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Kathleen L. Ferrell
Partner
Ms. Ferrell is a member of Davis Polk’s Tax Department. She frequently advises corporate and private equity fund clients on federal income tax matters, including mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and other major U.S. domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. She also advises domestic and international clients on capital markets transactions, joint ventures, bankruptcy and workouts, and tax legislative and administrative matters. 

She served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy from 1987 to 1990, as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy.

Recognition

Listed as a leading tax lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Tax on Corporate Transactions Handbook
  • Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Tax Law
  • Legalease’s Tax Directors Handbook
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel

Of Note

  • Frequent speaker on M&A tax topics
Current Membership
  • Member, Executive Committee, Taxation Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, International Fiscal Association USA Branch

Professional History

  • Partner, 1997-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1990-1997
  • Attorney-Adviser, Office of Tax Legislative Counsel; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy, Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, 1987-1990
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey, U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 1981-1982

Contact

  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4009
    F: 212-701-5009

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • B.A., University of South Carolina, 1978
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1981
    • Co-Founder, Virginia Tax Review