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Leading Tax Partner Steven Matays Joins Freshfields in New York

Freshfields announced today that Steven J. Matays has joined the firm’s tax practice in New York.

Steven has over 20 years of experience representing clients on a wide range of complex U.S. and international tax matters. His practice has a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and other divestitures, complex debt and equity offerings, corporate and partnership restructurings and joint ventures.

U.S. Managing Partner Sarah Solum noted: “Steven has an outstanding reputation and is another top-notch addition to our U.S. transactional practice. He is known for his creative, business-oriented solutions, helping clients achieve their objectives in an appropriately tax efficient manner. His experience across a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters immediately enhances our capabilities.”

Global Head of Tax Jill Gatehouse added: “Our Band 1 Global tax practice is renowned for its excellent technical ability, market-leading international credentials and commercial judgment.  As a high-profile tax partner with a strong technical reputation and experience with high value, complex transactions and strategic tax matters, Steven is the perfect fit to help us expand our offering in the U.S. His energy, experience and first-rate advisory skills, combined with an entrepreneurial attitude will be a huge benefit to us and our clients.”

On joining Freshfields, Steven commented: “Freshfields is the firm to watch in the U.S. I’ve been impressed by how the firm has become a go-to outside counsel for the most important assignments of high-profile clients especially in M&A over the last few years. I’m excited to be a part of this vibrant team and I look forward to contributing to the next phase of growth.” 

Steven has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: Americas’ Leading Lawyers for Business, Expert Guides’ Guide to the Worlds’ Leading Tax Advisers and The Legal 500. He was also previously named a 2019 Tax MVP by Law360. 

Steven is the latest partner to join Freshfields following M&A partners Denny Kwon in Silicon Valley last month and Sanjay Murti, Steven Li and Joshua Ayal in New York, as well as private equity M&A partners Neal Reenan and Ian Bushner and capital markets partner Jackie Marino in New York earlier this year. 

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