Barton LLP is comprised of an elite team of former partners of “BigLaw” who have joined together to create a progressive law firm. We view legal services as business services and our attorneys and staff are business people serving business clients to advance their business goals, which is why we say, “Barton Means Business – Changing the Way You Think About Lawyers.” Barton works at the intersection of law and business to provide client access to the legal acumen, business resources and relationships needed for success in an increasingly complex economic environment. Barton was featured as “Ones to Watch for 2016: The Best Boutique Law Firms” and was also named Best for Commercial Litigation in New York by Acquisition International magazine. Barton was recently nationally recognized by Law360 as one of 10 law firms “giving BigLaw a run for its money.” Ten of Barton’s attorneys were named Super Lawyers in Thomson Reuters’ 2017 annual survey of the top 5% of lawyers in the nation.
The Brattle Group provides consulting and expert testimony in economics, finance, and regulation to corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. Our principals and a broad network of academic and industry experts have been retained by taxpayers and tax authorities worldwide to provide expert testimony and consulting services for the last 25 years.
Brattle has assisted clients at all stages of tax disputes including audit, appeals, settlements, and trial. We supply financial and economic analyses applicable to key judicial doctrines, such as the economic substance, step transaction, and business purpose doctrines, and the arm’s-length principle. In addition, we assist our clients with tax planning, including advance pricing agreements analysis and documentation. We have also advised clients on tax policy issues that have been presented to the White House, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and various governmental agencies.
Jim Guadiana has extensive experience as tax advisor to a number of public corporations, including corporations listed on various non-U.S. stock exchanges. Jim has served as advisor to public and privately-held multinational companies with regard to their operations and investments in the United States. In recent years, he has served as U.S. tax counsel to one of the world’s largest companies in its pre-IPO reorganization and IPO, as advisor to both developers and investors in connection with U.S. real estate development projects, providing both pre- and post-formation tax planning, and structuring investment vehicles to optimize after-tax returns for foreign investors.
Jim has advised clients on the establishment of transfer pricing policies, assisted clients in implementing cost-sharing arrangements, and has advised clients on the tax aspects of transfers of proprietary technology (including patents). He is often called on to structure multinational executive compensation programs to achieve optimum tax benefits for employers and employees in multiple jurisdictions, and has advised multinational families with regard to their global investments, business activities, and U.S. tax compliance requirements. Jim also has represented clients before U.S. tax agencies and U.S. tax courts.
Jim has presented at various conferences on tax-related matters, and is known domestically and internationally as an expert in recognizing and resolving novel and complex tax issues in domestic and cross-border investments in myriad fields.
Mr. Justin Kuczmarski, MBA, CPA, CVA, CIRA, ABV, CFF, is the President of NAV Valuation & Advisory LLC (“NAV”). Prior to founding NAV, Mr. Kuczmarski served as a NYC Practice Leader in Financial Advisory Services for a top 10 accounting and advisory firm. He also has senior M&A investment banking experience as a Valuation Practice Leader for a leading M&A boutique bank.
In 2016, Mr. Kuczmarski was a recipient of the NACVA 40 Under 40 from the nation's leading valuation association, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Kuczmarski is the sole author of the 300-page guidebook entitled The Executive’s Guide to Business Valuation: Essentials for Advisors and Business Owners.
Mr. Kuczmarski received a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University. He also received an dual MBA in both Finance and Professional Accountancy from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business in both Finance and Professional Accountancy, where attended on an academic fellowship in both departments.
Mr. Cohen leads case teams to support government, private clients and expert witnesses in complex business litigation. He has extensive experience in finance matters that include landmark decisions on economic substance, structured finance and transfer pricing. On transfer pricing matters, he has been involved in all stages of litigation, from IRS appeals through trial on more than a dozen matters, including many of the seminal United States transfer pricing cases over the past 15 years. These analyses include best method and tested party analyses, as well as industrial organization issues in examining sources of value along the supply chain.
He specializes in valuation, damages and financial modeling across a wide range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with almost two decades of experience in both standard valuation of corporations and assets, and complex valuation of subsidiaries and financial instruments. He provided testimony on behalf of a multinational corporation on bond valuation, and has appeared as a witness in federal district court on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and a taxpayer.
Mr. David Hutchings specializes in the economic analysis of complex business transactions. He supports experts, performs statistical analyses, and leads case teams in analyzing and developing evidence to provide consulting support to attorneys and experts.
Mr. Hutchings has extensive experience in tax disputes and transfer pricing matters, having supported experts and attorneys for both taxpayers and taxing authorities. He has focused on developing innovative economic analyses to assess the best method for transfer pricing, assessing the profitability of transactions, and investigating the business purpose doctrine. He also has experience in securities and commercial damages cases, having been involved in several disputes arising out of the financial crisis related to residential mortgage-backed securities, credit ratings, and financial guaranty insurance, which often involve dealing with large amounts of data and conducting detailed statistical analyses.
Mr. Hutchings has worked with leading academics in both litigation and non-litigation settings. For example, he has supported Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz in a number of matters, including disputes regarding the Irish banking crisis, sovereign debt restructurings, and intellectual property protections, in addition to securities and tax matters.