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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).

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Jay Williams joins DLA Piper’s Structured Finance practice in New York

DLA Piper announced today that Jay Williams has joined the firm as a partner in its Structured Finance practice, based in New York.

Williams represents issuers, underwriters, investors and other market participants in a wide variety of structured finance transactions – including CLOs; secured lending facilities backed by loans, CRE assets and other asset classes; re-securitisations; and synthetic securitisations – as well as swaps, derivatives and repurchase agreements. He has extensive experience with regulatory capital relief transactions and other types of synthetic risk transfers and also advises private funds and their sponsors with respect to investments in distressed assets. Williams is dual-qualified, practicing both New York and English law.

“Jay is a fantastic addition to the firm who will immediately enhance our structured finance capabilities,” said John Cusack, US chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Finance practice. “His extensive experience handling complex financial transactions increases our ability to meet the evolving needs of the market, and our global platform will be of significant benefit to his practice and clients.”

“We are continuing to build our wider finance practice, including structured finance, in New York and across the firm, and Jay’s skillset and experience providing guidance to highly sophisticated clients across multiple asset classes is an important part of that strategic initiative,” added Richard Hans, managing partner of the firm’s New York office.

“The addition of Jay to our structured finance team will greatly enhance our ability to continue to strengthen our position among the market leaders in US and European CLOs, as well as other important asset classes,” said Rich Reilly, head of DLA Piper’s Structured Finance practice.

Williams joins from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest School of Law, his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.