Gary M. Friedman

Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Gary M. Friedman

Gary M. Friedman

Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Gary Friedman is a tax partner whose practice focuses on the US and international tax aspects of complex, multi-jurisdictional mergers, acquisitions and financings. Mr. Friedman is recommended as a leading tax practitioner by Chambers Global (2013) and is recognized as a leading lawyer for international tax by The Legal 500 US (2012-2013), where sources note he is “very strong and provides excellent global advice.” He is recognized by Chambers USA (2013) where clients note that “he has a very good mind, and he thinks problems through very well, and quickly.” Mr. Friedman is also listed as one of the world’s top 250 tax advisers by the Tax Directors Handbook (2014) and is recommended in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers as a leading tax lawyer.

Mr. Friedman is author of “The Trouble With Toggles: The AHYDO Rules and PIK-Toggle Debt,” Tax Notes (March 2010), “Pledges and Guarantees in Loan Agreements” (March 2005), “Structuring a Dotcom Subsidiary” (May 2000), “The Tax Club Meets the Flat Tax” (January 1996) and “US Opportunities in the EC Dividends Directive,” International Tax Review (September 1991). He is also a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.

Mr. Friedman has contributed to the New York State Bar Association Reports on transfer pricing, the US foreign tax credit and passive foreign investment companies. Mr. Friedman is a member of the New York Tax Club and the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the New York State Bar Association from 2000 to 2003 and the Co-Chair of the Committee on US Activities of Foreign Taxpayers for 2003.

Mr. Friedman joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1991. Mr. Friedman graduated from Princeton in 1979 and earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, where he served as Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1983 to 1984 he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Wilber F. Pell, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 1990, Mr. Friedman earned an LL.M. in Taxation at New York University. In 1991, Mr. Friedman was a visiting lawyer at the Japanese law firm of Nishimura & Asahi.

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Education
LL.M. in Taxation
Class of 1990

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

Juris Doctorate
Class of 1983

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

A.B.
Class of 1979

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Memberships
Member, Taxation Section
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current
Comments Editor
Prior

The University of Chicago Law Review first appeared in 1933, thirty-one years after the Law School offered its first classes. Joseph Beale, the first Dean of the Law School, and William Rainey Harper, the first President of the University, had wanted to establish a law review sooner. The reasons for the delay, according to a letter of Professor James Parker Hall, included the small size of the faculty, the work accompanying the organization and early operations of the school, and, most importantly, the cost of publication. By the time 1 U Chi L Rev appeared in 1933, law reviews had already earned an influential place in American jurisprudence. The Supreme Court first cited a law review article in 1917. See Adams v Tanner, 224 US 590, 606, 613 (1917) (Brandeis dissenting), citing The American Labor Legislation Review. Student members of Volume One included Edward Levi, Stanley Kaplan, and Abraham Ribicoff. Authors of articles appearing in Volume One included William O. Douglas, Charles E. Clark, Charles O. Robory, Robert Hutchins, Joseph Beale, and E.W. Hinton. Over the next eight years, the Law Review grew in stature. Contributing authors included Bigelow, Pound, Wigmore, Kalven, and Williston. Student members included Bernard Meltzer, Harry Kalven, Albert Ehrenzweig, and Wally Blum, about whom it is said that, as Editor-in-Chief, he edited the Law Review at Jimmy's, beer in hand. Volume Ten marked the entry of the United States into World War II. A staff of just two students produced the first issue; with the fourth issue, the faculty assumed editorship. Volumes Ten through Thirteen, without much student work, averaged under 500 pages. After the war, the Law Review returned to the students. Since then the Law Review has continued to serve as a forum for the expression of ideas of leading professors, judges, and practitioners, as well as students, and as a training ground for University of Chicago Law School students. Prominent former members include Judge Abner Mikva and Provost Geoffrey Stone (both Editors-in-Chief); Judges Frank Easterbrook, Douglas Ginsburg, Danny Boggs, David Tatel, Michael McConnell, and Robert Bork; Senator Amy Klobuchar; and Professors Marvin Chirelstein, Daniel Fischel, Lawrence Friedman, Mary Ann Glendon, Randal Picker, Dale Carpenter, Ward Farnsworth, and M. Todd Henderson. The list of authors published includes Supreme Court Justices Brennan, Clark, Douglas, Frankfurter, Scalia, and Stevens; Judges Bazelon, Breitel, Frank, Friendly, Posner, Wald, Weinstein, Williams, Winter, and Wright; Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court; and Professors Ackerman, Calabresi, Dworkin, Hart, Llewellyn, Rawls, Wigmore, Williston, and Brainerd Currie, to mention only a few names from the list of illustrious scholars. The Law Review has even published an Article by J. Edgar Hoover.

Career History
Partner
1984 - Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Visiting Lawyer
1991 - Prior
Clerk
1983 - 1984

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in case citations, 7th Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the courts in the following districts: Central District of Illinois Northern District of Illinois Southern District of Illinois Northern District of Indiana Southern District of Indiana Eastern District of Wisconsin Western District of Wisconsin The court is based at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals, composed of eleven judges.

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Co-Chair of the Committee on US Activities of Foreign Taxpayers
Prior

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Political Donations
$375
2012

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$300
2004

Former President of United States

$1,000
2000

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

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Genstar Capital Management LLC purchases OEConnection LLC from Providence Equity Partners LLC

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Centerbridge Partners LP purchases Norvax LLC from Norwest Equity Partners

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