“The Laterals Audit: Tax Attorney Moves In August”
In this latest edition of the Laterals Audit, DLA Piper’s Mexico City office integrates with local corporate firm González Luna Moreno y Armida SC, Baker McKenzie loses two leading tax controversy lawyers but gains a pair of highly regarded trust and estates attorneys, and a team of tax lawyers leaves Dykema Gossett PLLC for Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Texas.
Thompson & Knight LLP announced that a former attorney rejoined the firm as a partner after a stint as the lead tax lawyer for Energy Future Holdings Corp. and a successor for the bankrupt electric utility.
Brandon L. Bloom returned to Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office after working as managing tax counsel for Vistra Energy Corp., rebranded in November from EFH subsidiary Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Co. LLC, or TCEH, according to the announcement.
That two-year stint put Bloom in the middle of one of the largest and most complex bankruptcy cases in history after EFH sought Chapter 11 protection in 2014 as it struggled under the weight of more than $40 billion in debt. The company is currently in merger talks.
Bloom said in an interview that he served as managing tax counsel for EFH itself until the reorganization. His practice is primarily focused on corporate and partnership taxes, and he represents clients in transactions involving oil and gas and private equity, among other transactions that involve partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies.