Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has hired two leading US tax experts for its Washington DC office in a move to expand the firm's tax consultancy practice
Kenneth Klein was previously a partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Hal Hicks joins from Ernst & Young (E&Y), where he was the deputy national director of international tax services. "Mayer Brown has a world-class tax controversy practice and an excellent transactional practice," said Hicks. "Ken and I are looking to bolster and bridge these two disciplines by expanding the tax consulting practice with our tax planning and structuring advice." "We will continue to add to our tax capabilities here in Washington and across the firm," said Kenneth Geller, the partner in charge of MBRM's DC office. It seems likely that the two will bring some heavyweight clients with them to the firm. "I'm likely to get a lot of second opinion work from Ernst & Young," said Hicks, although he would not comment on whether clients were likely to follow him. His clients at E&Y included Exxon Mobile, McDonald's, Whirlpool and Liberty Mutual. Prior to his five years at E&Y, he was a partner at Caplin & Drysdale. The firm currently has 10 tax lawyers in its DC office and 80 worldwide.