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Greenberg Traurig Continues to Expand its Private Equity and Tax Practices

NEW YORK – August 3, 2017 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, recently named by Law360’s 400 list as the largest firm in the U.S. based on number of U.S. Lawyers, continues growing with the addition of two new private equity tax shareholders.

Greenberg Traurig continues to focus on the growth of its global Private Equity Practice with the strategic addition of Tax Practice shareholders Chang Choi in Northern Virginia and Kevin Zaragoza in New York. Choi and Zaragoza’s experience complements Greenberg Traurig’s existing Private Equity Practice by focusing on tax aspects specific in the areas of private equity and investment management.

“This continues to be an exciting time for both the firm and our private equity and tax practices. The addition of specialists with the expertise, talent, and experience as Chang and Kevin possess is in keeping with our ongoing strategic growth and commitment to provide our clients with high-level, sophisticated, service in one place,” said Bruce I. March, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global Corporate Practice.

“Both Chang and Kevin are excellent additions to our global Tax Practice,” said Barbara T. Kaplan, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Tax Practice. “Their background and technical experience in advising on tax issues in complex business and private equity transactions make them an incredible asset to serve our corporate clients in our domestic and foreign offices. We are excited to welcome Chang and Kevin to our team and we look forward to working with two excellent attorneys.”

Choi will concentrate his practice on corporate tax law, with a focus on private equity and transaction planning. He advises clients in structuring and executing complex transactions involving domestic and cross-border partnerships and joint ventures. At Greenberg Traurig, Choi will counsel clients on the tax implications of the acquisition, disposition, and restructure of businesses involving partnerships, including spin-offs and spin-mergers.

Zaragoza will also concentrate his practice on corporate tax law, with a focus on private equity and other transactional tax matters. He advises fund sponsors and public and private companies on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, debt and equity investments. Zaragoza’s experience expands to representing both issuers and underwriters in connection with securities offerings.

“The prospect of working with such a talented and well-respected team is exciting. I look forward to further enhancing the firm's sizeable experience and recognition in this area and to working closely with clients who may benefit from my experience,” said Choi.

“This is a great opportunity to leverage Greenberg Traurig’s national platform to expand my growing practice,” said Zaragoza.

Choi received his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School. He has his Masters in Engineering in Computer Science and his B.S., cum laude, in Computer Science from Cornell University. Choi joins Greenberg Traurig from Ernst & Young, where he served as a Senior Manager, National Tax – Partnership Transaction Planning.

Zaragoza received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University and a B.A., magna cum laude, with a Distinction in Philosophy from Yale University. Zaragoza joins Greenberg Traurig from Ropes & Gray.

Greenberg Traurig’s Private Equity Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Private Equity Practice utilizes the collective experience and resources of the firm to help clients achieve their goals. An experienced team of private equity attorneys leverages the firm’s unique geographic platform and extensive range of practice and industry capabilities across the firm, which distinguishes Greenberg Traurig from other large firms. Learn more about Greenberg Traurig’s Private Equity Practice.

Greenberg Traurig’s Tax Practice
To stay competitive in today's global marketplace, international companies must seek out greater efficiency in their tax planning and compliance, including coordinating tax decisions from country to country. For U.S. operations, an environment of increased scrutiny – including passage of more restrictive legislation and a spike in audit activity at every level – is quickly becoming the norm, likewise spurring a need for greater self-evaluation and for more frequent representation in controversies and litigation with tax authorities. Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary tax team works closely with clients to address these and other tax planning needs, as well as tax controversies and litigation issues.

About Greenberg Traurig's Corporate Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice comprises more than 400 lawyers who advise public and privately held companies and investment funds on global mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions, and general corporate matters. The group’s industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, energy, health care, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications sectors.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.