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Neil Barr
Partner

Mr. Barr is head of Davis Polk’s Tax Department. He frequently advises clients on federal income tax matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, spinoffs and splitoffs. He also regularly advises with respect to group structuring, including as to the application of the consolidated return regulations. In addition, he has advised clients as to the tax consequences of bankruptcy, workouts and other restructuring matters.

Work Highlights

  • GE in the strategic realignment of GE Capital
  • Lockheed Martin as special tax counsel in its Reverse Morris Trust combination of its IS&GS business with Leidos
  • McKesson Corporation in its pending information and technology services joint venture with Change Healthcare
  • Comcast in connection with numerous matters, including its acquisition of Dreamworks Animation, its proposed tax-free spinoff of cable subscribers to Charter, its acquisition of NBCUniversal, the WiMAX joint venture involving Clearwire and Sprint and the acquisition of cable properties from Adelphia, Time Warner Cable and Insight
  • NBCUniversal in connection with its sale of its interest in A&E Networks
  • AstraZeneca in connection with numerous matters, including the unsolicited bid by Pfizer, its acquisition of MedImmune, the acquisition of Omthera Pharmaceuticals, the expansion of its diabetes collaboration with Bristol-Meyers Squibb through the acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and the subsequent acquisition of Bristol-Meyers Squibb's interest in that collaboration 
  • Citigroup in connection with numerous matters, including its $306 billion loss protection agreement with the U.S. government in 2008, its joint venture of the Smith Barney business with Morgan Stanley in 2009, its 2009 $52.5 billion capital realignment and $20.5 billion capital raise, the 2009 termination of the loss protection agreement with the U.S. government and the sale of One Main Financial
  • ConAgra in its pending tax-free spinoff of its commercial foods business, its acquisition of Ralcorp and the sale of its private brands business
  • Tyson Foods in its acquisition of Hillshire Brands
  • Masco in its spinoff of its installation services business
  • Glenn Dubin in the acquisition of Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy (now known as Castleton Commodities International)
  • Solvay in connection with its acquisition of Cytec, its acquisition of The Chemlogics Group, divestiture of its Eco Services business and the formation of its torrefied biomass joint venture
  • PartnerRe in the acquisition of Paris Re and its pending sale to EXOR
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies in the sale of Putnam Investments
  • Old Lane in its acquisition by Citigroup
  • AIG in the leveraged buyout of Kinder Morgan
  • JPMorgan Chase in connection with the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company
  • The Senior Lenders in connection with Sbarro's Restructuring and Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with the Anthracite Capital bankruptcy

Mr. Barr also regularly advises multinational corporations and asset managers in connection with internal planning matters.

Recognition

  • Law360 – “Tax MVP of the Year,” 2016

Mr. Barr is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in:

  • Chambers Global 
  • Chambers USA
  • Legal 500 U.S.

Of Note

  • Speaker, topics relating to corporate, partnership and international taxation
Memberships
  • Member, Section of Taxation; Officer, Corporate Tax Committee, American Bar Association (Chair - 2016; Vice Chair - 2015, 2014)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Taxation Section, New York State Bar Association

Professional History

  • Partner, 2008-present
  • Associate, 2000-2008

Contact

  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    10017
    P: +1 212 450 4125
    F: +1 212 701 5125

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.S., Finance, University of Virginia, 1997
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
    • Order of the Coif
    • magna cum laude
    • Member, The Tax Lawyer