GREGORY M. McKENZIE
Partner
(212) 808-7689 (212) 808-7689
GREGORY M. McKENZIE Partner
My goal is to assist clients in navigating the challenges and complexities of the U.S. market by serving as a catalyst for the achievement of their commercial and financial objectives.

Greg McKenzie provides transactional and tax counsel to both U.S. and non-U.S. companies and investors in connection with international tax structuring of inbound and outbound investments, multi-country joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations.  He also advises private clients regarding the tax implications and challenges of their U.S. and non-U.S. investments.

Clients from all over the world rely upon Greg for business and tax law advice.  Greg has developed a reputation for advising foreign businesses and individuals on the full range of foreign direct investment activities into the U.S.  Greg helps organize U.S. operations to comply with U.S. laws and optimize tax efficiency.  Greg also assists clients to develop tax-efficient structures for their outbound investments.  He helps negotiate, document and close mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, financing and similar transactions, as well as negotiate related employment arrangements that shield his clients from liability and incentivize their U.S.-based professionals.

Greg makes a point of being accessible and, on a personal level, truly enjoys helping his clients to succeed.  Greg takes the time to learn about each client’s business and culture in order to develop the requisite trust needed to serve as their legal advisor.  A featured speaker at many conferences outside of the U.S., and particularly in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Greg regularly lectures on U.S. tax considerations for inbound U.S. investments.

Advises a German-based multinational household appliance company in connection with a proposed acquisition of a European-based target company with U.S. subsidiaries.

Represents an Eastern European IT company with respect to tax, corporate, employment and contract issues in connection with expansion into the United States.

Advised a Middle Eastern family office in structuring their first U.S. real estate investment.

Represents a U.S. branch of an Indian IT consulting business in a California tax audit.

Advises a U.S. internet-based recruiting firm in connection with an asset-based financing transaction.

Advises a Russian national with respect to a series of gifts made to U.S. family members.

Advises a Korean shipping company with respect to U.S. freight tax.

Represents a U.S. real estate investor/developer group in connection with a city-scale project in Incheon, South Korea.

Represents a U.S.- and European-based telecom group with respect to U.S. and Canadian acquisitions.

Advises Israeli, Canadian, Pakistani and Argentinian families with respect to U.S. real estate investments.

Represented a Brazilian cable TV operator in connection with U.S. tax issues related to capital raise in the U.S. debt market.

Advised a client with respect to a dual-currency public issuance of high-yield units consisting of high-yield debt and preferred stock.

Represented a U.S. independent power producer in devising an ownership and development structure in connection with Italian power projects.

Advised several cogeneration joint ventures on obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service with respect to tax treatment of proceeds received from a public utility in connection with the buyout of power purchase agreements.

Advised a public U.S. telecom company in connection with an ownership and development structure related to the construction and operation of a pan-European fiber optic network.

Represents numerous taxpayers in federal, state and local tax controversy matters.

Represented a client in a successful litigation in U.S. Tax Court.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Professional Discipline

Member of Law & Numbers, a European-based network of tax advisors

About

Greg McKenzie provides transactional and tax counsel to both U.S. and non-U.S. companies and investors in connection with international tax structuring of inbound and outbound investments, multi-country joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations.  He also advises private clients regarding the tax implications and challenges of their U.S. and non-U.S. investments.

Clients from all over the world rely upon Greg for business and tax law advice.  Greg has developed a reputation for advising foreign businesses and individuals on the full range of foreign direct investment activities into the U.S.  Greg helps organize U.S. operations to comply with U.S. laws and optimize tax efficiency.  Greg also assists clients to develop tax-efficient structures for their outbound investments.  He helps negotiate, document and close mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, financing and similar transactions, as well as negotiate related employment arrangements that shield his clients from liability and incentivize their U.S.-based professionals.

Greg makes a point of being accessible and, on a personal level, truly enjoys helping his clients to succeed.  Greg takes the time to learn about each client’s business and culture in order to develop the requisite trust needed to serve as their legal advisor.  A featured speaker at many conferences outside of the U.S., and particularly in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Greg regularly lectures on U.S. tax considerations for inbound U.S. investments.

Experience

Advises a German-based multinational household appliance company in connection with a proposed acquisition of a European-based target company with U.S. subsidiaries.

Represents an Eastern European IT company with respect to tax, corporate, employment and contract issues in connection with expansion into the United States.

Advised a Middle Eastern family office in structuring their first U.S. real estate investment.

Represents a U.S. branch of an Indian IT consulting business in a California tax audit.

Advises a U.S. internet-based recruiting firm in connection with an asset-based financing transaction.

Advises a Russian national with respect to a series of gifts made to U.S. family members.

Advises a Korean shipping company with respect to U.S. freight tax.

Represents a U.S. real estate investor/developer group in connection with a city-scale project in Incheon, South Korea.

Represents a U.S.- and European-based telecom group with respect to U.S. and Canadian acquisitions.

Advises Israeli, Canadian, Pakistani and Argentinian families with respect to U.S. real estate investments.

Represented a Brazilian cable TV operator in connection with U.S. tax issues related to capital raise in the U.S. debt market.

Advised a client with respect to a dual-currency public issuance of high-yield units consisting of high-yield debt and preferred stock.

Represented a U.S. independent power producer in devising an ownership and development structure in connection with Italian power projects.

Advised several cogeneration joint ventures on obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service with respect to tax treatment of proceeds received from a public utility in connection with the buyout of power purchase agreements.

Advised a public U.S. telecom company in connection with an ownership and development structure related to the construction and operation of a pan-European fiber optic network.

Represents numerous taxpayers in federal, state and local tax controversy matters.

Represented a client in a successful litigation in U.S. Tax Court.

Memberships

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Professional Discipline

Member of Law & Numbers, a European-based network of tax advisors

Practices