Duane Morris Welcomes Corporate Partner Hernan Gonzalez Moneta

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in its New York office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, he was an attorney at Reed Smith LLP. Gonzalez Moneta joins on the heels of the addition of three partners from Reed Smith LLP – David M. Hryck, Christopher W. Healy and C. Neil Gray – and economist Theodor J. van Stephoudt in New York on March 15.

“Expanding upon our international platform is a key element of our strategic growth plan, and Hernan will add a new facet of international corporate and tax capabilities to Duane Morris,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “This is an exciting time for the firm, with strong momentum and talent gains that accelerate our growth opportunities and enable us to more fully serve clients around the world.”

“I’m pleased to develop and grow my practice at Duane Morris, and to utilise the collaborative resources available to deliver the best solutions for my clients,” added Gonzalez Moneta.

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta advises clients with respect to Mexican and international tax and corporate matters, including all aspects of cross-border transactions, interpretation and application of tax treaties, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, permanent establishment issues, licensing structures, tax compliance, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning and expatriates’ tax regime, as well as research and development of tax incentives. He concentrates his practice on international tax planning and guides clients in the implementation of their multijurisdictional business structures. Gonzalez Moneta also has broad experience in advising individuals and international families, celebrities and entertainers with their international endeavours. He is recognised as a trusted advisor for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and global families with focus on cross-border gift and estate planning structuring and succession governance. In addition, he has substantial experience in representing taxpayers undertaking voluntary disclosures under the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. He also assists clients with the negotiation of private letter rulings concerning international transactions, including the lobbying and prosecution of administrative matters before Mexican federal and state authorities. Gonzalez Moneta has drafted tax reform proposals concerning clients’ benefits, which were discussed and passed by the Mexican Legislature. Likewise, he has advised Mexican federal government agencies regarding compliance given to legal and payment obligations under major media campaigns. Gonzalez Moneta has also determined for the Mexican operations of major international groups value-added tax (VAT)-efficient strategies for imports and exports, as well as assisting them in securing large VAT refunds. In addition, Gonzalez Moneta has successfully handled several tax, administrative and intellectual property litigation procedures.

Gonzalez Moneta is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2010) and the Universidad de Monterrey (J.D., 2001, B.A., 2003).

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Hogan Lovells boosts Paris practice with leading hires

Hogan Lovells is strengthening its Corporate & Finance Practice in Paris with the hire of leading M&A and Private Equity partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent. They join with five associates from Baker McKenzie, where Grollemund co-headed the Paris Corporate department.

Matthieu and Hélène’s practice focuses on M&A and Private Equity transactions with an emphasis on buy-out funds, high-end growth or venture funds, and family offices with significant private/public equity activity. They represent numerous public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide range of domestic and cross border transactions, including business combinations, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, IPOs, and restructuring matters. In addition, they regularly advise boards and committees on a variety of governance and other issues.

Their appointments follow the additions announced in Private Equity last year in London (Ed Harris and Leanne Moezi), United States (Adam Brown), Shanghai (Don Williams, Tony Mou, and Cheng Xu) and Frankfurt (Nikolai Sokolov).

“We are very happy to be joining Hogan Lovells” said Grollemund.The firm has a great culture based on collaboration, cooperation and cross selling and we are excited to be adding our experience to such an impressive team. The partners’ conqueror mindset combined with the strength of the firm’s high quality full service platform and its depth of capabilities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond, present unique advantages for our clients.”

David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate & Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Matthieu Grollemund, Hélène Parent and their team of associates to Hogan Lovells. They will add significant depth to our existing Tier 1 team in Paris who are already executing a broad range of sophisticated transactions for clients. Furthermore, Matthieu and Helene’s reputation for excellence in technology and life sciences M&A aligns with the strengths of the firm and our own focus on highly-regulated industries.”

The Hogan Lovells Corporate & Finance practice provide end-to-end transactional solutions to clients globally across a wide range of capital strategies and funding structures. We have over 400+ partners (and approximately 1,400 lawyers) within the Practice, located across all the major financial centres in the world. We are a fully integrated global team that combines exceptional transactional experience with deep industry sector knowledge. Our Corporate practice in Paris is ranked as Tier 1 in the market by multiple sources and has recently been involved in major transactions, such as the acquisition by TowerBrook Capital Partners of the rail activities of Consolis group and the acquisition by PAI Partners of a majority stake in Euro Ethnic Foods.