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Michael Mollerus

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Advises U.S. and international corporate, real estate and private equity fund clients on the tax aspects of major transactions.

Michael advises U.S. and non-U.S. corporate, real estate and private equity fund clients on the tax aspects of initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and other major transactions, including structured financings. His clients have included many corporate and financial institutions including Bausch Health, Clarivate, Emerson, IHS Markit, Morgan Stanley, MSCI, Pfizer, Reckitt, Roche and Uniti Group.

Michael is consistently recognized for his work in the legal industry. A client notes in Chambers USA that, “He can talk in a way non-tax people can understand and has a good, easy approach to really complicated matters.”

He is an officer on the Corporate Tax Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Taxation Section and serves as co-chair of the Section’s Corporations Committee.

Experience highlights

Real Estate
  • Uniti Group, a communications infrastructure REIT, in connection with numerous matters, including acquisitions, leasing transactions and debt and equity financings
  • Prime Property Fund, a private institutional REIT advised by Morgan Stanley, in connection with numerous matters, including acquisitions and financings
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Bertelsmann in connection with its announced acquisition of an additional interest in its Penguin Random House joint venture with Pearson
  • Markit in connection with its merger of equals with IHS
  • PartnerRe in connection with its acquisition by Exor
  • Shire in connection with numerous acquisitions, including its proposed transaction with AbbVie
  • Roche in connection with numerous acquisitions, including its acquisitions of Genentech and InterMune
  • Warner Chilcott in connection with numerous matters, including its acquisition by Actavis
  • Emerson in connection with numerous transactions, including its disposition of its Network Power business and its acquisition of Pentair's Valves & Controls business
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with numerous matters, including its sale of its Global Oil Merchanting business, its disposition of TransMontaigne and its disposition of MSCI
  • SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Advent Software
Spinoffs
  • Reckitt Benckiser in connection with the tax-free demerger of Indivior
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with its spinoff of Discover
IPOs and Other Financings
  • MSCI in connection with its IPO and various financings
  • Kosmos Energy in connection with its IPO and various financings
  • Cobalt International Energy in connection with its IPO and various financings
  • Delphi Automotive in connection with its IPO and various financings
  • Markit in connection with its IPO
  • Prosensa in connection with its IPO
  • Affimed in connection with its IPO
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Insights

Coronavirus Insights Calls
Tax Relief: Congress Passes CARES Act

Credentials

Recognition
Chambers Global – Tax, New York
Chambers USA – Tax: International Tax
Who's Who Legal – Corporate Tax, Advisory
Who's Who Legal – Corporate Tax, Controversy
Law360 – “Tax MVP of the Year,” 2014
Education
J.D., Harvard Law School
  • magna cum laude
  • Editor, Harvard Law Review
A.B., Harvard University
  • magna cum laude
Clerkships
Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States, 1989-1990
Law Clerk, Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1988-1989
Professional history
  • Partner, 1997-present
  • Associate, 1990-1997
  • Washington DC office, 1990-1992 and 1994-1995
  • London office, 1992-1994
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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