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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, generally referred to as ‘US tax reform’, has had various effects on the US economy and markets. One example of these effects is the uptick in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the first half of 2018, spurred in part by sweeping changes to the corporate tax landscape – most notably the corporate tax rate dropping to 21% from 35%.

In this video, Richard Casavechia, Managing Director and Head of M&A Structuring, outlines the primary drivers of this increased activity, how tax considerations have been shaping transaction structures and what he sees ahead for the remainder of 2018.

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About the expert

Richard Casavechia is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Barclays, responsible for advising on all types of complex acquisition and disposition strategies, including taxable and tax-free mergers; spin-offs, split-offs, carve-outs and spin / merge transactions; REIT conversions and spin-offs; tax-efficient IPOs; joint ventures and partnerships; tax-efficient share repurchases; structured transactions to hedge (or dispose of) appreciated assets without triggering tax; and cross-border M&A and financing transactions.

Prior to joining Barclays, Richard spent almost nine years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was head of the firm’s M&A Structuring business and advised on a broad range of acquisition and disposition strategies. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he spent nine years at J.P. Morgan as the Global Head of M&A Tax Advisory and also worked as a tax attorney, most recently at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Before entering private practice, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Wesleyan University.

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