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Former CBS General Tax Counsel Alvan L. Bobrow Joins Akerman in New York
Firm Bolsters Leading State & Local Tax Practice with Veteran Transactional and Controversy Lawyer
January 17, 2017
Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced it has bolstered its Tax Practice Group with former vice president and general tax counsel for CBS Inc. Alvan L. Bobrow. He joins Akerman as a partner from a New York law firm, where he served as the leader of a national state and local tax group.

"Alvan's experience with complex tax structures and strategies adds important depth to our transactional team," said Peter Larsen, chair of Akerman's Tax Practice Group. "His work across numerous jurisdictions will be valuable to our clients as they confront a multitude of corporate tax issues and deal-making decisions throughout the United States and internationally."

"Akerman boasts one of the leading state and local tax practices in the country, known for structuring deals that are both creative and tax efficient," said Bobrow. "I was drawn to Akerman for its track record and for its collaborative approach to meeting the needs of clients."

Bobrow provides counsel on state and local, federal and international taxation to clients in the financial services, real estate, manufacturing, e-commerce, entertainment and media sectors. He has extensive experience in New York State and New York City, multistate, civil and criminal tax matters. He assists international companies locating operations in the United States and advises international and U.S.-based businesses on treaty permanent establishment and constitutional nexus issues. His criminal defense practice focuses on the investigations of both individuals and businesses in matters relating to tax fraud, unreported income and tax shelter abuses.

Advising clients on business and legal issues in rapidly evolving sectors, Bobrow served as vice president and general tax counsel for CBS, where he is credited as the principal drafter of the national multistate income apportionment rules for broadcasters. He has substantial experience working with senior government officials and legislative committees across the country to develop statutory provisions, regulations and administrative solutions to complex business challenges. Bobrow has served on the New York State and New York City Tax Commissioners' Advisory Committees; the New York State Tax Department Financial Services Modernization Task Force; and the New York State Tax Department Telecommunications/E‐Commerce Advisory Panel.

Bobrow joins one of the premier tax teams in the United States, which earned distinction in 2016 as the "Tax Practice Group of the Year" by Law360. The Akerman team was recognized for achieving some of the greatest client successes in the industry and for creating a technology-driven innovation called the Akerman TaxAbility Matrix. The web-based product enables clients to quickly and cost-effectively understand vast and complex tax laws and regulations that impact their business.

Bobrow follows a wave of lateral partners joining Akerman's New York office. Lateral Link revealed Akerman attracted the third most laterals in the market over the last year, expanding the New York team to more than 100 lawyers and business professionals. Recent additions include tax Partners Paul Collins, Sanford Davis and Ira Stechel; bankruptcy and reorganization Partner John Campo; real estate transactional Partner Thomas Diorio; and healthcare transactional Partners Martin Monaco and William Weiner, among others.

About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2016). Akerman also is ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2016).

Akerman's Tax Practice Group advises domestic and foreign corporations, partnerships, individuals and nonprofit institutions on a wide range of international, federal and state and local tax issues, tax audits and tax litigation. The group represents clients in complex transactions and creates tax efficient structures and innovative solutions. Akerman also provides tax planning services associated with in-bound and out-bound investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, and serves as counsel to foreign companies and individual investors looking to do business in the United States.

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