J. William Dantzler | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
J. William Dantzler
J. William Dantzler

J. William Dantzler

Partner, New York

T +1 212 819 8543

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The head of the Firm's Tax Practice in the Americas, Bill Dantzler works on domestic and international corporate tax matters, structuring for public and private equity mergers and acquisitions, and other international transactions. Bill has a reputation for clear explanations of complex tax issues, good judgment and practical solutions.

Overview

Bill helps clients tackle the tax complexities inherent in their US and international corporate affairs. In mergers and acquisitions, often with a cross-border dimension, he helps to develop customized structural solutions that best accommodate the tax needs of sellers or facilitate future tax savings for acquirers. He also provides tax opinions in respect of tax-free transactions.

Global clients with internal structuring projects look to Bill for tax guidance, practical advice, and the judgment that comes from more than 30 years of experience. He also leads teams that provide advice on the US and non-US tax laws that apply to the ownership and use of intellectual property and supply chain optimization.

Bill serves as principal outside tax counsel to several US public companies and as principal US tax counsel to several non-US companies. He also advises non-US companies forming or recapitalizing US subsidiaries and branches. He is well known for bringing insight to tax controversies and transfer pricing issues.

Bill's combination of reputation, know-how and experience enables him to help clients to save taxes, avoid risk and achieve their business goals without tax friction.

Bars and Courts

  • US Tax Court
  • New York State Bar
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BS, Clemson University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation, a combination that will create a premiere health benefits company with critical diversification and scale to lead the transformation of health care delivery for consumers.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc., a world leader in musculoskeletal health solutions, in its acquisition of Biomet, Inc., one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers, for an aggregate consideration of US$13.35 billion, comprised of cash and shares of Zimmer common stock. The merger of Zimmer and Biomet will position the combined company as a leader in the US$45 billion musculoskeletal industry.

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and its US subsidiary, Hepalink USA Inc., in its US$337.5 million acquisition of Scientific Protein Laboratories, LLC, one of the leading global, independent manufacturers and suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients. This transaction, one of a few acquisitions by a People's Republic of China public company of a US privately held target, constituted a major reorganization for our client, pursuant to the relevant Chinese listing rules, and the involvement of multiple consultants and agencies in the US and China. Bill advised on the cross-border tax issues and those capitalization issues related to cross-border debt, while conforming to the rigid Chinese laws on how debt can be structured.

Avast Software, a global player in the antivirus market, and a selling shareholder consortium, on the sale of a significant minority stake to CVC Capital Partners, one of the world's leading private equity and investment advisory firms. Bill and our tax team advised on the new US borrower financing that supported CVC's acquisition of its interest in Avast, which it valued at roughly US$1 billion. Working with tax lawyers in Prague and employee benefits lawyers in New York, Bill provided principal tax advice to Avast and the selling shareholders on the structuring of the transaction and employee stock-based compensation. He and our team also helped to implement the transaction structure in the transaction documents, and assisted with negotiations.

Speaking Engagements

"Internal Restructurings", April 24, 2014: Tax Executives Institute

"IP Tax Issues in Business Transactions", January 4, 2013: Practising Law Institute

"Spin-Offs/Tax Issues of Interest to Non-Tax Lawyers", July 17, 2012: Pfizer Legal Alliance Continuing Education

Publications

  • Use of Formula Clauses for Income Tax Advantage, Tax Notes, August 5, 2013
  • If Carried Interest Irks You, You Don't Get It, Bloomberg, January 29, 2012
  • Spinoffs: Still Remarkably Tax Friendly, Tax Notes, November 8, 2010
  • Debt vs. Equity in the Partnership Context, Tax Notes, January 30, 2006

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law, 2009 – 2016

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA 2014

Tax – New York

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 2014

US Tax – International, East Coast

Tax Directors Handbook 2014, US Tax – International; US – East Coast

International Tax Review 2012, US Tax

New York Super Lawyers Metro Edition 2012

PLC Which Lawyer? 2012—US Tax

PLC Tax on Transactions Guide 2012—US Tax

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers 2011