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Thomas R. May

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Thomas May has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international and domestic taxation. He is named as a leading tax adviser by the International Tax Review, and is likewise recognized as a key practitioner in transfer pricing by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides. He has delivered speeches at internal and external conferences, including events sponsored by the Tax Executives Institute and the International Fiscal Association. Mr. May has also written for several publications, such as Tax Notes, Tax Management Memorandum and Baker McKenzie’s Tax News & Developments.

Practice Focus

Mr. May has extensive experience in international and domestic taxation. He frequently advises on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition and pre-disposition restructurings, as well as joint ventures and strategic alliances. He also works on spin-offs and taxable dispositions. Mr. May also has extensive experience in the areas of foreign tax reduction, subpart F and PFIC planning, foreign tax credit utilization, interest expense apportionment, supply chain restructuring, treaties, and inbound investment.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a large electronics company and Mubadala Development Company PJSC in their USD2 billion acquisition of EMI’s music publishing business.

  • Represented Ecolab Inc.(NYSE:ECL) in its USD8 billion acquisition of Nalco Holding Company (NYSE:NLC).

  • Represented Danaher Corporation and Cooper Industries Plc in the structuring and implementation of their tool business joint venture.

  • Represented Monster Worldwide in the spin-off to the public of Hudson Highland Group Inc.

  • Assisted Danaher Corporation in the USD1.1 billion acquisition of the AB Sciex and Molecular Devices businesses from Life Technologies Corporation and MDS Inc.

  • Assisted Ingersoll Rand Plc in the USD4.9 billion disposition of its Bobcat utility equipment and attachments division to Doosan Corporation.

  • Represented Ingersoll Rand Plc in the USD1.3 billion disposition of its road construction equipment division to AB Volvo.

  • Assisted an international consortium of investors in one of the largest ever private equity transactions in the Egyptian market.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Florida Bar


  • New York~United States (2002)
  • District of Columbia~United States (1990)
  • U.S. Tax Court~United States (1990)
  • Florida~United States (1987)


  • University of Florida (LL.M. Taxation) (1988)
  • Stetson University (J.D.) (1986)
  • University of Florida (B.A. English) (1984)


  • English
  • French

Previous Offices

  • Paris
  • Washington, DC