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Paul Hastings Bolsters Private Equity and M&A Practices with Addition of Experienced Tax Partner in San Francisco

January 21, 2021

San Francisco, CA — Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that experienced tax lawyer Lucas Rachuba has joined the firm as a partner in the Tax and Private Equity practices, based in the San Francisco office. His arrival adds further momentum to the significant growth of the firm’s Private Equity and M&A practices.

“Our clients continue to pursue transactions in these challenging times and need seasoned lawyers to advise them on the different paths to growth,” said Seth Zachary, Chair of Paul Hastings. “Lucas is a leading tax lawyer with experience across all aspects of tax structuring and deal negotiation, and his arrival adds to the depth, breadth, and caliber of our Private Equity and transactional practices.”

“I have been impressed by the strong growth of Paul Hastings’ transactional practices, as well as the firm’s development in markets around the world,” said Rachuba. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with my new colleagues and continue to build the firm’s Tax practice.”

Rachuba joins Paul Hastings from Ernst & Young, where he led the international tax consulting practice for its West Coast asset management practice. An experienced tax lawyer, Rachuba focuses his practice on private equity, credit, hedge funds, venture capital, and real estate. His clients include private equity firms, portfolio companies, public companies, and stand-alone fund clients. He works directly with private equity principals, boards of directors, and members of senior management. He also advises on various topics related to fund structuring with a focus on international issues, carried interests, and tax elements of compensation structuring.

Paul Hastings’ Tax practice guides clients through the tax and structuring issues that arise in the full array of sophisticated transactions, including private-equity-backed acquisitions and dispositions, M&A transactions, investment funds and asset management, all areas of finance including structured and leveraged finance and alternative lending, capital markets and real estate and real estate funds transactions, as well as all aspects of restructurings. The firm’s Tax team includes lawyers recognized internationally for their work in critical and evolving areas of tax law. The practice has been honored by Chambers and Partners as a leading tax advisory practice in the U.S. and Europe.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms. 

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