher Howe further bolster A&M Taxand’s bench strength. Mr. Benson focuses on cross-border private equity and strategic acquisitions in the software, technology, and technology enhanced consulting / outsourcing industries.  Mr. Howe has significant experience in transactional and general corporate tax matters in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy settings as well as serving private equity and strategic acquisitions in the financial services industry. 

NOTE: Alvarez & Marsal employs CPAs but is not a licensed CPA firm.

About Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC, an affiliate of Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a leading global professional services firm, is an independent tax group made up of experienced tax professionals dedicated to providing customized tax advice to clients and investors across a broad range of industries. Its professionals extend A&M’s commitment to offering clients a choice in advisors who are free from audit-based conflicts of interest, and bring an unyielding commitment to delivering responsive client service.

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand is a founder of Taxand, the world’s largest independent tax organization, which provides high quality, integrated tax advice worldwide.

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