Douglas Schaaf is a partner and former Chair of the Global Tax Practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Orange County office. He provides tax and business advice relating to complex business transactions and issuance of financial instruments.
Much of his practice involves providing tax advice in cross-border transactions; acquisitions and recapitalizations of corporations; partnership formation and restructuring matters; tax advice concerning the acquisition and disposition of real estate; tax controversy matters at both the state and federal level; and tax aspects of executive compensation arrangements. He has more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of tax matters.
Accolades and Recognitions
Cited as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA (2010-2019)
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1981
St. Norbert College, B.B.A., 1978 (magna cum laude )
Co-authored "Contingent Consideration and Contingent Liabilities in Taxable Asset Liquidations," appearing in the NYU 67th Institute on Federal Taxation
Co-authored "Tax Issues for Troubled Companies," appearing in 2010 Major Tax Planning, USC Gould School of Law (62nd Tax Institute)
Spoken to participants in seminars and conferences sponsored by the California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the University of Southern California, the Harvard Business School, the American Management Association, the CPA Society of California, and numerous other organizations
Member of the Tax Section, American Bar Association
Former chair of the Corporate Tax Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Tax Section
Former chair of the Tax Section, Orange County Bar Association
Greenbrier Companies, a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets, in its acquisition of American Railcar Industries for $410 million
Guggenheim Partners and Temasek (a Singapore investment company) in its investment in Eastdil Secured, LLC, a real estate investment bank
Greg Norman, the hall of fame golfer, in a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group
Platinum Equity in its acquisition of Fabcon, a manufacturer of precast wall systems
Samsung Electronics America in its acquisition of Dacor, a luxury home appliance maker
GI Partners in connection with its acquisition of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
Telogis, Inc. in its sale to Verizon Communications Inc.
GI Partners in its acquisition of Far Niente Wine Estates
Brocade in its acquisition of Ruckus Wireless
China Media Capital in its joint venture with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. to launch a new movie studio
Marvel Entertainment in its US$4 billion sale to the Walt Disney Company in a tax-free reorganization
Fitness International, LLC in its acquisition of 171 Bally Total Fitness Clubs
Dubai World in its US$5.1 billion investment in MGM MIRAGE pursuant to a public tender offer and joint venture
The Telx Group, Inc. in its sale to ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners LLC
American Access Care in its US$385 million sale to Fresenius Medical Care
Vance Street with respect to various acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies